Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz C111 (6978)

I found this older Hot Wheels at a vintage toy store in Kokomo, Indiana. My collection of Hot Wheels doesn't really include any big ticket items, with most of my collection being the $1 mainlines. I snagged this one for $5, and it definitely shows its wear. I'm no expert at distinguishing between the variations, but I'm confident that whatever version this is,this one is 40 years old and was made in the mid-seventies.


This is model on a Mercedes-Benz concept car used as a test bed in the sixties and seventies. The color is pure seventies - I think we had a fridge in the same color. Wish my version was in better shape, but happy with this at the price I paid.
Photo from here

Friday, June 23, 2017

Matchbox Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 (MB683) from Best of Matchbox Series 2

Here is the Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 (MB683) from the Matchbox premium line Best of Matchbox, Series 2.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Matchbox Range Rover Sport (MB691) from Best of Matchbox Series 2

Matchbox released the Range Rover Sport (MB691) as part of the Best of Matchbox, Series 2. With premium tires and realistic tampos, the captured the look of the original. What's nice about these models is that they are half the cost of some of the other premium offerings.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greenlight Airstream 16' Bambi from the Hitched Homes Series One

Vintage trailers have a great look - here is Greenlight's version of an Airstream 16' Bambi trailer. I prefer tents when I go camping, but this has a definite style to it.



Kenner's Fast 111s Cyclone 3

In the early '80s Kenner released some diecast cars in the Fast 111s line. While I wasn't collecting these at the time, I stumbled across this recently at a vintage toy shop. Here is the Cyclone 3 - I really like the futuristic vibe of this model.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

M2 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 440

In 1969 Dodge released the Charger Daytona, an "aero car" designed to run at NASCAR races. At the time NASCAR required the entrants to drive true stock cars, and Dodge sold enough Daytonas to qualify under the rules. The Daytona was the first NASCAR car to break 200 mph. Here is the M2 version of this legendary car, equipped with the 440 V8.



Matchbox BMW M5 Police (MB966) from 2017 Best of Matchbox, Series 2

Earlier this year Matchbox released Best of the World - a six-car set of premium models, featuring rubber tires and nicer tampos than what is seen in the regular series. Here is the BMW M5 Police. As it is a premium set, it sports the Best of the World tampos. However, I would have preferred to see it in authentic livery of a German locale.



Monday, June 12, 2017

M2 1966 Corvette 427

Target had this on clearance for $1.25, so I was glad to snag it. I have a few M2 castings, and I appreciate the variety they have. The details on this are impressive for the scale, and I like the knock-off rims, the tampos, and the quality of the paint. The opening doors look out of scale, which isn't surprising, but the over all look is great.


Matchbox 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX (MB1022)

Matchbox has recently released its second version of the '71 Skyline as part of the 2017 Regular Series. I'm not up on JDM, but this is a nice looking model. I did a quick search, and have no idea if the color is accurate, but the color and tampos look good.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy - RD-08 (DWD79); 8 of 8

Here is the final car from the Hot Wheels' 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy 8-car set. It is the RD-08 (DWD79). I like this casting as it has a great "futuristic" vibe to it, regardless of the markings.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy - Rocketfire (DWD78); 7 of 8

Hot Wheels recently released an eight car set to commemorate the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. This is the seventh car of the series - Rocketfire. It represents the Milano, Star Lord's ship. Nice color scheme, and the Rocketfire seems an appropriate choice.



Guardians of the Galaxy - Quicksand (DWD80); 6 of 8

Hot Wheels recently released an eight-car series to commemorate the upcoming release of the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Quicksand (DWD80) is the sixth car of the series. The first five cars represented an individual guardian. This car seems to represent the team as a whole.



Guardians of the Galaxy - Solar Reflex (DWD77); 5 of 8

Hot Wheels Solar Reflex (DWD77) - the fifth car of the new 8 car series released in conjunction with up-coming Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. This is the car representing Groot. The Solar Reflex was an inspired choice - the tampos look great and the solar panel adds to the theme.



