Needless to say, the Datsun hype would drown all the rest of the cars from the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Favorites Car Culture set. However, from the time I saw the cars being opened, I had a different view. The Datto was probably not the must-have in the set, at least to my eyes.

The glorious ‘69 VW Squareback would be that. I always felt like HW had done the absolute best it can do for the casting here; a neat colour scheme, a fitting decal scheme and (am not I surprised by this) tampo work which as absolutely screaming perfect, coupled with the fitting deep dish RR steelies. It is hard to find fault with this. Quite hard.

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The neat decal theme is apparently continued in the Shop Trucks series’ VW Caddy. Unfortunately I don’t have that for comparison here.

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I am not too sure on whether the Squareback is a favorite among the collectors. However, this is a class act. Take a bow, Mattel.

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