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Hotwheels James Bond Diecast Review
A quick look at James Bond diecast from Hotwheels
2014 is a great year for (a) James Bond fans (b) hobbyists and (c) iconic movie car fanatics. For those who are wondering why, it's because Hotwheels (a known toy manufacturer) has produced diecast replicas of well-known cars driven by James Bond from four popular movies
- Goldfinger (1963 Aston Martin DB5)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (Lotus Esprit S1 - both car and submarine version)
- Casino Royale (Aston Martin)
- Diamonds are Forever (Mustang Mach 1)
On top of this, two vehicles came out in other variations (San Diego Comic Con, Retro Entertainment, and basic line) which will also be discussed here. This article will also detail why these small scale replica cars would be a great Christmas gift for the upcoming holidays.
Considered as a Collector's Item
A lot of people may not be aware of this, but this is the first time that Hotwheels have produced an officially licensed product bearing the James Bond trademark.
For many years, only toy car manufacturer Johnny Lightning has produced James Bond vehicles in 1/64 scale.
On the other hand, if memory serves correctly, ERTL and Scaletrix has also released bigger versions of one or two cars used by James Bond.
Aston Martin DB5 1963 Diecast
Who wouldn’t recognized this iconic gray vehicle from the movie “Goldfinger” Hotwheels did total justice on this movie car diecast. It is simple but it has impact. It will easily be recognized by anyone who saw and loved Goldfinger.
Just like the Lotus Esprit S1 diecast above, this Aston Martin DB5 diecast has movie accurate licensed plate and is also retails at $1. However, it is also hoarded which is why its price tag will be obviously higher at online stores and hobby shops.
Lotus Esprit S1 Diecast
As can be seen on the above photo, the Hotwheels released an incredible diecast replica of the Lotus Esprit S1 used by James Bond on the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”
This white car has amazing details even though it is only part of the company’s basic or regular line. The base (chassis) is color white and even has accurate licensed plates.
Hotwheels basic line is usually pegged at $1 but since this so-called collector items are normally hoarded, expect a much higher price in online stores or hobby shops.
Below Are More Accurate Diecast Variations
From the movie The Spy Who Loved Me
Let us start with the Lotus Esprit S1 on the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”
As can be seen on the right side photos, the Hotwheels Retro Entertainment version is a diecast replica of the submarine version that appeared in the movie.
Other toy manufacturers has released this same model but Hotwheels Retro Entertainment version is the best so far. From the packaging to amazing details, I’d give this one A+++
Needless to say, the price of this one is higher than the regular line version. Don’t worry though, it is only expensive by a few dollars.
My Personal Rating
From the movie Goldfinger
Hotwheels released two more diecast variation of the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 – one is from the Retro Entertainment series and the other as an exclusive from the San Diego Comic Con.
Goldfinger Retro Entertainment version
The only difference between the Retro Entertainment version from the basic line is the wheels and a few more details like painted headlights and rearlights.
It is all good though since the price increase is only a few dollars that collectors wouldn’t mind paying the additional cost for a much better product.
The packaging is always nice that some collectors purchase two just so that they can open one while retaining the other in the box.
Aston Martin San Diego Comic Con version
Now this is what I call the “Cream of the Crop” (sorry for the cliché). This Aston Martin diecast variation is miles better than the other two.
It has amazing details and the packaging is just superb.
Unfortunately, all these fanciness comes at a price – a very high price at that. The Aston Martin San Diego Comic Con is a limited edition that it will not be sold at mall’s toy section.
Last 2 James Bond Diecast from Hotwheels
The most recent James Bond diecast vehicles released by Hotwheels are the (a) 71 Mustang Mach 1 from the movie Diamonds are Forever and (b) Aston Martin DBS from the movie Casino Royale.
These two diecasts are only released in HW's Retro Entertainment series which means it's impossible to find these two in the one dollar price range.
Why would diecast be great Chrismtas presents?
It is not that hard to understand actually. First off, anyone who saw the movie may appreciate this type of gifts. When people enjoyed seeing a movie, they would be glad to be reminded of that particular movie.
These diecast also makes great display and conversation starters. Buying these James Bond diecast doesn’t necessarily mean it should be opened. Some may enjoy just looking at them.
Just because diecasts are generally classified as toys, some would also refer to them as collectibles.
Lastly, these James Bond diecasts are not that expensive – well, the ones from the basic (regular) line are not. It just cost $1 at usual SRP.
James Bond diecasts from other manufacturers
A popular movie franchise like James Bond would surely attract marketing materials. This is the reason why many diecast manufacturers have produced car replicas of the vehicles used by Mr. Bond.
Johnny Lightning, ERTL, Scalatrix are just some of the toy manufacturers who has produced such replicas.
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