Side Kick, Slide Kick

Some time in 1998 or 1999, before I started collecting Hot Wheels, I passed by a toy store and saw a Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Side Kick (in metallic purple) for sale. I really wanted to buy it (because it reminded me of my childhood) but decided not to as its box was in such horrible shape.

Some time in 2001, I was able to buy a Side Kick in mint packaging. I’ve posted another picture of it below because a side view does not do it justice.

If I was asked to choose only one Hot Wheels model, I would choose the Side Kick. To me, it is the perfect example of what Hot Wheels means to me: a cool car (a wedge car!) that’s not a copy of an existing car. It also has added play value because pulling the exhaust pipes at the back brings out the driver’s seat on the side. I love the exposed engine, the rear louvers, and the hidden headlamps.

I’m sad to say that my Side Kick has a plastic base (but a metal body), unlike its previous incarnations with metal bases and bodies. Ever since I bought this 2001 model, I’d been waiting for another one, but it seems that this was the last one released as a mainline model. (The eight versions released after this one were not mainline models.)

I was a little disappointed when I saw this Slide Kick recently because it seems to me that it is intended as a replacement to the Side Kick. Gone are the exposed engine, the rear louvers, and the hidden headlamps. The Side Kick’s driver can only see what’s in front and what’s on the right, but the Slide Kick’s driver can only see what’s on the right (unless the seat is out). I bought it nevertheless because it is a first casting.

“Does it come in black?”

In the movie “Batman Begins” (2005), after Bruce Wayne first test drives the desert-camouflage-colored Tumbler with Lucius Fox, Lucius asks Bruce, “So what do you think?” Bruce replies, “Does it come in black?”

I have so many mainline Hot Wheels Batmobiles that they no longer fit in the box I have for them. I haven’t blogged about many of them, so I’ve selected a few that aren’t black. All of them are from 2019.
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Plymouth Prowler

Before I saw this Fast Lane Plymouth Prowler, I had never before seen a scale model of a Prowler. I don’t find the Prowler particularly beautiful or ugly; the only reason I bought this model is because I don’t think I’ll be able to find another Prowler in the near future.  (The scale model is actually purple even though my picture below makes it seem to be blue.)

The body seems to be made of metal. The plastic base has the text “NO. 6045 SCALE 1:64,” “MADE IN CHINA,” and “(C) CHRYSLER GROUP 2011” embossed and the text “055899” and “1801 8 EH” printed in white.

The company that made the Prowler has had many names: Chrysler (1925-1998), DaimlerChrysler (1998-2007), Chrysler LLC (2007-2009), and Chrysler Group LLC (2009-2014). It is currently called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Prowlers made from 1997 to 2000 are called Plymouth Prowlers and those made from 2001 to 2002 are called Chrysler Prowlers. I’m calling this model a “Plymouth Prowler.”

The Mick’s Model Auto World website shows a different Fast Lane 6045: a green “Plymouth Prowler” which the site claims has a copyright year of 2003 and a scale of 1:55.

Lamborghini Countach

The only supercar scale model that I had when I was a child was a black Lamborghini Countach with a red interior and an opening engine cover. Its scale was around 1:64. I don’t remember what toy brand it was; it probably didn’t have the brand name on it. I wanted to take a picture of it for this blog post, but for some reason I couldn’t find it.

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Tomica Limited Color

I’ve been collecting Hot Wheels for a while and I’m familiar with their variations: models that are essentially the same except for some details like color, wheel type, or card. A few years ago, I was surprised to see Tomica scale models start having their own variations: one version would be a “regular color” version, and another would be a “limited color” version. The Japanese text that I’ve seen for the latter is 初回特別カラー (roughly translated by Google Translate as “initial special color”) and 初回特別仕様 (“initial special specification”). Shown below are a few pairs of models in “regular color” and in “limited color.”

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Matchbox mix

Here are some Matchbox scale models I’ve bought over the past few years.

This ATV 6×6 is from 2011 and is the first release. I must have thought it was pretty cute, but now I don’t really like it that much. It will be among the first to go if ever my wife and I decide to let some models go.

This Ice Cream Van is from 2011 and looks really nice. A child playing with it could think up a lot of stories with it.

I don’t like the color scheme of this Blockade Buster from 2017; the black details (on the light gray body) are too loud for a military vehicle.

This NASA S.E.V./Chariot is from 2018 and is the first release. I think it looks really funny because it looks like a truck with an upside-down cab.

This ’09 International eStar is also from 2018 and is also the first release. Although its Matchbox Cars Wiki entry says its color is white, it’s actually a very beautiful metallic white. I love the large Matchbox logo on its side. This would be a very worthy representative for Matchbox models.