113/365 – Last year’s Hot Wheels Rewards/ Wal-Mart edition School Busted seemed like an afterthought. It had the same color style as the others in the “mail-in” series, but wasn’t numbered, and came WAY late after the program started. So I was pleasantly surprised this week when the 2014 version, this ’69 Camaro, arrived. It’s not the best piece from a quality standpoint – the wheels barely turn. And I think QC in general is lacking, since one of the four I received had significant tampo issues, and the blisters are barely attached to the cards. Regardless, it is a good looking car if you get a good sample, and the turn time on these was pretty remarkable. Details on how to get one are at http://www.hotwheelsrewards.com – or contact me to trade for one.
111/365 – I love the aggressiveness of this car. Classic hot rod looks, with a really cool grille (if you could call it that) make for a car guy’s dream. They even made a real version of it. That would be a lot of fun to drive!
109/365 – In an ideal world, I’d have a garage full of all the cars I wanted. But since I won’t be on Rich Kids of Instagram anytime soon, I’ll have to settle for getting Hot Wheels versions of those cars. Like this Fiat 500.
108/365 – One of the things I love about this collecting
obsession hobby is the community that exists around it. The good people (likely lawyers) at Mattel don’t understand it, and they are killing the community they have at their own site. But there is a whole world of people out there on Facebook, Instagram, reddit, and forum-based websites that love Hot Wheels and want to share that joy with each other. What does any of this have to do with today’s car? This Baja Bug, circa 1990, was sent to me as a gift (technically called a RAOK – Random Act of Kindness) by someone on one of the forums. He sent several things that were extras in his collection and he thought I might like. Incredibly gracious and kind group of people. To be sure, there are bad eggs in the batch, but overall, some quite remarkable people out there. I am glad to be a part of it.
104/365 – Most of the time I don’t go for the Hot Wheels Cool Classics series. Every once in a while they make something that is quite photogenic. The Honda CR-X was one, and this ’29 Ford Pickup is another. I wish it had Real Riders, but the paint job is very nicely done, and the flame tampos aren’t overstated. It looks like a truck I would like to have in my driveway. So instead, I’ll add this to my collection of loose Hot Wheels.