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Switchback
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 2003 - 2015
Designer Eric Tscherne
Number 56357
2003 First Edition Switchback1.jpg


Description

The Switchback is a Hot Wheels Original Design. The design of the vehicle was retro inspired, blending elements of classic hot rod pick-up trucks with modern lines. Originally the design was to debut as part of Highway 35 along with 4 other designs. When HW35 became the World Race, Switchback remained in the lineup but got a special paint scheme as part of the Wave Rippers. The original 2-tone paint scheme was used on the First Edition.

Tscherne says his design was inspired by the old Ford F-150 design with some design elements from the F-100 such as the dogbone grill. The car was lowered and given big wheels and surfboards to give it a California Custom feel. A roll pan and valance in the rear helps to accentuate the twin pipes. The two-tone paintscheme as seen on the first release was also done by himself, inspired by hot rodding and early 2000s custom sports trucks.

Versions

The Switchback has come out in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Surfboard Color Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
17
/
220
2003 First Editions
5/42
Black & Orange No Tampos Orange Black
/
Plastic
Blue Tint Chrome PR5 56357 Malaysia 2003 First Edition Switchback1.jpg
211
/
220
2003 Mainline Dark Orange "Wave Hog Surf Club" White Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 10SP 57176 Malaysia 2003 Open Vamp Switchback1.jpg
211
/
220
2003 Mainline Dark Orange "Wave Hog Surf Club" White Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 10SP 57176 Thailand 2003 Open Vamp Switchback1.jpg
N/A 2003 Highway 35 World Race
2/35
Black & Metalflake White Wave Rippers Team Graphics White Black
/
Plastic
Blue Tint Chrome Blue rim, White CM5 B1059 Thailand 2003 World Race Switchback1.jpg
N/A 2004 2x Turbo Power Launcher Yellow Black, Blue, Orange, Gray Tampos Blue Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 5SP C4324 Malaysia 2004 2x Turbo Launcher Switchback1.jpg
N/A 2004 X-Games Action Set Orange "XG", Red & White Tampos White Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Gray Red PR5 C3936 Malaysia 2004 X-Games Switchback1.jpg
119
/
187
2005 Twenty +
4/5
Black & Dark Red Black Line with Hot Wheels logo No Surfboards Black
/
Plastic
Black Chrome PR5 6846 Malaysia 2005 Twenty (American) Switchback1.jpg
119
/
187
2005 Twenty +
4/5
Dark Red & Black Red Line with Hot Wheels logo No Surfboards Black
/
Plastic
Black Chrome Chrome PR5 6846 Malaysia Majority found in Canada 2005 Twenty (Canadian) Switchback1.jpg
N/A 2005 Target - California Dreamin' Silver & Blue Red Line from front to back Blue Black
/
Plastic
Blue Tint Silver PR5 H7048 Malaysia 2005 California Dreamin\' Switchback1.jpg
119
/
196
2008 Team: Surf's Up
3/4
White "Redline Waveriders", Red & Black Tampos Red Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Gray PR5 M6901 Malaysia Base code(s): 2008 Surf\'s Up Switchback.jpg
N/A 2011 Racing Rigs Yellow Light Blue & White Wave Graphics Blue Black
/
Plastic
Light blue Chrome 5SP V2370 Thailand Base code(s): 20190413 214722.jpg
N/A 2011 Racing Rigs Yellow Metallic Dark Blue, Light Blue & White Wave Graphics Blue Black
/
Plastic
Light blue Chrome PR5 V2370 Thailand Base code(s): Switchback PR5s closer.JPG
N/A 2011 Racing Rigs Yellow Blue, Light Blue & White Wave Graphics Translucent Blue Black
/
Plastic
Dark Blue Tint Black OH5 V2370 China Base code(s): Switchback - Surfs Up Rig 2011.JPG
2015 HW Road Trippin'
2/21
Dark Blue & Blue K4 Great Ocean Road Gray Gray
/
Plasit
Blue Tint Chrome PR5 Malaysia Base code(s): Switchback-k.jpg

2008 card

From the back of the 2008 card:

Born: 2003
Birthplace: El Segundo, California, USA
Designer: Hot Wheels
Specialty: With twin surfboards and tonneau cover, this hot truck was made for summer, sunsets, and surfing.

Gallery

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