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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!!!

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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

ALERT ALERT! Very Weird Ares Discrepancy…Someone HELP!

This wasn’t exactly what I thought I’d be writing about at the moment, but I think it’s pretty damn important and I want to go ahead and get it all out on the table. I’ma try to bang this out quick, so stick with me.

I was absent-mindedly doing some searching on Google Images for possible upcoming character cars when I ran across something really strange: a picture of what appears to be Ares as a single from Target’s website.

Ares

Do you see what I see? Look at the rear quarter panel: it’s a vibrant amber color.

Now this don’t mean shit (necessarily) because Target posts pics of stuff way before release. Just recently we’ve been seeing singles of Ares over on eBay, but as we’d expect, they all look like this:

And that is what they should look like…right? Well of course. We were introduced to Ares a few weeks prior thanks to his debut in a Wonder Woman 2-pack. Typically speaking, and especially lately – though there have certainly been exceptions – 2-packs are designed to include one exclusive and the another car that can be picked up as a single.

On the Wonder Woman 2-pack, we’re clearly told that Wonder Woman is the exclusive. That, in turn, implies that Ares will be available in this same form as a single, at some point. And that’s pretty much what’s happened so far, right? The 2-pack was released, followed by an Ares single, and this single appears to be the same as that in the 2-pack.

All of that makes perfect sense…until Target’s weird ass site went and posted what they posted.

Is this just another one of those random things where small changes are made for seemingly no reason? If so, why are some Ares singles “normal” and other affected by this strange new piece of a paint job? Is it just a fucked up photo…? If you look at the other pics with the car by itself, it appears normal. The yellow-ish piece only appears on the packaged vehicle. Trick of the light? Maybe. But if you visit the actual page on Target’s website and use the zoom feature, it really doesn’t look like we’re seeing an optical illusion.

Man, let me know if you know anything about this thing. It’s weird to be sure. Definitely reach out to me should you see one of these variants for sale! Otherwise, anybody got any best guesses as to what the hell is going on?

New Character Cars from WONDER WOMAN Film

Ok, damn, I am sofa king behind on what I want to write about it’s insane…trying to balance the little stuff with the lengthier stuff with the timely stuff…nevermind the more permanent fixtures I’d like to incorporate into the blog – buying guides, collection constituent lists, etc. Time to stow away my whining for the moment though, because I really should’ve gotten this entry out a good 4 or 5 days ago. I didn’t want to abandoned my previous piece though; once these things get left behind I have a bad habit of not picking them back up.

Most of us are probably aware of the DCEU’s forthcoming fourth installment – Wonder Woman. Hell, you don’t even have to be particularly in-tune with comics or DC. Wonder Woman is one of those gals we’ve all heard of but have a hard time placing. Adults will likely have varying degrees of memory of the Linda Carter series from the 70s, and some children of the 70s and 80s may remember seeing her alongside other members of the Justice League in cartoon form. She’s been around almost as long as Batman and Superman, first appearing back in 1941. Now, after just over three-quarters of a century, she gets her first live action film.

Hot Wheels is right in the middle of a collectible goldmine with their series of Character Cars, and evidently, the enterprise must be getting increasingly lucrative. We’re starting to see more specialized packaging, more variations, and more characters in general in the time before and after theatrical releases. 2016’s Suicide Squad is a very notable exception – all we got was a pricey special edition of Harley.

And so, Hot Wheels + new Wonder Woman film = specialized line of cars.

A few articles back I reported on the existence – or impending existence – of an Ares Character Car. Yep, the exclusive Riddler form the Batman Rogue’s Gallery 5-pack was released as a standalone, and there was Ares on the back. Around this same time, we had another Wonder Woman car pop up, similar to the Batman v Superman version, but with coloration differences and new Wonder Woman movie packaging. However, this card did not feature anything new on the card back. From then on, I was searching eBay for “hot wheel dc ares” several times a day, and then eventually, a single listing popped up: a Wonder Woman vs. Ares 2-Pack featuring an exclusive Wonder Woman car!

I immediately bought it. The next day, I went to a Toys R Us a couple towns over, and found several. These don’t seem to be totally widespread yet, but I have found them at the Cary and Durham TRUs, though not the one in Raleigh. Anyway, there is is – Ares and our fifth iteration of Wonder Woman! Besides being excited about Ares and a more casually “dressed” Wonder Woman, does the 2-pack imply anything else? In my opinion, yes.

See, Hot Wheels is damn tricky with their 2-packs. What they like to do is release the pack with one exclusive (whether explicitly stated or not) and then another car which is (or becomes) available singly. We’re already told that the Wonder Woman car is the exclusive, to this must mean that Ares is getting a standalone release as well – which would make sense based on what the back of the Riddler said. All of that adds up to at least 3 Wonder Woman Film-branded character car packs: new Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman vs Ares pack, and an upcoming Ares. Might this mean we get more character cars under the Wonder Woman Film banner…? The back mentions Zeus – a god like Ares – in the flavor text, and Mattel (Hot Wheels’ parent company) has put out a first wave of Wonder Woman Film dolls including both Queen Hippolyta and Steve Trevor. And get this: one of the new DC Multiverse figures (the $20 ones that each come with a piece of another figure) is Menalippe, Wonder Woman’s aunt.

