2019 Hot Wheels HW Flames ’66 Chevy Nova

This 2019 HW Flames ’66 Chevy Nova is the second of three items I got recently in the mail from my friend Brad. Two years ago we saw the ’66 Nova included in the excellent HW Flames 5-pack, but the flames on this 2019 version are even more impressive, covering not only both sides of the car, but the hood and top as well.

There is also a black variation of this car showing up in stores now, and when I find one of those, I’ll include it on this page.

Hot Wheels | FYC42 | 2019 HW Flames | ’66 Chevy Nova | red with white and yellow flames | MC5

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2019 Hot Wheels Pop Culture X-Men ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery

I got a package of nice cars the other day from my friend and fellow car-hunter, Brad. Included in the package was this Hot Wheels 2019 Pop Culture X-Men ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery. The X-Men series delivers 5 great castings along with killer card art from some of the great names in comic book art:

  • ’49 Ford COE (Ultimate X-Men – Michael Turner)
  • ’64 Chevy® Nova™ Delivery (X-Men – Jim Lee)
  • ’71 Plymouth Satellite (Astonishing X-Men – John Cassaday)
  • Combat Medic (Uncanny X-Men – Terry Dodson)
  • Nissan Skyline Van (All-New X-Men – Stuart Immonen)

It is difficult to resist finding all of these for my collection, but I’m more than happy to add another nice variation to my many Novas. On this ’64 Delivery, the fantastic art of Jim Lee is set off with a beautiful set of gray Larry Wood five-spokes.

My other ’64 Nova Delivery models are (click to open the page): 2018 Pop Culture Nestle Sno Caps; 2017 Pop Culture MAD; 2016 Pop Culture Nestle 100 Grand; 2015 Pop Culture Marvel Spider Man.


Hot Wheels | FYN93 | 2019 Pop Culture X-Men | ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery | gray with Storm and Magneto graphics | gray LW5

The back of the card shows the other castings in the series. Check out the HotWheelCollectors website to see the other amazing card art.

2019 Hot Wheels Team Transport ’66 Super Nova and Retro Rig

A few weeks ago at Target, I managed to find my Team Transport ’66 Super Nova. After the 2018 Drag Strip Demons Super Nova, this is only the second version of this casting that I’ve been able to add to my collection.

The Car Culture Team Transport series, which debuted in 2018 and includes castings like the Porsche 356 Speedster, the ’69 Nissan Skyline Van and the ’71 Datsun 510 – each paired with a car hauler in matching racing livery – has been full of releases that have been hard for me to resist.

The ’66 Super Nova and Retro Rig Combo is from the third mix of this very popular series.

Hot Wheels | FYT09 | 2019 Car Culture Team Transport #7 | ’66 Super Nova and Retro Rig | matte black with silver Black Hole Racing trim | Goodyear black rrdrags / rrprf

1988 Hot Wheels Blown Camaro Z-28

The Hot Wheels Blown Camaro Z-28 is a customized version of the real-life third-generation (1982-1992) Chevrolet Camaro. This turquoise model with magenta, yellow and white tampo and gold Hot Ones is from the 1988 mainlines and came to me in the Collection of Big A.

There were about 26 variations of the Blown Camaro Z-28 produced before it was retooled in 1992. The more recent casting, ’80s Camaro, has no sunroof and a closed-up hood.

Hot Wheels | 1988 | 5901 | Blown Camaro Z-28 | turquoise w/purple, yellow and white trim | MY | gho

2018 Hot Wheels Drag Strip Demons Novas

When the Hot Wheels Drag Strip Demons were introduced in 2009, they were a big hit. The series, which continued through 2010, featured 18 different castings – 13 of them brand new. They had Real Riders and metal bases, and many were carefully decorated to represent real-life drag cars. So, many of us were excited in 2018 when Hot Wheels brought back the Drag Strip Demons in the Car Culture lineup.

