Wave 4 has finally been announced. To share some perspective on how Lionel is doing this year, in 2021, Wave 4 was announced on June 11th. So, it's fair to say that this year, even with the transition to new castings, the Authentics line is months behind schedule. The biggest talking point of the Wave up until this point has been how long of a gap in time there's been between 2022 Wave 4 and 2022 Wave 3. Last year, Lionel released a Wave almost every month, mid-month. This year, Wave 1 was released May 20th, Wave 2, July 14th, and Wave 3, August 11th. Wave 4 reached announcement status on October 20th.
There are really two main discussion points to be had. The first is, why such a major gap between Wave 3 and Wave 4. The other is, what is going on with the moulds being used, and the decals being applied. (Keep in mind, as I designate Fast Ratings the use of the PTC Mould immediately caps a car at 5 points). There's a lot to dig into, so for that, I'll be competing a separate article on this debacle at a later date. Moving those topics aside, it's time to dig into the release details regardless of and ignoring, the elephant(s) in the room.
Wood Brothers Racing 2022 Motorcraft Quicklane Mustang: Harrison Burton
Stewart-Haas Racing 2022 HaasTooling.com Mustang: Cole Custer
Stewart-Haas Racing 2022 Mobile One Mustang: Kevin Harvick
Joe Gibbs Racing 2022 Interstate Batteries Camry: Kyle Busch
Here, I will investigate 1/64 scale diecast race cars and the on track impact of each car.