A few days ago we got that little Twitter teaser from Hot Wheels regarding the upcoming Infinity War subset. (Thanks again, C.!) Since then – in the last 24 to 48 hours – eBay has been flooded with these new arrivals. We’ll get to them in a second, but before this little tidbit gets lost in the fray, I want to a draw attention to a single listing that I stumbled upon while browsing…
It’s a THANOS Flip Fighter!
Alright alright alright, maybe the Flip Fighters aren’t the first thing to get all hot n’ bothered over, but I was shocked to see this puppy pop up, and (so far) seemingly from only a single seller out there! It looks exactly like the regular Character Car, but for the sake of posterity, here’s a pic of it lifted off eBay. I wish we could see the back to see if any other newcomers are slated for release but I suspect we’ll see it on shelves before too long.
Cool? Yeah? Ok. I bet it won’t flip for shit…
With eBay inundated with the new Infinity War Character Cars over a matter of hours, we’ve got a pretty darn clear picture of what to expect. For the record, they have not hit the shelves in my area yet, but with this being such a hyped event and with so damn many on eBay, I’m in no rush to get scalped just yet. However, plenty of other toys from the upcoming flick have made it to the shelves of Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, etc. such as action figures, Legos, and bigger props like Thor’s axe-hammer. That trackset that I spotted a week or so back – the first piece of Infinity War gear I saw – seems to have cropped up in most places as well.
It looks like we have a grand total of 7 cars, at least for the time being, released under the Infinity War subset:
- Doctor Strange
- Iron Man Mark 50
- Rocket (Raccoon)
- Captain America
Of the 7, it looks like we have 3 repaints and 2 brand new designs:
- Thor – Black Repaint
- Groot – Leaves/Greenery in the “Head” Area
- Captain America – New Even Fucking Darker Blue!
- Iron Man Mark 50 – New Design (Like the Thanos Trackset)
- Thanos – New Design / All-new Character
What’s bizarre is that Black Panther was featured in Hot Wheels’ Twitter video…but that’s ok, ‘cuz it would’ve been totally silly to re-release him in new packaging so soon. If we take a look at the whole of merchandising, particularly the 6″ and oversized 12″ action figures, it looks like several other characters with a prominent role were skipped over for the “Character Car” treatment (not exactly sure whether or not to count Black Panther): Star-Lord, Gamora, Black Widow, Hulk (maybe only as Bruce Banner…?), Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and I think that’s everyone I’ve seen so far in Infinity War-branded packaging excluding Legos and all their strange additions.
Now if you know anything about the actual event in the comics, you’ll realize that one of those Infinity Gems is in, well, a really awkward spot…Vision’s head. So I guess we’ll see him at some point, eh? I remember seeing a quick glimpse of Mantis with the Guardians during a preview, but where be Yondu, Nebula, Drax?
Unfortunately, this won’t help our whole “lop-sided” hero/villain thing with Marvel’s Character Cars, but at least we’ll have a worthy villain.
I’m gonna spare lifting pics of these off eBay for the time being. If you really want to see them there are loads of pics out there. Judging from the speed in which large numbers of these popped up, I doubt they’ll be absent local shelves for long, so hopefully the next pics I’ll have to share will be my own.
So who’s your favorite? Thanos right? Yeah! What do you think of the overall selection in light of what promises to be a huge cast? Does it seem arbitrary? Would you prefer to see more new models and less repaints? Or maybe our very first Scarlet Witch car rather than, like, the 7th version of Cap? Perhaps the film will be major enough to entail another wave after the initial 7… I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, share some of your thoughts and opinions with me here!