Friday, December 27, 2013
2013 Lamley Awards: Reader's & Lamley Choices for Best Regular Treasure Hunt of 2013...
Get your tuxes and gowns out folks, it is time for the unveiling of the 2013 Lamley Awards...
From now until New Year's Day, we will be unveiling the winners in several categories. There will be two in each category - both the Reader's Choice and the Lamley Choice. The Reader's Choice was determined by voting a few weeks ago, and the Lamley Choice is what we consider the worthy winner.
So check back often, and let us know what you think. Here is what we have announced so far:
Best Super TH of 2013
We have already stood on our soapbox and subjected you to our thoughts on the Regular Treasure Hunts. Simply put, Super TH's are for collectors, Regular TH's are for kids. We hope our "Leave the Regs" idea catches on, and the Fangsters and Speedboxes and such are left for kids to snag.
But there are exceptions. While we think we will see less and less collector-aimed Regulars, there were a few in 2013. The Dodge Challenger Drift Car, Camaro SS Police, and Mazda RX-7 come to mind, and not surprisingly, those three took the top three spots in our Reader's Poll for Best Regular of 2013.
In what order?
Well, the Camaro took 11% of the vote, the Challenger Drift took 23%, and taking 29%, and winning the poll, is the Lamley Reader's Choice for Best Regular of 2013, the Mazda RX-7.
Just like the Best Super of 2013, we here at Lamley completely agree. Would we call it the best Regular, or best model that happened to be a Regular TH? Who knows? All we know is that of the 15 Regulars released, we liked the RX-7 the best. And you readers agreed.
The RX-7 Hunt is a great-looking model. In grey, with hood detailing that distantly pays homage to the 1979 24 Hours of Daytona winner. It sports several side decals as well, most notably the JNC and JCCS logos, which have become quite the common sight on JDM Hot Wheels.
It might be understated, it might just as well be a normal mainline, but it is officially a Regular TH, and it takes the Best Regular prize...
Hot Wheels Mazda RX-7 (2013 Lamley Award Winner - Best Regular TH):
First and Second Place: