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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As is the Custom: (Some of) my faves since the last time we did this.

Welcome back, As is the Custom.

I could probably spend 2 or 3 posts on the history of As is the Custom here on Lamley, and maybe in the near future I will.  As is was a defining feature in the first few years of Lamley, but it got a bit cumbersome for me.

But I miss it.  The world of diecast customizing is always changing, and much of it has moved to Instagram, and that makes things easier.  I see so much good stuff, and I want to share it here with everyone.  Plus, my mom of all people was a fan, always commenting to me at how amazed she was with the artistry demonstrated by each piece that was shown here.  And not one to disappoint Mom, I need to bring it back.

So I am, just a little differently.  As is the Custom will return as a weekly feature, usually mid-week, but sometimes weekends, depending on what news that needs to be shared that week.  And all the customs I share will come from Instagram.  There is so much going on there, it will provide plenty of content, and when I share images from IG you can follow that person right from the post.  They deserve that.  Lastly, it will be a little smaller.  No more 40 image posts.  Only the customs that really catch my attention will make it here.

So how will I see your work?  First off, if you are not on Instagram, join up.  It is free and easy.  Second, share your stuff with the hashtag #lamleycustoms.  If you do that, I will see it.  Promise.  It is by NO MEANS a requirement.  I try to find customs using other hashtags, but the #lamleycustoms tag will guarantee I do.  That is it.  If it catches my attention, it might land here.

I can't guarantee your custom will make it, nor can I say what will qualify.  Some of my favorite customs have been simple wheel swaps.

I plan on writing a lot more about the custom world, in the coming weeks.  I might also dedicate full features to some of you.  I am just happy to be doing this again.

So, here are some from the last few weeks.  Some older customs might appear later.


Don't call it a repost, moreso a proper reintroduction because my previous post did no justice to the car nor the guys who worked on it. Say hi to the "Moon Rocker": a @hotwheelsofficial #66SuperNova whose era-reminiscent name invokes both my love for @mooneyesusa @mooneyesjp & alludes to a certain super-potent smokable, hence the bloodshot version of the famous #Mooneyes logo which, along with the side lettering & signature on the decklid, were all hand-painted by their resident guru #HiroWildmanIshii. The vibrant Spectraflame yellow paint and other body details were applied by the #818's resident paint whiz @betom03, while everybody's favorite bearded boy wonder @lukeshotwheels was gracious enough to oil wash and wire up the motor to his specs. The @matchboxworld Kenworth Transporter also got some love from both Albert and Wildman. Mucho thanks to these guys for dealing with my OCD ass! #thelamleygroup #lamleycustoms #hotwheels #hotwheelsgram #hotwheelscollectors #diecast_daily #diecast #diecastcustom #customdiecast #diecastphotography #toyphotography #gasser #Chevrolet #ChevyII #ChevyNova #dragcar #dragstrip #kustom #handlettering #handpainted #oneshotpaint #pinstriping #mooneyes @thelamleygroup @matchboxworld @hotwheelsofficial @hotwheelssounofficial @ssss4199 @southeast_gassers #itowtuesdays @skdc_thawhips #WednesdayWickedRaces
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The Hot Wheels '55 Gasser & the rest of the Nationals Models - Opened.

My video space is finally getting put back together, so I can get to what I have been dying to do - open the models from this month's Hot Wheels Nationals.

It was a pleasure:


More to come.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All Hot Wheels '73 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car releases, ranked.

Ok, ranking the releases of this model doesn't make a ton of sense, especially considering the liveries have stayed true, for the most part, to the actual racing liveries of the actual car.

Maybe, instead, I should rank the Fast & Furious movies.  5, and then the others.  Ok, done.

Back to the BMW.  Want me to rank them?  Ok, here it is:







Actually, I think the lace wheels on the 2017 release really make it look fantastic.  And honestly can you ever beat a Zamac?  But then again the detail and spectraflame blue on the Toy Fair make it the winner.  Actually, white is the most realistic so it wins.


But who cares?  They are all nice, and this casting easily enters that Gran Torino/Greenwood Vette/Kenmeri pantheon for me.  (Oh man, every time I start thinking about the Lamley Hot Wheels Pantheon, I can't figure it out.  Those three I just mentioned, plus maybe the 510 Wagon?  '55 Gasser?  Porsche 934?  Upcoming 190E?  E30?  A/FX Coronet?  I need to think this through.)

There is a lot to like about this model, but one thing I love is Hot Wheels' approach to it.  Whether it is a licensing request from BMW or not, it doesn't matter.  I just love that every release so far as been a play on the actual livery.  And I am fine if it stays that way.  Basic, premium, doesn't matter.  I could see this model in Car Culture some day, maybe with the actual licensed livery, as much as I could see it in future basic releases with different takes on the stripe and racing stripes.

And the way the casting was created makes it work as well.  Creating a window piece that includes the headlights and tail lights is brilliant.  Those got tampo treatment for the Toy Fair Model, but on the basic they don't really need it.  The break is there.

So all that means here are 5 releases of the CSL, all with a similar livery, yet all look very different.  Truly Hot Wheels at its best.

It was the Zamac that spurred this feature, so here it is, along with a smattering of other pics.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Porsche 911, Honda Prelude, and Toyota Supra Tomica Limited Vintage batch is here.

Tomica Limited Vintage at Japan Booster
A couple of weeks ago I described a Matchbox case as "loaded", and many of you, understandably, took issue with it.  You mentioned there were nice models, but not enough of them compared to generics.

Well, let me try again.  The April assortment from Tomica Limited Vintage has hit, and yes, it is LOADED.  Tell me if you agree.  Two Porsche 911 (one a special 50th Anniversary model), two Honda Preludes, and three Toyota Supras (all in emergency livery).

And they are available now at Japan Booster:

Tomica Limited Vintage at Japan Booster

So, do you agree it's a loaded batch?  Will photos help?

I have these coming, and can't wait to feature them, but I would not wait.  The Porsches are bound to sell quickly, and prices always go up on these.  The Preludes are fantastic as well.

As is always the case with TLV, you won't one disappointed.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Nissan Atlas Safety Loader has been one of the hottest diecast releases of the year. Here it is carrying some of my favorite TLV's.

At the end of 2017 we will look back on the 1/64 releases that created the most buzz.  There are already many models that I can predict will be there, some that have already been released, and I am sure many to come.

We will see Gassers, some JDM (for sure), maybe a Porsche or two, something muscle, and of course the Nissan Atlas F24 Safety Loader.

Wait what!?!  I didn't see the word Skyline, or Gasser, or Porsche, or Mercedes, or anything like that. A car transporter?  One of the hottest models of the year?

Yep.  By a mile.  Last month Tomica Limited Vintage released its 1/64 replica of the Nissan Atlas, and based on how quickly it sold out in Japan, and the prices it is commanding on the secondary market, it is easily one of the most sought after models in 2017.

And it should be.  The model is fantastic.  For one, it has TLV's standard of excellence when it comes to attention to detail.  Top to bottom, side to side, front to back, every detail that can be added on a 1/64 scale truck is there.

Second, its moving parts.  The bed slides back and forth, and tips to the ground to allow for its payload to drive up.

Simple, but as realistic as 1/64 can get.  And considering that bed can carry any 1/64 scale model, replicating a common sight at car shows, races, and other events, you can start to see why this model is in such high demand.

So I had to play.  But considering my office has been in shambles the last few weeks, I grabbed a few of my favorite TLV models (that I could get to) did a little 1/64 transporting.  I started with a personal fave, this blue 1974 Nissan Cedric, and then went from there.  Up and down, down and up.

Yes, the Loader is on my fave list, in all its mundane, functional glory.

(If you are interested, this is one on Japan Booster right now.)