- The Pontiac Trans Am Hot Wheels toy car goes on sale in November, in time for holiday shopping.
- Riley Stair of Sacramento, Calif., won the 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour.
- Hot Wheels Legends Tour is a search for custom cars that could be turned into a die-cast toy vehicle.
A Hot Wheels fan will soon see his 1970 Pontiac Trans Am immortalized on store shelves as a toy car.
Toymaker Mattel announced Thursday that the car was the winner of the 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, an annual search for custom cars that could potentially be turned into a die-cast toy vehicle.
Riley Stair of Sacramento, Calif., was this year’s winner, spending 18 months transforming the Trans Am. The toy version of his car will go on sale in November.
“I never thought that a car I built at my parents’ house would ever be a Hot Wheels,” Stair said during an interview with USA TODAY. “It’s a surreal experience.”
►A retriever in a duck hat:Canine celebrities to follow on National Dog Day
► Break up or divorce? :How to remove your ex from your digital life
Mattel explains that the cars are chosen based on three criteria: authenticity, creativity and “garage spirit”, which emphasizes the time spent building the car.
“When we saw Riley’s car, it was a no-brainer,” said Ted Wu, vice president of global vehicle design at Mattel. “You look at the feeling, the passion, the kind of emotion it brings. It’s a very aggressive looking car.”
Stair’s Trans Am is the third fan vehicle honored with its very own Hot Wheels toy.
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour 2021 is currently underway. Shutdown details are available on Mattel’s website.
►Holiday Shopping 2021:Aim to add 100+ Disney Store locations by end of 2021, releases top toys list
Disney Store Closures:Is your nearest store having a clearance sale? See the new list of closures.
Bert Hanashiro contributed to this report. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.