Tag: hot wheels

DONKEY KONG Character Car is Here!

Ok, it’s not here as in it’s in my hands, but it does exist in some decent quantity! I’ve started noticing them on eBay, granted at the going rate of roughly $20 as of writing this.

Donkey Kong Character Car

Interestingly enough, it’s being releases alongside the entire original 6-car set. Makes sense, right? They just tacked on Donkey Kong as number 7. Yeah that’s cool…except that if you’ve seen any Mario Character Cars around lately you’ve probably just seen Mario and Yoshi with no mention or even allusion to any Mario Character Cars in existence. They changed up the packaging and everything; no more numbers, Mario advertises Yoshi and Yoshi advertises Mario, and that’s it. (I’ve mentioned this before; Hot Wheels has given similar treatment to Spongebob and Despicable Me 3, very, very soon after the larger original run in the case of the latter.) I dunno, just seems weird to me to push the whole 6 car set back a couple of summers ago (2015, I think), wait for them all to disappear over the next few months, and then roughly six months ago re-release Mario and Yoshi as if nothing had happened. I don’t mean to stay so hung up on it, it just seems like a really bizarre move, especially with regards to something like Mario where we could probably put together a list of characters and critters numbering in the low hundreds.

So yeah, he’s out there! It doesn’t look like any of the other cars have been changed but as always, I’ll need to take a closer look before definitively saying so. Hopefully this one won’t be too hard to find as distribution spreads since I see Mario & Yoshi all the time.

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I Found ALL of the New SOLO Hot Wheels Toys (Character Cars, Starships, Carships, All-Terrain, & Battle Rollers)!

Alright folks, I don’t want to be too repetitive of the previous post, but in the midst of gathering up all that info and trying to write the article I ended up finding every bit of the Solo stuff I listed plus some brand-new Battle Rollers that I didn’t know existed. Funny thing is I found them all at my local Target and have yet to see them anywhere else – I fear that our closest Walmart got a little too excited about the Black Panther / Ragnarok wave and there is still a massive glut of these guys jamming up the shelves. Anyways, it was kind of a cool story…

Maybe you know and maybe you don’t, but I try to hit up the closest Walmart and Target fairly early in the mornings. Target opens at 7am and Walmart is 24 hours, and oftentimes it takes Target an hour or two to get their toys stocked for the day. Depending on how early I get out and/or how bare Target’s shelves look, sometimes I pop back over in the early afternoon. I’m not sure what the exact time was this past Friday, but I did notice several new Battle Rollers on the shelves along with a few other action figures. Some of them were re-issues – I’ll need to look at the older ones to make sure – but I’m comfortable saying there’s at least 4 or 5 all-new ones. So that was cool…not quite the home run I was hoping for but definitely some proof that Solo stuff was potentially very close.

I spent that afternoon and early evening scrubbing down North Raleigh Targets in particular in hopes of finding more. Nothing. Not even the Battle Rollers. Most stores didn’t have anything related to Solo though one did have an end-of-aisle display with some figures and several empty racks (though none that suggested Character Cars or Starships).

I was fairly dejected after all that searching on Friday, but I reminded myself I was that much closer to Saturday. I set out again to my local Target and BAM. I found the Han, Chewy, and Lando Character Cars, all of the new Starships (at least the ones available so far), and both All-Terrains. This left one little hole – did you spot it? That’s right, the sole Carship of the lot. I figured worst case scenario I could buy this online. But I also realized Target didn’t seem to have the full “case” of Character Cars stocked. So I went back late Sunday morning and they had a few of the other reissues I hadn’t spotted the day before (3PO, R2) plus – hell yeah – the (new) Millennium Falcon Carship!

And that’s it. Within a little over 48 hours I got a hold of all the new Solo Hot Wheels toys! I’ll drag the camera out pretty soon, get some real pics, and also give you the specifics on which Battle Rollers are new. For now I’ma wrap this up though – I’ve got a couple of other things I want to go over before they get too very old!

DONKEY KONG Character Car Coming Soon!

Hey hey, another massive shoutout to C. for dropping this bombshell on me…Hot Wheels has announced (via Twitter) that a new Donkey Kong Character Car will join the ranks of the other Mario Character Car in the near future. Check out the pic they included:

Donkey Kong Character Car

Looks pretty good alongside the rest, I’d say. I especially like the barrel on the back.

However, due to some dubious wording, in sounds like Hot heels just might be insinuating that DK will be a GameStop exclusive. I sure hope not. I hope it’s just a quick attempt at bridging he gap between gamers and collectors. GameStop does, after all, stock small numbers of Character Cars, though they seem to be primarily from Star Wars.

Here’s the actual text from the tweet:

Wa-hoo! 🙌 Rolling into #MAR10Day with a SUPER cast of #HotWheels Character Cars! 🏎💨🍌 Coming soon to @GameStop!

Whatcha think? Are they just drawing a quick connection between DK as a video game character and GameStop as a game retailer? It’d be awful weird if this whole exclusivity thing started here and now. Chime in with your $0.02 below.

THANOS Flip Fighter!!?? (Plus INFINITY WAR Character Car Specifics)

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.

Thanos Flip Fighter (Marvel Character Car)

Cool? Yeah? Ok. I bet it won’t flip for shit…

Onward!


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
  • Thor
  • Rocket (Raccoon)
  • Groot
  • Captain America
  • Thanos

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!