Hot Wheels ‘Tooned cars – models with exaggerated, cartoon-like features – have been around since 2003, when 8 castings were included in the First Editions. In 2004, they were given their own segment, then went back to being sprinkled into the mainline until 2014 with HW City ‘Tooned I and II. I like these models because they remind me of CARtoons magazine, which was published from 1959 until 1991 and was a favorite of mine for a certain period of my childhood.
This 2020 Hot Wheels ‘Tooned Chevy Impala 1964 is the other item that came in the recent package from my friend, Brad. The ‘Tooned Impala has a giant blown engine, ridiculously large wheels and dual exhaust stacks poking out of the trunk lid. I love the metallic blue color and the subtlety of the white and silver tampo on the sides.
The 2020 ‘Tooned Impala can also be found in zamac, so I’ll be on the look out for that variation and will add it to this page if/when I find one.
Hot Wheels | GHD48 | 2020 ‘Tooned | ‘Tooned Chevy Impala 1964 | metallic light blue with white and silver stripe | PR5
I also have the Hot Wheels ‘Tooned Impala from the 2004 First Editions. This model has an even more giant engine and satin brown paint with a striking gray and black tampo design.
Hot Wheels | C2706 | 2004 First Editions | ‘Tooned Chevy Impala 1964 | flat brown with gray and black tampo | 5SP
The photos below show how the ‘Tooned Impala casting has been retooled so that the front and rear grilles are now part of the chrome plastic piece that includes the engine and exhaust, which is sandwiched between the gray plastic base and the metal body.
I also happen to have a few more examples of ‘Tooned Hot Wheels that I bought at the GameStop Hot Wheels Collector Day event back in November. These cars have been removed from their blisters so that I could send the cards in for the mail-in Chevelle Wagon. They are probably not keepers for me, but I thought it would be nice to show a few more ‘Tooned models, since I have them handy.
The Hot Wheels RV There Yet is new for 2020 and has generated a lot of animated conversation between collectors. It’s a wacky fun design, but personally I’m disappointed that the middle set of wheels are dummies and that the trailer doesn’t unhitch from the car. The second color variation is turquoise with a light gray camper.
Hot Wheels | 2020 ‘Tooned | RV There Yet | red and pearl white with yellow and white trim | 5SP/AeroDisc
The Hot Wheels ‘Tooned ’69 Chevelle has been around since the 2005 X-Raycers series. It has already been produced in nearly 20 different variations, usually with a translucent plastic body which shows off the car’s interior, roll cage and engine. Here the body is opaque (though still plastic) and the interior roll cage has been removed. For 2020, this model can also be found in chrome.
Hot Wheels | 2020 ‘Tooned | ’69 Chevelle | metalflake green with black and yellow trim | chrome red ST8
The Hot Wheels Cool-One is a hot rod ice cream truck that made its debut in 2004 and has been produced in more than 30 variations. The 2020 model can be found in white, as you see here, or in black.
Hot Wheels | 2020 ‘Tooned | Cool-One | white with red, blue and yellow trim | 5SP