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Creatures & Other Unusual Artwork on Wheels 1/64 Die-Cast Vehicles

James N Simpson
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."
Hot Wheels 2010-185/240 Race World Underground 01/04 Fangster Keys to Speed Instant Win Card W/KeyChain 1:64 Scale
Hot Wheels 2010-185/240 Race World Underground 01/04 Fangster Keys to Speed Instant Win Card W/KeyChain 1:64 Scale
"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."
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Rhino Rod Die Cast Car Collector #53
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Rhino Rod Die Cast Car Collector #53
"This is so cool.  It's basically a rhino on wheels.  Comes in various shades of grey, black and even white.  This thing looks very good."
2010 HOT WHEELS NEW MODELS 029/240 GOLD HOWLIN' HEAT 29 OF 44
2010 HOT WHEELS NEW MODELS 029/240 GOLD HOWLIN' HEAT 29 OF 44
"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."
Hot Wheels 2010-179/240 Beach Race World 03/04 Sharkruiser 1:64 Scale
Hot Wheels 2010-179/240 Beach Race World 03/04 Sharkruiser 1:64 Scale
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the highway.  Sharkruiser has been released a number of times in different colours.  This version comes with a nice artwork blister card too."
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creatures, HAMMER DOWN Color Shifters Creatures Car, VEHICLE COLORS VARY.
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creatures, HAMMER DOWN Color Shifters Creatures Car, VEHICLE COLORS VARY.
"Hammerhead shark, this is also in the 2011 5 pack called Creature Cars although the colour is terrible in that pack."
Matchbox 1995 Superfast Stinger Die Cast Car Collector#68
Matchbox 1995 Superfast Stinger Die Cast Car Collector#68
"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."
Hot Wheels Color Shifter Creatures ~ Buzzkill~ Colors Vary
Hot Wheels Color Shifter Creatures ~ Buzzkill~ Colors Vary
"If you preferer your bee to be on wheels, this is seriously cool."
Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Die Cast Vehicle Rex Rider
Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Die Cast Vehicle Rex Rider
"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."
Toy Story Hotwheels: Hamm on Wheels Die Cast Vehicle
Toy Story Hotwheels: Hamm on Wheels Die Cast Vehicle
"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."
Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Speedin Stretch Mattel
Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Speedin Stretch Mattel
"Speedin stretch is a nice octopus or squid representation, at least until a better giant squid or similar car is released by Hot Wheels or someone else."
Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Die Cast Vehicle Little Green Speedster
Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Hot Wheels Die Cast Vehicle Little Green Speedster
"Little Green Speedster may not have looked too much like the Toy Story character but it is easily the best UFO themed die-cast vehicle out there."
Set of 12 Creepsters (6 Good & 6 Evil)
Set of 12 Creepsters (6 Good & 6 Evil)
"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."
Street Beast 2 Series #4 Rodzilla Purple #2007-68 Collectible Collector Car Mattel Hot Wheels
Street Beast 2 Series #4 Rodzilla Purple #2007-68 Collectible Collector Car Mattel Hot Wheels
"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."
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creature Cars Cadillac Escalade & Dragon Blaster Car Set
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creature Cars Cadillac Escalade & Dragon Blaster Car Set
"Colour shifters come in single or two packs.  Two packs don't always have two creature car vehicles though, often there's only one creature car and normal type car makes up the other spot."
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creature Cars Piranha Terror & Super Stinger Car Set
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Creature Cars Piranha Terror & Super Stinger Car Set
"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."
HOT WHEELS COLOR SHIFTER CREATURES SKULL CRUSHER WATER CHANGES COLOR OF CAR
HOT WHEELS COLOR SHIFTER CREATURES SKULL CRUSHER WATER CHANGES COLOR OF CAR
"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."
HOT SEAT * WHITE * 1998 FIRST EDITIONS SERIES #13 of 40 HOT WHEELS Basic Car 1:64 Scale Series * Collector #648 *
HOT SEAT * WHITE * 1998 FIRST EDITIONS SERIES #13 of 40 HOT WHEELS Basic Car 1:64 Scale Series * Collector #648 *
"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."
#2006-130 Turboa Green Collectible Collector Car Mattel Hot Wheels 1:64 Scale
#2006-130 Turboa Green Collectible Collector Car Mattel Hot Wheels 1:64 Scale
"Reptile fans will want to check out turboa.  The most realistic snake coloured ones are this green and a brown one.  Also been released in yellow, purple and a few other colours."
Hot Wheels HW Imagination 54/250 White Ratmobile
Hot Wheels HW Imagination 54/250 White Ratmobile
"The Ratmobile has been released over the years in a different shades of grey to represent your sewer, house and kitchen rat as well as white to represent your escaped lab rat."
