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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2015 Redline ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon

I searched a long time for the ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon starting when I first saw the Redline series was out in stores. Just when I was starting to think it would elude me, I finally found it at the Super Target across town. Since then, of course, I’ve seen it at the Walgreens just down the street. The Hot Wheels ’64 Nova Wagon first showed up in the 2013 HW Showroom series, then was found in the 2014 HW Workshop offering. There is also a delivery version that has the rear windows filled in.

IMG_7795IMG_7797CFN65 | 2015 Heritage Series – Redline | ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon | metallic black with red & gold trim | redlines

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Hot Wheels ’58 Impala

The Hot Wheels ’58 Impala made its first appearance in 2007 in the Hot Wheels Classics Series 3. There were 5 color variations, of which I have the Spectraflame Gold and Spectraflame Purple versions. With their white tops, chrome trim and whiteline tires, these are some pretty sharp models.

IMG_7783IMG_7789L0732 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics Series 3 | ’58 Impala 4/30 | Spectraflame gold with white top | whiteline 5SP

IMG_7784IMG_7788L0732 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics Series 3 | ’58 Impala 4/30 | Spectraflame purple with white top | whiteline 5SP

The following year, the ’58 Impala was included in the Since ’68 Hot Rods series wearing distinctive Metalflake Grey paint with red tampos.

IMG_7785 IMG_7787M1573 | 2008 Hot Wheels Since 1968 Hot Rods | ’58 Impala 5/10 | Metalflake gray with red trim | redlines

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2016 Maisto Design 1970 Chevrolet Novas

I continue to enjoy the wider selection of diecast collectibles found at Super Target these days. Recently, I found these two Maisto Design 1970 Chevrolet Novas. I am unable to find out much about this series, as the Maisto website is currently blocked by Google for being “high risk.” It does appear, however, that there are several different categories, including Muscle and Authority, which are represented here. The Maisto Elite Transport models are one of my favorites series, so I’m glad to see that category is included, along with Tow & Go and Exotics.

IMG_7749IMG_7754Maisto Design 2016 Muscle | 1970 Chevrolet Nova | metallic blue with red trim

IMG_7748IMG_7755Maisto Design 2016 Authority | 1970 Chevrolet Nova | white with black trim

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2016 Racing Champions Mint 1960 Chevy Impala

Thomas E. Lowe is a busy man. In additon to owning Auto World and recently resurrecting the Johnny Lightning brand, his company, Round2, has also brought back Racing Champions diecast collectibles. While I understand new castings are in the works, Racing Champions Mint brings back some of our old favorites. I found my red 1960 Chevy Impala at a WalMart, but the cars are also available at Target, ToysRUs and Meijer (according to the very minimal Racing Champions website).

UPDATE: I recently found the blue variation at Target (see below).

IMG_7683IMG_76842016 | Racing Champions Mint R1 | 1960 Chevy Impala (Version B) | red with white top

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2007 Hot Wheels Classics Spectraflame Magenta ’68 Chevy Nova

While running errands today, my wife suggested we check out the Village Flea Market, a place I haven’t been in quite awhile. There were three booths that had a decent selection of diecast cars, and at one of these I found this magenta Hot Wheels Classics that I was missing from my collection of ’68 Chevy Novas.

IMG_7687IMG_7685L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame magenta with pink & white trim | RL5SP

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1988 Big Bertha

My friend Joel recently posted a couple of his Hot Wheels tanks, so I was inspired to show my Hot Wheels Big Bertha. Originally called Tough Customer when it was first released in 1975, the casting has seen about 10 different variations up to 1996. My tan variation is from the 1988 Action Command series.IMG_8529IMG_85301988 | 9372 | Big Bertha | tan with green and white camo | MY | small rollers

The other Hot Wheels tank that I have – a different casting entirely – is the Command Tank from 1996.

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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

My wife and son had a break from school for President’s Day, so I took a few days off and we drove up to Kansas City for a couple of days. The highlight of our trip was a visit to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Housed on the campus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, the museum first opened in 1982 as the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City featuring the collections of Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall. Over the years, the collection has grown to include over 72,000 objects and the museum has undergone three different expansions, the most recent of which was completed in August of 2015.

With an admission price of only $5 (kids 4 and under are free), the museum is an exceptional value. The collection is beautifully displayed and well-organized. The informative exhibits, which include some interactive and educational elements, kept us entertained for several hours.

The first floor contains the collection of miniatures. I thought we would move through this part fairly quickly, but the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail in the miniatures is so mind-blowing that we found ourselves spending a good amount of time marveling at all of the exhibits here.

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Though there is a large section of dolls and doll houses, the second floor toy collections are pretty wide-ranging, including some of my favorite classic board games and construction toys.IMG_7585 IMG_7561 IMG_7584

Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars are a fairly small part of the exhibit, but there are plenty of other interesting automotive-themed toys.IMG_7560IMG_7567IMG_7572 IMG_7556 IMG_7557 IMG_7558 IMG_7562 IMG_7596IMG_7603IMG_7568 IMG_7601 IMG_7608

There are also plenty of planes, trains and ships.IMG_7599IMG_7593IMG_7598

And there are cowboys, soldiers and spacemen.

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The current temporary exhibit (through August 2016) is Pedal to the Metal, which features a nice collection of pedal cars. My favorite is this Formula One Racecar modeled after Jim Clark’s Indy 500-winning Lotus-Ford from 1965.IMG_7641

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2015 Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5

While we were in Arizona during the year-end holidays, my son and I wandered into a Toys R Us. He was determined to find something for himself, and when we came across this Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5, I had a hard time arguing against it. The DB5 is a beautiful car in its own right and James Bond made it even cooler. Packed in a retro-styled box and loaded with great play features, this model is the 50th anniversary reissue of the Goldfinger DB5 that won Corgi the Toy of the Year Award in 1965.

IMG_7525 IMG_75262015 Corgi CC04204S | James Bond’s Aston Martin D.B.5 | silver birch | 1:43

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I came across a website dedicated to Corgi James Bond vehicles, and this page tells a pretty complete story of the DB5.

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This image (courtesy of the Cool Hard Plastic Toys 1940s 1950s 1960s Facebook page) is a page from the 1968 Corgi catalog showing the character series which includes the original James Bond DB5.

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