POWr Multi Slider

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hot Wheels Hot Seat and Gotta Go




We interrupt this normally realistic-only diecast blog for something out of the ordinary, and for Hot Wheels this is nothing new.  Toilets, yes toilets!  When the first one was released in 1998 no one, not even collectors, can express any sympathy or excitement for this casting with a few sigh's in between.  When the casting was retired in 2004 you'd expect a lot of hurrah's for its demise, but then again the mourning for a toilet casting comes back again.  Now for 2017 prayers (if there was any) was answered and the toilet car is back with a new look.  Consider this a crappy story.







Click for Photo Gallery


I don't know who coined the original Hot Seat but I guess it was someone with a sense of humor.  Back in 1998 there was for the first time 40 new Hot Wheels cars for the brand's 30th anniversary.  It was exciting compared to today's overkill and the castings whether realistic or not were very interesting.  There have been engines bolted onto shopping carts, milk trucks, baby strollers, Radio Flyer wagon's, and now a toilet.  You'll notice the body on the original 1998 version in white with black seat and steering wheel is plastic and that allows the base to be metal, along with the engine in the back so that, yes, this toilet can do wheelstands!  The toilet has seen better days with numerous stress cracks along the rim and back balance bowl.  The seat is old-fashioned splinter wood with two metal brackets holding it together (not the best place to sit!).  The steering wheel is a plunger and if you lift the seat up the steering wheel can be moved forward.  At least the bowl has  an exit pass to releve of any feces or such.  There's plumbing and a drain up front, toilet paper rolls on each side of the balance bowl, flared base of the toilet for balance (I guess), and a V-twin motorcycle motor bursting out of the balance bowl.  This V-twin is a large motor that is metal-heavy and has two exhausts sticking out towards the rear.  It was an excessive casting that somehow captured the imagination and humor among us.  Heck, it was even released as a treasure hunt in 1999 with  a clear see-through bowl.







Click for Photo Gallery


If that's not enough there was a gold bowl, a chrome bowl with red seats and steering wheel (with the only detailing of the white toilet paper rolls on each end), and the chrome blue "Final Flush" version for its last run in 2004.  Well the collectors have answered and the toilet car is now back!  Gotta Go is a vastly different casting than the original where at least it's half toilet/ half hot rod truck this time.  The white bowl in the back has a much smoother black lid that is much better to sit on and won't give you splinters on your rear!  Unfortunately expect yourself to flush out your own feces as this one lacks a drain hole in the middle.  As the car rolls across the rear seat bounces up and down, another current Hot Wheels rollamatics.  Just below the seat you can find the single toilet paper roll and red taillights in the shape of sink faucet handles.  Dual truck-like exhaust stacks rest agains the balance bowl, now the cab of the truck with a chopped roof and door handles in the shape of toilet handles.  Towards the front it looks very classy hot-rod with the curved front fenders in white nicely contrasting to the light blue cab, then you get to the round headlights that front what i've heard are in the shape of urinal cakes, and if that's not bad enough the front grille is in the shape of a men's urinal!







Click for Photo Gallery


Yes there is a lot of creativity in these castings to warp your dirty mind, and that's not all there's more wackiness coming down the Hot Wheels pipeline this year.  Thankfully this might be the only crappy review for the time being!











Click for Photo Gallery

No comments:

Post a Comment