On my 168th post is another 2nd generation (fully detailed and pricier than the 1st gen) Hot Wheels Car Culture with the recently acquired Mazda 787B under their Circuit Legends series.

When I first heard the news that Hot Wheels will be releasing the Mazda 787B, it wasn’t something I was too excited about as I already acquired the identical car released by Tomica under their TLV. But then there were some shots of a removable hood prototype. That got me wondering how good this would be compare to Tomica.

I am sure a lot of us has a story to tell on how we found or didn’t find a particular model we were seeking. I step in to a Walmart, found out that the Circuit Legends were already on the pegs but notice it wasn’t freshly stock so I knew someone had gone thru it and as expected the new tooling Mazda wasn’t there. I’ve gone back several times and what’s left on the pegs vanished as well.

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So I decided to check on other Walmart and even Target but none were to be found. Then last Friday after an errand I passed by another Walmart and decided to drop by to see what they have in stock. There was a complete set of the Car Culture and finally took the Mazda home.

Design by Mark Jones the detail and design is almost spot on with the real Mazda which won the 24 hours of Le Man’s race in 1991. And the reason this came home with me is the removable hood that exposes the vehicles rear engine, support bars and other drivetrain elements.

Now I did mention ‘Error’ on my heading so what was that all about?

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The wing is slightly tilted to the right or from what I see there’s a slight warp on the wing. This would have been an error collector’s dream but with one problem. Every single model has this error so even if you are not an error collector if you want this die cast you have no choice. So was this a factory error? Some say it was due to packaging but when I inspected it there was ample room inside so it does not seem like it and more likely someone didn’t do a proof read or shall I say proof inspect before proceeding. If anyone has any info other than what my theory is please feel free to share.

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And not only did Hot Wheels go thru with the opening feature, the removable hood is made of metal instead of plastic which was rumored when it was first announced.

And now I will do my comparison with the TLV Mazda.

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Let’s start with the engine. The TLV on the right has great detail which makes the Hot Wheels look more like one molded plastic.

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The TLV has realistic looking separate headlights and wiper while the Hot Wheels was printed/painted on and wiper shape is molded with the windshield.

The TLV does have a removable front as well.

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The Hot Wheels on the left has some sort of a latch that enters the body which makes it less likely to fall off while the TLV does not which is easily removed but if not careful will instantly fall off.

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The TLV does include an accessory which you can place on top of the car.

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Lastly the TLV includes side mirrors and the Hot Wheels has a slightly bigger wheel well and wheels on the front.

So should you get the Hot Wheels or TLV? If you want the TLV you will pay top dollars and is only available in Japan online stores but would advise to not wait while still available as prices will usually go up once the stocks are depleted. The Hot Wheels on the other hand is more affordable but must constantly be on the look out in stores as once it’s on the pegs it will be gone soon unless of course they don’t care about error.