Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hot Wheels Isuzu VehiCROSS (57102) - 2003 Mainline Collector No. 127

This casting shows Hot Wheels at its best. The design allows glass headlights, the color looks great, it is "stock", and the tampos add to the overall effect. Only small quibble I have is the choice of rims. Got it at a flea market for 2 for $1, so it was a bargain, too.

Hot Wheels Corvette C6R (CFN88) - 17 of 18 from the Hot Wheels Heritage Redline Series

The final 6 castings of the Heritage Redline Series have finally hit local stores. I've seen a few at 1 Walmart, and a few at 1 Kroger's. Not sure why I haven't seen more of them as the only "in demand" casting that I see is the Long Gone model. In any event, I've managed to collect them all, so I'm happy.

Matchbox AEC Routemaster Bus (MB694) - from the 60th Anniversary series

Here is Matchbox's AEC Routemaster bus from the 60th Anniversary series. The casting looks great with the Union Jack proudly on its side. This is where having a tolerant wife pays off - this was one of my Valentine gifts, and was a mini grail for me. Had to get it from eBay, as I was never able to find it on the pegs.

Hot Wheels 2005 Ford Mustang (DHN93) - 2016 Mainline

From the HW Digital Circuit segment, here is the 2005 Ford Mustang. From the card back: "Specialty: Created for the 2014 SEMA show, this 2005 Ford Mustang pays homage to the Mustang's 50th Anniversary. With a solid 430 hp engine, vortech supercharger and custom, full roll-cage, not only does this pony look street-ready, it drives like the true muscle car it is."

I like the casting and love/hate the paint scheme. It works for me overall, and I can't say why. It's kind of ugly, but it is able to pull it off. I prefer clear glass, but the colored glass allows for glass in the front and rear lamps. Even the mis-matched rims works for me on this casting.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hot Wheels '13 COPO Camaro (DHX57) - 2016 Mainline

I really like the HW Speed Graphics segment Hot Wheels has for its 2016 lineup. I haven't been able to find a real world counterpart for the Camaro with Fram markings, though. I think that the black and orange really work on this casting, and the orange rims add to the overall effect.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Matchbox Replacement parts

I have 3 of the Snow Tracs (35B), and all of them are missing the rubber tracks. I found this site: for ordering replacement parts. The tracks ran 1.50 euros each, but well worth it. My order shipped quickly and was accurate, so I plan on doing further business with them.

 Need to replace the glass on this one. No idea what happened to it.

Matchbox Classic Cars 5-Pack from 2008

I was excited to find this Matchbox 5-pack just the other day at Walmart. I believe it was originally issued in 2008, so not sure why it's just making it to a shelf. Every car in it is a winner, so quickly snapped it up.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hasbro Biggs Darklighter's X-Wing from Star Wars A New Hope

Hasbro, as part of its Titanium Series of diecast vehicles from Star Wars, released a 4-pack of vehicles. Here is Biggs Darklighter's X-Wing. As with many of the other vehicles in this series, the canopy opens and the landing gear is retractable.

Hot Wheels Saleen S7 from 2006 Mainline (J3472)

The Saleen S7 is an American-made exotic car, and Hot Wheels has reproduced it a couple of times in 1/64th scale. Here is the 2006 mainline version.