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Odd Distribution of Character Cars

Important Note: I apologize for the lack of original images in this article. I use a separate computer for my photo editing and I don’t have reasonable access to it at the moment. So in lieu of waiting around for my computer issues, I’m publishing this anyway. I’ll post an update once I get this (and any possible future) articles all fancied up with pics! Thanks!

Recently we’ve had a lot of Character Cars dropping all over the place. There’s been Infinity War waves 1 and 2 (the second wave did not include any newcomers), a round of Solo Character Cars with at least one more wave in the works (not to mention the All-Terrain vehicles and Battle Rollers), the Donkey Kong one-off with a re-release of the Super Mario series, the Jurassic World series, and last but not least, a bespeckling of DC entities. Naturally this stuff tends to show up on eBay before I spot it in a store, but over time I’ve learned that a little patience can save me a decent amount of money and around 75% of the time I can find what I want – with diligent searching, mind you – without about 1 to 3 weeks. When it came to the new DC stuff and Jurassic World, I was fruitless after each and every excursion.

So I broke down, ordered the Jurassic World set for a nominal but not entirely unreasonable markup, and then scooped up 3 of the new DC characters as well: Batman Rebirth, Robin 2.0T, and Cyborg from Injustice 2.

Since then, I’ve slowly seen the Jurassic World series creep onto the shelves of at least 4 stores now. As you may or may not know, these larger Character Cars come in cases of 8 cars each. Now there are 5 in the series, and obviously 5 doesn’t divide evenly into 8, so some vehicles are going to be inherently rarer than others, at least until the market is saturated (which may happen very quickly or not at all, it is impossible to tell with these things). For reasons unknown, it looks like entries 3/5 and 5/5 have gotten the short end of the stick. As of right now, and in this particular geographical area, it appears that each case has 2 of each of the remaining 3 cars (2 × 3 = 6 total) plus 1 of each of 3/5 and 5/5 (6 + 2 = 8 = a case). Number 3 is the Triceratops while number 5 is “the big’un,” the aquatic Mosasauras. So if you can’t snatch ’em up all up at once, put the Triceratops and Mosasaurus at the top of your list.

The DC cars seem to be experiencing an oddity of their own. I saw them late Friday / early Saturday for the first time in retail alongside the second wave of Solo Starships that I mentioned previously (and also the first appearance of the Jurassic World set at that particular location). Yet again the magic number is 8. Well, first of all the case contained the entire Injustice 2 sub-set with the four previously released cars (Superman, Supergirl, Batman, & The Flash) along with the long awaited (was it…?) 5/5, Cyborg. So what about the other 3? Batman Rebirth, Robin 2.0T, and the “new” (I have news about this; read on) Wonder Woman, right? Well no…close but no cigar. Instead we’re treated to a new Wonder Woman and a double dose of Robin. So where’s Batman Rebirth? What else is in “his” case? I don’t have the answer just yet.

And to quickly address the “new” Wonder Woman situation now that I have one in hand: yes, this is in fact a “new” and “different” version of the heroine despite the lack of First Appearance on the card. You can go back to this article when I first began to ponder the subject, and yes, the back half of the car is a glossy, very deep shade of blue. Wonder Woman has undergone several minor changes ever since she was redesigned for her Batman v Superman release, and although this is somewhat subtle, it is technically different. It can actually be difficult to tell what color the back is and it’d be easy to mistake it for a black or very dark slate color, but if you get yourself a nice, bright LED flashlight (use the one on your phone) or something comparable, the rear is unmistakably blue with dark (black?) striations akin to wood-grain, contributing to he confusion. I gotta say I’m a little miffed…if they wanna make it blue then I’m all for it, but if it’s ‘sposed to be blue, the make it friggin’ BLUE.

So yes, weirdness abounds when it comes to these new releases, so good luck your hunt. None of these are particularly expensive on eBay, so if you’re really desperate you won’t necessarily break the bank. I can’t speak for everyone’s area, but around here, I give Walmart the edge. Since I started writing this I’ve visited a few more stores, and so far, more Walmarts have had the Jurassic World set than Targets, and I’ve only seen the new DC stuff at a single Walmart. I’m sure this will change, however, I’ve never seen the Injustice 2 stuff at any Target.

What kinds of experiences have you had tracking down these (or even other) vehicles and the like? Share your story! Stick around; next up we’ll either be going over upcoming Battle Rollers, a particularly interesting instance surrounding a Batmobile, or we might just talk about some dad gum MONSTER TRUCKS!

Until then

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New DC Cars Are Here!

This news is probably a few days old at this point, but these new cars aren’t in the hands of everyone yet so it’s worth a mention. Remember the ol’ pamphlet that came out with Supercharged Batman and Robin 2.0T? Oh yeah, and then there was that weird bout with the Injustice 2 subset where we were given 4 out of 5 cars? (Luckily the pamphlet informed us that Cyborg would be 5/5…whenever.) If you need a refresher, just refer back to this article.

