ToyFair2018 - Mattel Star Wars Hot Wheels!!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-02-22, 10:03:35

CreatureCantina.com was honored to be invited once again to Mattel's Collector Preview Event, where we were excited to check out the latest Hot Wheels offerings. Turns out Mattel had a few surprises up their sleeve... (actually, it was in their pocket... but you get the idea)

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But before we get into that story, let's look at what they had on display. They featured two product lines. The first was the long-gestating deluxe Die Cast Star Wars vehicles. They showed off the Tie Fighter and Millennium Falcon. Each features canopies which open. The Falcon has a spare radar dish, so you can swap between Original Trilogy and Sequel Trilogy load-outs. And they look fantastic.

The second line was Hot Wheels Battle Rollers. They're miniature vehicles with super-deformed pilots, and coast on a ball-bearing instead of your standard wheel system.

So after Joe and I were finished photographing the Star Wars stuff, Joe walked up to a Mattel rep who was hanging out in that area, and asked "So do you have anything new you're showing off." To which the rep replied "I've been waiting for someone to ask that!" He pulled out of his pocket some new Hot Wheels for Solo: A Star Wars Story!! He teased with IG-88, which he said was too cool not to share. Then he pulled out a re-paint Han Solo. But the real treats were a brand new Chewie and a totally awesome yellow Lando lowrider!

The crowd around the guy was getting kinda nuts at that point, so I forced my way out of there just before some doofus dropped his camera lens and knocked over the Mickey Mouse display...

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