By now most of you have already seen or managed to order the iconic VW Fatlace panel bus created by Hot Wheels. On my 119th post, I present what I considered to be one of the most expensive Hot Wheels sold from a direct source.
I usually don’t go for something exclusive specially that expensive but being a vintage VW collector as well and seeing a nicely done livery, I decided to take the plunge. However nothing seems to go according to plan during the initial pre-order stage. It took me a while to navigate the Illest site to finally find the Hot Wheels merchandise and by then it was sold out. I knew by then I may have to resort to ebay and wondered how much more I need to pay. Good thing I decided to check their site last Monday and found it was on sale again and quickly place the order and it arrived the next day.
When it arrived, the first thing you see is a cardboard box wrapped with tissue wrapping paper. Inside instead of blister pack, it comes with plexi display just like how M2 machine pack their model.
The Fatlace ‘64 VW Bus Hot Wheels Die Cast is based on the life size bus owned by Mark (Fatlace) Arcenal, the founder/creative director of illest! The Hot Wheel’s bus is painted a grey black as seen on GT3RS and has a checkerboard roof. What makes this expensive is probably due to what the Illest website indicated as a one time run and has limited quantities available.
Notice the tires even had the word ‘Fatlace’ printed on it. I like the black dish wheels on this model.
I believe the demand for this model is most likely due to the casting not using a pop culture livery for the first time. Indicated for the adult collector, if you still plan to give this to your kid this may be the most expensive christmas 1/64 die cast toy they’ll ever received.