Hot Wheels 2017 Street Beasts Basic Cars
Item No.: Asst. L2593 No. DTX24 Manufacturer:Mattel Includes:Light blue slug figure Action Feature:Rolling wheels Retail:$1.00 Availability: ca. Spring 2017 Other: First release, green with yellow and orange
When it comes to Hot Wheels I love crazy, and Motosaurus I didn't know existed - I bought it on sight. It reminds me of a more refined version of the Speed-A-Saurus [FOTD #786], which I can best describe as a toy dinosaur violating a car. This new one is more like a Stegosaurus as a car, which is a lot less funny but it's pretty neat.
It's a metal body with a plastic undercarriage and flexible orange plates. You could say it's a platonic ideal, but that's not what that word means. The thagomizer has little pumps, there's a tiny head - insert your own joke here, folks - and painted scales on the sides.
Given the size of the head, the car must be absolutely huge. The positively tiny noggin has a tiny window in it, and the yellow part is pretty underdetailed. There's not a lot of sculpted detail on the green part, but the deco makes up for it. The plates are also pretty plain - but they are plates, so that counts for something. If you told me this design came from 1984, I'd believe you - it feels like a distant cousin of Tomy's toy robots like Starriors and Zoids. Looking at it, I love the colors - but I'd run out and buy it if it was a white-bodied thing with gold accents, some black bits, and a blue canopy. That would be super cool.
It's a buck - you know the drill. Even if you buy it and donate it to a thrift store, the few days of joy you get out of this are more than worth the dollar. It's a little rolling desk dinosaur car! It's not as wacky as the older design (which I will never, ever give up) but it's charming and I look forward to seeing it in new colors. If it gets retro, I won't be able to resist buying another one. Get it if you see it, it's fun.
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