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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?

I Discovered Another ALL-NEW Marvel Character Car!

Pretty wild, right? I mean I know that adding a battle-damaged Rocket Raccoon to the pantheon wasn’t the most exciting to break, but I still kinda wonder, why was I the first to run across it?

A similar thing happened to me Thursday night. Yeah I know, post is a bit late but I get to it when I get to it. So yeah, I’m at TRU Thursday evening, mostly hoping to run across the upcoming Vulture or perhaps even Doomsday but no… Instead I’m immediately drawn to a 2-pack featuring the Spider-Man: Homecoming packaging. Now at that point the only Homecoming cars I’d seen were those featuring – duh – Spidey and Iron Man. So as quickly as I got excited about the 2-pack, I almost instantly deflated because I figured it was the 2 cars I’d just recently gotten off of eBay.

But I picked it up nonetheless, and my mind quickly put together that there ought to be an exclusive in here…BAM: Exclusive Spider-Man: Homemade Suit. Hey, that’s a a little more exciting than a battle-damaged Rocket, eh? The Iron Man alongside Mr. Homemade Suit is the “new” Homecoming Iron Man that just came out.

Homecoming Character Cars 2-Pack

Yeah yeah, it’s just a repaint of the new Homecoming version of Spider-Man, but I do appreciate the gesture from Hot Wheels even if it does feel like they’re milking it a bit much. Anyone out there a Mortal Kombat fan circa 1992 – 1997? If so, you’ll probably remember that one of the main criticisms leveled at the franchise was its use of palette-swapped characters – basically the same outfit was used on more than one character but the color of the outfit was changed. Think Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Ermac, Noob Saibot, Rain, etc. They did it with the ladies too: Kitana, Mileena, Jade, and the little-known Khameleon. Anyway, at the time, it was a clever(ish) way of getting more characters out of less space. Instead of putting in a whole new character, all you needed to do was “swap” out a color (or entire palette – however small it may be – to be more precise) and add in a few new special moves. What I’m saying is that it kinda feels like Hot Wheels is doing this, except it isn’t for some lofty purpose like giving us more characters. Rather we’re just getting multiple versions of the same character. I guess I would be a little less critical if more of the color changes were dramatic rather than the small-ish ones we usually see.

Before I sign off to try and bang out another article about cool new shit, I do want to extrapolate a pertinent implication heralded by the release of this 2-pack. Remember the pamphlet present in the new Spider-Man and Iron Man cars that I posted scans of a few days ago? Now this ain’t my first trip around the playground, so even after seeing such a list, I was careful not to jump to conclusions, and indeed somewhere near the end I mention that just because someone wasn’t on this list didn’t mean that they wouldn’t appear. The 2-pack is interesting proof of this – not the 2-pack itself, but the inclusion of the Homemade Suit Spider-Man. This fella wasn’t present on the insert, so voila, fucking proof that not every upcoming car is featured on the insert. Now I may have my foot in my mouth post-Ragnarok when Homemade Homeboy is the only car to be released that wasn’t on the pamphlet, but technically I will still be / have been correct! It won’t be a victory to savor, but my point is that just maybe we don’t have to give up on a Shocker car or – how hard would it be – a fucking villain from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Alright fiends, I’m off to serve up some more delicious new shit. I hope I’m not too late with this info – well, I know I’m a little late but maybe I’ll get it out there somewhat timely. So read this (I’m guessing that you already have and assuming you didn’t just jump down to the last paragraph) and then check back every hour or two for some new fun stuff. Adieu!

New Hot Wheels SPIDER-MAN / SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING Set at Walmart with Special Chase Car

New Hot Wheels SPIDER-MAN / SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING Set at Walmart with Special Chase Car

As I was doing my rounds this past weekend, not expecting to find anything in particular, I ran across this brand new set of 6 Spider-Man cars at Walmart. These fall into what I’ve come to call “Fake Character Cars,” just because that became a term my son and I used to describe this class of vehicles. Unlike a Character Car which represents a given character, these are more like vehicles that commemorate a certain character or event. I love the artwork on these things, and even though they aren’t as high-end as the “Pop Culture” series that crops up occasionally, I think they’re fun to collect.

The story picks up a little steam a day or two later when I visited my local Walmart. Now my closest Walmart (5 minutes or so) is pretty good when it comes to character cars but they can be a week or two behind when it comes to the fun Walmart-only stuff. Sometimes they never get it at all. I was excited to see the new Spider-Man cars, but what caught my eye was what seemed to be a 7th car in the series. The cars are numbered ” X / 6 ” and the back only shows 6 cars, but sometimes these sets contain a “chase car,” which is somewhat similar to a Treasure Hunt / Super Treasure Hunt. Within these Walmart sets, “chase car” usually means a sort of “secret,” extra car in the series that’s produced in limited quantities. It isn’t officially numbered, but if you look on the back, you’ll see the other cars in the set. The most recent one I know of came out with the Batman v Superman set of 7 cars; the 8th car was a purple Overbored with “Hero” scrawled on the card.

