'20 Ford Shelby GT500
Back then it was painted Metalflake Antimatter Blue and it was just a mainline release. In 2021 it made a big impression as it was upgraded to Super Treasure Hunt status, featuring a Spectraflame Grabber Yellow paint job. These days you might end up paying over $150 to get one of those. It seems quite strange that this new Boulevard model is the first premium variation of the casting.
While the Oxford White paint job isn't all that spectacular, at least it's complemented by blue stripes running down the middle and both sides of the car. You have to appreciate the detailed headlights and stop lights, and we couldn't have picked a better set of wheels than the Real Riders 10-spoke Modern design.
And the 2018 Car Culture: Shop Trucks was the only premium iteration so far. The Beige color scheme looked decent but lacked the excitement you should get with these tiny vehicles. But Mattel has hit the ball out of the park with the red Caddy that's coming up soon. The Mini Classic 4-Spoke Real Riders wheel fits the theme perfectly.
And the only way this car would have looked better was if it was sitting closer to the ground. After all, using fender flares means you need to be extra careful with the fitment too. The side decals read "Porsche Renndiest" which is German for Porsche Racing Service. All you need now is a nice Porsche Garage diorama and a few 911s to brighten up the spot and you've got the perfect setup for a diecast photo session.
This Ryu Asada-designed casting has only been around for about two years now, but it has received widespread acclaim even though it was used solely in the mainline series. The 2022 Super Treasure Hunt iteration was quite popular but it was missing a crucial ingredient for complete success: a metal base. We're happy to see that the seventh variation of this casting is now a premium model, which deals with the aforementioned issue.
It has a simple black paint job, but the flames instantly elevate it to hot-rod status and the Real Riders 5-spoke wheels further add to the beauty of it. We can't remember the last time we wanted a 1/64th-scale van so badly, and this is also going to be a lot more affordable than the RLC-Exclusive '70s Dodge Van we talked about a while ago.
'98 Subaru Impreza 22B-STI Version
It's arguably the best Impreza casting made by Hot Wheels today. Even though it first showed up in 2020, there are already eight variations of it on the market. Only two of those are premium models, and the most recent one was part of the Car Culture: Ronin Run series everyone is still raving about today.
So the new Boulevard release is the third variation to feature a metal base and Real Riders wheels. While yellow isn't quite the color you'd associate an STI with, we think this is the best iteration of the 22B so far. And it's difficult to think how Mattel can come up with a better color combo than this one.
LB-ER34 Super Silhouette Nissan Skyline
And there are plenty of diecast options on the market as well. There are quite a few Liberty Walk castings you can collect, and most of them are Nissans just like this one here. For the time being, the LB-ER34 is a Premium-exclusive model, having been launched with the Car Culture: Mountain Drifters set in 2022. It was also selected to be the Chase version for that mix and later on it was used in the Team Transport series too.
The new White iteration features black accents both front and rear and a plethora of Liberty Walk-related decals. While this tiny Skyline is rolling around on the same Real Riders 5-spoke wheels as the First Edition model, at least Mattel has opted for a different color to make them feel more exclusive.
Some eBay sellers have already opened a pre-order for this model. But if you want one before it hits the stores, you could end up paying as much as $50 for it. That's more than what the whole set will be going for while giving you access to all five cars. So it may be smarter to just wait for the official release instead. With that being said, we can only hope that a replica of the Japanese tuner's RX-7 will be making its way into a Hot Wheels series too.