Attack Track


When I was a child in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Matchbox made scale models superior to those of Hot Wheels. The bases of the Matchbox models I had were made of highly detailed metal while those of the Hot Wheels models were made of extremely cheap looking plastic. A few decades later, the quality of Matchbox models dropped. When I started collecting scale models as an adult, I favored the weird-looking (“fantasy”) models of Hot Wheels over the boring normal vehicles of Matchbox.

But lately Matchbox has been making quality models that look really cool. I bought this Attack Track because I like affordable nice-looking military vehicles and because it has a detachable missile. In my experience, toys with detachable missiles quickly get discontinued, possibly due to complaints about choking hazards.

1000 is blue, 100 is violet

When the Philippine New Generation Currency series was released in December 2010, it was intended for the 1000-peso bill to be light blue and the 100-peso bill to be violet. But the actual design of the 1000-peso bill (shown above at the top) had some violet portions and the 100-peso bill (shown above in the middle) had some blue portions.

This helped some tricksters make some easy money. They would show a cashier of a small shop a 1000-peso bill and ask for it to be exchanged with smaller denomination bills of equal total value. When it was time to exchange the bills, the tricksters would swap the 1000-peso bill with a 100-peso bill folded so that the blue portion was visible and the figure “100” was hidden.

To avoid confusion, the Central Bank of the Philippines changed the colors of the 100-peso bill starting with those dated 2015 A, changing most of the blue color to violet and lilac (as seen above at the bottom).

Custom ’69 Volkswagen Squareback

DHR85-D7B3 I bought this Hot Wheels Custom ’69 Volkswagen Squareback because it is missing some of its decorative paint on the model’s passenger side (the yellow paint on the top half and the purple paint on the front half). (You can see the intended design on the card.) It seems that versions of this model exist without any decorative paint at all; see this YouTube video, for example.
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