The 2018 edition had five different castings, including the ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser, ’65 Dodge Coronet, ’65 Mercury Cyclone Comet, and the two Novas featured here – the ’66 Super Nova and the ’63 Chevy Nova AWB. The amazingly detailed cars are enhanced by beautifully illustrated card art. I wasn’t able to find these locally, but my hunting friend, Brad, sent me these from New Mexico.

The Hot Wheels ’66 Super Nova was first released in 2012 in limited numbers exclusively on HotWheelsCollectors.com. It was offered again through the Red Line Club in 2014 and 2017, then was a Nationals Convention Car in 2018 – all of these in fairly limited production. This is the first variation that is more widely available and the first of this casting that I’ve added to my collection. It is also available in the 2019 Car Culture: Team Transport series, so I will be on the lookout for that one as well.

I’m not sure if this ’66 Nova is based on a real drag car, rather I suspect it is a nod to the legendary Hot Wheels designer whose name appears on the doors.

Hot Wheels | FVN70 | 2018 Car Culture Drag Strip Demons 5/5 | ’66 Super Nova | blue with light blue, gray and white trim | Goodyear rrdrags / rrprf

The Hot Wheels ’63 Nova AWB was first cast for the 2009 Drag Strip Demons series and a second variation was included in the same series the following year. This 2018 release is only the third variation of the car to be produced, though a similar casting, the ’63 Chevy II, has made regular appearances in the mainlines since 2016.

Again, I’m not sure if the livery is based on a real-life drag car, but I see some similarities to the Chevy 2 Much – and the later Chevy 2 Much II – built by Doug Thorley in Southern California.

Hot Wheels | FVN73 | 2018 Car Culture Drag Strip Demons 2/5 | ’63 Chevy Nova AWB | red with light blue, black and white trim | Goodyear rrmag

1988 Hot Wheels Color Racers ’55 Chevy

The Hot Wheels ’55 Chevy was first cast in 1982 and was released in around 30 different variations up until its inclusion in the Final Run Series of 2001. I recently rescued this example – the only one I have in my collection – from one of my reject buckets. It is from the 1988 Color Racers series and would have been found in one of many different 3-Packs.

Applying heat to this car turns it somewhat more to the yellow side of orange. (We can assume the effect would have been more dramatic when the car was new.) In this case, it mostly seems to lessen the contrast around the areas of chipped paint.

Hot Wheels | 1990 | 1440 | Color Racers 3-Pack | ’55 Chevy | orange to yellow with blue red and yellow trim | MY | bw

Hot Wheels 1992 Power Plower and 1993 Bywayman

The Hot Wheels Bywayman, based on a 1973 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was released in 1979. It had a nice, long run of 34 variations up until the 2003 Final Run Series. In 1980, the casting was slightly modified to include a plastic blade on the front and was released in 5 separate variations as Super Scraper. The model was renamed Pavement Pounder in 1985, then Power Plower in 1986, and was seen in another 15 versions.

The challenge in collecting this casting – which, in addition to the sometimes plastic plow, features a plastic roll bar with running lights mounted on top – is finding them with all of their parts intact. My Power Plower from 1991, which has a very playful paint and tampo design for such a rugged vehicle, is missing the plastic blade.

In 1991, this same tampo design could be found applied over metalflake purple, purple enamel, or – like mine – light purple enamel.

Hot Wheels | 1991 | 3872 | Power Plower (Bywayman) | light purple enamel with yellow, blue & red trim (missing blade) | MY | ct

This next model is the 1993 release of Bywayman, missing most of its tampo and all of the plastic lights.

My photos don’t really do justice to the pearl white paint. And the orange, pink and gray splash pattern actually looks pretty sharp when it’s not worn off (as I’ve seen in photos of the variation in much better shape than mine).

Hot Wheels | 1993 | 2781 | Bywayman | pearl white with worn orange, pink and gray trim | MY | ct