I snatched up the 5 or 6 that I could find. I’ve been to another Walmart since, also full of Spider-Man cars, and they had 0 zero chase cars. That’s 3 Walmarts and I only saw ’em at one.

Spidey

I love the packaging on this one – the simple but elegant card and the sporty, slighty futuristic look of the Scoopa di Fuego gives it that austere, highly collectible look…like some kinda super special limited edition shit. I’ll definitely have to open one for my own collection, but since I found so many the other day, I might just keep one in the packaging for myself as well.

Spidey - Homecoming

Power Rage

Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Spidey - Homecoming

Teegray

Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

These next 2 also celebrate the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, presumably Spidey’s new outfit and appearance even if we don’t yet know the significance (if any) that these aspects carry. I dig that one’s primarily red and the other blue, and I really love the design of the Teegray – I think it was used to great effect.

Vulture

Power Bomb

Spider-Man vs. Vulture

Now we move back into oldschool territory with art from the comics; #3 kicks it off with a battle between the web-slinger and – appropriately enough – the Vulture. At first glance Power Bomb looks a helluva lot like the Greedo Character Car (from Star Wars). The car itself is pretty cool, and I can sortta see a big lanky bird somewhere in there!

Scorpion

Jaded

Spider-Man vs. Scorpion

Next up we’re looking at Spidey vs. Scorpion, another drab-green, animal-themed villain. (Weird.) I don’t know what in the hell Jaded evokes when it comes to the Scorpion, but hey, I love the car’s design and I also like the way the tiny but detailed graphics have been integrated.

Shocker

Golden Yellow

Spider-Man vs. Shocker

Clocking in at #5 is another match-up that we’re expecting to see re-imagined in the new flick. The vibrant red and yellow of the Golden Arrow is in stark contrast to the cool greens used thus far. It may not have the jagged look of your traditional lightning bolt, but the colors closely align with the Shocker’s comic book appearance and that bright yellow serves as a reminder of the raw power that the villain possesses.

Prowler

Drift King

Spider-Man vs. Prowler

Lastly we have one of Spider-Man’s lesser known foes, the Prowler. Funny thing is when I first glanced at the card in the store, I thought it was the Beetle. It wasn’t until I later inspected them and saw “Prowler” written among the car’s graphics. I also love the overall look of the Drift King…it has a sleek, predatory nature that perfectly fits its name.

Alright, well, that about does it for these guys! I have more Spider-Man cars like this too; the situation is kinda weird, because there like 2 sets of 10 (something like that) yet 6 of the cars overlapped…it amounts to not needing both sets to snag all the individuals.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Send ’em my way! Stay tuned for a piece about a brand new toy…. And after that I’ve got another 3 or 4 or so I wanna type up and then I’m gonna see if I can find some time to work on site infrastructure a little. Wish me luck!

MANTIS!

MANTIS!

I finally got her! Paid out the nose for the same thing no doubt, but got her! It’ll be interesting to see how rare her and Nebula really are when all is said and done.

Mantis

Now the Guardians of the Galaxy subset of Character Cars is quite large:

  • Star-Lord
  • Gamora
  • Drax (the Destroyer)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Vol. 1)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Vol. 2)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Battle-Damaged)
  • Groot
  • Go-Kart Groot
  • Go-Kart Groot> (Exclusive “Green”)
  • Yondu (All-Terrain Back Wheels) (Probably the “correct,” intended variant.)
  • Yondu (Smooth Back Wheels) (Likely the error.)
  • Nebula
  • Mantis
  • Groot Hauler (I know I know, may seem like a stretch but it’s officially labeled as “character car.”>)

Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting Star-Lord’s father (Ego?) despite what I presume will be a bigger part in Vol. 2 than probably Nebula and Mantis combined – they did get Kurt Russel for the role after all. And then of course no villains…could’ve very easily done a Ronan car back when the first film dropped.

Anyway, stick around. Got some more stuff I’ma try to bang out this evening and into the late night!

DC Doomsday Character Car Revealed!

Alright, this’ll be quick but I wanted to go ahead and get it out there…

Big thanks to C. for finding this over at Target’s website. Occasionally posting items way way way ahead of their release date seems to be a somewhat common occurrence over at Target.com, so take the whole, “this shit ain’t neva gonna be available to you” assertions with a grain of salt:

Doomsday

Neat huh? Here’s the official link if you’re interested. Overall I think Doomsday will be a wonderfully badass entry in the series. Until then…

BREAKING NEWS: Brand New MARVEL Character Cars on the Horizon!

Yo yo, I’m probably not the first to break this but I’ve gotta be at least near the top right? Anyway, late last week when the Spider-Man: Homecoming cars dropped I ordered the new Spidey and Iron Man cars. When they arrived less than 48 hours ago, I noticed what looked to be a folded up pamphlet in the bubble. I mean it’s not obvious what the small paper is, but similar pamphlets are in other toys.

So late last night / earlier this morning, while I was finishing up the previous article, I decided to open one of these new ones and check out just what that little slip of paper had to say. Once unfolded, it revealed a small checklist, front and back, of existing and presumably upcoming Marvel Character Cars!

