To put a long story short, I don’t expect to find a lot of the more desirable Hot Wheels castings here in Malaysia, so when I got the chance to get an entire case of 12 cars, saying no when I had more than enough money for it was difficult. Writing about it? Well, nobody’s tried reviewing every one of them at once, right?
The contents of the case I got was 12 cars, as stated on the box; namely 2 Carrera GTs, 2 935/78s, 2 917Ks, 2 993 GT2s and 1 each of the 918 Spyder, 914/6, Boxster Spyder and 959. Every car is made in Thailand, and has the standard construction of ZAMAC body, plastic chassis and regular wheels. And on to the individual cars... while still carded that is!
First up, the Porsche Carrera GT. One of the nicer Porsche castings Hot Wheels has made recently. The reflections off the engine cover hint at something unusual...
Yes, those domes are indeed molded in the clear plastic of the glasshouse instead of being part of the ZAMAC body like the regular car (the 2013 Asphalt Assault version in the picture). This has come at the cost of the detail tampos the 2013 car has, though.
Moving on to the 914/6, we have it in a fine racing livery. While I’m not sure of whether it surpasses that of the Hot Wheels Boulevard version, it certainly is a better fit for the car than the Flying Customs livery. Note the fictional sponsor.
Next, we have the Porsche 935/78. It comes in racing colours that remind me of the Gulf livery sported by the longtail McLaren F1 GTRs at Le Mans. Not a bad colour scheme to use at all! Again, the sponsors are all fictional.
Following that, we have the 917K. The small size of the tampo text surprises me, maybe I’m not that used to Hot Wheels cars with such detailed tampos...
A better look at the tampos on the top of the car.
And those at the front of the car.
Following that, we have the 918 Spyder Concept Study. It comes in a livery that probably wouldn’t be out of place on a Weissach Package car. I’d like Hot Wheels to make a production 918 casting already but...
Yeah, Hot Wheels, you earn some respite for now.
Next up, the 993 GT2. This casting is really popular, and with good reason! The fine detail work on this car makes it a real standout piece, and the fact that it’s a racer makes the racing decals even more fitting.
A better look at the decals along the top and bonnet of the car (apologies for the reflected glare)
A notable thing about the GT2 is that its metallic paint is finished in a flat coat, resulting in an effect more reminiscent of the Cool Classics cars than anything. I’ve brought out the 935/78 and a Cool Classics GT500 to compare and contrast, although I’m not sure if the picture does it justice.
And here we have the oldest casting of the lot, the 959. It certainly shows its age, but the livery is still nice, if not quite the rally car liveries the 959 is somewhat famed for. I still have a soft spot for it, seeing as I had a silver one when I was little (maybe I can restomod that one). Besides, it’s quite the looker.
And then... there’s the Boxster Spyder. What is there to say... well, the giant white stripe below the Porsche lettering seems to emphasise that someone evidently scaled the height at 110% compared to the other dimensions and didn’t notice.
At least the headlights and bonnet badge are detailed.
I purchased the case at a cost of RM 170 from Mothership Toys, and yes, the price has dropped since. However, most department stores that stock the series here charge RM 15 a car, so I still won... right? Such is collecting in the South East Asia region.