Last year, I had to wait until February, to see any of the new Hot Wheels models for 2016 reach the shops of Tbilisi. This year a few have arrived earlier. Last month, I saw some in XS Toys and picked up a 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck. Yesterday, visiting Pepela in Marjanshvili, I found the cute Nissan Farlady 2000 designed by Jun Imai as a street racer.
I’m still looking out for the Volkswagen Kafer Racer, but it is good to be able to cross off two models from my wants’ list so early in the year.
Honda Odyssey(found 23 September 2016)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
1978 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck(found 25 December 2016)
’70 Dodge Charger (Fast & Furious)(found 19 January 2017)
- Volkswagen Kafer Racer
Mystery Machine(found 19 January 2017)
Nissan Fairlady 2000(found 9 January 2017)
- Custom Datsun 240 Z (white)
Full list Hot Wheels Wants’ List.
The Li’l Red Express Truck was the first muscle truck and it was the fastest made American production vehicle in 1979, faster than a Trans Am, faster than a Corvette…the cars had been caught by emissions regulations but the truck got around the regulations being a truck. Li’l Red Express Truck (video link)
I was surprised when I walked into Pepela in Abashidze Street, they had a wealth of new Hot Wheels models, before they only carried the Hot Wheels sets. I picked up a ’70 Dodge Charger (from Fast & Furious), the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and a Pontiac Firebird with flame decals. I left K.I.T.T. , the Minecraft Cart and some other interesting models.
2017 new models are available in other regions before 2017, Race Grooves who I follow on Youtube published his unboxing of a 2017 A Case back on November 3 2016, I find his unboxing videos informative as to what is coming out in Hot Wheels. Race Grooves 2017 A Case Unboxing Video.
Comparing the selection of 2017 models we have here in Tbilisi, Georgia with the Race Grooves unboxing videos, I’m convinced all the new models are from B Cases. Race Grooves B Case Unboxing Video
Here in Georgia (former USSR) some shops still have models from the 2014 selection on the shelves.
I hope I can find the new for 2017 VW Kafer Racer soon. It looks amazing.