I had myself a day when it came to peg finds yesterday. The same rural store that I have visited a couple of times this year yielded yet more very cool older Hot Wheels.
It is a trip when you find older models like this, literally and figuratively. It is such a shock, and a bit exhilarating to see them hanging there. Moreso, it is a trip down memory lane when these cars were all over the place. You remember the models you did buy, but even more you find yourself appreciating the cars you passed on back in the day.
These finds today were from 2009 and 2010. And holy cow, I should have been paying more attention then. I was all about the Japanese releases back then, namely the 510, R34 Skyline, and GT-R. What I missed was all the interesting muscle Hot Wheels was putting out.
Back then Hot Wheels was all about muscle, so the interesting cars like the '67 Firebird 400, Dodge Demon, and Buick GSX sadly blended in with all the Mustangs and Camaros of the day. I can't help but think that these are the equivalent of the Datsun Roadsters, Mazda RX-3's, and 190E Evo's we are seeing today. Just, for lack of a better term, way interesting.
I started picking up on it a year or two later, with models like the '72 Gran Torino and Trans Am Race Cars, but I didn't see that things had already taken off a couple of years prior.
So thanks goodness for the retro finds. These models are amazing. Muscle is Lamley's new hype.