2016 Maisto Design Elite Transport 1959 Impala and International Durastar Flatbed

This is the second Maisto Design Elite Transport combo from 2016 that I’ve added to my collection, the other being the 1970 Nova with a 2004 Silverado SS. Interestingly, unlike the 19970 Nova which could also be found individually, the 1959 Impala was not included in the Maisto Design 1:64 Muscle series. These car haulers are always fun and I enjoy the paint job paired with those wide white-walls on this Impala.

img_9294img_9295img_9296img_92972016 Elite Transport | 1959 Chevrolet Impala / International Durastar Flatbed | green and silver

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HW Flames, Flames, Flames and More Flames

I have a new favorite Hot Wheels 5-pack. In fact, I’m pretty sure they had me in mind when they put an Impala and a Nova in the same pack. It sure doesn’t hurt that they included a Camaro, a Shelby Mustang and a 70’s Dodge van – all decked out flames. Yes, this 2017 HW Flames collection has even surpassed the cool factor of my previous favorite, the 2016 Muscle Mania 5-pack.

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The ’65 Chevy Impala goes all the way back to 1998 and its many variations include a previous flame-wearing Sunburnerz version from 2013.

img_9473DVF91 | 2017 HW Flames 5-Pack | ’65 Chevy Impala | metalflake gold with yellow flames  | gold 10SP

The ’69 Chevy Camaro Convertible was first released in 2006 and has since been produced in over 30 variations.

img_9472DVF91 | 2017 HW Flames 5-Pack | ’69 Chevy Camaro Convertible | metallic maroon with orange, yellow and white flames | OH5SP

This year, the ’66 Chevy Nova celebrates its tenth year as a Hot Wheels casting. One of my favorites is the HW Road Trippin’ release from 2014.

img_9471DVF91 | 2017 HW Flames 5-Pack | ’66 Chevy Nova | dark green with lime green flames  | PR5

This black ’67 Shelby GT500 is only the tenth appearance of this casting since its debut in 2010.

img_9469DVF91 | 2017 HW Flames 5-Pack | ’67 Shelby GT500 | black with red and yellow flames | red chrome 5SP

The Custom ’77 Dodge Van has a nice, large sunroof to illuminate the 6 large bucket seats in its interior.

img_9470DVF91 | 2017 HW Flames 5-Pack | Custom ’77 Dodge Van | metallic dark blue with red and yellow flames | yellow PR5

As if it this flaming 5-pack wasn’t a good enough find that day at Target, I also scored the HW Flames ’68 Chevy Nova – which happens to be my preferred alternate tool version.

img_9456img_9478DTX79 | 2017 HW Flames 1/10 | 1968 Chevy Nova | orange with black and silver trim | OH5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

The Spammobile

This is another one of those items I found at the consignment store that doesn’t really fit in my collection. But who could resist The Spammobile?

When I got it, it was in a little clear plastic baggie, so the only info I had to go on is what is stamped on the base. A Hormel promo, dated 2002, made in China. After asking around online, I was told this was originally sold on the Spam website. The Spam Shop does have a very interesting selection of items for sale, but I don’t currently see any diecast vehicles. The “Series #1” stamped on the bottom of this bus makes me wonder if there might be more out there.

It’s a model of decent quality (1:64ish scale) and, though the base is plastic, all of that metal makes it nice and heavy. Apparently this is based on a real vehicle and – aside from the wheels being yellow on the real thing – they seemed to have captured most of the details.

img_9454 img_9455img_94022002 The Spammobile | blue and yellow with Spam graphics | made in China

Auto World Vintage Muscle R5 1966 Chevy Impala SS

It seems the folks over at Auto World have been busy. I was happy to have found both sets A and B of the Vintage Muscle Premium Series Release 5 1966 Chevy Impala SS, only to realize there are also sets C and D. I really like the willow green of set A.

img_9205 img_92082016 Vintage Muscle R5 Set A | 1966 Chevy Impala SS | willow green

Despite the fact that some sellers on eBay are trying to pass this off as a rare “chase car,” I believe this regal red version is the common color under set B.

img_9648 img_96492016 Vintage Muscle R5 Set B | 1966 Chevy Impala SS | regal red

I’ll be on the lookout for the ’66 Impalas from R5, sets C and D, which are mist blue Aztec bronze.

Also of interest to Impala lovers, the Auto World website is showing a 1970 Chevrolet Impala in the Premium 2017 Release 1. Set A is Mulsanna blue with a flat black roof and set B is Gobi beige with a flat black roof.

 

A Cheerful Matchbox Delivery Truck

I try pretty hard to keep my collection focused. There are a lot of items out there that tempt me, but I can usually resist. Recently, while searching for Impalas in the bins of Hot Wheels at the local consignment shop where my wife found the HotWheels.com 5-pack, I failed to stay focused. This First Edition Matchbox Delivery Truck from 2000 reminded me a little bit of the Dodge Cattle Truck from my youth. And the cheerful crowing rooster art on the sides just made me smile.

img_9647 img_96502000 First Edition | #48 Delivery Truck | red with white container, barn and rooster labels