The Head Starter is a Hot Wheels original model designed by Ryu Asada. It looks to be based on a vintage Honda race car. It has a large chunk of metal for the engine and a metal base, giving it a good weight. Next to that it bears some similarity to the Hot Wheels Farbs series. Ryu, though, based its design on miniature Japanese toon kits, confirming this on Instagram: “since those old school kits are hard to find, we just made [our version]”.
The Head Starter's driver head is designed to have little plastic on the piece holding it, which causes it to wobble a bit during racing down the track.
The Head Starter has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Rider Color||Engine Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|Red||White stripe on top, '11' & various logos on sides & top||Black|
|Gold||Unpainted||Gold 5SP||DTX05||Malaysia||New Model|
Base code(s): J51, K04
|White||Red stripe on top, '11' & various logos on sides & top||Black|
|Red||Unpainted||Gold 5SP||DVB33||Malaysia||New Model|
Base code(s): K17
|014/365||2018||Legends of Speed|
|Green||Yellow stripe & '5' on sides & top||Black|
|Yellow||Unpainted||Yellow 5SP||FJW05||Malaysia||Base code(s): K31|
|2018||Costco Multipack Exclusive||Blue||Orange stripe & '28' on sides, Skull and Lightning Bolts||Black|
|Orange||Unpainted||White RA6||Malaysia||Base code(s):|
|Yellow||Blue & White stripe & HW logo on sides & hood, circle flame logo on hood||Metalflake Dark Blue|
|Red||Unpainted||Chrome Blue 5SP||FYF93||Malaysia||Treasure Hunt|
Base code(s): M03
|Black||Red, Orange & Yellow stripes around nose, White '22' & HW logo on sides & hood||Black|
|Yellow||Unpainted||Yellow 5SP||GHD45||Malaysia||Base code(s):|
From the back of the 2017 card:
Birthplace: El Segundo
Designer: Hot Wheels ®
Specialty: Zooming onto the track with a 3-liter V8 engine, there's nothing old fashioned about this vintage racer. Dominating the track since the 1960s, the Head Starter™ can go so fast it'll make your head wobble!