Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Hot Wheels display is finished, and Car Culture is getting a lot of love...
Over the last few weeks I have asked for ideas for one of my Carney diecast displays that I house in my office. I have three, and until recently two were dedicated almost entirely to Matchbox and one to Tomica Limited Vintage. But a few days ago I put up my newly acquired Matchbox store display, which allowed me to move many of my Matchbox from the Carney.
So now I have one Carney for Matchbox, the store display for Matchbox, another Carney for Tomica Limited Vintage, and now one for Hot Wheels.
I need more displays though. Kyosho needs some love, so does Auto World, Majorette, Aoshima, Greenlight, and M2. That will come with time, but based on the ratio of brands in my collection, Hot Wheels was definitely the brand that needed some attention.
So I asked, and you responded. Some gave me specific models to show, some said all JDM, others all Real Riders, some said "Who gives a shit!?! Just fill it up already and get off my lawn!" Ultimately, all those suggestions were taken to heart.
There is some JDM, but no way would it be all JDM, because that is only a small fraction of what I collect. There are mostly Real Riders, because Real Riders usually accompany better-looking, collector-aimed releases. But ultimately it is a slew of favorites, mainly from the last few years.
There is one series that got a lot of love though. Car Culture in its entirety is on the wall, from Japan Historics to Euro Style to Trucks, and I left five slots open for Track Day when it arrives soon. Car Culture is becoming the best premium line Hot Wheels has ever done. It isn't too big, each batch is themed, and they are choosing some of their best existing castings to go along with tremendous new castings. My only complaint is that the models don't get the full front and rear tampo treatment, and maybe that will change over time. If it does, Car Culture will be just about perfect.
So for my display, it seems to me to be a prudent idea to just go with Car Culture in full. The models look amazing, the variety is spot-on, and the themes work perfectly. So for now I will make space for each batch as they are released in 2017 and hopefully beyond.
For now I like what I see up on the wall. I know I do because I catch myself sitting back at my desk staring at the wall, pleased with how awesome Matchbox and Hot Wheels have been lately, and how cool the TLV collection is. Now I just need to put more displays up...