When I grabbed the two Spy vs. Spy Hot Wheels recently at Target, this Pop Culture Nestle Sno Caps ’64 Nova Delivery was hanging right behind them. This is the second time the Nova Delivery has been used for a Nestle-branded car, having appeared in the 2016 Pop Culture series wearing 100 Grand livery.
When I found this 9-Pack at a Target in San Antonio during our Christmas trip there, I thought they must be sneaking cars from the Red Edition series into these multipacks. Since then, I’ve been assured by those who know better that this is not a Red Edition car and it is also not exclusive to Target. Well, I like to think this exclusive red on white decoration is at least inspired by the Red Edition series. (Compare it to the Red Edition ’68 Nova.)
This is the fourth Multipack Exclusive Chevrolet SS since 2016, and I’ve been fortunate to find all of them.
I picked up the Hot Wheels 2017 Surf’s Up 5-Pack mainly for the Beach Patrol version of the ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon. However, with the solid selection of models in this multipack, I decided to keep this one intact. The Nova looks great in this Hot Wheels Beach Patrol Rescue 24 livery. You’d arrive at the beach in style in this wagon, with plenty of room to haul all of your rescue gear. I’d suggest, though, that you switch to one of the other vehicles before you take off over the sand.
I’ve been enjoying collecting variations of the ’64 Nova wagon, like the version from the 2015 Redline series. There is also a delivery version (no back windows), which allows for some fun possibilities in decoration, such as the 2016 Nestle 100 Grand release.
All of the models in the Surf’s Up 5-Pack are new variations of existing castings. The most unusual of the group is the Mad Splash. This racing boat has been around since 2012, with its translucent plastic base cleverly molded to look like splashing water.
The Jeep CJ-7 is the oldest casting and the only one of which I have another version (a white one from 1986 that I have yet to photograph). This popular casting has been around since 1982 and has been produced in at least 18 different variations.
Another popular casting, the Custom Volkswagen Beetle, has seen at least 26 variations since its first release in 2007. Here it’s coated in a beautiful metalflake dark blue paint.
The Volkswagen Caddy (or VW Rabbit pick-up, as we know it in North America) is a fairly recent casting, first produced in 2015.
I found this beautiful Butternut Yellow version of the 2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala recently at Toys R Us. I already have the Grotto Blue variation. Of the two, I’m having a hard time deciding which I prefer. How about you? The other two color versions in this series that I have yet to find are Seafrost Green and Rally Red.
With the recent announcement that Toys R Us will be closing its last Wichita store, it’s safe to say that the Round 2 products (Johnny Lightning, Auto World and Racing Champions) will be harder to find locally. WalMart – which doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon – is where I found these two models from the 2016 Racing Champions Mint series. By adding this pale yellow 1966 Chevy Nova to my collection, I’ve actually completed the set of four versions.
This dark green 1964 Chevy Impala is the second of four versions that I’ve found – I also have the silver variation.
I’ve always enjoyed the Johnny Lightning Project In Progress series because they remind me of some of the cars from my childhood. My Dad usually bought his cars new (or at least in good shape), but my older brothers were a different story. It was fairly common to see cars with missing trim, primered fenders, and mismatched wheels and tires parked in our driveway or in the street next to our yard.
In fact, the 1969 Impala I drove in high school might have been a good parts car for this 2017 Project in Progress 1969 Impala Convertible.
These next two date back to the mid-2000s RC2 era of Johnny Lightning. As you can see, JL has kept the look of the packaging from that time period.
Back in about 1991, I painted the grill and insides of the wheels on my ’73 Nova black. I thought it looked pretty cool at first, but it didn’t take long for the black paint to start flaking off of the chrome wheels. Here’s a photo taken while the paint was still fresh (and yes, those are zebra-striped seat covers on the front buckets.)
The point is, I’ve been a fan of the blacked-out look for some time, so I was happy when I found this Johnny Lightning Blacked Out 1968 Nova from the 2017 Street Freaks R3. This Set A variation wears gloss black paint and black wheels with chrome rings. The Nova in Blacked Out Set B – which I’m still on the lookout for – is an even more attractive flat black with redline tires.
I think this is the first JL third generation Nova that I’ve found since the 40 Years 1970 Nova came out in 2009. This is also the first JL 1968 Nova in my collection, although the casting appears to be identical to the 1969 and 1970.