It seems the time has come for Hot Wheels to make good on these promises. What was formerly known as Supercharged Batman has been officially renamed Batman Rebirth. We’ve also got Robin 2.0T and Cyborg (Injustice 2) as well as Wonder Woman in the updated DC packaging which is something we haven’t seen. Previously she was only available in that really old packaging, then as part of the DC Super Hero Girls subset, then a belated entry in the Batman v Superman line, then a couple of versions from the 2017 Wonder Woman film, and most recently as a re-issued entry in the Justice League subset. Are there any differences from any of these and the new version? It’s hard to say. From looking at the photos available I’m inclined to say no but I’d like to wait until I can see one in person to be sure. The pamphlet shows a Wonder Woman with a blue back half, but I think the pic makes it pretty clear that the back part is indeed black like the Wonder Woman film version.

That was a fucking mouthful, but take a look for yourself!

New Wonder Woman (DCU)

And as promised, here’s Injustice 2 Cyborg, Batman Rebirth, and I must say, a pretty cool looking Robin 2.0T!

Cyborg (Injustice 2 5/5)

Batman Rebirth (Supercharged Batman)

Robin 2.0T

That seems to be all for now, but I’m interested in checking out the backs of these cards and any inserts that are possibly included. For the record, I went ahead and ordered Cyborg and Batman Rebirth from a seller I really liked who had them at somewhat reasonable prices. I would’ve gladly ordered Robin as well though he didn’t have any, and I’m always trying to save on shipping when I do have to resort to ordering these things. I’ll probably keep my eyes peeled for Robin for another couple of weeks at least before heading back to eBay. As for the new Wonder Woman, I probably won’t be getting her online at a premium price since I suspect it’s something we’ve already seen before, but I’d definitely pick it up for a closer look if I saw it on the shelf.

That’s about all the DCU Character Car news I have! Know something I don’t? Drop me a line!

By the way, I know that for a time there Swamp Thing and Doomsday cars were pretty rare. As part of my local Toys R Us’ closure, there are probably a dozen or more of these 2 guys flooding the shelves! If you’ve been desperate to find them, I don’t mind sending out a few copies at a fair price, but please, let me know soon! Drop a comment, and that way I’ll definitely see the notification!

I’ve also got some Star Wars news I need to sort out and publish so be on the look out. It may not be my very next piece, but it’ll be out soon. Until then!

Possible BLUE Wonder Woman Variant?

Sometimes browsing rather vague and broad terms on Google Images can lead to new and exciting discoveries. I’m not sure what I was searching for when I found this – in fact I had a problem re-finding it when I wanted to find it and save the pic – but it’s a curiosity that I’d love to have an answer to.

Now I know that colors, graphics, and even the luster of the finish can vary on diecast vehicles between the time promo and/or packaging photos are taken and when the product is released. Take the Star-Lord re-release for Guardians Vol. 2: if you look at all the artwork (at least I’m pretty sure it’s all art) the main body is primarily blue instead of gray/silver as with the release coinciding with the first Guardians film. However, every single Vol. 2 Star-Lord I’ve seen, be it in stores or online, has had the same silver/gray body despite the blue artwork.

Star-Lord

Here’s what Star-Lord looks like, both with the release of the first film and the sequel.

"Blue" Star-Lord Art

And here is the “blue version” of Star-Lord that accompanies every Vol. 2 release.

There’s also another good example with the Ares vehicle. Early promo shots on Target’s website showed a yellow-ish section that ended up being a sort of translucent brown on most of the final products. Lo and behold, I finally located one of these “yellow variants” on a shelf one day, right their amid “typical” versions of the car.

Ares - 2 Versions

Look above the rear wheel (the cars are placed hood-to-hood) and notice that big yellow piece on the left Ares. The same area on the right Ares is much more subdued – it’s a damn different color of paint!

So where does this discrepancy come from? I’m sure anyone who’s worked in a toy factory can give us a quick and easy explanation. I do think it’s interesting that this isn’t a one-off error. First of all we have the ol’ Target pic (which was of an Ares single) and then the one I found, which was part of the 2-pack with Wonder Woman.

So yeah, we know glitches happen, we know things change, life goes on. So this is probably nothing, but I wanted to put it out there anyway, because if this thing exists, I want it!

Wonder Woman has seen a ton of variations over her life as a Character Car. Initially she was portrayed somewhat “cartoony,” with bright red and blue and a nice big clear area representative of her invisible jet. Then we saw the DC Super Hero Girls version; same shape, same general color scheme, except the completely clear area was now a clear red. Next came the belated BvS version with a new design, mostly red with gold accents, and a gray trunk area. Then came the Wonder Woman version with as shineir paint job and black in lieu of gray. There was also an exclusive Wonder Woman released as part of a 2-pack with Ares, where she’s dressed in white much like the other women on Themyscira. (I wish they’d just call the “white version” Hippolyta or something.) Most recently we’ve seen the “Justice League Version,” which is exactly the same version we saw following the Batman v Superman version (gray rear, matte finish).

