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"Custom Mustang" review

This one is a special request by vdubyajohn as I originally posted about this on IG. Let’s talk about Mattel/Hot Wheels occasional trips down Memory Lane with the Original 16 or Sweet 16 and specifically, this latest visit with the Custom Mustang, complete with a much sought after original feature, the Open Hood Scoop.

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I thought that this seemed like a companion piece to the Boss 302 from 2017.

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And it does work, sort of. You see, I’m a Mustang guy, obviously, but for those who don’t truly know:

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And one more

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When I heard about and saw the mock-ups for this new Custom Mustang, I was pretty excited. Then I got it. I should say, I saw the pictures on the HW website. It’s bad. I had hoped that warning you always get, “Final product may differ from photos.” would ring true but this was not the case, as usual. Yes, obviously I bought it and could have passed this one up, but it’s a Mustang.

So how bad is it? Well, recently HW revisited the Custom Camaro a couple of times and compared to the original redlines, the orange RLC car is damn close, while the black membership car is perfect.

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Perfect!

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Ok, it shouldn’t be black but, who cares! It’s perfect.

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By the way, the red Camaro is a car I had restored to its former glory while the blue one is unrestored as vdubyajohn can attest.

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So how about the Custom Mustang? Is it any good at all or just bad all around?

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Here, we have both red and blue O16 redlines in unrestored condition (the blue wears repro wheels), an olive green Vintage 25th Anniversary collection Custom Mustang, and our newest entry.

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The O16 and Vintage look ok, although the Vintage rear is lower, but something is off about the new one.

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Ah yes. The hood is thicker, for sure. And the grille area is off as well. The rear looks ok, I guess. I would’ve gone black on the tail. But again, something is off.

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There it is. The wheels! Why in the world did HW decide to make them too skinny in the front and too wide in the back?!? Once again, the Camaro is perfect.

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Here is a better look at the issue.

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I know HW has always been full of GM guys but sheesh. I am a Mustang guy. I understand what the Mustang means to the Camaro and what the Camaro means to the Mustang. They are the Yin and the Yang.

This latest iteration of the Custom Mustang seems to be even just slightly narrower than the original. But the wheels make it bad. The front grille reminds me of Family Guy when Stewie makes a clone of himself and he’s just off.

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I would actually consider doing a wheel swap on this one, it’s that bad. Fix the wheels and it’s passable.

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TL:DR - the new Custom Mustang is a dog turd.

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