1975 Matchbox Speed Kings Javelin AMX

When I went to the Village Flea Market a few weeks back, my plan was to pick up the Zamac Chevrolet SS that I had scouted out on a previous visit. So I was pretty happy when, in addition to the Chevrolet SS, I walked out with a handful of loose blackwall Hot Wheels and late 70s/early 80s Matchbox cars, a late-90s carded Matchbox Jeep for my friend Brad, and this – the 1975 Matchbox Speed Kings Javelin AMX.

I don’t see these larger-scale (1:43ish) Matchbox models very often, but I do have the Bertone Runabout that I found at a garage sale. I also have the smaller scale Matchbox AMX. I love the paint and the groovy ’70s decoration. And at $.75, I consider this to be a really nice find.

IMG_8114IMG_8235IMG_81161975 | Speed Kings K-54 | Javelin AMX | burgundy | Superfast wheels

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2016 Greenlight Hot Pursuit 1967 Chevrolet Police

Remember the days when to look intimidating, a police car only needed a single cherry on top and a badge on the door? Yeah, and it helped if the car happened to be a metallic green ’67 Biscayne. The two other variations of the Greenlight 1967 Chevrolet Police Pursuit already in my collection are the 2013 Louisiana State Police version and the 2014 Wisconsin State Patrol car.
IMG_8224IMG_82252016 | Greenlight Hot Pursuit Series 18 | 1967 Chevrolet (Biscayne) Police Pursuit | metallic green with Glendale, Wisconsin Police trim

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An Interesting Assortment

In the box of cars I got from RR, there was a large assortment of different brands. Some of these I was familiar with, and others I had never heard of.

I had a few Playart cars when I was a kid. Playart diecast cars were made in Hong Kong from 1965 until 1983 and were distributed through different retailers as Road Mates, Freewheelers and FASTWHEEL. At Woolworth stores – which is probably where I got my childhood Batmobile, Fire Truck, Toyota 2000 GT and ’65 Mustang Convertible  – they were sold as Peelers.

IMG_8176IMG_8177Playart | Lamborghini Marzal | orange | flower wheels | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

This is another brand that I’m familiar with, having picked up a few Yatming models somewhere along the way. Also based in Hong Kong, the company was founded in 1970. These days, Yatming larger scale (1:43, 1:24, 1:18) models are distributed in the U.S. by the New Jersey-based company Toy Wonders.

IMG_8184IMG_8185Yatming | Bulldozer | yellow | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8186IMG_8187Yatming | Chevy Stepside Pickup | black | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8188IMG_8189Yatming | Ford Station Wagon | blue | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8190IMG_8191Yatming | Jaguar | blue | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8192IMG_8193Yatming | Lamborghini Miura | yellow | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8194IMG_8195Yatming | Mercedes Benz 350 SL | silver | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

The Rolls Royce Phantom VI is almost identical to the Tomica version from my childhood.

IMG_8196IMG_8197IMG_8198Yatming | Rolls Royce Phantom VI | silver | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8199IMG_8200Yatming | Saab Sonnet | lime green | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

I haven’t been able to find much information about Kidco. The brand page on globaldiecastdirect.com mentions that the Illinois-based company was sold to Universal Toys in the mid 1980s. This ’57 Vette is made in Macao.

IMG_8173IMG_8174IMG_8175’57 Corvette | red | 1979 | made in Macao | 1:64

Summer is a Hong Kong-based company with a reputation for low price and low quality. I’ve noticed they decorate their cars with unusual and sometimes obnoxious graphics. Despite this, there is a certain fun-factor here.

IMG_8182IMG_8183#S676 Ferrari P4 | silver with red trim | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

IMG_8180 IMG_8181#S691 Volvo 164E | off white with blue trim | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

Another Hong Kong-based company, Tintoys was started in 1965. Although they seem to have evolved away from 1:64 scale, the company claims more than 500 licensed products from international automotive brands.

IMG_8073 IMG_8074W.T. 202 Chevrolet Racer | gold | made in Hong Kong | 1:64

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Zamac 2014 Chevrolet SS

I recently found the Zamac version of the 2014 Hot Wheels Chevrolet SS – one that I wasn’t lucky enough to find in stores when it first came out – at the Village Flea Market. The casting represents a GM-manufactured, Brazilian Impala/Opel hybrid called the Opala. I have the dark blue version from 2014, as well as the 2012 first release and a sweet 2013 variation with racing graphics.

IMG_8221IMG_8227BFG77 | 2014 HW Workshop #199 | Chevrolet SS (Opala) | zamac with blue, light blue and black trim | 5SP | 1:64

I do not have the Treasure Hunt version that came out in 2014, and I just noticed hobbyDB is showing a pearl yellow version that is exclusive to 2016 multipacks. Now you know what I’ll be looking for next.

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Lesney Matchbox Major Pack 7

In the box of cars I acquired from RR, I found this lonely Lesney Matchbox trailer. I knew right away I had to find a mate for it, after all, how much fun is a trailer without something to tow it behind?

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A little research told me what I needed to find, and eBay offered a few possibilities. I settled on this cab from a lot of 3. The gray plastic wheels match the trailer, the well-worn condition fits with most of my other Lesney-era toys, and I really like the other two models in the lot (which you will see in a future post).

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The Major Pack #7 first came out in 1960 with the Thames Trader cab towing the Jennings Cattle Truck. There are some variations in the trailer casting and the color of the plastic ramp (missing from mine) and some versions have black plastic wheels. Personally I think my reunited pair is greater than the sum of its parts.