I don’t know any more about the upcoming film than anyone else, possibly even less, and furthermore I’m not wildly familiar with Wonder Woman’s mythos either, so I’m straight up dropping these characters’ names based on when and where they’re mentioned with regards to merchandise. Basically I’m building up to this: does this mean the Wonder Woman Film branding will extend to other characters introduced to us from the movie? It would seem a little weird for this packaging to exist only for 3 items, though it’s worth mentioning that Ant-Man got his own packaging (as well as a Civil War card) and so did Doctor Strange; neither branding persisted any further than the titular characters. The Batman v Superman packaging only lasted 3 vehicles as well: Armored Batman, Man of Steel, and then the BvS Wonder Woman released last summer and way, way after the other 2.

So what do you think? Is the DCU arm of Hot Wheels’ Character Cars ready to put Batman on the backburner and start digging into the nooks and crannies of DC’s vast multiverse? Should they venture into such territory so soon after skipping over heavyweights like Lex Luthor and Doomsday who would’ve been perfect following Batman v Superman? I get that you gotta start somewhere, but if we get a Hippolyta before a Lex Luthor…I just…I dunno. What I really hope is that they don’t get as messy as Marvel…random stuff like Red Hulk and Nova while superstars like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men are ignored.

But hey, there will always be shit to complain about. In the end we got ourselves an Ares Character Car, and that’s pretty fuckin’ cool. Let’s do it up:


Wonder Woman vs Ares 2-pack

Wonder Woman vs Ares

“WONDER WOMAN is the daughter of Zeus. ARES is the God of War. Now, these sworn enemies square off as fierce fighting vehicles in a battle of mythic proportions.”

“The stunning Amazon strength and beauty of WONDER WOMAN shines forth in thies V-8 sports car with wrist guard fender shields and WW insignia emblazoned over the front grille. ARES is a massive tactical vehicle with heavily armored chest plates and a skull-shaped turret that allow him to always be prepared for combat.”

“With a score to settle almost as old as Time itself, sparks are sure to fly when these two go hood-to-hood.”

Overall, I think this is a great 2-pack. It’s fully centered on the new Wonder Woman film and it gives us, for the first time in DCU’s character cars, a 100% non-Batman villain! It does make me lament the fact that there wasn’t more done with Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, but maybe we can hope that wfro this point forward each film will get some respectable level of attention.

New Wonder Woman

Do we need 5 Wonder Woman cars…? Probably not. But honestly, the one before this one – the one that looks very similar to the BvS version – seems to be the most unnecessary. This newest one, touted as the 2-pack’s exclusive, retains the same body shape but with a vastly different color scheme meant to represent Wonder Woman in her more relaxed, casual wear, i.e. not her elaborate and showy “Wonder Woman” outfit. It actually looks quite similar to the 12″ Queen Hippolyta doll recently released with its sortta tan-gold thing going on…what do you even call that color? It’s like…metallic beige or something…

Ares

Now look at dis mofo. Is it cool? Is it not? I’m not even sure. But it is one of the most unique and original Character Cars we’ve ever seen, and for that, it deserves a lot of credit…even if it does come off as a bit abstract. Earlier I mentioned that my knowledge of Wonder Woman mythos is limited – really all I “know” about Ares comes from the Injustice: Gods Among Us fighting game released a couple years back. The car doesn’t quite hit the whole “black-knight-meets-Satan” thing that the game gives us, though it’s definitely got an old world, pagan-esque feel to it…maybe even a bit “occult-adjacent” with the weird emblem thing on top coupled with the red tires and bestial face created at the front.

I can’t say I’ve ever really appreciated Hot Wheels’ tactic of releasing 2-packs with only ONE exclusive in them; however, I do prefer it done this way – the non-exclusive released before its single counterpart. Overall this is a really cool set and I’m glad to see Wonder Woman (the upcoming film) getting some competent (and timely!) love from the Character Car department. It makes me a little sad for all the chances missed in previous films, but at the same time, it’s a promising start for perhaps a new, more comprehensive era of Character Car releases. Will we ever backtrack to Man of Steel for a General Zod or rewind to Suicide Squad for a reasonable collection of relative nobodies like Diablo, Enchantress, Captain Boomerang, or Rick Flagg? (Or Incubus or (I’m having to stifle my laughter) Slipknot or…) The answer is probably not – but I’m trying to stay positive, and like I said, starting with Wonder Woman is better than leaving the new film behind like the others. Really this could be a good chance for the DC side of Hot Wheels to regroup and create a complete and respectable collection as opposed to the random sprawl of Marvel (hooray for no fucking villains! (barely)) and the uneven distribution of Star Wars (why do we have fuckers like Sidon and Biggs and Battle-Damaged Flametrooper before a damn Lando Calrissian!!!??? Why has the prequel trilogy been ignored save for largely fodder like Battle Droid and 501st Clone Trooper? Hey, I’m all for a Carbonite Han or Bossk, but not ahead of (I love railing these off) Qui-Gon, Padme, Mace, Dooku, Jar Jar (I know, I know), and maybe even the likes of Nute Gunray, a younger Obi-Wan, and Commander Cody.) Whatever. Whatever!


Blahph, another entry that took me way too long to type! Anyway, hope you enjoyed a closer look at Wonder Woman #5 and the supercool Ares. I’ve got some more cool shit that I’ma start working on right now so stick around! I’ve got all kindsa shit to talk about – LEGOs, Batman, amiibo, more cars, more and more cars, and man, lots of good stuff.