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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Introducing a new Lamley Partner, Model Crate (and a special rate for Lamley Readers)...

ModelCrate.com
Tell me if this has ever happened to you:

You are traveling.  You pass through a small town and see a general store or something similar.  You need a bottle of water or whatever so you decide to stop.  You wander in, and notice there is a good chance there is a toy section, and there is no way you are leaving without checking.

You get there, and lo and behold the pegs, or bins, or shelves are full of Hot Wheels from several years ago.  It is a goldmine of goodness.  Models you passed on before but won't pass on now.  Models that were pegwarmers then but are highly desired now.  There is a First Edition 510, some cool Ferraris, and a ton of other goodies.  You buy a lot.  You forget to get the bottle of water.  You don't care.  You just filled in a lot of gaps in your collection.  And it was a complete surprise.

That feeling is a fun one, and something that came to mind when I first heard about Model Crate, a new diecast endeavor aimed at us collectors, and a new Lamley Sponsor.  I have a few Partners now, and I am obviously very thankful for the support they give the blog.  I am also thrilled to support these groups that I think enhance the collecting experience.  And welcome to Model Crate.  This is a cool deal.


So what is Model Crate?  It is a monthly subscription service that hand-selects and curates sets of Hot Wheels that they send directly to you every month.  Each crate is matched to your preferences with cars picked directly for you along with a few others.  Think of it as a small monthly Hot Wheels Case not bogged down by a bunch of cars you don't want.


So if you subscribe, each month you will get a case that will contain 3 to 6 Hot Wheels (depending on the tier you choose) picked by curators for you.  Maybe muscle is your thing, or exotics, or JDM.  In the process of signing up you will let them know what you like to collect, and the crates will follow.  There is even a chance that a Regular or Super Treasure Hunt could be included.  Along with the models will come an official list of the contents printed to look like a car title.  That means you are adding new models that you want to add every month.  You can find the site here:


No deep small town general store dives.  Just a cool surprise every month.  


They are even offering the final few Founder's Club spots (only 19 left last I checked).  Founder's Club members get their name on the website but also 20% off all orders for life.  Life!  That isn't a bad deal at all.

Add to that a special rate for Lamley Readers.  This is a new concept to be sure, so the best way to learn about Model Crate is to try it out.  That is why there MC is offering 10% off to all Lamley Readers on their first order.  They just need to use the code "LAMLEYHW" at checkout.

Pretty cool, eh?

The February Crates ship out on the 17th, and you have until Feb 16th at 9 PM PST to subscribe and be part.  If you sign up afterwards, no problem, you will just start in with the March shipment.

It is a cool concept.  A new concept to be sure, but one worth trying out.  If you are already a member, or are joining, be sure to let us know what you think - be honest - by tagging us on Instagram at @thelamleygroup and @modelcrate_official for sure.  Share what you got, what you like, didn't like, etc.  This will be fun to watch develop.


Give it a go, and let us know what you think...




22 comments:

  1. So they decide what you want - well, that ain't gonna work, i want what i want, not what someone else tells me i have to have

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  2. Would we be able to specify thinks like, say, "no cartoon cars" and "nothing from the past couple of years"?

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    1. Tried to join, but unfortuately they do not ship internationally

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  4. yea but they toss in tons of fantasy crap and nothing you really specify

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  5. Meh, they've calculated a $5.5 shipping for me in FL... Absurd

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  6. Or I'll go to the store and buy them like a normal person

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  7. Atencio I accidentally deleted your comment. Sorry about that. Here it is:

    Seems like too much of a gamble. The people it might help (places where HW are harder to get) sounds like they can't get item shipped to them.

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    1. Yep, those premium lines were very tempting as in EU I never seen anything with Real Riders. They toss standard F&F, Bond or GT and it's the best we can count for...

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    2. No worries. As someone mentioned there would be the fun factor of what would you get. Not a way to build a collection though.

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  8. I would rather use 11thhourtoys.com's Chase Service! You send in a request what you are looking for and they keep an eye out for it when traveling store to store. They charge a small percentage compared to what scalpers charge on EBay

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  9. I don't seen how this will be successful. You end up paying more than you would at stores AND you could get cars you already have, cars you don't like or lots of generics.

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  10. So it's like ebay ... without choosing exactly what you want to buy. Brilliant business model!

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  11. It sounds just like a Loot Crate for someone like me who wouldn't care for 98% of the goods in each box.

    It's an interestimg and fun business model, but I question how long the content quality can stay when most goodies are probably in permanent homes now?

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  12. Pretty sure I remember seeing a post from someone in one of the FB groups talking about this. Said that you basically got a bunch of peg warmers, nothing specified, and not really suited to what you ask for. Said that it looked more like they bought boxes from Mattel, took out the premium ones, shipped out the rest.

    Note: this is secondhand, and I have not ordered from them. But I'd suggest seeing a bunch of random ones first. I imagine they would send better ones to a potential advertising partner.

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  14. Someone is on cocaine if they think i'm going to pay $10.98 for 3 mainline cars

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  15. Gotta pass on this... I like to know what i'm getting. At least with other online sources, I get to pick what I want. Imagine receiving fantasy models or models you may own already; seems like a gamble simply 'cause you don't know the exact contents.
    This might be great for a beginner in the hobby or a parent whose child likes surprises, but it's not really feasible for a seasoned collector.. in my opinion!
    I wonder though, how often would you get a Super Treasure Hunt? I've been lucky to find two Super's in the last three months and that doesn't even include a Kmart event. I like the fact you have to go store to store because you might find a Super - even if I don't, I have direct picks at other premium or mainline choices.

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  16. I will say, maybe for newer collectors, if it is possible to ask for older items, could be a good idea.

    Or, this could be a cool gift for kids. Gets the children excited for receiving packages in the mail. Especially if it is a child of a collector who gets a bunch of packages. I know my son gets excited when he gets mail, hehe

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  17. So, they buy 72-car cases and mix them and split then in 6-car boxes and some lucky guys get the good ones with fantasy cars included, and the rest get the fantasy cars only. No thanks.

    What's up with you Lamley Group?

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  18. Easy pass on this. I can't see this business model lasting. 3 mainlines for $11? Yeah, thats gonna be a no for me.

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  19. The other "crate" services work because they offer exclusives. If this is all retail stuff what's the point?

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