Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Nope, not autocorrect. When I got my JL Chevelle that I featured on Sunday, I had my boys with me and they both picked out a Hot Wheels. Child #2A picked one of the chrome fantasy cars, and #2B picked this Mustang. When we got home, #2A declared proudly to my wife, “I got a shiny car and [#2B] got a Mustache!” Later, the boys were talking about the “Stangmus”.

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Illustration for article titled Hot Wheels 2005 Mustache - First Impressions

Anyway, we all knew this one was coming, but I haven’t seen much post-release coverage, so I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents on the all-important chin spoiler. No surprise, it looks terrible in the up position. And it looks good down (even got a transmission cooler or something in there):

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Now, we were wondering how HW can make this work without adding another piece, and the answer (I believe) is that they didn’t. Without taking apart my son’s car, I can’t verify this, but I believe that the chin spoiler is just a hinged part of one of the other pieces (probably the interior, but could be the chassis, since they’re both black). I think this because it has a distressing tendency to slowly go back up. There’s a little tab on the front of the chassis that’s supposed to hold it down, but it doesn’t reliably work.

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The good news is that a dab of super glue would likely do the trick.

Otherwise, it’s a handsome casting.

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I’m not 100% sold on the orange windows. I like clear windows and I like it when they use the window piece for the headlights. Dunno how I feel about using window piece for the taillights.

So yeah, it’s not perfect, but the adjustable chin spoiler seems to be a decent compromise and I hope they keep using it. I don’t mind deploying super glue if that’s what it takes to keep my cars from having scrunched faces. I’m not much of a Mustang collector, but I will totally pick up one of these for myself if I can find another one (there was only the 1 on the pegs on Sunday).

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