When I first saw Kroger's exclusive assortment of 2013 Halloween cars, I noticed one of the five was consistently missing. It took me a couple of weeks before I stumbled on a Hiway Hauler, which I snagged due to the large amount of glow-in-the-dark plastic on the back end of this thing. The other cars may be more thematically Halloweeny, but this one glows, and I like glowing.
This one is mostly plastic - there's some orange on the sides, grey on the bottom, and glow on the back. The black seems to be the piece's only metal elements, making it much lighter than it looks. If you spin the wheels, they don't keep spinning for very long - about 4 or 5 seconds
What makes this truck unique is its Halloween deco - black and orange, plus the glow-in-the-dark "Halloween Horror Show" paint job make it look really great, but it's worth noting that at least on my sample, the tampo is a little crooked. You might not notice, but it's hard to un-see once you see it.
There's also a tiny pumpkin sitting on top of a very small Hot Wheels logo on either door, which is obscured by a yellowish-green flame. It's pretty subtle, for being such a bright color on a black background.
It's worth noting that the mold is actually the Hiway Hauler 2, which debuted in 2012, and not the Hiway Hauler as listed on the packaging. The more modern-looking truck has been released a few times so far, with a new version showing up in the 2014 packaging earlier this month. I don't think this one is worth the three bucks - but if you can get it for $2 on sale, or even less, it's certainly neat enough to be worth your while just to add one more glow-in-the-dark toy to your stash. If your stores still have it, go ahead and grab it.
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