IMG_8121 IMG_81221960 | Major Pack M7 | #7 Thames Trader cab & Jennings Cattle Truck | red cab with tan trailer | gray wheels

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2016 HW Art Cars ’65 Chevy Impala

On top of each of the elaborately-decorated 2016 Hot Wheels Art Cars, you will find a letter of the alphabet. If you collect all of the cars in the series, you can line them up side-by-side to spell a secret message. I was thinking the message was “HW Art Cars” but with 10 cars in the series, that doesn’t work out quite right. Well, I don’t plan to collect all 10 cars so I may never know what it spells, but I do like the intricate Maori tattoo-like pattern on this ’65 Chevy Impala.

IMG_8223IMG_8226DHR84 | 2016 HW Art Cars | ’65 Chevy Impala | white with black trim | gold chrome and black OH5

I have a number ofHot Wheels ’65 Impalas in my collection, some of which you can see here, here and here.

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One Man’s Junk …

My artist friend, Randy Regier, is moving to Kansas City. Randy’s meticulously crafted sculptures are toys inspired by the expectations of his youth. For this reason, his studio is a storehouse of old stuff – toys, books, advertising materials and mid-century appliances – to use as inspiration or materials for his work. So when Randy invited a few of us to come over and pick through a few boxes of things that he elected not to take with him on the move, I jumped at the chance.

Among other odds and ends, I brought home a box of old children’s textbooks, some vintage slot cars, and a box of mostly loose diecast cars. The diecast cars included some nice Majorette and Corgi models (that I will show in future posts) and an assortment of “off-brand” models. A few of these are unidentifiable brands. I don’t go out of my way to collect these kinds of cars, but you have to admit, some of these have a certain charm.

Even though they spelled Firebird as two words (Fire Bird) and the design on the hood is a little crooked, this is a pretty nice litte casting of the classic Pontiac. It even has opening doors.

IMG_8086 IMG_8087IMG_8251Fire Bird | black | made in Hong Kong

The ’63 Corvette is a beautiful car, but this casting seems a little lumpy.

IMG_8076 IMG_8077’63 Corvette | red | made in Hong Kong

Another lumpy example, this one a ’71 Mustang Fastback.

IMG_8078IMG_8079’71 Mustang Fastback | orange | made in Hong Kong

The photos don’t really show the glittery sheen of the paint on this model, which I think is supposed to be a Ferrari 308.

IMG_8070 IMG_8072Ferrari | silver | made in China

I like the interesting choice of colors and decoration on this Chevy Stepside Pick-up.

IMG_8080 IMG_8081Chevrolet Stepside Pick-up | salmon with Cosmos graphics

The next two are a pair of fun Formula One cars, though I wonder if the paint colors and sponsor decals are historically accurate.

IMG_8092IMG_8093Martini Racing F1 | blue | made in Hong Kong

IMG_8090 IMG_8091Ligier Gitanes F1 | silver | made in Hong Kong

This dump truck (maybe a Hino?) would be fun in the sandbox.

IMG_8229IMG_8083IMG_8230Dump Truck | light blue | made in Hong Kong

And finally, a rather badly proportioned version of KITT, the car from the popular ’80s TV show Knight Rider.

IMG_8088IMG_8089Knight 2000 | black | 1982 Universal Studios | Made in Macao

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For several years, the South Texas Diecast website was my go-to for information on Hot Wheels. The site was home to the most complete online listing of Hot Wheels variations -compiled over 16 years by Diecast Hall of Famer, Robert Graves, Jr. – from the first redlines to the latest releases. In November of 2015, partly to ensure his database would live on, Graves decided to merge the STDC site into hobbyDB.

hobbyDB is more than diecast. The wiki-like site catalogs over 152,000 collectible items in over 30,000 subjects and claims nearly 10,000 users. With detailed descriptions of each item, not only is it a great source of information for the collector, users can also take advantage of the system to keep track of their own collections, create a wishlist, or buy and sell items as well.

Access to this amazing database is “free forever”, but hobbyDB relies on thousands of collectors to help keep the listings up-to-date and accurate. If you are a collector and you are interested in helping out, click this link for more information on becoming a hobbyDB curator.


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2015 Spider-Man ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery

Hot Wheels has teamed up with Marvel since the Heroes series was released in 1979. The success of all the recent Marvel movies seems to have strengthened that relationship. When this Pop Culture Marvel Comics series came out last year, I barely even saw it in the stores. I was never able to find the Spider-Man ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery on the pegs, so I had to go after it on eBay. This was the first Delivery version of the ’64 Nova Wagon, with the rear windows filled in to allow a nice space for the Spider-Man graphics.

IMG_7796IMG_7798CFP60 | 2015 Pop Culture Marvel Comics | ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery | metallic gold with Spider-Man trim | chrome and goldenrod RLRRLW5SP

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Bauer Lada 2106 Russian Police Car

I recently had a chance to make a trade with my fellow collector and blogger, Jim, who lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. I was hoping to get something that I wouldn’t be able to find here in the U.S., and I’d say Jim came through for me in a big way with this Bauer Lada 2106 Russian Police car.

Bauer has been based in Nuremberg since 1961 and has been active in Russia since 1996. I can’t read most of the package and I’m unable to find much information on the Autobahn series. The model is well-made with opening front doors, rubber tires and a plastic base. The vast majority of my cars are in the 1:64 scale range, but I certainly appreciate the amount of detail that 1:43 offers.

The original Lada sedan and station wagon was manufactured by the Russian AvtoVAZ from 1970 until 2012 without a major design change, selling over 20 million units. First sold in the Soviet bloc countries, Lada was exported worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. The 2106 was an improved version of the 2103, distinguished by a more luxurious interior, larger taillights and quad headlights. It was powered by a 78 hp single overhead cam inline four cylinder and was produced from 1975 until 2005.

IMG_7804IMG_7805IMG_7806Lada 2106 Russian Police | white with blue police trim | made in China | 1:43


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