When I was young, I probably had around two dozen scale models to play with. Most of them were the lead characters in stories I would play in my mind. My Matchbox Chevy Van was the A-Team van; my Matchbox Pontiac T-Roof was KITT. But I remember having one car that was so ordinary that it was always a background character. It was a metallic beige sedan, most likely a Matchbox Ford Cortina (Mark IV) from 1982. I don’t have it any more, but I think its front doors opened. I liked that it had metallic paint and that it was an ordinary car.
A few weeks ago, I found a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX that reminded me of my metallic sedan. I normally collect only weird-looking cars or, on rare occasions, muscle cars, but I felt that I had to buy this ordinary-looking car, perhaps to remind me of the times I actually played with my scale models.
It’s been more than four months since I last blogged about Hot Wheels. Since then, I’ve been able to buy a few Hot Wheels, three of them Treasure Hunts.
The Dragon Blaster shown above was part of my shopping spree last January. Although the circle-flame logo on the vehicle can’t be seen in the picture, the image on the card shows that it is on the dragon’s forehead.
The circle-flame logo on the ‘Tooned ’69 Camaro Z28 shown above can be seen near the rear wheel on the right side of the vehicle (but not on the card).
At first sight, the Fandango shown above doesn’t seem to have a circle-flame logo either on the vehicle or on the card. But it’s a good thing they made it extra large on the vehicle’s roof.
Whenever I pass by Toy Kingdom Express at SM City Naga, I usually buy 0, 1, or 2 Hot Wheels because I seldom see something I like and don’t already have. When I passed by yesterday, I saw the same old models. But a salesperson saw me and said that he had a new box of Hot Wheels that he would like to show me. When he came back with it, I had to get a shopping basket to hold all the models that interested me. In the end, my wife and I ended up picking the models shown below. I’ll blog about some of them in the future.
I was looking for some Hot Wheels to buy as Christmas gifts for my nephews when I saw this ’70 Dodge Charger (not to be confused with the ’70 Dodge Charger R/T) from the movie Furious 7. It’s a good thing my nephews seem to prefer modern supercars; this one goes to the collection that I and my wife have.
This Hot Wheels Fangula looks really nice in matte black. I’m not really into pinstripes, but the design on the side (with the circle flame logo in red) looks nice.
I recently bought another Hot Wheels K.I.T.T.. (My earlier one was from 2012. I also have a Super Pursuit Mode version of it.) Although this mainline casting was first made in 2012, the base of this recent model has a copyright year of 2016.
What’s better than having two blue Hot Wheels ’77 Pontiac Firebirds? Having one of them be an error copy. As you can see from the picture below, the one on the right is missing the decorations on (at least) one side. While errors are highly sought after in the philatelic and numismatic world (and, in some cases, in the comic book collecting world), I’m not sure how they are treated in the toy business.