My goal was to post whatever Car Culture (2nd generation) I acquire for this year in a continuing series but after posting Team Transport wave 1 and the Mazda in Circuit Legend, I got side track with other post so hope to showcase all of them before the end of the year so here is my 179th post with the Team Transport wave 2. Ladies and gentlemen, rev up your engine.
So the latest Team transport now comes in 4 different sets although technically 3 as the GReddy Sakura and Nissan Laurel is a repeat from the first wave.
When I first acquired the first wave, I only found 2 of the 3 set and the GReddy was no where to be found. Now thanks to this repeat I finally completed all of the set.
So let’s first look at the 2 iconic liveries that goes all the way back in the early days of Hot Wheels otherwise known as Mongoose and Snake. These first came out in the early 70's during the redline era.
These cars are based on real life drivers Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, the greatest rivalry and friendship in drag racing history.
And also being both funny cars, these are the only cars in the set that do have opening features, in fact opening bodies.
Here are the 2 car transporters that were included with this set. Although unlicensed I commend Hot Wheels for making them look slightly vintage and realistic.
Here is set number 4 with ‘72 Plymouth Cuda Funny car and Retro Rig.
Here is set number 5 with Plymouth Duster Funny car and Retro Rig.
I notice that although the main cars are not JDM, these set seems the most sought after in my area.
Now let’s look at the 2 others.
So here we have a German and Japanese car. The Porsche 962 has the Momo livery while the Nissan Laurel has the GReddy. The Laurel was first seen in the 2nd release of Japan Historics or simply known as JH2. The Porsche although is similar to the Mazda 787b, Hot Wheels did not give it the removable engine cover treatment. It is also the peg warmer in our area. I know this may seem unusual but the reason I bought the Momo set is due to the unlicensed truck.
Here is the unlicensed truck for the Laurel named Sakura Sprinter.
And the Fleet Flyer.
Cab and base comes in metal while the rest are plastic.
I commend Hot Wheels designers for coming up with realistic looking box trucks which if you squint a little may conjure up images of certain brands.
But these trucks have some shortcomings as well.
First why are these ramps not able to be lowered all the way down so the cars could actually drive up. I know these are toys but during the good old days this type of situation would not have happened.
Size wise these trucks are not 1/64 but way smaller as can be seen with the 1/64 figurine. And the transporter barely had enough room for the Laurel to fit in.
So even with these faults these sets do come with rubber tires and opening features on certain models which makes them still fun to collect and highly recommended.