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.
When I was a child in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Matchbox made scale models superior to those of Hot Wheels. The bases of the Matchbox models I had were made of highly detailed metal while those of the Hot Wheels models were made of extremely cheap looking plastic. A few decades later, the quality of Matchbox models dropped. When I started collecting scale models as an adult, I favored the weird-looking (“fantasy”) models of Hot Wheels over the boring normal vehicles of Matchbox.
But lately Matchbox has been making quality models that look really cool. I bought this Attack Track because I like affordable nice-looking military vehicles and because it has a detachable missile. In my experience, toys with detachable missiles quickly get discontinued, possibly due to complaints about choking hazards.
I was in Cebu City a few days ago and there I found this Matchbox S Cargo. (Its bottom lists its name as Snail Truck.) Weird-looking Matchbox models are pretty hard to find. The name (a pun on escargot, the French word for snail) is not new; it was used by Nissan in 1989 for their “small cargo” van. Continue reading “S Cargo”
Aside from collecting weird-looking vehicles, my wife and I also like to collect scale models of school buses. A recent addition is the Siku US School Bus #1319 shown on the left which I bought in Rustan’s in Alabang for around 180 pesos.
Shown above are some Maisto school buses. (I mentioned the one on the left in a previous post.)
The Matchbox GMC School Bus shown above left is really beautiful. It and the Hot Wheels School Bus shown above right come in many variations.
We currently have three versions of the Hot Wheels Surfin’ School Bus. We bought the one above without a card. It seems to be a 2005 Red Lines Series collector number 96 made in Malaysia. The pictures in the cards below show the ridiculously small lone door.
(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/103/Knight-Rider on July 2, 2012 9:28 AM)
Another TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “Knight Rider.”
The vehicle used by the show’s main character, Michael Knight, was “an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible” “heavily modified” 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am called KITT (for Knight Industries Two Thousand).
As a child, my favorite toy car was a black Hot Wheels Pontiac Trans-Am (most likely the Hot Bird). It could go very fast. Unfortunately, a cousin lost it. I had another Trans-Am, a Matchbox (shown at the right), but it wasn’t as fast. Lately, I was able to buy an official Knight Rider KITT made by Hot Wheels.
(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/102/The-A-Team on July 1, 2012 1:36 AM)
One TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “The A-Team.” The Wikipedia entry states:
The violence presented in The A-Team is highly sanitized. People do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people. The results of violence were only ever presented when it was required for the script. In almost every car crash there is a short take showing the occupants of the vehicle climbing out of the mangled/burning wreck (even in helicopter crashes) […]
The van that the A-Team used was a 1983 GMC Vandura. From Wikipedia:
It is a common error that the van is said to be all-black, whereas in fact the section above the red stripe is metallic gray; this error was even continued on most toy models of the van.
As a child, I would pretend that my Matchbox No. 68 Chevy van was the A-Team van. (Yes, it experienced a lot of collisions.) Lately, I was able to buy an official A-Team van made by Hot Wheels. (No collisions this time.)