A brand new batch of Hot Wheels cars based on Minecraft mobs are rolling out.
The cars will be based on the Spider, Skeleton, Zombie, Iron Golem, Creeper, and Enderman. You can see pictures of them on Mojang’s website. The cars will be launching sometime in October and more details are coming soon, according to the post.
The cars were designed by Bryan Benedict, who has been in the car industry for 10 years designing real cars before Mattel invited him to work on their team. The blog post interviewed Benedict about his design process for the cars and how he matched each type of car to the personalities of the mobs. Here’s a little excerpt:
…the Enderman kind of wanders around aimlessly right? So it’s sort of like a lowrider vehicle that you would expect to be wandering around, just kind of cruising around… and then of course it’s got the block exposed in the trunk, with the trunk half open so you can see the block hidden in there, [because] it’s always carrying a block around.
We especially like how the Spider, represented by a Holler Truck, can carry the Skeleton car as a reference to the Spider Jockey mob. We also like how the Zombie is represented by an ancient station wagon and how the pickup truck Iron Golem has a forklift on it to represent the Golem’s swinging arms.
Benedict also talked about the difference between working in the car industry and working at Mattel. At Mattel, you’re working on multiple different cars all due within a few months while in the car industry you’re working on one car for a couple of years. While you don’t have to worry about someone being inside of a car or that car having an engine, you have to make sure that cars are compatible with existing How Wheels tracks along with other rigid guidelines. However, he hasn’t regretted a moment of joining the company.
But really, it’s such a great brand that really allows the designer to let loose and be imaginative and creative and wild and crazy and that’s what really drew me into working on the brand and it hasn’t let me down. This idea of taking popular characters that everyone knows and loves and transforming those characters into cars. It’s a really exciting opportunity.
This isn’t the first time the Minecraft developer partnered with Mattel for Hot Wheels. The first Minecraft-based cars were the mine cart cars released in early 2016 that could have Minecraft figurines placed in them. They of course had their own playsets as well and could play well with other kinds of Hot Wheels cars and tracks.