The Hot Wheels Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment sold out even faster than anticipated, I believe there are a handful of collectors out there in Malaysia still looking for to purchase a complete set.
I soon discovered how quickly they were pulled off shelves even from the grey market dealers in Amcorp Mall and Penang. To my surprised these vendors managed to sell it all off during the pre-order launch, leaving no remaining sets left in store.
When I visited TT Jam every Friday, I learnt that there were less complete sets offered for sale through resellers within the one month period since it was released to public. I took up the last set from a private seller, and paid him RM160 ($38 USD) for it. It is highly unlikely I would pay much more than above retail, but looking at my current situation, I was a little too late unless I take a drive down to Singapore and get them off the pegs from Toys R U. But such strategy is profoundly unfeasible as it would have cost me almost the same as the reseller’s premium in Malaysia. These Themed cards retails for S$9.99 (RM30) – making one complete set around RM150 or more.
The lead car in this series is the Nissan S15 Silvia, there’s no doubt about it. When the Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment set was released in China, sellers were flipping the Nissan S15 Silvia prices around three-folds. The main reason behind this was because it is an entirely new casting that was not previously available. The casting also renders a desirable blue body paint and JDM style gold finished wheels with tasteful Forza designed vinyl tampos, this exudes the timelessness of the car and a great starting point for anyone who wants to start collecting quality Hot Wheels JDMs.
The Nissan S15 Slivia alone is retailed at RM23.50 ($5.90 USD), but current resell value on the market averages around RM70 ($17.50 USD). So there is no surprise to find Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment sets on pegs with missing Silvia’s.
Retail and Grey Market Prices
In Penang, Liberty Toys offers the Hot Wheels Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment RM270 ($67.50 USD) for a case, which includes 2 full sets of cars. This was a great deal as one could buy and flip the other half for a profit. They resell range a set is currently now between RM160 to RM200 ($40-$50 USD), mostly averaging between RM170 to RM180 ($42.50-$45 USD) if you manage to get your hands on one.
What is it like to have it?
I must admit that out of the entire car culture series released within this year, the Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment has the most attractive design card. The cars featured with a sunset Daytona style track background is just the perfect setting and demonstrates the “racing atmosphere”, it is unparalleled in comparison with the Forza Motorsport 2016 and 2017 sets.
The cars selection is well diversified, ranging from leading manufacturers from the far east to British, German, Italian and American, I for one think it represents the best of both modern and classic cars. My favorite car out of the entire set is the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, not the Nissan S15 Silvia like most would have presume – simply because it is the most highly sought-after. I love the angular contrast whites and greens set against the pure black body paint, the vinyl design has brought up the angular shapes which were previously difficult to see from a singular colour. I am also a big fan of the multi-spoke wheels, iconicly representing BBS’ style. Hot Wheels made a lot of multi-spoke wheels in the past, but it is incomparable with the ones found on this Lamborghini Huracan.
Should you get one?
If you’re only after the best for 2018, then no doubt the Hot Wheels 2018 Forza Motorsport Retro Entertainment serves the best besides Circuit Legends. I can’t recall any other better sets that were released this year that offers a diversified range of cars from manufactures all over the world. So if you haven’t bought one and came across by chance, do take the initiative to spend a little thought in purchasing it before it’s all gone.