It wasn’t that long ago that Mattel announced a collaboration between Nintendo and Hot Wheels to bring us collectors 1/64 scale versions of our favorite Mario characters on Karts from the Mario Kart games. I was surprised that my local Target already had them in stock, a full set sitting on the electronics counter that I happened to spot out the corner of my eye.
This first series includes Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi. Mario and Peach ride on standard Karts, but Luigi and Yoshi sport upgraded cars and Bowser rocks a pink Badwagon. My toddler boys are just starting to get into playing Mario Kart on our old Wii, so they haven’t stopped playing with these since I brought them home the other day. These cars work surprisingly well on the Hot Wheels tracks that we’ve built too, but Mattel will certainly be taking more of my money as soon as I fine the Mario circuit track. More favorites like Toad, Koopa Troopa, and Wario should be coming out in future releases, too.