The list author says: "A lot of collectors prefer to collect die-cast vehicles that look like normal cars driven on the streets everyday. Nothing wrong with that, I collect some of those too, but what I particularly like are the weird concept cars that are basically sculptures or art on wheels. Some still leave room for a motor and driver and others don't. Some are nice unofficial movie tributes, some pay tribute to items people use everyday, others signify real wildlife creatures, and others mythical ones. Most, especially Hot Wheels manufactured ones, have been released a number of different times over the years in a variety of colours, so don't jump straight in and go hey that's cool and click buy now as soon as you see one. In the case of Hot Wheels, in 2010 a lot of creature cars were re-released with the latest fad of changing colours in hot and cold water. Colour changers are a bit more expensive than your standard mass produced vehicles though, but are a convenient way of getting certain creature cars straight away without having to peruse online auctions or attend trade conventions.
Not all are on Amazon either, so don't limit your searches to just here. In fact there's brands such as Maesto Full Metal that have some really cool looking sculpture cars, but since they call every single car the exact same thing, are next to impossible to find online. They have a really cool piranha and croc head vehicle that's better than any Hot Wheels versions of the same creatures.
If you own any of the vehicles on this list, write a review and share your thoughts on these cars. I've got a few other die-cast vehicle Listmania lists. If you liked this you may also want to check out Halloween, Monster, Ghosts & Similar Artwork on Die-cast cars, Matchbox Character Cars and Other Similar Vehicles as well as Die-cast Cars from TV and Movies."
"Fangster is a nice piece of artwork that represents reptiles such as lizards and baby crocs well. It's come in a few colours but I think the best in terms of realistic reptile colours was the 2010 release."
"Werewolf and other canine fans won't want to pass of this great vehicle. Unlike most of the others on this list, this could conceivably be made into a real drivable full size roadworthy car. In 2011 a black and red version was released."
"Stinger is a cool helicopter with transparent vein filled blades. It looks like a wasp, bee or dragonfly depending on which colour you choose. Been released in black and orange, yellow and orange, light green and orange as well as gold."
"Similar to Howlin Heat is this dinosaur themed car, released under the Toy Story promotion (to represent Rex the toy dinosaur). Even if you didn't like the movie, this is a cool one to collect to represent dinosaurs or even crocodlies."
"Likewise Hamm's character car is a nice representation for any pig fans. Obviously an official Toy Story vehicle but also can be a nice unofficial Babe and other similar film representation for your collection."
"Hot Wheels and Matchbox aren't the only ones to have made vehicles like this. Playing Mantis (who make Johnny Lightning cars) has a few horror characters/scultures on wheels, released under the name Creepsters."
"Rodzilla is one of the oldest creature cars, unofficial movie vehicles ever made. It's neck rotates. Lots of people don't like it but I do. Nice unoffical vehicle for Godzilla or any dragon movie. Been released in many colours including ones that make it look robotic."
"Color Shifters are a good way to at least go to physical stores and have a better look at a large range of creature themed cars by Hot Wheels to see if you want to bother searching for normal released better or alternative paintjob colours. This pack has a nice piranha and stingray representations."
"Some such as skull crusher have been released for the first time as a color shifter. No doubt like all the others they'll be re-released in future years in the mass produced range where they will be cheaper."
"Toilet on wheels, has been released seat up and down, in a variety of colours including clear, and even in a two pack (Scum Chums) with a bathtub vehicle that is being driven by a croc and of course a rat is driving Hot Seat."
"This a weird bat looking crossed with vicious guard dog on wheels vehicle. Part of 2010 release, this vehicle was previously released as Cargoyle and Grizzlor in other colours but this version looks the best!"
"This is a cool dog on wheels. Been released in a few colours including red, brown, black as well as gold. Doesn't really look like a rotweiler, more like a bulldog but either way, a good one to collect."
"Vampyra's been around for a while, you can get it in purple, black, blue and a few other colours including a 2006 Fright car version that resembles the statues on stairway entrances and looks like a real creature can break and emerge through the bronze."
"The 2011 mass produced range version comes with the best blister card of all the releases but if your a taker out of the packet collector other versions look better and also more like a real croc (ie no racing stripes)."
"Tailgator is the best of all the crocodile/aligator vehicles. It looks like a croc, except real crocs tails don't fold over their backs, but this is a small complaint. Been released in light green, dark green, brown and gold."
"Cross C3PO with the Endoskeleton from Terminator, add wheels and that's sort of what you get with Zombot, at least in the Fright Cars release version. Zombot's been released in a few other colours (most with pink guns though). I'm hoping one day they'll release a silver robot with black gun to represent Terminator"
"Twang Thang is two electric guitars on wheels. A must for the collection of any music fan. It's been released in a number of colours over the years, red guitars, white guitars, black guitars, blue guitars to name a few."
"The red baron is one of Hot Wheels most famous sculpture vehicles. It's been releases a number of times, in different colours and even as a Fright Car (how they justified that I don't know). It's a cool looking car, representation of World War II, and old fashioned fighter planes."
"Sometimes you will find these in 5 packs, which depending on how old the release is, may well be cheaper or simply still available in physical stores. Sometime the best colour version is the one found in the 5 pack. The downside though is your paying for 5 cars and the other 4 aren't necessarily very good."
"A company called Disney Theme Park Merchandise has released quite a number of Disney cartoon, Star Wars and movie characters which are pretty similar to the vehicles on this list. You can only get them new at one of the Theme Parks but you can get second hand ones on Amazon, E-bay and other online sites."