Hot Wheels Brings the Dodge Challenger Hellcat to the Masses
There are few non-automotive names which are so well known in the automotive industry than Hot Wheels and with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat being the most powerful and the quickest muscle car of all time, a Hellcat from Hot Wheels seemed like a sure thing. Since the Hellcat Challenger was introduced last year, it has generated a tremendous amount of interest and that extends into the collectable world, with fans grabbing up just about anything with the Hellcat name and logo.
While people were happy to grab up shirts, hats, signs and other basic trinkets, the die cast car world has been clamoring for a toy version of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and thanks to Hot Wheels, the first Hellcat Challenger toy/ die cast collectable has arrived. Best of all, it is a mainline Hot Wheels item, so it will be hanging on the rack at your local Walmart with a price under a buck.
The Hot Wheels Hellcat, Minus the Hellcat
As you can see in the images above, the new Hot Wheels Hellcat doesn’t actually have the Hellcat name on the car, instead referring to it simply as the “’15 Dodge Challenger SRT”, but considering that this little car is technically made for children, having “Hellcat” on the packaging is nothing more than a sure-fire move onto the list of things that offend the simple-minded.
However, even without the Hellcat name anywhere on the package or the little car itself, this 64th scale Hot Wheels toy is without a doubt a scale model of the 707hp Dodge Challenger. On the packaging, you can clearly see the Hellcat triple-vented hood and the Hellcat-specific front fascia, but the Hellcat head logo on the front fender of the car in the packaging picture and on the toy itself drives home the fact that this is not just a toy of the Dodge Challenger – this is a toy of the most powerful Dodge Challenger ever.
Like the Big One, They’re Hard to Find
The toy collector’s market is excited to see the arrival of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in die cast form, but much like the full sized muscle car, the toy is highly sought after and fairly hard to find. I myself am a collector and I have never actually seen one of these in person. Although I have scoured my local stores, the only Hellcat Hot Wheels I’ve seen for sale were on eBay, where the prices are much higher than the 94 cents that you would pay if you found one at your local Walmart.
However, as more and more of the new Hot Wheels Hellcat Challenger toys reach stores around the country, the prices online will go down and hopefully, I will finally be able to find one at my local stores.
Thanks to Mike B for the images of his Hellcat Hot Wheels, found in Australia.