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Mattel Hot Wheels The Homer Mattel, 2015
Day #1,157: April 10, 2015
Mattel Hot Wheels The Homer Die-Cast Metal VehicleThe Homer
Release #2 - Repack

Hot Wheels 2015 HW Race Basic Cars
Item No.:
Asst. L2593 No. CFK18
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Rolling wheels
Retail: $1.00
Availability: February 2015
Other: #56 / 250

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Mattel Hot Wheels The Homer Die-Cast Metal VehicleI think - but am not sure - that the 2015 version of The Homer is pretty much the 2014 one in a new package. Most other licensed cars come back with new wheels, or pinstriping, or some other notable change to the deco - this one looks the same as the previous $1 release. There's another fancy version for $3-$5 with better wheels and more paint, specifically on the domes - if you just want the best for the price, that's the one to get. But if you're cheap, this one should be good. I saw a ton of them at a Walmart and was shocked as I never saw the previous releases, so I snapped it up at the beginning of March when I saw it.

Mattel Hot Wheels The Homer Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

This is a pretty fantastic car for a buck - the same can be said of pretty much and vehicle in this line. You get three clear, unpainted looks at the interior - there's a big seat in the back, the driver's area, and a glimpse into the hood. The big horn on top of the roof is also cast in clear unfortunately, but it's hard for anything to ruin the piece given the price. After all, there's a wonderfully painted "The Homer" signature on each side as well as a "Hot Wheels" tampo stamped on the sides. The green paint is evenly applied all over the metal body, giving it a pretty wonderful look.

Mattel Hot Wheels The Homer Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

What's more, the grille, steps, rear bumper, and underside are all chromed plastic. The vehicle, first premiering in the episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is actually less tacky than the on-screen design. The big antenna, bowling trophy hood ornament, and other additions which would be hard to replicate at this scale were left off. On one hand I can appreciate the need to do this for price point and gunking it up at the scale... and on the other I wouldn't have mind seeing the ugliest car of the year. I'm really glad Mattel decided to either reissue or redecorate the car because the mold is really fantastic. I don't think I need another redeco of it, but man, it's wonderful. Truly there is no better toy car for the average American.

--Adam Pawlus

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