Tag Archives: 1988

Splurging at the Antique Store

Antique stores and art galleries are two things I really enjoy. In downtown Wichita, Vertigo 232 is on the second floor of a building that also houses Shopkeepers Antique Mall. Even better, you have to enter the antique store to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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1986 Fangster and 1988 Sharkruiser

Speaking of ugly Hot Wheels (see previous post), the Speed Demons series came up in an online discussion of the subject. The Speed Demons – hot rods with creature-like characteristics –  were first released in 1986. I have two of them, … Continue reading

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1979 Fire Chaser and Variations

When it was originally released in 1978 in white with black and yellow tampos, this Larry Wood-designed casting was called Highway Patrol. In 1979, Fire Chaser was a variation of the same casting in red with yellow, black and white … Continue reading

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NASA Space Shuttle Support

NASA’s recent success with the Mars Curiosity Rover landing was quite a thrill. While we’re all still cheering, I thought I’d show off some of my NASA-related items. When the Space Shuttle program was winding down, I decided I wanted … Continue reading

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