The 2014 Lamley Awards got off to a good start, right?
After our announcement of the 2014 Lamley Custom of the Year, the next few posts should be pretty tame. But hopefully just as interesting. Here is what you have to look forward to this week as we close out 2014:
Monday - 2014 Lamley Awards Reader's Choice Results
Tuesday - 2014 Lamley Awards Lamley's Choice Results
Wednesday - 2014 Lamley Awards Best Diecast Models of the Year
Thursday - 2014 Super Treasure Hunt Experiment recap
It should be pretty fun, and we hope you enjoy the write-ups.
So as promised, the 2014 Lamley Reader's Choice Awards. Over the last few weeks, we asked Lamley readers to vote for their favorites (and least-favorites) in several categories, all Hot Wheels-related. So this becomes the most cut-and-dry Lamley Awards post of all. You voted based on whatever criteria you were most comfortable with, and we are posting the results. Of course many of you will not agree, but after thousands of votes, the readers have definitively spoken.
Of course this cannot be scientific. We posted the polls, and we asked you to vote, but this is obviously based on Lamley readers. Thankfully the Lamley worldwide audience has grown quite a bit, so we can assume the results represent some sort of slice of the collector community, but there are too many factors that keep it from being a clean representation.
What we can take from the results is the fact that certain groups of collectors are more passionate about what they like than other groups of collectors. For example, while many clamored last year that Lamley's JDM bias would mean non-JDM models would not be well represented, the Hot Wheels '55 Gasser took the Best New Model award. There was a strong group of collectors passionate about that model, and they made sure their voice was heard.
So here we go. Each category is listed, with the winners announced along with the two runners-up in each. Let us know what you think. Did the reader's get it right? And how will it differ from Lamley's choices, which will be posted tomorrow?
Let's find out. Once again, these are the Reader's Choices, based on the polls we posted on the blog over the last few weeks:
Best Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt:
- '71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon (32%)
- '55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (20%)
- Chevrolet SS (6%)
Best Hot Wheels Licensed New Model:
- Porsche 934 RSR Turbo (15.2%)
- Datsun 620 (14.85%)
- 1990 Honda Civic EF (14%)
Best Hot Wheels Regular Treasure Hunt:
- ’12 Ford Fiesta (28.5%)
- Custom El Camino (28.2%)
- Subaru WRX STi (20%)
Worst Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt:
- Twin Mill (36%)
- Sandblaster (15%)
- Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (14%)
Worst Hot Wheels Licensed New Model:
- Max Steel Turbo Racer (49%)
- Jetsons Capsule Car (6%)
- Porsche Panamera (5%)
Hot Wheels Model of the Year:
- '71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon Super Treasure Hunt (25%)
- Porsche 934 RSR Turbo New Model (12.2%)
- '55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser Super Treasure Hunt (11.7%)
So, what do you think? Many of these are predictable. The Datsun Wagon Super was bound to win a category or two just based on all the attention it got towards the end of 2014. The rarity of the 2013 Boulevard didn't hurt as well. The Gasser Super was also hugely popular, as was the Porsche 934, but no model caused a stir like the Datsun Wagon Super. To us it is a highly deserving choice for Model of the Year.
But there are some surprises as well. We would not have predicted the Chevy SS would make the Top 3 for Supers, but it did. To us, that speaks to the passion of Brazilian collectors, who wanted to make sure a Brazilian-themed Super got some proper attention. We also thought the Civic EF might take best New Model based on the attention it got upon its release, but it looks like the Porsche ended up grabbing more attention. And the Fiesta over the El Camino for best Regular TH? That was definitely not expected, although the Fiesta won by less than 10 votes.
Lastly, we will do something we shouldn't and rib our readers a bit. We love you to death, and are so glad you read the blog regularly, but your choices for Worst Super and Worst New Model were LAZY! Of course the Twin Mill would win Worst Super, it was the only fantasy model in the group. But was there a Super you were looking forward to that just didn't bring it? Maybe not, so we will accept the Twin Mill.
But the Max Steele racer? Maybe the New Licensed Model you care about the least, but worst? We were hoping you would look at Worst Model as Most Disappointing. Many people didn't like the Panamera casting, and it made the Top 3, so we will give you that. But were you more passionate about your hatred for the Max Steele Racer? We went the Most Disappointing route for our choice, and we will share that tomorrow. We hope it is a little more exciting, but we can't argue with the landslide.
All in all, these choices reflect the year that was for Hot Wheels. What do you think of the results? Any glaring omissions?