2010 HOT WHEELS RACE WORLD UNDERGROUND KEYS TO SPEED CARD 03/04 BLACK ROAD CANNIBAL
2010 HOT WHEELS RACE WORLD UNDERGROUND KEYS TO SPEED CARD 03/04 BLACK ROAD CANNIBAL
"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!"
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Rotwheeler Die Cast Car Collector #73
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Rotwheeler Die Cast Car Collector #73
"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."
HOT WHEELS 2011 THRILL RACERS - CAVE '11 BLUE 2/6 VAMPYRA 206/244
HOT WHEELS 2011 THRILL RACERS - CAVE '11 BLUE 2/6 VAMPYRA 206/244
"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."
2011 Hot Wheels 213/244 - Thrill Racers Jungle 3/6 - Croc Rod
2011 Hot Wheels 213/244 - Thrill Racers Jungle 3/6 - Croc Rod
"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)."
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Tailgator Die Cast Car Collector #27
Matchbox 1994 Superfast Tailgator Die Cast Car Collector #27
"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."
2007 Fright Cars Zombot Real Rider Tires Collectible Collector Car 2007 Hot Wheels
2007 Fright Cars Zombot Real Rider Tires Collectible Collector Car 2007 Hot Wheels
"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"
Mattel Hot Wheels 1998 First Editions 1:64 Scale Red Express Lane Die Cast Car #037
Mattel Hot Wheels 1998 First Editions 1:64 Scale Red Express Lane Die Cast Car #037
"Ever dreamt of getting your shopping done faster.  Now you can with this shopping trolley themed die-cast vehicle!"
Mattel Hot Wheels 1996 1:64 Scale Silver & Burgundy Twang Thang Die Cast Car Collector #376
Mattel Hot Wheels 1996 1:64 Scale Silver & Burgundy Twang Thang Die Cast Car Collector #376
"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."
1993 Hot Wheels 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition #5700 RED BARON with Collector's Button
1993 Hot Wheels 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition #5700 RED BARON with Collector's Button
"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."
Hot Wheels Fright Cars - Rigor Motor - 2006
Hot Wheels Fright Cars - Rigor Motor - 2006
"Rigor motor is a coffin with a motor attached.  It's been released a number of times, the best paintjob was in the Halloween Highway 2 pack."
Hot Wheels Sharkbite Racers
Hot Wheels Sharkbite Racers
"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."
Hot Wheels T-Rextroyer - Thrill Racers - Prehistoric '12
Hot Wheels T-Rextroyer - Thrill Racers - Prehistoric '12
"For dinosaur fans you can't go past this T-Rex dinosaur skull on wheels"
Hot Wheels 2012 HW Premiere 32/50 Street Creeper on Short Card
Hot Wheels 2012 HW Premiere 32/50 Street Creeper on Short Card
"Easily the best spider themed vehicle out there."
Hot Wheels 5 Car Gift Pack-Insectirides
Hot Wheels 5 Car Gift Pack-Insectirides
"5 pack of insect or arachnid themed vehicles, including four scultpure cars.  Warning though one of these is not suitable to be around children due to dodgey design and plastic parts."
Hot Wheels Color Shifter Creatures ~ Tomb Up ~ Colors Vary
Hot Wheels Color Shifter Creatures ~ Tomb Up ~ Colors Vary
"Another nice horror themed sculpture on wheels"
Hot Wheels HW Imagination Surf Patrol Mad Splash 73/250
Hot Wheels HW Imagination Surf Patrol Mad Splash 73/250
"Mad Splash is an awesome car that has wheels but resembles a speedboat on water due to the base looking like the ocean, the base is the same colour as the wheels."
HOT WHEELS BUZZERK 2011 NEW MODELS 28/50 - 28/244
HOT WHEELS BUZZERK 2011 NEW MODELS 28/50 - 28/244
"If you loved (or even hated) maual arts (shop class) when at school you'll love this.  It's basically a cicularsaw table thing on wheels."
Hot Wheels New For 2012! HW Imagination ANGRY BIRDS RED Bird 1:64 scale
Hot Wheels New For 2012! HW Imagination ANGRY BIRDS RED Bird 1:64 scale
"From the computer game Angry Bird, Hot Wheels has released the bird and the green pig (Minion).  They look quite good!"
Walt Disney's Exclusive 1/64 Scale Die Cast Metal Body Race Car -Donald Duck
Walt Disney's Exclusive 1/64 Scale Die Cast Metal Body Race Car -Donald Duck
"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."
Hot Wheels The Muppets Animal Orange Truck
Hot Wheels The Muppets Animal Orange Truck
"Hot Wheels released a couple of Muppets imagined as vehicles as well.  In the years prior to this they also did the same thing with Toy Story 3 characters."
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