But then I stumbled across this picture. And I can’t find out anything about it, though it kinda looks like it’s being displayed at a convention or toy fair or something of that ilk. Just take a look at it for a moment.

Blue Wonder Woman

Now doesn’t that rear portion appear to be colored a deep, dark blue? I guess it’s a little tough to tell because of the angle of the light, however this car definitely has a lustrous finish, not the matte finish that the retail version of Justice League Wonder Woman was eventually given. You can tell that this is a photo of some kind of display though. The car is on a platform and then covered in a plastic box, and it looks like the box’s upper edge is riveted to something resembling a backing card.

I like this car. I want this car! Anyone know where it came from? I would assume it was event promoting the Justice League cars some few months in advance of the film. Are there any other pictures of other cars from this event? So many questions! I can’t seem to find and reference to or mention of this anywhere!

If you know anything at all about this piece please please please fill me in!!!

Walmart Exclusive JUSTICE LEAGUE Series of 7 (“Tribute” Cars)

I saw this little set pop up online not long after the Justice League Character Car line dropped and I think it was this past Friday that I finally spotted them in stores. These fall into what I call “fake” character cars – they’re not so much the character as if the were a vehicle, rather they act as a self-aware tribute to said character. .

Justice League

Officially there are 7 vehicles, though I wouldn’t put it past Hot Wheels to surprise us with a “secret” 8th car at some point. I’ll keep my eyes open, though we’re not great about getting the latest and greatest when it comes to a series like these, so it could be a while. I really don’t get it; the closest Walmart gets almost all the new stuff in a timely manner…except for these sets!

Superman and Batman

Wonder Woman and Flash

Aquaman and Cyborg

Justice League

One of the most surprising aspects of this little set is the upper-tier packaging. We definitely expect the nice, glossy artwork that appears on the Pop Culture series, or the bios that now accompany most character cars, but rarely do we get anything as detailed and unique as these Justice League cards on the standard ~$1 vehicles. Although they are drawings and not photos, the graphics are very vibrant and prominent, likely as a call-back to the comics themselves.

The rundown:

  • 1 / 7 – Power Pro – “Superman”
  • 2 / 7 – Street Shaker – “Batman”
  • 3 / 7 – Maximum Leeway – “Wonder Woman”
  • 4 / 7 – RD-09 – “The Flash”
  • 5 / 7 – BLVD Brusier – “Aquaman”
  • 6 / 7 – Quick n’ Sik – “Cyborg”
  • 7 / 7 – Bassline – “Justice League”

I appreciate the set as always, but damn, why not a Steppenwolf or Parademon to round it out…?

Overall I think the vehicle picks might’ve been a bit on the average side, though they make up for it with a darker, more gritty appearance and shared color palette. There’s a mild post-apocalyptic feel in the artwork and graphics, which I’m assuming reflects the film’s tone based on the previews I’ve seen. Despite this sort of cohesion, each vehicle has its own splash of color to distinguish itself.

Superman

Superman

Batman

Batman

Superman’s Power Pro has an appreciable “everyman” look to it with a very deep, almost violet blue. Batman’s Street Shaker could almost be a real Batmobile with this color scheme. The black with the yellow/gold hearkens back to the days of the ’89 movie. Maximum Leeway has always been one of my favorite HW Originals, but it feels a bit masculine for Wonder Woman. Then…then…there’s the RD-09. This car…it’s just…weird looking. It looks like it left the drawing board mid-development. Oh oh, you know what it looks like? It looks like piece of a partially-transformed limb for a Megazord. Think back to the left arm of some Power Rangers Megazord from 10 or 15 years ago – imagine how the toy looked after hanging out at the bottom of the bin for awhile, missing a piece or two, and in some half-transformed state between limb and individual zord. Anyway, I guess Flash is as good of a choice as any.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

The Flash

The Flash

I really dig Aquaman’s understated BLVD Bruiser. It’s got a regal, classic look to it, and the dull gold-colored accents are a good match for the low-key turquoise. It’s sort of like a fun little inversion of Aquaman’s latest Character Car. Cyborg rounds out the clique with his Quick n’ Sik, a sleek little vehicle with a futuristic edge. The Justice League previews portray Cyborg as a swift and agile member of the group, not unlike the role of Marvel’s Iron Man. This smallish car reflects this newly ascribed agility over the character’s perceived bulk and brute strength.

Aquaman

Aquaman

Cyborg

Cyborg

Finally we’ve got the “team” car, represented by Bassline. Is this the right car for the job…? I don’t know, but it is kinda funny. It’s one of those hugely obnoxious pick-up truck-esque vehicles that any of us might groan and roll our eyes at in the Taco Bell parking lot. And for good measure, the speakers are pointed outward instead of inward. Tacky? A bit….but at least the car looks cool at the end of the day.

Justice League

Justice League

This is a nice little set of cars that will unfortunately be overshadowed by the actual Justice League Character Cars. But hey, it’s still possible to appreciate both of them on different levels. And I really, really hate to keep bringing it up….but where the hell are our bad guys!!??

Justice League