I recently went to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for Toy Kingdom’s The Great Holiday Toy Sale from December 4-6, 2015. I went on December 3, 2015 shortly before 2 PM for its “soft opening” and saw a stall selling high-end scale models. I saw a beautiful Siku 1:64 scale car carrier being sold for 2,000 pesos. I left to go back to a conference I was attending, and when I got back to the stall a few hours later, the car carrier had just been sold to someone else. (Owning a good quality 1:64 scale car carrier is one of my childhood dreams.)
I bought these five Pontiac Firebirds, all by GreenLight Collectibles, for 280 pesos each (20% off the original price of 350 pesos). Some of the cases have scratches and the oldest one has yellowed and cracked.
For some reason, arranging the models in ascending order according to their date of manufacture also arranges them in descending order according to their model year. The 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM (Muscle Car Garage) is from 2008; the 1987 Pontiac Firebird Formula (County Roads Series 4) is from 2010; the 1980 Pontiac T/A (County Roads Series 8) is from 2012; the 1979 Pontiac Firebird T/A (Rocky II) is from 2013; and the 1977 Pontiac Firebird T/A (Black Bandit) is from 2014.
The model from 2008 has an opening hood and the model from 2010 has a trading card.
I later went to the Toy Kingdom store at the SM Mall of Asia and I found three more GreenLight Pontiac Firebirds: a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey & The Bandit), a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit II), and a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Kill Bill: Vol. 2). I found them too expensive at 400 pesos each, so I didn’t buy them.
The GreenLight Hollywood webpage currently shows a few more Firebirds: a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Joe Dirt), a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Old School), and a 1979 Pontiac Firebird TA (The Hunter).
While KITT was a 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am, I find the 1977 and the 1979 models more attractive than the models from the 1980s.