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Hotwheels Retro Entertainment Line - Reference List Guide (Part 1 - Year 2013)

Updated on November 3, 2015

Hooray for Retro – Hooray for Hotwheels

Last 2013, toy manufacturer Hotwheels made millions of diecast collectors happy by releasing the first batch of their Retro Entertainment line. This series is called as such because the lineup contains iconic cars that appeared in popular movies and TV series of the 80s.

Diecast collectors who grew up in that era would obviously try to grab the first wave of Hotwheels Retro Entertainment line – this being the movie and TV cars featured on the first release is a huge part of their childhood. In simpler terms, it brings back nostalgic memories.

Another reason why the first wave of Hotwheels movie car lineup is a big hit is because of the car replica selection and representation. It featured cars that have been on the wish-list of many collectors for the longest time. Additionally, certain famous movie cars that have only been released exclusively on foreign markets or on conventions are also included – with a better version (having rubber tires and excellent packaging).

The Problem with Hotwheels Retro Entertainment Series

The first wave of Hotwheels retro entertainment lineup is a huge success that it made collectors scoured both online and local toy stores just to get one. Ironically, aside from collectors, it also attracted hoarders and opportunistic hoarders whose intention is to deplete supply and re-sale it at over inflated prices.

The Retro Entertainment was also initially seen as a one-time occurrence. However, with its huge commercial success, the company opted to make their movie car series an ongoing part of their annual lineup

Unfortunately, there is a huge drawback to this. Obviously, not all famous movies have iconic cars. There are only a select few of vehicles that impacted an impression on the viewer (Herbie, Ecto1, KITT, The Fast and The Furious vehicles, etc...) Because of this, Hotwheels have to put in mediocre or obscure vehicles (like who would really care to collect the black van used in kidnapping good ol' Blue the film Old School).

Aside from including "not-so-popular" film cars, the company has to re-release vehicles that was included in previous series (*cough Dom's Charger cough*) just to fill-in five car lineup.

Great Addition To Collection

Anyway, even though there are some downside to Hotwheels' Retro Entertainment line, there are some famous cars that would certainly be a great addition to anyone's movie car collection.

This Retro Entertainment guide aims to list all diecast replicas that was released in Hotwheels' movie car series. The tables below will be divided into columns and section for easy reference of the reader.

Wave 1 (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating (5 being the highest)
Ghostbusters
Ecto1
20 --- (what can I say, this diecast has been a long time coming and the one made by Hotwheels is totally worth the wait)
1966 Batman TV series
1966 Batmobile
4 --- (great diecast rendition. Unfortunately, this particular Batmobile designed by George Barris has been released by Hotwheels too many times already. The accurate details are there but the excitement of getting one is not)
Knight Rider
KITT
5 --- (perfect!)
Scooby Doo
The Mystery Machine
5 --- (you got to give it to this meddling teenagers, they have an awesome ride)
American Graffiti
32 Ford
1 --- (just because it has the same color doesn't follow it's also the same car seen in the film, ugh!)
A comparison between Hotwheels' Retro Entertainment line with a basic/regular Hotwheels. Notice the difference in detail and package representation
A comparison between Hotwheels' Retro Entertainment line with a basic/regular Hotwheels. Notice the difference in detail and package representation

Wave 2 (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating (5 being the highest)
Knight Rider
KARR
5 --- (hey, it's only fair that KITT's nemesis would also have an excellent diecast representation)
The Muppets
School Bus
3 --- (ok, the model released by Hotwheels isn't entirely accurate, but since this is the first diecast rendtion of the Muppets school bus with very cute decals, it deserves an 8)
Smokey and the Bandit
'77 Pontiac Firebird
1 --- (see for yourself with the item below)
The A-Team
Baracus' Van
5
American Graffiti
'58 Edsel
3 --- (it's a great diecast but yaawwnnn)

Wave C (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating 5 being the highest)
Back to the Future
DeLorean Time Machine
4 --- (it's nice. but the wheels are out of time, or rather out of place)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
'84 Pontiac Fiero
3 --- (we like the car driven by the main character - not his sister)
Rockford Files
Hot Bird
1 --- (one word, FAIL!)
Beverly Hills Cop
'68 Chevy Nova
4.5 --- (the one used in the film is a 70 Nova. But hey, given its excellent diecast representation, it's all good)
Footloose
VW Bug
4 --- (nice car, but really!!!)

Wave D (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating 5 being the highest)
Magnum P.I.
Ferrari 308 GTS QV
4.8
Miami Vice
Ferrari F512M
1 --- (Don's Ferrari is a Testarossa)
Stroker Ace
T-Bird Stocker
4.8
A-Team
'80s Corvette
5
Brady Bunch
'71 Plymouth Satellite
4 --- (the one on the TV is somewhat chocolaty brown, not golden)

Wave E (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating 5 being the highest)
Miami Vice
Ferrari 365 Daytona Spyder
5
The Italian Job
Morris MINI (Blue)
3.9
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper
4
Magnum P.I.
Island Hopper
5
Magnum P.I.
Volkswagen Sunagon
5

Wave F (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating 5 being the highest)
Grease
'48 Ford
5
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferrari 250 California
5
Simon & Simon
'85 Camaro IROC-Z
3
American Graffiti
'58 Chevy Impala
3.2
The Italian Job
Morris MINI (Red)
3.9

Wave G (2013)

Film/TV
Car/Model/Name
Rating 5 being the highest)
The Italian Job
Morris Mini (White)
3.9
Beverly Hills Cop II
'68 Olds Cutlass Convertible
2 --- (yaawwwnnn)
Smokey and The Bandit
'75 Kenworth W900
3 --- (it would be nice if they included the trailer)
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider
4.8
Grease
Greased Lightning
5

Hotwheels Retro Entertainment 2013

That's just about it for this Hotwheels Retro Entertainment 2013 guide. Be sure to check out part's 2 and 3 for the 2014 and 2015 line up / release.

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