There are a lot of cars that I really like: the Tucker 48 from 1948, the Lotus S1 Esprit from 1977, and the Chevrolet Caprice Classic from 1991. But the one that’s very special to me is the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Special Edition from 1977. I have quite a few Pontiac Firebirds now, and the latest addition to my collection is this Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird, which is a different colored version of one that I blogged about before.
It used to be that whenever I blog about scale models, only Pontiac Firebirds get a special tag. That’s changing now, as there is a new car that I feel is worthy of having its own tag. I first discovered Nissan Skylines last year, when I blogged about a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX and a Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing. When I saw this Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R from 1973, I decided that Nissan Skylines would get their own tag. (I’ve just added the tag to the two previously mentioned blog posts.)
The Toys”R”Us in Alabang I went to a few weeks ago had a lot of Tomica Event Models for sale, but the one below caught my eye and there was no question that I had to buy it.
The base is plastic and the rear wheel axle is loose and noisy with no “suspension.” Aside from the wheels and the loose multi-colored plastic pieces inside the transparent rear compartment, there don’t seem to be any moving parts. Nevertheless, this is the coolest Tomica I’ve seen so far.
The one I bought was a display unit and was the last one of its kind. I had a hard time looking for its box. The sticker states that the price is around 500 pesos, but I was only charged around 350 pesos for it.
One of the main reasons I bought this model was the presence of multi-colored plastic pieces in the rear compartment. I had no idea what they represented. Later, I was very surprised to learn from Retroletra.com that this model is of “a road cleaning vehicle” and that “it seems that the inside of the rear clear box is the sucked garbage.” (I used Google Translate.) The base of the vehicle supports this claim. You can see the tubes from the front of the car to its rear, with some fans at the rear to provide the suction.
This TDM Suimax MB differs from the earlier TDM Suimax (shown below). (I got the image from http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/event/eventlist2/images/tdm_suimax_s.jpg.)
It’s been more than two months since I last made a blog post because I’ve been very busy at work. I’ve bought quite a few scale models since then but I’ll post about these one at a time.
The name for the scale model below is “Batmobile” according to the card, but Hot Wheels Wiki calls it “Batmobile (1989).” (It was first seen in the 1989 movie.) The scale model below is from 2018.
I took these pictures of clouds right after my wife pointed them out to me. My Kodak EasyShare CD14 camera doesn’t work well in low light and the resolution of the pictures it takes is quite poor. I have not edited the images. The clouds in the first picture are pink to my eyes, but the photographs don’t capture the bright colors.
The clouds in the second picture were right above me, and they weren’t pink.
In this last picture, it looks like someone selected a square portion of the image, then cut the clouds out.
I bought a Matchbox ’71 Pontiac Firebird Formula a few weeks ago, then promptly forgot I had it. So when I saw another one in a different store last week, I bought it, thinking that I didn’t have one yet. I’ll probably open one of the two in the future, to be placed on my Majorette Transporter. The base of the model indicates that its scale is 1:65. (I am quite annoyed by this. With not much effort, they could have created the model using the more standard scale of 1:64.) The Wikia page states that its body color is “Orange,” but the paint is actually metalflake orange.
I was only able to get 13 hats for Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2017. Unfortunately, I had forgotten that it would end today, so I was not able to get images of me wearing the hats. You’ll just have to trust me that I really got the hats below.
This Batmobile (Batman v Superman) is colored dark purple according to Hot Wheels Wiki, but to me it looks more like dark metal flake blue.
For Christmas, how about a green and red Batmobile? (I got the image below from a Hot Wheels Collectors e-mail.)