As you would expect, this is a brand-new casting, although Mattel has released plenty of Mustang replicas over the years. The first thing you'll notice about it is the wide body kit and the Metallic Acapulco Blue paint job. If such a thing as SEMA for 1/64th cars existed, this vehicle would fit right in. Phil Riehlman is responsible for the design of this casting, and there are plenty of details to take in.
Unlike Mainline models, you now get headlights, taillights, a cool black rear wing, and an extraordinary set of Real Riders wheels. But the main feature everyone is looking for with these cars is the removable hood. Opening doors and removable body parts are always exciting at a 1/64th-scale level, and the '69 Ford Mustang wouldn't have been complete without this kind of design.
The engine you're looking at is a twin-turbocharged Coyote crate motor, which would have probably had an output of 1,000 horsepower if it was real. There's nothing like modern technology to spice things up with these old cars, right? Inside the vehicle, you'll notice a blue roll cage, a black seat, a steering wheel, and a dashboard, which all further enhance the realism of this diecast model.
As with all Elite 64 releases, the price for this '69 Ford Mustang is set at $20, and the official launch date is September 5, 2023, at 9 AM PT. I've heard some collectors saying this is probably the best design in the series for this year, and I wonder how long it will take for the Mustang to become sold out. Either way that doesn't mean you should rush to online markets to pay twice or three times its market value. It is not a limited-edition model; if that's what you want, get a Red Line Club-exclusive item instead.