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Hot Wheels Boulevard 25-Car Set Will Likely Cost About $170

Hot Wheels Boulevard 25-Car Set Will Likely Cost About $170 11 photos
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Most car manufacturers will build and offer a vehicle in different trim levels. You could think of it as repackaging. But each trim provides various options to suit different people. Meanwhile, Mattel has a different approach to things.
It's no secret that Boulevard and Car Culture are two of my favorite Hot Wheels series. We're talking about premium collectibles with Real Riders wheels and metal bodies. Last month, I analyzed four years of Boulevard cars to discover which manufacturer ruled over it. By the end of 2023, Chevrolet was in the lead with 11 representatives. That's about 12% of the entire line-up.

We will likely see an additional 25 vehicles entering the series this year. And I'll analyze how the standings have changed by that point. But the main focus for today's story is the 2023 collection. It arrived in stores in five stages, with just as many mixes. Many enthusiasts will agree that the fourth set was the best one. It featured highly desirable machines such as the Porsche 911 Turbo (930) and the Nissan Silvia S15. Second place would be either the year's first or third mix.

The 2023 Boulevard series featured four vehicles that reached Premium status for the first time, including the '20 Ford Shelby GT500 and the '99 Honda Civic Type R (EK9). But it also revealed five brand-new castings, such as the '96 Honda Accord and the '04 Mazda Mazdaspeed Miata. Choosing the most successful cars in the series will boil down to each person's preference.

Some people are really into the LB-ER34 Super Silhouette Nissan Skyline. Others would rather have the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16. Last month, we saw Mattel developing two interesting Red Line Club exclusive sets. One featured the entire 2023 Super Treasure Hunt series.

The other was much larger, with over 400 items inside. And now, we're looking forward to the Walmart-exclusive Boulevard set. It features all 25 vehicles that came out last year packaged in the same box. It works well if you only bought some of them when available. But it could also work if you like collecting any item that Mattel comes up with.

The retailer sold the 2022 edition of this set in the past for $172.99. It's unclear at this point if the price for the 2023 set will be the same, but I doubt it will cost more than $200. Some of you might dislike that the vehicles are no longer carded. But I think this form of display works best, and seeing them all in one spot is ideal.

It's like having a miniature display case without paying extra for one. I want to say one word of caution here. You may go down a slippery slope whenever you decide to purchase a new type of Hot Wheels product. So, if you don't fathom spending $500 on older Boulevard sets, don't look them on eBay.

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About the author: Dragos Chitulescu
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The things Dragos enjoys the most in life are, in no particular order: cars, motorcycles, diecast cars, and drifting. He's seen (and driven) many vehicles since he started his writing career back in 2009, but his garage currently houses a 1991 Mazda RX-7 FC3S Turbo II and a 1999 Suzuki SV650-S.
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