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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ryu Asada unveils the brand new Hot Wheels Ford GT LM (and it has the floating pillar)...

Look, I really want to do more standard Lamley features.  I have several ready to go, including a look at some of the old HW Modern Classics from a few years ago.  But damn if Hot Wheels and other diecast companies don't keep rolling out the news.

I love this time of year.  We don't know all of what is coming, so everything teased is brand new news.  And here is some very welcome news.  Designer Ryu Asada dropped this on his Instagram:

While I don't know what the official name is for the casting, that is obviously the Ford GT LM, which won the last 24 hours of Le Mans.  This looks to have a standard Ford livery, and I do wonder if the livery of the Le Mans winning car is in the future.  Hopefully Ryu will post more angles, because this appears to be a beauty.  I surefire addition to the collection...

(And I just found out that this one has actually replicates one of the coolest elements of the real Ford GT, the floating pillar.  The actual floating pillar is there.  How cool is that?)

It is so cool to see these sneaks popping up all over Instagram by way of the designers.  We collectors obviously gobble up this information, and this is better than grainy pics of stolen items out of the factory.  This seems to be a new era of information from Hot Wheels, and it is most welcome.

Now back to preparing my Modern Classics post...


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lamley Unboxing: Opening a 2017 Hot Wheels D Case...

The Hot Wheels D Case arrived today from A&J Toys, and I jumped right on opening it.

Partly because I want to see what is inside, partly because I want to see how doing a video looks with the Tomicarama and new rotating display.  And new camera and new light.  Fun fun.

Seriously, I just wanted to play with toys.  What model should I showcase first?


The Hot Wheels Porsche 962 will debut with a new wheel in Car Culture Race Day...

Tired of new wheels from Hot Wheels? I hope not, because here is another...

Via Jun Imai once again by way of Greddy:

The Porsche 962 was teased at the HW Convention, but I don't know how many people noticed it was sporting a new wheel.  Yet another Real Rider, the RR Aero, coming later in 2017 on the Porsche in the third Car Culture Assortment for 2017, Race Day.

So wheel-wise, we get a small 4-spoke, this new Aero, and the basic deep dish mags.  Hot Wheels has officially upped its wheel game.  Let's see if Matchbox can follow suit...

But I shouldn't get so caught up on the wheels.  Look at the model!?!  Here is the rule: If it is a new tool debuting in Car Culture, it was done by Mark Jones, and if a new tool is done by Mark Jones, it is going to be great.  The 962 is no exception...


The M2 VW Double Cabs are coming to Walmart very soon...

File this under "stupid cool" and "must-have".

The newest casting from M2 Machines will debut in spectacular fashion, getting its own assortment set to hit Walmarts later this month.  The talk surrounding M2 has been about their upcoming Japanese assortment, but this VW Double Cab is going to hog the attention for awhile:

Its a nuts model, debuting in six styles, each with the signature M2 detail.  Not to mention two chases and one Super Chase limited to 250 pieces.  Methinks the overnight hunting will be strong in a couple of weeks.

Chase or not, this is a set to pursue.  Not a weak one in the bunch...


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Another new Hot Wheels wheel is coming - the tiny 4-spoke Real Rider...

Our friends at Japanese Nostalgic Car noted something significant in Jun Imai's latest photo on Instagram:

It is always a treat to see what Jun is working on, but it is those little hints he is prone to that you really need to look for.  In this case, the front wheel on that raw 240Z is in fact that brand new tiny 4-spoke.  And this opens up a world of possibilities.

The 4-spoke RR's made their debut in the Japan Historics assortment of Car Culture, and a large version appeared on the Drifsta Super TH.

So why is a tiny version of this wheel significant?  For one, we rarely, if ever - I am trying to think of just one - see a Real Rider this size.  And two, this is a proper size for this style of wheel.  JNC explains it, but it will give models the proper Japanese style-lowered, or shakotan, look.  Like this Laurel shown by Speedhunters:

Funny thing?  If you know where to look, you would have seen a little sneak peek a month ago, posted by one of Mattel Marketing's most passionate car dorks:

Awesome, eh?

Obviously, if Mattel is spending the money to develop this size of wheel, they have plans for it.  Which can only mean there are some very exciting models on the way.  Can't wait to see what they are...


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tomica Limited Vintage has made the signature C10 Hakosuka Skyline...

1969 Nissan Skyline 2000GT at Japan Booster
The Nissan Skyline is significant.  The C10 Skyline is super significant.

I actually probably shouldn't say that.  Only because I have absolutely no qualification to say so.  I am a fan of Japanese cars, definitely not an expert.  I know a few, like Ben Hsu at Japanese Nostalgic Car, Eric Bizek at JDM Legends, and Jeff Koch at Hemmings (and yes, that my friends is called an epic name drop) who I rely on all the time for knowledge, so maybe I should ask them.

But I know a thing or two about diecast trends and car culture here, and the Hakosuka Skyline is, like I said, super significant.  It has a rich history, a definitive look, is easily recognizable, and is the signature car of one of the most well-known badges in Japan.  Think Camaro, Corvette, Mustang.

