A recent question about the maximum pontential of mainline wheels & axles got me thinking about a future for better quality parts from Mattel (even if it's somewhat of a pipedream).
Until Mattel decides to target competitive diecast racing specifically, we're not going to see much change in terms of better products and QC. It just doesn't make money sense...until it does...
I look at what Hasbro has done with their ever-evolving Nerf line. What used to be just a cheap foam dart gun has turned into an armory of amazing weapons that shoot darts, balls, and now even gel bullets. The demand for "high end" Nerf has certainly become a thing over the past decade or so, even spawning an incredible modding after-market space not unlike what we've seen with our racing. But to Hasbro's credit, they're capitalizing on it and clearly think it's worth the investment.
But with higher investment comes a higher cost. Some of the fancier Nerf guns get up near $100! So the obvious question is, if Mattel decided to produce Hot Wheels products specifically for the racing market, would you be willing to pay the price?
And what price? Obviously we don't know but we can certainly make some educated guesses just looking at the higher end mainline/collector that are on the pegs.
Lets say they make a casting that is made for competitive racers with better QC on the wheels, axles, weight, and whatever else...stuff we care about...but if that single sku has a $3.00 price tag, would you buy it? $5? $10?
What's your limit on spending for a product you know is made better and can (in theory) lead to better performance on the track?