If you’re a Malaysian, you’d probably seen and driven a 1985 Proton Saga before, where it was the first national car to be introduced.
Now, the iconic car will be immortalised in the form of a Hot Wheels 1:64 scale diecast, where it is slated to be launched in 2024.
Hot Wheels Proton Saga packaging done by 9yo Penang girl
The Hot Wheels Proton Saga blister packaging was unveiled to the public for the first time at the 2023 Art of Speed show, which took place over the weekend at MAEPS Serdang.
Interestingly, the packaging was designed by 9-year-old Saw Jane Harn from Penang, who was crowned the winner of the Hot Wheels x Proton Kids Design Competition held earlier this year.
With this win, this makes Saw the first child globally to have her hand-drawn art to be featured on a Hot Wheels die-cast packaging, reported AutoBuzz.
She was also awarded with Hot Wheels toy sets as a form of recognition for her efforts in making the design, where it showcased Malaysia’s unique natural beauty and accomplishments such as the rhinoceros, hornbill, hibiscus, and the National Monument.
Seeing the model up close
While the die-cast model isn’t ready for sale, visitors were still able to take a closer look at the highly anticipated product.
It boasts of a vibrant red exterior similar to a prototype showcased the previous year and had additional details such as dual-tone rims, side mirrors, and black stripe decals running along the side.
The die-cast model also included intricate details such as the headlights, front grille, original Proton logo, front bumper, and door handles, all designed to mirror the actual car as closely as possible.
It is largely based on the original Proton Saga Orion which was launched on July 9, 1985 by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The second generation of the car named Saga BLM came into the scene in 2008, bringing the Proton Saga Orion’s 23-year existence to a close.
Congrats to Saw on winning the competition and having her design being featured on the packaging!