All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V

This long Tomica appropriately has a long name: All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V. I bought it for around 400 pesos around a month ago at the Toys “R” Us in Robinsons Place Naga.

The model has a scale of 1/80 and is made in Vietnam. It seems that the two vehicles cannot be separated without removing some screws. The red bodies are made of metal; the black bases are made of plastic. The emergency vehicle lights on the top of each vehicle are made of clear red plastic and the windows are made of clear gray plastic. The continuous tracks are made of rubber and can be removed. Although it looks like each track has seven axles, only the frontmost two and the rearmost one can move.

Inside the box, the model is inside a plastic bag together with a cardboard insert (to prevent rattling). There are two unused stickers (with white text “Morita” on a transparent background) intended to be placed on the front of the front vehicle and on the back of the back vehicle. I don’t know why stickers are needed; the vehicle already has writing of the same size and color painted on.

I’ve kept the box in the original plastic wrapper. “Protect the toy, protect the boy.”

This is one of my longer blog posts which I think is appropriate for a long model.

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Bat vehicles

A new mall, Robinsons Place Naga, recently opened and I was able to buy a few scale models from a Toys “R” Us store there. This Batmobile (Batman v Superman) is in metalflake gray. (The one I got earlier is in black.) This The Bat is in dark blue. (This is apparently the second one I have. For some reason, I had not blogged about the first one.)

’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX

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.

Treasure Hunts

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.

Shopping spree

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.

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’70 Dodge Charger: Fast & Furious

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.

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