And while you see very few C10 Skylines here in the States, it has ushered in the JDM movement big time.  And that definitely applies to the diecast world.  Jun Imai's Hako wasn't the first JDM model in the Hot Wheels line, but it ushered in what is a major movement now.  The Matchbox Hako has also been the talk of the orange brand now for over a year, and they are being gobbled up by collectors everywhere.  It is helping to bring new folks over to orange who were never there before.

But that is here.  Japanese diecast makers have been doing the Hako since, well, the Hako was new.  It starts with Tomica, and branches out from there.  There are hundreds if not thousands of versions.  But since the surge of JDM here, it has been all about the GT-R or GT-R clones.  Matchbox did the Matchbox thing by going stock, which is most welcome.  But the definitive Hakosuka was just released by Tomica Limited Vintage.

The 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000GT is it.  It is the Skyline as the Skyline was: a family sedan.  Four doors, cool looking hubs, and that intact surfline.  This is OBVIOUSLY not the first Skyline TLV has done, nor is it the first C10.  They already did the shorter-nose 1800 Deluxe, but looking back, it wasn't their best.  The '69 2000GT is a far better replica.  Much more balanced than the C10 from a few years ago.

It is hard to find anything wrong with this new release.  I can't find anything.  TLV has truly perfected their craft, and it has been so cool to see them take on such iconic cars like the Alfa Romeo Junior, Lancia Delta Integrale, and BMW 328i.  But Japanese is still their bread and butter, and the 4-door C10 is as iconic as it gets.

There are two out now, and three more coming later this month (preorder them now), and I am sure many more in the future.  If you are a Skyline fan you need at least one of these...

(Get the 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000GT at Japan Booster with a discount this month only.)

Some of the other TLV Skylines.

Hot Wheels Car Culture Redliners has arrived at Wheel Collectors...

Hot Wheels Car Culture Redliners at Wheel Collectors
Just a quick heads up that Hot Wheels Car Culture Redliners have arrived at Wheel Collectors.  Some of us have been lucky enough to take advantage of Target's head start, but now the hobby dealers are getting them.  You can find them here:

Hot Wheels Car Culture Redliners at Wheel Collectors

The Gasser has been getting the most attention, and it deserves it, but don't ignore the others.  I am particularly fond of the Cougar, but to each their own.  Go grab a set.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Finds like this don't happen every day...

Four years in December ago I was traveling for work through a rural part of Utah.  This small town had a Kmart (since closed), and after dinner I decided to stop by to see if there was anything interesting.

I was surprised to see a small dump bin near the toy aisle, and a peg tree on wheels next to that.  I had never seen a dump bin in a Kmart before, and I haven't seen one since.  Considering it was 7 at night, and the nice lady working in the toy section told me they put it out a few days earlier, I didn't have a lot of hope, but I thought I would look anyway.

It wasn't long after that I found the first Ford Focus Super TH.  I was shocked to see it, and figured someone just missed it.  But I kept digging.  It was at this point that the nice lady returned with a cart, telling me it might be easier to look through them if I had a cart to empty them into.  (That was definitely a first and only.)

I found the second and third Focus while dumping models into the cart.  I found the fourth and fifth on the peg tree nearby.  Those five Focus Supers have forever been my most prolific Super TH find of my collecting days.

Until today.

Today, for the second time in my life, I found five Super Treasure Hunts in a dump bin.  This time it was Walmart.  A rural Walmart to be sure, but not as rural as the Kmart from four years ago.  It was about 2 in the afternoon, and like at Kmart, I was shocked to find what I found.

I wandered into this Walmart hoping to find some Zamac Batmobiles.  Several collectors on IG had reported Q case dump bins hitting their local Walmarts, so I was hoping that maybe a store around me would have them.  Most Walmarts around me didn't get the Q Case bins with the Zamacs the first time they hit, so I was holding out hope they would this time.

I first went to pegs to see them mostly bare.  I made my way to the other side of the aisle to look around, and before turning to head out I saw a bin.

It might be a little sad that we collectors can do this, but you know a hit bin when you see one.  There are telling signs, like soft corners, one side of the bin piled higher than the other, cars not laid out like they are in the case, and foreign objects in the bin that were dumped by other shoppers.

This bin looked hit.  Cards were strewn about, and there was a priceless wand, a set of small baskets, some ribbon, and some shoe insoles mixed in.  I did see a Tesla Zamac near the top, so I knew it was the Batmobile bin.  Assuming this bin was hit, I started digging hoping the last person had missed a Bat.

Halfway down the first side, after coming across several Tesla and Viper Zamacs, I was starting to lose hope that I would see a Bat.  That is about the time I came across the first Carbonic Super.

Was I excited.  I guess, but it is the Carbonic.  Ford GT or Chevy II would have elicited more of a response, but it is always fun to find a Super.  I figured the last person missed it (it is easy to miss), but it did give me a little more hope that a Bat was hidden somewhere.

Then I found two Batmobiles.

Woohoo!  Mission accomplished!  I had a couple of carded Zamac Bats, one of the best models of the year - Zamac with ghost flames! - and a Super to boot!  But of course I am going to keep digging...

Number 2.

Number 3.

Number 4.

And Number 5.

That was a trip.  Five Supers.  And 27 Zamac Batmobiles.

I grabbed the Supers, as well as a few Bats, and went on my merry way.  It doesn't happen a lot, but occasionally it does.  I'll remember this one...