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[TEST] The 2021 Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour Returns to Malaysia & We Can’t Wait!

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The Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour is back in Malaysia for the second time! This celebration of car culture, held in collaboration with Art of Speed Malaysia, is one leg of a global search for a custom vehicle worthy of becoming a Hot Wheels® die-cast car. The judging panel, made up of Hot Wheels® global designers as well as local guest judges, shortlisted the Top 12 entries out of the 163 submitted for the Malaysian finals set to be live-streamed on Sunday, 17 October 2021 at 8PM.

Photo 4 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Malaysia Virtual Local Finals

This year, Malaysian custom car enthusiasts join their fellow hobbyists from the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the race to be crowned the winner. The Malaysian leg of the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour saw more than double the entries that were submitted in 2020.

Each submission is judged based on:

  1. Authenticity — how closely the car embodies the Hot Wheels® spirit,
  2. Creativity — how well the design stands out from the rest and,
  3. Garage Spirit — how well the design exemplifies the attitude of “built not bought”.

The winner of the Malaysian finals will represent the country on a global stage, going up against the winners from the other legs of the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour!

Photo 3 Elden Schrock 1987 Toyota Cressida

The overall winner will see their design inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends™ and turned into a 1:64 die-cast car to be sold – and played with by kids of all ages – around the world.

The Hot Wheels® designers on board as judges are:

  • Brendon Vetuskey, the current lead designer for the Monster Trucks die-cast and the Red Line Club vehicles;
  • Manson Cheung, a Hot Wheels® 3D Modeler best known for his sculpting work; and
  • Sam Kok, a Hot Wheels® designer currently the key lead package designer for Mattel.

The local guest judging panel is made up of:

  • Christian Coujin, who is well known in the community for his collection of RWB cars and enthusiasm for all things custom or modified;
  • Tengku Djan, a Malaysian professional drift driver who has taken part in the D1 Grand Prix; and
  • Azrina Jane Abdullah, a stunt driver with a flair for drifting and circuit racing.

 

The Top 12 Malaysian finalists

The Top 12 Malaysian finalists offer a great mix of cars from across the globe with representation from Japanese, German, Italian, and even Malaysian car manufacturers.

Photo 2 Jeffrey Teoh 2008 Ferarri 430

The 12 Malaysian finalists are:

  1. Lee Ming Hui (Audi TT MK2),
  2. Sofyan Darmadi (1969 VW Beetle Vandetta),
  3. Norsayang bin Ngatiman (1968 Toyota Corolla KE10),
  4. Addison Victor Liew Kian Tek (1980 Mazda RX7 1st Gen Savanna Sa22C),
  5. Jeffrey Teoh (2008 Ferarri 430),
  6. Karrthikan Amerudalingam (1997 Proton Wira 1.5 GL),
  7. Abdul Wahab bin Bahari (1986 Daihatsu Mira Walkthrough Van),
  8. Elden Schrock (1987 Toyota Cressida),
  9. Mohd Iltizam bin Mohamad Sokri (1990 Toyota Estima TCR 21),
  10. Tham Kheng Ming (2002 Toyota MRS MR2 Spyder),
  11. Norman Ng (2014 Porsche Boxster 981), and
  12. Kathires Thanabal (2012 Honda Accord).

Photo 1 Abdul Wahab Bin Bahari 1986 Daihatsu Mira Walkthrough Van

The Malaysian finals will be streamed from the RWB Museum located in Johor Bahru and curated by Christian Coujin himself. The RWB Museum is a celebration of all things RAUH-Welt Begriff as well as its founder, Akira Nakai, and has been lauded by the custom community as an incredible showcase of what makes the hobby so exciting.

 

Shop for Hot Wheels® collectables

In celebration of the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour and all things car culture, Hot Wheels® has got some great collectables as gifts with purchase from official retail partners Toys ‘R’ Us Malaysia and Shopee Malaysia for online purchases.

GWPs are stackable and are available while stocks last.

October 2021

  • BUY RM50 and above of Hot Wheels® products, get a FREE Hot Wheels Mystery Models™
  • BUY RM200 and above of Hot Wheels® products, get a free limited edition Hot Wheels® Nissan Laurel 2000 SGX

November 2021

  • BUY RM50 and above of Hot Wheels® products, get a FREE Hot Wheels Mystery Models™
  • BUY RM200 and above of Hot Wheels® products, get a free limited edition Hot Wheels® ‘65 Volkswagen Fastback

Join in the 2021 Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour Malaysia Virtual Finale to find out which of the Top 12 will clinch the local title!

The winner will go on to represent Malaysia at the Global semi-finals so make sure you tune in to the live stream on Sunday, 17th October 2021 at 8PM to meet our international US Hot Wheels® designers and local guests, view top entries, and be the first to hear about the special promos and giveaways!

Check out the live stream on Hot Wheels®’s Facebook page. For more information about this event, please visit the Art of Speed website or the Facebook page.

 

Launch of Hot Wheels Unleashed, a new action-packed video game

Last but not least, at the end of September, the brand is releasing Hot Wheels Unleashed, an all-new, action-packed, arcade-style video game.

The game will be available on all major video game consoles and PC, offering players the opportunity to drive the cars as if they were playing with the die-cast toys. The gameplay includes adrenaline-filled races, an extended choice of Hot Wheels® vehicles with different attributes and rarity levels that players can customise with different skins, and jaw-dropping tracks set in everyday-life locations with special track pieces and interactive items. It will be revealed during the Virtual Finale show!

 

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