Just shut up and take my money, Hot Wheels. Mattel's forever-excellent toy-car brand just unveiled its new Retro Entertainment series, which will immediately vacuum up money that would be better spent buying lunch. Or feeding my children. All because of a blatant pander to my inner child.
It's exactly what it sounds like, a direct, irresistible nostalgia play. The Retro Entertainment cars replicate the vehicles you remember, like Stroker Ace's Thunderbird stock car (above), Axel Foley's Chevy Nova, Sonny Crockett's Daytona and Testarossa, Jim Rockford's Firebird, and even T.C.'s Island Hopper chopper from
Magnum, P.I. It's a litany of cool rides from cool shows that those of us of a certain age grew up with.
The cars have the rubberized Real Riders wheels and better overall detailing than the standard-issue $1 Hot Wheels. (Bob Falfa's Ford from American Graffiti even has the THX 138 rear license plate.) Figure on paying around 3 bucks a pop. The full list of vehicles in the series, as well as more photos, can be found .
There are 35 different models in total, including the ships from the original Battlestar Galactica, so Lorne Greene approves from the afterlife. "Collect them all" isn't so much a sales pitch as it is a basic human instinct. See y'all the toy aisle.