If you still need to remember, Mattel releases 15 mainline cases each year, each with a letter attributed to them. The company will skip some of them to avoid confusion, starting with A and ending with Q. Where does that put us today? Well, case N is the 13th one so far this year! That means only two are left before the diecast manufacturer unveils its 2024 line-up. There are 72 items in each case, but some are repeat models. And the biggest prize is finding either the Treasure Hunt or Super Treasure Hunt collectibles.
Super Treasure HuntHave you found any STHs this year? I haven't. It all started with the Tooned version of the Classic TV Series Batmobile, a rather annoying way to kick off the new season. The following six items were pretty cool; most people were fighting over the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. I couldn't care much about the fantasy Glory Chaser, but at least it has some roots in the real world.
Two classic American Muscle cars were next after the classic '82 Supra, and then Mattel came up with the Mighty K STH. Why? Well, at least they made up for that call by introducing a new Porsche Super Treasure Hunt: the 935! The last time there was a Porsche STH on the market was the 2021 edition of the 356A Outlaw. The special 935 you can find in case N features a Spectraflame Navy Blue finish, Real Riders Aero wheels, and the TH symbols on the doors. It's also the fifth iteration of this 2022-released casting, and you can bet on seeing at least two more by the end of the year.
Regular Treasure HuntNow, let's move on to the Regular Treasure Hunt model, a Tooned variation of a Volkswagen Golf Mk1. This Ryu Asada-designed casting appeared in 2022 and is part of a new wave of Tooned cars. They're relatively cute and will probably work for kids, but I wonder whether adult collectors are big fans of this direction. 2023 has been dull for TH enthusiasts, with two motorcycles and two trucks standing out from a sea of fantasy machines. But then again, you can always steer away and start collecting premium Hot Wheels instead. But let's move on and see what else is inside the 2023 Case N.
Case N HighlightsChevrolet is celebrating 70 years of Corvette this year, so we knew that would impact Mattel's marketing strategy. Case N contains the third variation of a C7 Z06 convertible released this year, and this shade of copper looks excellent on the American sportscar. I'd buy this one instead of the Dollar General lime green variation, but that's just me. If you don't remember the '73 Jeep J10 casting, it's not because of Alzheimer's.
It is a brand-new casting for 2023, and Phil Riehlman designed it for the Baja Blazers series. The Metalflake Orange almost looks premium on this item, and the Beadlock Off-Road wheels further amplify that feeling. Could you remove the two spare ones in the back for another vehicle if you want to? The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is part of the same series but looks rough around the edges.
We have yet to see a Premium release of this casting, but who knows what Mattel has planned for it. I'm surprised Hot Wheels hasn't made a Premium Corvette-exclusive series this year, but there is still time. Still, it's nice to see a classic 62 model in this case, and it's even better that it's not the Gasser variation. Mattel last used this casting ten years ago when the Corvette was still celebrating its 60th anniversary! Alongside the Tooned models, there is also an influx of Wagons, and the '64 Chevy Nova is just one of them.
The first edition of the '89 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG stirred more chaos than the red Toyota Supra MKIV: even scalpers were fighting each other for it; that was the case in my little corner of the world. Of course, that means I couldn't find one in any store, so I am happy to see the new Gray variant coming up.
If you have been reading my recent drag racing stories, you'll be as excited as I am about some of the 1/4-mile-inspired Hot Wheels in Case N.
I skipped over the Mustang Funny Car earlier in the video, but I've seen too many recently. Meanwhile, the Pass'N Gasser is slightly more interesting, as it's the first variation of the casting for 2023. Even though Mattel released a Metalflake blue take of the '86 Ford Thunderbird Pro Stock, it's still nice to see a new color for this casting.
After all, this is the fourth iteration in 11 years since it came to be. Some of you may be excited about the BMW i8 Roadster, but I'm sure that there are plenty of other cool Bimmers Mattel has overlooked so far. What about a 7-series E38, for instance?
This bike feels a bit old, but I'd probably change my mind if I could ride it. Seeing the Tesla Roadster in Case N caught me slightly off guard. I was trying to remember the last time Mattel made a mainline variation of it, but a quick check revealed that it happened before the global pandemic. You'll find orange versions for 2009 and 2010, but they differ.
Case N has already hooked me, but seeing a black Mazda RX-7 FC3S made things even worse. Of course, I want a replica of my car, as all other variations have featured different colors. And I didn't want to spend almost $100 on the Premium Chase RX-7 to have it on display. American Muscle fans will probably think I'm crazy and completely disregard the rotary sports coupe in favor of the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat instead.
Both these items could still become peg-warmers, whereas there's no chance of that happening with the Bugatti Bolide. Honestly, it's not even that great-looking, and I'd probably rather have a "classic" Chiron or Veyron instead. I'm still talking about the world of 1/64th-scale cars here.
Dwayne Vance designed the Custom '68 Camaro casting, but I have mixed feelings about it. It is a new item for Mattel, and we'll see a recolor of it by the end of the year. Hot Wheels last released a new Reventon six years ago, and now they come up with this? The color combo is horrible, and the choice of wheels only makes things worse. But you'll forget all about it with some of the final items in Case N.
You're looking at the first mainline edition of the Ford Bronco R, even though the casting first appeared in 2021. The '76 Chevy Chevette is equally remarkable, and there are only three other variations of it on the market ten years after its release. Most Porsche collectors would have rather seen another 911, but the 928S Safari will do just fine. This First Edition release could work up an appetite for a future off-road adventure.
At least, this is an affordable alternative to the Porsche 911 Dakar. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the cherry on top for the 2023 Hot Wheels Case N, and Sage Green is a fitting color for a "green" car. I've already got an XC90 from a different manufacturer on display, so I might as well buy the XC40 Recharge to remind me of my Volvo-selling days. That's about it for Case N, but I'll be back with more Hot Wheels updates soon!