Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot Wheels 2017 Retro Entertainment - HALO UNSC Gungoose (DWJ85)

Hot Wheels just released a 5-vehicle set in conjunction with the upcoming release of HALO Wars 2. I've played one of the versions of HALO with my son (don't remember which version), so I was looking forward to this release. I was really glad to see the Warthog's release earlier as part of the Mainline, so I made sure to pick up a set from wheelscollectors from eBay while there was a sale going on. Shipping was fast, and the models were well packaged. This is the UNSC Gungoose. The casting has a nice heft, and the details look good, and I guess it is accurate (just a casual gamer of HALO, so not really sure). Card art on this is also fantastic.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hot Wheels 1970 Pontiac GTO (DWC42) - 2017 American Muscle series

Hot Wheels recently released another set of cars exclusive to Walmart. The cars cost about twice what a mainline offering goes for, and retail around $2. The card art is nicer, and the graphics are a little nicer, too. The wheels are just regular offerings. There are 10 cars in this set, and all look good. 9 of the 10 are licensed models, which is great. I am partial to convertibles, and while the tampos aren't very realistic, but I like the overall looks. This is 1 of 10.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hot Wheels 1969 Dodge Charger 500 (DTY89) - 2017 Hot Wheels Muscle Mania

Here is Hot Wheels 2017 1969 Dodge Charger 500 in Mooneyes livery. The Charger 500 differed from the standard 1969 Charger in that the rear window was altered to be more flush and the grille was changed to reduce drag.

M2 1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon

Here is M2 Machines' 1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon from the Wild Cards line. I love late model vans, and M2 did a great job on this one.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Corps Elite army playset from Walmart

Walmart sells a product line called the Corps Elite. It includes vehicles and figures in 1:18 scale, and this army playset. It comes in a bucket with 120 pieces. There are 96 figures (12 each of the following poses in 1 of 3 colors), a few vehicles, and some scenery. The sculpting is actually pretty good, with the details being well-rendered.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hot Wheels 1973 Custom Datsun 240Z from 2017 Mainline (DTW89)

Here is a new model from the 2017 Hot Wheels Mainline - the Custom Datsun 240Z (DTW89), It is from the Factory Fresh series, and looks really good. From the card back: Specialty: A naturally aspirated inline 6 motor with ITBs, wide body kit, deep bucket seats and a full roll cage make this custom Datsun 240Z the ultimate canyon carver! Check out the fender-mounted rear-view mirrors and watch the competition fade into the distance as you step on the gas.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hot Wheels 1957 Corvette from 2004 Showcase series (C6752)

The thing I really appreciate about joining a collector's club are the deals you can find at meetings. At the January meeting for Indy Hot Wheels Club I snagged a number of older models. I got this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, issued in 2004, for around $3. From the box:

1957 was a milestone year for the Corvette! It marked the first year for its high performance V8 with a 283 hp fuel-injected engine under its hood. Though its lines were softer, the competition found the new Corvette harder to beat. Zora-Arkus Duntov's meaner more muscular 'Vette placed 1st at Sebring and established the Vette as a world-class sports car. 1957 ... for Corvette it was a very good year!