Toy lines make allusions to all sorts of things, but Hot Wheels tends to keep it pretty straightforward, or steers clear of being too clever. Let's Go, unlike its older brother the Fig Rig, is a lot more blunt about the LEGO compatibility as far as the name and illustration go. The back of the packaging has a simple illustration pointing out that you can store several figures on it, plus anyone who looks at it can find other places to put figures. It seems it was designed with Mega Bloks in mind, but we're a LEGO shop here so that's what I'm going to use.
This is the second release of the mold, which is green (instead of red) but features very similar graphics with a big "2" on it. The engine has been chromed silver for this release, and your figure can hang on behind the bumper, on the spoiler, on the engine, or it can sit in the driver's seat. The packaging itself says the name is a play on "...'Let's GO' a kartin!" so it would make sense that they start developing vehicles that can actually be piloted. This isn't the only one, but it certainly does add some fun to a track and gives kids another way to integrate their various toy boxes together.
The car has four faux metal holes and the name "Let's GO" stamped on the bottom, plus the "2 SHELTY" and some other things on the doors and hood. The design is quite nice, plus you get a rather subdued blue Hot Wheels logo on the spoiler. It's a nice car, complete with yellow lines orbiting the four wheels.
I've got a soft spot for cars that do something extra - bottle openers, money clips, and the like are wonderful. But compatibility with other toy lines? That's just madness, and I approve. I really hope that Mattel continues this trend with their signature die-cast car line, bringing in compatibility with whatever toy line they deem appropriate - maybe a pair of them could make roller skates for Barbie, or provide some sort of bobsled for 3 3/4-inch action figures. While this one doesn't bring the same sense of excitement and discovery that came with the first release of the Fig Rig, it's still neat, cheap, and fun. Much like Funko's Pop! Vinyl line, Hot Wheels continues to prove that you don't have to be a hardcore fan of what they do to have a solid excuse to buy their products - there really is something for almost everybody in there.
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