(The following are not mere pictures, but actual scans of the pamphlet. Enjoy!)

Vulture

This is one of 3 cars under the Spider-Man: Homecoming heading, alongside the new Spider-Man and Iron Man cars. So far it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting Shocker or anything else from the new film, though it is entirely possible that the checklist isn’t necessarily complete or exhaustive. Still, Vulture looks better than I would’ve expected!

Deadpool

Deadpool is in an unnamed class all by its lonesome which I guess makes perfect sense! We’re long overdue for a Deadpool if you ask me, I just wish he had an adversary or something to go with him. C’mon Marvel, we need villains! I know you wanna focus on the heroes themselves and their characters, but you can do complex and engaging shit with bad dudes too! </endrant&rt;

Thor: Ragnarok

Next up is the entire subsection dedicated to future film Thor: Ragnarok. Thor was always a great looking (if a tad simplistic) character car and I really love the update. The Hulk could be a little less than impressive at times, but this gladiator-esque look really suits him. And did you notice…? I can barely contain myself….we’re gettin’ a damn Loki! A little late if you ask me, but better late than never. Love the super-curled-back horns! Lastly we have Valkyrie, some chick who I know nothing about. A quick glance at Wikipedia tells me…that she’s a heroine Fuck it I quit. Ok maybe not, and we certainly need females, but we need some evil!

Here’s the front and back of the sheet if you want to take a closer look. Click on each to bring it up larger in a new window. Do you have a different looking checklist? Let me know! And let me know if you start to see these guys popping up as well!

Checklist
Checklist

Where Did This Set Come From? (Iron Man / Hulkbuster)

Yeah ok, should be doing something off my “to fucking write about” list, but I’ve had this set on my mind lately and I just can’t seem to find out anything about it! And part of that is because I don’t really know what to call it, like officially…Hot Wheels Iron Man & Hulkbuster Character Cars…? This doesn’t even really set it apart from the standard releases, at least from the perspective of plugging in search terms.

Character Car Set

Character Car Set

Here it is: a nice box set featuring Iron Man & Hulkbuster. Pretty cool, right? We get some artwork, the “Real Riders” and “Metal/Metal” logos, and, oh wait, what’s that, the “Character Cars” stamp? Well hang on a minute, that means this can’t be all that old, right? Hot Wheels ushered out this new packaging right around the end of 2016. The only reason I even thought to bring this up was because the Hulkbuster suit has only been featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron and not in anything even remotely recent like, say, Civil War. I mean it’s not a crime to break out the box – I wish the Marvel/Hot Wheels wing would do it more actually – but it is unusual to create this very display-worthy set without it referencing something very current and visible.

Now let’s take a peek inside!

Iron Man & Hulkbuster

Iron Man & Hulkbuster

Wow, it is tough to beat that lustrous, metallic, shiny red and gold. These aren’t new castings, but they’re not just repainted versions of their previous counterparts either. There are some minute aesthetic changes in detail and decoration; I don’t really have the vocabulary to describe the parts of these vehicles, but if you compare them to earlier versions, you can easily see the added flourishes and highlights.

Iron Man & Hulkbuster

I quickly crammed together a shot of the “shiny one” with a “regular” one, the first version of the Iron Man “Rocketcar” to be specific. The differences are minor but visible.

So Cubes, have a good time showing off…? No! I mean yeah! But no wait! That’s not the point! What I want to know is where in the hell did these things come from? I found them quite a while back – 2 or 3 months at least, maybe a little more – when I was doing blanket searches for anything new popping up for hot wheels marvel. I dug around for Sold Listings of the same, and it looked like one other had been sold about a week or so prior. Since then, I only remember seeing one or two of these sets up for sale, though it’s definitely possible that there are more considering I haven’t specifically looked for the set in quite some time.

It can’t be all that old because of the “Character Cars” logo. Based on the listings I’ve seen and the prices it’s sold for, it doesn’t seem to be anything as special or as limited as a convention exclusive. Maybe some kind of special order internet thing…? I dunno, I can’t figure it out. Whatever it is is dedicated to the collector’s market…then again we don’t get anything nearly as elaborate as Secret Wars or Daredevil vs. Punisher or even the Harley / Suicide Squad thing from the DCU side of things. It’s nice and classy and worthy of display, but it’s also about as simple as you can get.

If these things were just sitting on a shelf in a store somewhere I guess I could understand, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. Are they super limited edition!? I don’t see anything regarding production numbers anywhere.

So fellas, enlighten me: where in the hell did this come from? Do you have one? Where’d you get yours? Have you seen lots of these for sale lately? Or ever? If you 100% absolutely know what’s up that’s great, but even if you don’t, I’m curious about your thoughts and speculation and any experiences you’ve had with the set!

Stick around after this folks, cuz I’ve got some really cool shit to tune you into. I was gonna preempt this article with the news but I’ve only got a few pics left to take and we’rd good to go. Anyway, you don’t wanna miss my next piece…and of course all of my other articles!