For those following along, you've probably heard me talk about my computer problems time and time again. Well here's pretty much the final update: yesterday (after crashing several times) my computer eventually just wouldn't turn on and so I had to forgo this post (in its defense, it is almost 10 years old). The good news? That forced me to finally give in and order a new one! Tonight my current computer happens to be working again (barely), but who knows for how long. Basically I just wanted to let you all know that until my new iMac comes (around the 19th), my posts might be inconsistent- depending on if my computer feels like turning on or not.
Anyway, lets move onto why you're here. Today we're taking a detailed look at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) exclusive Cars Precision Series Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 1:55 diecast from Mattel! Phew, that was a mouthful.
To be honest, when I first heard about this, I wasn't very interested at all (since I already have several versions of this character)...but then I saw the display/accessories included inside the unique collector's packaging and I was sold. I am so glad I changed my mind.
Now for the unboxing. Before you get to the diecast itself, you first have to get through three layers of packaging- starting with the outer box seen above (which is a pretty standard Precision Series design). Another box, enclosed with the awesomely designed slip cover seen below (featuring a collage of "historical" Hudson Hornet newspaper articles as seen in the original Cars), is housed inside.
Here's the box once the newspaper slip cover is removed (which is actually magnetized shut). Open it up and...
Bam! There is the famed Fabulous Hudson Hornet in all his glory. The fantastic checkered floor base/trophy case display is made from both high quality cardboard and acrylic materials (no actual wood or glass) and is attached to the inside of the box with velcro (easily removable). Doc Hudson on the other hand is attached to the base with screws, so you'll need to use a screwdriver to remove him completely.
This is probably one of the coolest looking Cars items in my collection. Yah the car itself is neat enough, but what really makes this set phenomenal is the way it's presented! Mattel really went all out with this one.
As usual with the Cars Precision Series diecasts, the front hood opens to reveal the engine and there are no paper stickers. Everything is painted on with a precise attention to detail. I especially love the "dirt" effect around the tires!
The trophy case window (also magnetized) can be lifted up and the Piston Cup tri-stand, as well as the three individual Piston Cups, can be removed (all plastic). Wow, just look at that detail... even down to the tiny movie accurate text on each cup which reads "Hudson Hornet Champion 1952" (or 1953 or 1954 depending on which trophy).
There you go folks. An absolute must have for serious Disney·Pixar Cars collectors. This originally retailed at the convention for around $25, but with eBay and Amazon being your main buying options at this point, expect to pay somewhere in the $40-$50 range (which isn't bad for a SDCC exclusive).
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!