Monday, October 2, 2017

Hot Wheels Olds 442 W-30 (DYB56) - 2 of 8 from 2017 Happy Halloween Series

Here is the 2nd car in the 2017 Happy Halloween 8 car series. These are sold exclusively at Kroger's. This is the first licensed car in the bunch - the Olds 442 W-30 (DVB56). I like seeing a licensed model in the series, but would have preferred a car that's not "lifted". But, given the series it appears in, I'm OK with the model over-all, as I like the new wheels, and the tampos look good in this series. The haunted school house is a $1 find from Dollar General. I repainted it to the best of my abilities - the kid knocking at the door isn't great, but still better than the "before".



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hot Wheels Ratical Racer (DYB55) - 1 of 8 from 2017 Happy Halloween Series

October is here, so it's time to showcase Hot Wheels' 2017 Happy Halloween series. This year's offering is an eight-car series with a mix of licensed and original offerings. These are sold exclusively at Kroger Grocery Stores. What is especially nice for this year's collection is the premier of a new series of wheels - the HW Skull.

First off is the Ratical Racer. I'm not a fan of rat rods to begin with, and the purple plastic seems an odd choice for the engine. But, especially from the front, the car presents a sinister profile and seems like an appropriate choice for this series. Not my favorite casting, but the tampos and wheels make it an OK model.



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Space Robot by Ja-Ru

I used to purchase my fair share rack toys with money earned from my paper route. This Space Robot is more recent example, but certainly upholds the basic tenants of rack toys. I got it for a couple of bucks at a Kroger, and it reminds me of the Micronauts Force Commander. I don't know if it was deliberate or not, but the resemblance is there.


Force Commander photo from here.

Marchon Air Commander from the Mysterians collection.

Convertible toys were taking off in the mid-80s, with Transformers first hitting the market in 1984. Marchon released a line of convertible robots in 1984, too. This was the Mysterians, a line of 6 figures, including Air Commander. I had one of these, the Major Repair Robot, which is surprising as I don't remember still buying toys this late into the eighties.

I love the schematic included as card art (images from here). Air Commander comes equipped with "Twin movable radar sensitive radar guns [that] provide front & rear attack defense". "Head shield opens to reveal x-ray scanner eyes". "Hidden body compartment hides swivel laser arms". "Armor plated droid is computer controlled from central attack station". "Central compartment flips down to release secret RADAR droid". "Side panels open to expose 2-way terrain stabilizers & movable roller wheels".


Johnny Lightning 1930s Batgyro

Johnny Lightning used to sell a model kit of the 1930s Batgyro. It was a "fiddly" kit, with small parts and no good way to assemble except for using super glue, which is not my forte. Here is the assembled kit. Looks good despite my lack of talent. The Batcave is a recent offering from Jada. Not really to scale, but not a lot is available for a Batcave in smaller scales. The Batman figure is from Zerboz.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter

I'm calling this a Blackhawk, because it's clearly based or inspired on the Army Helicopter.

For the price - $3 or $4 bucks if I remember correctly - it's not too shabby. Based on the figures I would put this around 1:48 scale. I love the landing gear - gives it a "tricked out" vibe. It's got a friction motor, which explains the mag wheels. I would have preferred a color scheme that more closely matches the US Army markings, but it's a toy and would never look realistic. The plastic wing and undercarriage are reacting poorly to the lighting and are becoming discolored. The pilots are molded in a realistic shade of silver. I'm keeping it - at least it might look good with some toy soldiers.

Piasecki HUP Retriever from Amercom

Here is a Piasecki HUP Retriever from Amercom. Diecast, and 1/72 scale, it is a nice model of a Cold War helicopter. Piasecki renamed itself to Vertol, and later merged with Boeing. This is the Naval version, originally known as the HUP-2 Retriever. The Army had its own version, the H-25 Mule. The military services standardized their nomenclature sometime in the early 1960s, and this helicopter became known as the UH-25B. The models sell for 12-18 dollars, so the detail and quality is good for the price.