Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lamley Awards: Reader's Choice for Worst Regular Treasure Hunt of 2013...

Before we announce the winners, I would refer you to this post to explain our feelings about the Regular Treasure Hunts.

They are not for us, and if it is not a casting you collect, you should leave them for the lucky kids that find them.

Ok, with that said, we still asked for your choice as Worst Regular TH of 2013.

And you voted, and a Top 3 (or Bottom 3, depending how you look at it) emerged.  The funny thing? We don't have any of the three, so we had to borrow images from South Texas.

Without further ado, your choice for Worst TH of 2013, with 28% of the vote, is:

Bad to the Blade

To be honest, I am a little surprised this one won.  You know, with this one that took #2 with 21% of the vote:

Sting Rod II

C'mon, that is a terrible model.  Ok, so is the Bad to the Blade, but at least there is a kind of Gulf theme there.  Until this year's Fangster, the Sting Rod was the most pegwarming of the Hunts.

Lastly, there was this one, with 16%:


The funny thing?  The Lincoln Continental got 8% of the vote, the Prototype H-24 got 7%, and then no other model surpassed 3%.  These three were clearly loathed by the collectors (so leave them!), and it wasn't close.

I don't think we have to explain why these were not liked, especially since there were some really nice Regulars in 2013, like the Challenger and RX-7.  The really interesting vote will be for the 2014 Best and Worst, as Mattel has clearly run with the "Silly Rabbit, Regs are for Kids!" angle.

For that reason, we at Lamley are not going to pick a Worst for 2013.  We will let the readers speak on this one...

Case closed.


  1. The only reason i like the carbonater is because it can open bottles.

  2. Bad to the Blade
    I like it because it has a futuristic design, Gulf-Colour, something to do with Formula 1 and has never been in Europe-Stores before.

    Sting Rod :(

    I have this one too and I bought a few of them now from the 2014 line to give them as a gift to friends of mine (for example for birthday, with a bottle) who know that I am a Hot Wheels and Matchbox freak (since 45 years now) ;)))

    ...but shure for me is, all of them have nothing to do with TH.

    greetings! 2D:)

  3. Yep, these three is my thoughts too. The Bad to the Blade was really the worst one for me.

  4. I am generally not a fan of most fictional Hot Wheels track cars... that said I have always had a fondness for the Carbonator... it's a freaking bottle opener (that actually works!) and it's fast on the track!

    I wonder how many prototypes had to be made before it was actually the right dimensions to open a bottle top and still have the rear look like a realistic spoiler... or as 'real' as one can look attached to a coke-bottle fuselage of a car! Checkout the bottom of the casting on your Carbonator and you'll see it does more than just open bottles too!

  5. I agree with the Carbonator and its ability to open bottles and soda cans. That's why I took it, mostly when last year was a TH. The Carbonator was one of the few TH that could be found in supermarket chains in Argentina during mid-2013, in a lacklustre year clawed with strict, restrictive and progressive import policies, that even discouraged the few valiants that tried to import the remaining catalog of Hot Wheels and the last two entire Matchbox catalogs.