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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

With two more Porsche 911 coming from Tomica Limited Vintage, here are the first 9 you need.

TLV Porsche at Japan Booster
This is the truest Porsche Party you can have in 1/64.  Heaven knows there have been plenty of 1/64 Porsche parties lately.  Hot Wheels is on a massive Porsche kick.  So are many other brands.  And we are just gobbling them up.  As well we should be, as there have been crazy good releases.

Before this tidal wave hit, the most signature of all Porsches were already out there in 1/64 were already out there.  Several years ago Tomica Limited Vintage released a stunning series of Porsche 911 and 912 replicas.  Four 911S models with the side deco and fuch wheels, two early 912 and 911 models with dish hubs, and two Japanese Police models.

And as the Porsche surge has hit our world, these have become more and more sought-after, to the point that they are very difficult to come across.

Thankfully TLV is bringing the Porsche back.  Next month it will release another 911S in blue, and a 911 in a special 50th Anniversary deco.  Japan Booster has them available for preorder along with the rest of the loaded April release.

It is a welcome return for the Porsche, and while I have no idea, I have to think we might see a couple more in the coming months as well.  But there will be many collectors will discover how beautiful these are.  Bone stock, highly detailed, pure TLV.

In anticipation of these two, I decided to photograph all nine of the TLV 911/912 models.  Japan Booster also decided to make all nine available this week as well:

TLV Porsche at Japan Booster

I can't decide on which mini TLV collection I like the most.  The Porsches are up there.  They are easily my favorite 1/64 Porsches in the collection.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whether you like the real car or not, there is no denying the Matchbox BMW i3 is darn cool.

I like the BMW i3.  I know in some circles that is a blasphemous thing to say, but I think it is pretty cool.  It is unique to say the least, and I am cool with anything forward thinking like the i3 is.

But I know many of you disagree.  You don't like its looks, its preformance, what it represents.  That is fine too.

Hopefully, though, we can all agree that the new Matchbox BMW i3 is awesome.  The Matchbox Team sent the completed FEP over for a preview, and I can honestly say I am way stoked with this one.

Matchbox at its best releases a variety of vehicles, from sports cars to utilities vehicles to emergency to classics, and everything in between.  And mixed in might be that unique street car that may not get us giddy like say a Datsun 510, but makes for a great model nonetheless.  Think Prius Taxi for example.

The i3 surely fits in that category.  Pick a unique car and replicate it well.  That is what Matchbox did.

We previewed an early sample of the casting a couple of months ago, but now we have the completed product, and wow.  Front and rear tampos, with the unique blue side detailing.  That is a 4-sided tampo print, which is awesome, and I hope can be duplicated in later releases.  Frankly black is probably the easiest color to do, so we will see what future releases look like.  For now, there isn't anything to complain about.

It will be interesting to see the response.  I am honestly happy whenever Matchbox does any licensed model well, whether I like the car or not.  In this case I like the car and love the Matchbox.

Look for the BMW i3 in Mix 9.

The Hot Wheels 2014 Rewards '66 Super Nova waited for the perfect time to be released.

RLC Members received a long-awaited surprise last week.  The Rewards Model for the 2014 Redline Club Memberships finally arrived.

And that is not a typo.  The TWO-THOUSAND-FOURTEEN RLC Rewards model arrived.  And in case you forgot, it is 2017.

To say the the RLC has had some issues is an understatement.  But RLC members are painfully well aware of them.  Model after model has been delayed, and we are still waiting for quite a few.  Technically we are still in the 2015 Membership year.  Mattel is still working it out, and is saying it will be worth it, and all of us remain hopeful.  The RLC is in good hands, and I am confident the next few months should be pretty fun.

But there is no denying these problems have been frustrating.

So now that THAT has been acknowledged, let's focus on the Rewards Model, the '66 Super Nova Gasser.  Holy Moly, it is nice.  And for a car delayed three years, it sure picked a good time to hit.  My five arrived last Friday:


We are in a Gasser frenzy.  Demand for Gassers among collectors has never been higher.  The '55 Bel Air is in high demand, as are previously released models like the Mercury Comet Cyclone, and '63 Nova from the Drag Strip Demons line.

And that goes for the '66 Super Nova.  The Super Nova has only been released once before, as an RLC exclusive in gorgeous GORGEOUS mirrored gunmetal.  This Rewards model is its second release, with a third RLC Selections model coming later this year.  So for a model delayed and delayed, it is crazy that it hits now.  Demand is high.

But most people that want them should be able to get them.  10200 were made based on the number of orders by members.  The Reward Model is made for RLC members to purchase with RLC points, which are awarded with every purchase during the year.  I had enough for five, so that is what I ordered.

And with multiples like that, it means there should be a good number hitting ebay, so if you want one, now is the time.

And it is worth.  Clean as clean can be, and super sharp with the white roof.  It looks good packaged, but even better opened.  Gasser fever ain't going anywhere.