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New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars

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I'm out hunting for Hot Wheels cars again today. I'm doing it this time in two cities: one with just 10,000 inhabitants and the other with over two million. So far, I haven't been successful with the first one.
One of the joys of looking for these tiny collectibles in stores is that you never know what you'll come across. It's a marvelous day if you can find a Super Treasure Hunt, but getting the Premium castings you want can be equally nice. Buying 5-Packs has several advantages, and the lower cost is one of them. In my area, you're getting five cars for less than what four of them would cost.

Sure, it's almost impossible to like all of them, but I tend to give those away to kids who feel otherwise. I recently showed you a video of someone unboxing the Mopar-special 5-pack, and now I'm back with another one. If you love Exotics, Motor Show is the way to go, year after year.

I'll tell you about some of my favorite releases of the past few years, but feel free to look them up for more details: Lamborghini Countach Pace Car (2023), the 2013 SRT Viper (2022), and the 2016 Bugatti Chiron (2021). I've noticed different opinions in the community, as with the regular blister cards: some collectors will open them up, while others would rather display them just how they are. How do you go about this decision?

'17 Acura NSX

New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars
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The late Ryu Asada designed four out of five castings for this 5-Pack, and the 2017 Acura NSX is one of them. It's also the oldest design, debuting in the 2016 Then and Now miniseries.

One year later, it received its first memorable moment in the form of a Super Treasure Hunt release with a Spectraflame Yellow finish. Several years later, it appeared in the iD series and the Premium Fast & Furious line. The latter has had a re-release in 2022, but most collectors would rather have the NFT Garage Series 3 model instead.

The latest 5-pack iteration features a simple white finish, with Gold Japanese 5-Spoke wheels for more appeal. It's not revolutionary, but we can at least appreciate its detailed headlights and taillights. It takes P4 for this list, as the best models are just coming up.

Corvette C8.R

New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars
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The Corvette C8.R is one of the best Mainline castings we've seen in recent years. It does help that it replicates a car that's equally as cool in the real world, that's for sure. I have bought three of Mattel's nine variations so far, and the First Edition release in yellow is my favorite.

Owning the Target Exclusive Red Edition might be a big flex for some, but any Car Culture versions are still superior to that. Buying the black Chase C8.R or the NFT Garage iterations won't come cheap, as those can cost as much as $400 (you'll find more affordable options, too).

If you'd like to hear some shocking information, we'll see a Barbie version coming out later this year. Until then, we can enjoy this simple blue model with black stripes and matching wire-spoke wheels. It's P2 on my list for this set, making me seriously consider going for the entire collection.

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars
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Sonny Fisher designed the Aston Martin Vantage GTE for its 2022 HW Exotics debut. Lime Essence was a pretty interesting color to kick things off, although I remember seeing plenty of these stuck on the pegs for weeks.

The Car Culture: Race Day iteration was slightly better, given it had Real Riders 10 Spoke Modern wheels to show off. That's the only Premium Hot Wheels Vantage GTE money can buy, but I expect at least one more in the next 24 months. I have a thing for yellow cars, so this 5-Pack iteration is another reason to buy one.

Choosing between this and the NSX is tough, but the Vantage GTE barely takes P3: "Because Racecar". I wonder if Mattel will finally go for a different wheel design in the next iteration. Enough of the 10-spokes for this casting!

McLaren Senna

New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars
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I'm struggling to remember if I have even seen a McLaren Senna with my own eyes. There aren't many to go around, and I'd love to drive one someday. Ryu Asada collaborated with Alvin Chan on designing this casting, and it's interesting to note that Mattel retooled it just one year after its debut.

Its first major milestone happened in 2020, as it graduated to the now-defunct iD series. I owned the 1/4-Mile Finals release in Volcano Yellow for a while, and I'll have to double-check if I sold it.

It was pretty underwhelming in Car Culture: Exotic Envy due to that Dove Grey finish, but I'm sure most enthusiasts would love to add the 2023 Rift Rally Collectors Edition model to their display. I didn't think it would look this good in black, but with the yellow-line PR5 wheels, it steals the show here.

2020 Jaguar F-Type

New Hot Wheels Set Is an Exotic Lineup of Five Cars
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The 2020 Jaguar F-Type feels like the odd one out in this Motor Show set, as it's not nearly as impressive as any of the other cars. Jaguar fans might disagree, but I would have enjoyed an older model. It debuted in the 2021 Factory Fresh miniseries sporting a Metalflake Velocity Blue finish, and that's probably still one of the best iterations so far.

Designers ruined the following version by adding TRAP5 wheels, but it was a one-time situation. I spotted the Super Treasure Hunt version for as cheap as $20 on eBay, which should tell you about its overall desirability. The Motor Show F-Type is the sixth variation in four years and the first to use PR5 wheels.

It's decent enough in Firenze Red, but can we please have a Sorrento Yellow version next? I have noticed some people trying to sell this 5-pack for more than $20 on eBay, but that seems a bit exaggerated if you ask me. $10 is more of a fair price, but you can probably get it cheaper than that if you're patient enough.

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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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