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Hot Wheels Offers a Hellcat Challenger for Everyone

by Patrick Rall on

A great many Mopar lovers like myself supplement their inability to own every high performance Mopar by getting toys of the various vehicles. Like me, many of these adults who collect mini Mopars have done so since they were children.

When the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was introduced, there were a great many Mopar lovers who knew that they would never own the full size vehicle, but they wanted to add the most powerful muscle car of all time to their small scale collection. It has taken more than a year, but the first Hellcat Challenger toy has hit the mass market thanks to – who else – Hot Wheels.

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This new Hot Wheels casting is technically named the ’15 Dodge Challenger SRT, but following the SRT moniker on the chassis, it has the Hellcat face logo stamped. This makes good sense, as this new Challenger will be hanging in the toy section of stores all over America and some people will have a problem with the Hellcat name on a children’s toy.

As you can see, the new Challenger SRT also has the Hellcat head logo on the fenders, but that isn’t where the unique features of this 2015 Challenger casting end.

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The modern Dodge Challenger has been available for years, and when the 2015 refresh was limited to new engines, a new interior, a new grille and new taillights, many were concerned that large companies wouldn’t bother making a Hellcat model since the differences were so minimal from 2014 to 2015. Fortunately, the Hellcat package includes some unique design cues so with the reputation and demand for toy versions of the most powerful muscle car ever, Hot Wheels came through for the collectors and the kids who want the record-setting beast.

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Like the full size 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Hot Wheels version has a hood with the three vents stamped in, along with the unique grille and front fascia design of the Hellcat Challenger. Out back, this Challenger also has the proper dual racetrack LED taillights and the low profile Hellcat spoiler.

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Finally, the 2015 Challenger SRT casting has new styling lines along the side, adding more detail in the side view (as shown above) with the help of the front splitter that wraps around to the front wheel opening. Overall, the Hellcat Challenger Hot Wheels casting is significantly more aggressive than the previous Challenger SRT8 from Mattel.

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The best news is that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT (Hellcat) is part of the Hot Wheels HW Workshop series, so you can find it on your local Walmart shelf for 94 cents. The bad news is that, like the full sized muscle car, the Hot Wheels Hellcat is sought after and hard to find. I hunted for a while and eventually gave up, buying one online.

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As a major collector, I am impressed with the new Hot Wheels Hellcat Challenger and I look forward to seeing future adaptations of this new casting.

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Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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