In the never-ending arms race between Mattel and Hasbro for coolest collector exclusive at Comic-Con, one thing Mattel tends to really nail well is packaging. How can you take a $1-$4 die-cast metal car and make it $40? Easy - make a nice box, like this Darth Vader Die-Cast Metal Car revealed at the USA Today today.
Check out this article: Epic News from SDCC: The Force is with Hot Wheels. Matty Collector's post teases a box with something in it. But what? That, I don't know.
Has Mustafar frozen over? Sponsor Entertainment Earth posted two assortments - Hot Wheels Star Wars cars and Track Sets - with no pictures as of yet, but a September release date. Mattel's first step into a larger world should prove exciting, as they have made die-cast metal vehicles from numerous licenses in many forms.
Did you know Mattel made a die-cast car that's compatible with LEGO figures? It's true! The Hot Wheels Fig Rig is a new release from the company and likely at a store near you right now. The hood has 2 studs for LEGO connections, there are two more in the truck bed, and several locations have 3mm bars on which figures can grip their hands. And as luck would have it, a LEGO stud is the same size as the hole in most Fighter Pods figures.