2020 Hot Wheels American Steel ’61 Impala

The Walmart exclusive 2020 Hot Wheels American Steel series was released way back in December, so I’m a little late to the party with this one. Well, as they say, better late than never. I wasn’t able to find one locally, so my friend, Brad, found one for me in Santa Fe. Thanks, Brad, for the recent shipment!

The series pays homage to some of the heavy steel classics from the heyday of Detroit auto production, such as the ’66 Ford 427 Fairlane, the ’69 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, the ’69 Shelby GT 500, the ’70 Buick GSX, the ’70 Camaro, the ’70 Pontiac GTO Judge, the ’72 Ford Torino, the Custom ’64 Galaxie, the Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird – and a really nice ’61 Chevy Impala SS.

The Hot Wheels ’61 Impala has only been around since 2012 and I have several variations in my collection, including the metallic aqua and metallic dark red versions from the 2012 New Models, the 2013 Cool Classics release, and both versions from the 2019 Fast & Furious series.

Hot Wheels | GJW69 | 2020 American Steel | ’61 Impala | metalflake purple with lavender and black trim | Thailand | PR5

1983 Hot Wheels Corvette Stingray

Back in January, when my friend, Chris, sent me a link to a Facebook Marketplace listing of a bunch of nice, blackwall-era Hot Wheels, this metalflake red Corvette Stingray from 1983 was the first model that caught my eye. I had found a rough one of these last year and I said then that I would keep my eyes out for a cleaner example. Well, here it is.

I still have the 1976 first-release Hot Wheels Corvette Stingray from my childhood and it is a favorite casting of mine. The Corvette Stingray has been produced in about 70 different variations and I have relatively few in my collection, including the shiny model from the 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack, the orange 1980 version, the white variation from 1985 with a fun racing livery, and the laser-engraved plastic model from the 1992 Gleam Team series.

Hot Wheels | 1983 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | metalflake red with white, orange and yellow trim | HK | gho

1988 Hot Wheels Color Racers Path Beater

It can be confusing when Hot Wheels uses different names for the same casting. It gets even more confusing when one of those names is then shared by a completely different casting.

Beach Patrol, based on the first generation Chevy S-10/GMC S-15, was first released in 1983 with plastic surf boards in the bed. In 1986 it was used for Path Beater, and in 1991 it became Surf Patrol. 25 or so variations exist between the three castings. The version of Path Beater I’m showing here is not to be confused with the 1993 Hot Wheels Path Beater, which was actually a re-name of the Bywayman casting.

I found this model from the 1988 Color Racers series in a 25-cent tub at the Wichita Flea Market. As you can see, it’s missing large chunks of its color-changing paint. But I like this casting enough that I couldn’t pass it up for a quarter. On the positive side, the plastic light bar is a little bent, but still intact.

Color Racers were sold in 3-car packs, but I’m not sure the three packs were always the same three cars; the Color Changers page of the Hot Wheels wiki has photos of catalog pages that show the Path Beater in two different 3-pack combinations.

Hot Wheels | 1988 Color Racers | 5607 | Path Beater | yellow to green with red and green trim | MY | bw

2019 Hot Wheels Collector Edition ’70 Chevelle Delivery (GameStop Mail-in)

I finally got my Hot Wheels GameStop mail-in ’70 Chevelle Delivery last week. Actually, the first one they sent me – which arrived in a timely fashion back in late November – had a flaw in the tampo and a crack in the blister. I immediately emailed photos to Mattel and they quickly replied to say they would not replace a damaged package, but since there was a flaw in the tampo, they would replace it. They emailed me a pre-paid shipping label and I got it back in the mail right away. And then I waited.

The tampo flaw in my original Chevelle Delivery.

The cracked blister in my original Chevelle Delivery. Also, notice the nice detailing on the taillights of the model.

I have to say, while it took some time to get my replacement, Mattel was very responsive, via email, from the start of placing the order through the receipt of the final package. And it’s a beautiful car, so it was worth the extra effort.

The Hot Wheels ’70 Chevelle SS Wagon was first released in 2009 (see below). The Delivery version came out in 2011 and has been used primarily in the Pop Culture series, decorated with everything from candy and cereal to Scooby-Doo, Batman and Star Trek graphics.

The Collector Edition cars always have nice details, such as the painted grille and headlights shown in the photo below.

Hot Wheels | FYH07 | 2019 HWC Collector Edition (GameStop Mail-In) I ’70 Chevelle SS Delivery | spectraflame orange with white & blue trim | RR8SP | 1:64

The Hot Wheels ’70 Chevelle SS Wagon is one of my favorite castings that I don’t really collect. When it came out as a New Model in 2009, I bought two of the four variations from that first year. Since then I’ve been painfully resisting the more than two dozen versions that have been released over the years.

N4022-A919J 2009 New Models 1970 Chevelle SS Wagon 19/42 yellow/black stripes 1:64

I love how this model sits so low, yet it still has a dramatic rake. I’m also a big fan of the simple but intimidating SS stripes on the hood of these two.

N4022-0919F 2009 New Models 1970 Chevelle SS Wagon 19/42 blue/white stripes 1:64

Hot Wheels ‘Tooned Cars Featuring the 2020 ‘Tooned Chevy Impala 1964

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

 

1993 Hot Wheels Custom Corvette on #200 Collector Card

The Hot Wheels Custom Corvette was one of the original 16 cars in the line-up when the redline wheel wearing, Spectraflame painted toys were first released in 1968. Well, this Custom Corvette is from a different era. This Hot Wheels version of the C4 Corvette convertible was first released in 1989. It was produced in about 40 variations until it was included in the 1999 Final Run Series.

My 1993 Collector #200 version is the third of three Corvettes I recently bought from the same seller on the Facebook Marketplace, and the first of this casting that I’ve added to my collection. I’m not a huge fan of the fourth generation ‘Vette, but the pearl white paint, colorful tampo and Ultra Hot wheels make this a fun model.

Hot Wheels | 1993 | 200 | Custom Corvette | pearl white with red, black and yellow trim, red interior | MY | uh

1993 Hot Wheels Corvette Split Window on #197 Collector Card

The Hot Wheels Split Window ’63 was first released in 1980 in the Hi-Rakers series and has been retooled twice – first in 1987 to remove the Hi-Rakers base, and again in 1985 to give it a two-post base. Over the years this very popular casting has been produced in more than 100 variations using 10 different names!

This 1993 Collector #197 Corvette Split Window is one of three Hot Wheels Corvettes I picked up from the same seller on the Facebook Marketplace. (I guess, like me, he must be a Chevy guy.) In 1993, this paint and tampo combination could also be found with blackwalls. Personally, I think it’s pretty sharp in whitewalls.

Despite there being so many variations of this car, I only have one other example in my collection, a black McDonald’s promo from 1991.

Hot Wheels | 1993 | 197 | Corvette Split Window | light blue with yellow, brown and magenta trim, gray plastic hook/rivet base | MY | ww