So the 2017 Hot Wheels have started arriving at stores in the U.S. The A case featured a Mustang New Model, the '15 Mustang GT Convertible. The casting is for sure a hit, as there hasn't been a convertible Mustang released in awhile. The next case, which is the B case, features another Mustang. The Mustang is the Tooned '68 Mustang. But with this Mustang, there is a noticeable change. The word retool comes into play when talking about this change. What a retool is, is a modification, or revision to the tooling, that creates change in the casting. Usually there is a specific reason for the retool. In this case, the main reason is more than likely, cost cutting. Below, there is an image of two Tooned '68 Mustangs. One, being a released from 2003. The other, is the 2017 release.
See any differences in the castings? If not, then let me show you! Look at the front of the cars. The 2003 release, has an all metal front end, while the 2017 release, has metal headlights, but an all plastic grille, bumper, and chin spoiler. Here is a better image that shows the changes.
Also, if you will notice, the blower on the 2017 release is way smaller. The 2003 release has the blower all the way to the front of the windshield, where the 2017 release has it a bit away from the windshield. That's just part of the retool, as we turn the cars around to show the taillights....
Now this change is very noticeable, as you can probably see. The rear bumper, and taillights, are all one piece. On the 2003 release, the rear bumper was made into the base of the car. On the 2017 release, the rear bumper is now a part of the taillights, side exhaust, blower, grille, and front bumper.
The other noticeable change not pictured here, is that the new tool now uses two rivets, instead of one.
This isn't the first time we've seen this much change on a casting. Some changes are for the good, some are for the bad, but this retool is one that will for sure take time to get use to.