TV shows and movies I haven’t watched

I have some scale models of vehicles found in some TV shows or movies that I haven’t watched. Shown above is The Mach 5 from the Speed Racer anime series. It was made by Tomica in 2008 (most likely to coincide with the movie, which I also have not watched).

I just bought a Hot Wheels Herbie from the movie The Love Bug (and its sequels) which I haven’t seen. (Okay, so I have seen the 2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded). Another recent purchase is a Hot Wheels Capsule Car from the animated series The Jetsons.

When I first saw the Hot Wheels Max Steel vehicles (motorcycle and turbo racer), I had never heard of the action figures or the animated series. I’m not really interested in the vehicles, but I still bought them on the chance that they might become popular some day.

“For the adult collector”

I went to a different mall yesterday, one that I hadn’t been to in a long while. I was quite surprised that it carried some high-end scale models like the 2013 General Mills Hot Wheels Pop Culture Series.

The models in the series have metal bodies and metal bases as well as Real Riders tires. All the six models were there, but I bought only the X8329 Haulin’ Gas model because I thought it was the most beautiful among the six. I found a comment on the lower left of the back of the card a little odd: “For the adult collector.” I don’t see any reason why young collectors should be excluded from collecting this series.


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According to the 2010 revised edition of the UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino, a sukì is a person who has regularly bought or patronized a product and who is often given a discount (tao na dati nang bumibilí o tumatangkilik ng anumang produkto at karaniwang nabibigyan ng diskuwento). Recently, at the store where I look for Hot Wheels every weekend, a saleslady approached me and offered the two scale models above (newer variations of The Mystery Machine and the Mars Rover Curiosity), which she apparently saved for me. I thanked her and bought them.

Panasonic JE-885U

885l 885nm 885r I asked my mother for the Panasonic 885 electronic calculator she used when I was a child. It uses four AA size batteries or an AC adaptor. Some of the keys no longer work, and I haven’t tried to check if the AC adaptor still works. The power switch reveals a red metal square when the unit is turned on. The case is made of imitation leather stitched at the edges and at the corners. I love its design—the colors, shapes, and fonts. I just found out that when holding the unit with the left hand (and pressing the keys using the right hand), the user could put his or her left thumb on the space with the word “Panasonic.”

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Siku No. 0870

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The Siku No. 0870 Tank has a metal body and a plastic base. Its control tower can be rotated and the plastic main gun can be slightly raised or lowered. It has four hidden wheels underneath; its continuous tracks are decorative and non-functional.

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It seems like I made a mistake in the pictures in an earlier post. The control tower there is shown facing backwards.


I recently bought a fifth printing of Sherlock: The Casebook by Guy Adams (BBC Books, 2012) from Fully Booked in Alabang. (The pictures here are of the book’s dust jacket.) According to its last page, “This book is published to accompany Sherlock, broadcast on BBC ONE.” The book covers the six episodes of seasons 1 and 2. The BBC One website describes the show as “Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson’s adventures in 21st Century London. A thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary reimagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.”

My wife and I first saw the three episodes of season 1 a few years ago and became instant fans of the show. I had never read a Sherlock Holmes story before (nor had I seen any TV shows or movies about him) and so I knew almost nothing about the character. The book describes what happened in the show, so I’m planning not to read the second half until I watch the season 2 episodes.