Guardians of the Galaxy - Fast Fish (DWD75); 3 of 8

Hot Wheels recently released an eight-car set celebrating the new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. As the castings for these series tend to be non-licensed models, the popularity seems mixed among collectors. The card art and tampos seem to be the big attraction. Rocket Raccoon is represented by the car Fast Fish (DWD75). According to the Hot Wheels Wiki, "the name & general appearance suggest that the casting was inspired by the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda".


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

M2 Detroit Muscle - 1969 Plymouth 'Cuda 440

I was able to snag a few M2 Machine models from Target on clearance. For a little more than the cost of a Hot Wheels mainline - these were on clearance for $1.25. I'm not a huge fan of the opening features, as the hood here doesn't seem to close completely. For the price, especially on clearance, this is a great example of a classic MOPAR.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy - Scorcher (DWD76); 4 of 8

Here is number 4 of 8 from the 2017 Hot Wheels Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 series exclusively at Walmart. It is Gamaora's car, the Scorcher (DWD76). The combination of colors of the car and reflective black surface made the camera go crazy - auto-focus and color seem off. This was the first time I've tried this set-up, and will definitely need to experiment to get the photos to look better.




Guardians of the Galaxy - Rivited (DWD73); 2 of 8

Here is the second model of the Guardian of the Galaxy series out now at Walmart. This is Rivited (DWD73), representing Drax. Reminiscent of a '70s era muscle car, it seems fitting for Drax the Destroyer, where nothing gets over his head.


Guardians of the Galaxy - Sling Shot (DWD74); 1 of 8

Hot Wheels just released an eight-car series at Walmart to coincide with the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. As it pretty standard for these series, the cars are all unlicensed models designed by Hot Wheels. Here is Sling Shot (DWD74) representing Star Lord. I've always liked this model for its futuristic styling.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! - Hot Wheels Easter Cars (3 of 6) - Overboard 454 (DWC01)

Here is number 3 in the 6 car Easter set from Hot Wheels - Overboard 454. I think that these decals are the best of this series, and really capture the look of an Easter Egg.



Happy Easter! - Hot Wheels Easter Cars (2 of 6) - Yur So Fast (DWC00)

Here is the 2nd of 6 cars from the 2017 Easter set - Yur So Fast (DWC00).



Happy Easter! - Hot Wheels Easter Cars (1 of 6) - Torque Twister (DWB99)

My local Walmarts finally got the 2017 Hot Wheels Easter cars in stock (never did see the 2016 Christmas cars). The card art is OK - colorful, but not the best that I've seen for the holiday cars - and the car selection is all unlicensed models. In my order of preference, the best is Chill Mill, followed by Maelstrom and then Flight '03. For an additional $3 I completed the set, but really don't care as much for the other 3, including this model, Torque Twister (DWB99). The back drop is the Sto & Go playset that is a current Target exclusive.




Matchbox Tuk-Tuk (MB1054) from 2017 Regular Series

Matchbox, new for 2017, released a scale version of a Tuk Tuk, a 3-wheeled auto rickshaw used in Thailand (it is known by different names in different countries). It seems to be a fairly popular casting, as it doesn't seem to linger on the shelves. But, to be honest, given how intermittently the local stores are stocking Matchbox, its hard to tell if its selling or just hasn't hit the pegs. Matchbox, for me at least, is something you have to grab at the time if you want it as you may never see it on the shelves again.

This casting is well done - the tampos are appropriate, being colorful but not garish, and model seems to capture the original.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Matchbox Custom '95 Chevy Van (MB1052) - from the 2017 Regular Series

Matchbox has released a 1/64th scale version of one of its employee's real vehicles - Gerry Codyman's 1995 Custom Chevy Van (see further explanation, here). Matchbox has 2 versions of this model - one with a bike, and the one shown here with jerry cans on the back.


Johnny Lightning 1979 International Scout II

The new 2017 Johnny Lightning's are finally hitting the local stores, and I was pleased to pick up this 1979 International Scout II. International had a distinctive look, and it's a shame that they no longer make passenger vehicles. JL did a nice job on capturing the real vehicle, giving it a realistic paint scheme and convincing rim/tire selection. The front and rear tampos are well done, also.