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.
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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I’m very fortunate that Hot Wheels decided to release many Nissan Skyline models just when I decided to collect them. Here are a few that I’ve bought in the past few months.
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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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I’m dedicating this blog post to the two readers of this blog (Jim Holroyd and Marc Bosworth).
I’ve been ridiculously busy at work for the past six months and I had to stop blogging for a while. But I haven’t stopped purchasing scale models. In fact, because I haven’t blogged about some of my purchases, I forgot that I already had some of them and this led to a lot of duplicates.
For this post, I’m showing all the Treasure Hunts I’ve purchased since my last blog post. This Crate Racer is from the 2018 series.
I unintentionally bought two copies of this Rockster.
I also unintentionally bought two copies of this Hollowback.
The circle-flame logo for this Kool Kombi is on its roof.
This Ratical Racer also has its circle-flame logo on its roof.
I saw a copy of this Bump Around but I didn’t buy it because its card was damaged. It’s a good thing I didn’t because I had already bought one before.
Unlike the six Treasure Hunts above (which are all from the 2018 series), this Bazoomka is from the 2019 series.
In my previous blog posts I used an old digital camera to take pictures of my scale models. It was hard to focus on very near objects and it blurred pictures very badly when it wasn’t steady. But starting now I’m using my wife’s smart phone to take pictures of scale models. I think the improvement in quality is easily seen.
The first thought that came to my mind when I saw the “TH” logo on this 2015 Ford Mustang GT was “So that’s how it looks in real life.”
I looked at the tires, saw that they were Real Riders, and saw a gold circle flame logo on the card behind the model. (An ordinary Treasure Hunt would have a gray circle flame logo on the card.) The body has Spectraflame paint.
It was next to an “ordinary” version of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, so I got that one too for comparison.
The wheels are plastic (and not rubber), there is no circle flame logo on the card, and the paint is not Spectraflame.
The Super Treasure Hunt doesn’t have a collector number (such as “222/365”) on top right of the front of the card. The backs of the cards are also different. The Super Treasure Hunt has a toy number “FJY37-D7C3,” a collector’s code “Z2S2L,” and a base code “K40″ (embossed on the base of the model and on the upper left of the back of the card). The ordinary model has a toy number ” FJY35-D7C3 G1,” a collector’s code “8GE25,” and a base code “L10.”
This is my first Super Treasure Hunt. I never thought I would be able to find one “in the wild.”
Edit (December 24, 2018)
After I posted this blog, I was able to get a (black) mainline version of the Super Treasure Hunt.
It has a collector number (“80/365”) on top right of the front of the card, and on the back it can be seen to have toy number “FJW44-D7C3,” collector’s code “ZB9K8,” and base code “K47.”
(This blog post is actually about two Batmobiles, not just the Justice League Batmobile, but I’ve run out of ideas for titles of blog posts about Batmobiles.)
The Justice League Batmobile is new for 2018. The first release was in flat black and this dark metallic blue version is the second release. Quite noticeable is the “massive rail gun.”
The TV Series Batmobile might be the most popular version of the Batmobile. The Hot Wheels Wiki lists 23 versions of it starting from the prototype released in 2007.
I’m not a fan of supercars in general, but I do love wedge cars, especially those of the 1970s. Here are some of my scale models of wedge cars that I haven’t blogged about before.
For me, the best color for a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 is white with black trim, and the second best is black with gold trim (like the color for the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am used in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”).
The only Lamborghini that I like is the Countach. (The other models are too curvy for my taste). This Lamborghini Countach Pace Car is a first casting. The red metal body and plastic base go very well with the blue plastic windows and emergency lights.
Another beautiful wedge car with emergency lights is this Tomica Hyper Blue Police 01 Blue Phoenix. The glass roof windows are really nice. Unlike the Esprit and the Countach which are very recent purchases, this HBP01 was bought many years ago. (I’ve forgotten what year.)
This Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile is from 2018 and has some red pinstriping.
I have a few Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts that I’m not so excited about. If they weren’t Treasure Hunts, I probably wouldn’t have bought them.
This Speedbox is from 2014.
This Tread Air is from 2015.
This Street Stealth is from 2018.
This Zombot is from 2018.
The circle-flame logo is on the robot’s knee.