Yep -- why mess with a theme week?

Wheel Loader
2002 Mainline #186



I'm pretty sure this one is the first one I got.

Wheel Loader
2001 Mainline #123


Long Live The King

Matchbox's riff on the Wheel Loader, just to be different. Saw this one at Dollarama and decided it would fit in the theme with the rest of them.

Quarry King
2017 Matchbox Mainline #058



Obviously, I like the Wheel Loader. My first one was the 2001 model shown here which I bought during my inital collecting buying-anything-that-rolled phase. I've always wanted more, so I ordered a couple late last year in my annual winter purchase. These ones are superior to the later versions, of which I only have one -- the new ones have the arm and bucket as a single piece, and a ridiculous engine stuck to the back of it. These ones are more realistic. It'd be nice to find a yellow one, but they are painfully rare these days, and even more painfully expensive on the rare occasion they come up.

Wheel Loader
2000 Mainline #111


Blue Streak

Another recolor of a first editions race car casting. This is a fantastic way to end the week.

'16 Mercedes-AMG GT3
2018 Mainline #196
I like: the color scheme is mega here. The blue body with the yellow rims, then the colored racing stripes down the side. Win all around.

I don't like: the win doesn't extend to the top of the cab, though, since mine has somehow accumulated red scratch marks. I have no idea where they would have come from, there's very little red on the casting. And yes, it came out of the blister like this.

Soooo.... worthy? Ah -- the first tough decision of the week. While yes, I'd love to have it up on the wall, picking what has to come down to make room for it isn't easy. After a couple days (!) of thinking about it I finally swapped out the Matchbox BMW 5 police car to make room for this one.


Red Recolor

This is the recolor of the Cadillac race car.

'16 Cadillac ATS-V R
2018 Mainline #198
I like: The red works much better in real life than is captured here -- and I say that while noting that the red looks really good in the pictures too.. The bright blue and yellows work well in combination too.

I don't like: Hmmm. The thick spoiler? The lack of tampo detail on the back?

So is it worthy? It's pretty close in worthiness to the black one. However I'm looking at the overall color scheme on the wall of worthy and right now it's skewing red pretty heavily so I think I'll keep the black one up.