The call just came in from Wheel Collectors that the first shipment of 2014 Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment is in.
That means you can get your hands on the Starship Enterprise, the Flintmobile, Fast & Furious Challenger, and Herbie. But the model we are most interested in is the first new tool for Retro in 2014, the 1980 Dodge Macho Power Wagon. It appears to be a beast, and we cannot wait to preview it on Lamley next week.
The card art is vastly improved, and everything we have heard about the line is it will a major step up from what was already a very nice line in 2013. Definitely worth grabbing in time for the holidays.
Also off the truck? Hot Wheels 2014 Batch D. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-7, and others peak our interest in this batch, including the best Super TH of 2014 so far, the '71 Mustang Mach 1. Also worth checking out...
Follow the links below to see all the models up-close:
2014 Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment
Hot Wheels 2014 Batch D
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Maybe this is the ultimate JDM fantasy car. The C110 Skyline GT-R that really never was.
This car's history is well known. The GT-R version of the Kenmeri Skyline was introduced in 1973, with plans for it to follow the C10 Skyline GT-R as one of Japan's great racers. But due to new emissions regulations it never happened. Only 197 were made, and the car never raced.
So there exists no C110 GT-R in any official racing livery. So the closest you get is this:
This is the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show display model. Never raced, hardly driven, and now part of the Nissan Heritage Collection. It is a gorgeous car. Green, gold, sitting on gold Watanabes. And even though it is a never-raced show car, you see variations of it everywhere, at least when the Skyline is in the conversation. For example, the winning entry by Lamley friend Lance Pan in the Japanese Nostalgic Car Kenmeri art contest:
So what we need is a perfect diecast replica. And we have one. There may be a day we will see the Hot Wheels Kenmeri sport this livery (we suggest a Super so Hot Wheels can put their Watanabe-like real riders on it), but that is not it.
Tomica did one:
It is green. It does have a "73" racing livery. The rims are Wat-like. This would be a nice replica to at least remind you of the GT-R. Nice, but then you put it next to this:
Say hello to what I could argue is the center of the Lamley diecast collection: The Kyosho Beads C110 Skyline GT-R. Kyosho, after already making some of the best 1:64 models around, felt they needed a premium line, so they made the Beads line. And this is the gem. It is f*#%ing perfect. PERFECT!
And it took a bit to get one. While we easily could have missed one, we have never seen the Beads GT-R on ebay (although there are some great Beads models). I had to get one via Japan. A very good friend was able to acquire it and send to me. Now it sits next to the Matchbox Ambassador Bus on the very special shelf.
I will be honest. I just want to show this off. Enjoy...
Kyosho Beads Nissan Skyline GT-R (KPGC110) Racing:
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
You knew it would happen, but we want to see what you think.
With the tragic passing of Paul Walker this last weekend, there has been a rush on anything Paul Walker-related. That includes Hot Wheels, more specifically the models from last year's Fast & Furious line. The R34 Skyline and Toyota Supra from the line have skyrocketed in price, as Paul Walker fans gobble them up on ebay.
So what are your thoughts about this?
On one hand, we totally get it. These Hot Wheels may be the best memento Paul Walker fans can have. He was a petrolhead, and he will always be associated with his F&F character. Demand for these cars is up, and when demand goes up, so do the prices.
On the other hand, it does seem a little weird for anyone to take advantage of such a tragedy. It doesn't feel right. But if I didn't have the Hot Wheels R34 and Supra, I would want them, and these sellers are making them available. And there is nothing wrong with pricing them at market prices.
At the same time, I just saw a commercial for the Blu Ray release of F&F 6, and they mentioned they will donate a portion of the proceeds to Paul Walker's charity, Reach Out WorldWide. Is this the same thing? Hard to say, as everyone benefits. You get the Blu Ray, the studio sells their product, and the charity gets funds.
So what do you think?
If you don't have the models, do you want them? What do you think about the demand skyrocketing, and sellers making them available? If I had extras and wanted to make them available, should I?
Share your thoughts...
Hot Wheels Fast & Furious Models
Yeah, the jury is still probably out on these, but the batches seem to be getting better.
The COPO in pink is pretty sharp, the Mustangs are Mustangs, and we have always liked the Impala. But we do find ourselves with little to say on these, because it is hard to equate them to any real cars.
So we comment on them as little toy cars, which they are. And they look really good.
More are coming, and variety is on its way. But we are more excited for Retro Entertainment, which is clearly continuing where 2013 Boulevard left off. We will talk about that later.
But we are done for now. Check out the pics:
(And find Cool Classics Batch E on ebay.)
Hot Wheels Cool Classics Batch E:
'68 COPO Camaro
'70 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (with modified spoiler)
'67 Shelby GT500