2018-01-22

Olive Pickup

Not so much a fan of this color, I think I've described it as "puke green" elsewhere.

Datsun 620
2018 Mainline #009


2018-01-19

Chrome Really Spices Things Up

Chrome can make a real difference for a casting. Think of it as the poor-man's spectraflame, only not quite. But the Rig Heat ends up looking really nice in chrome, with the black plastic pieces setting things off nicely. I even like the wheels.
Rig Heat
2018 Mainline #036



2018-01-18

Another Batmobile

Nice casting, decent rendering with the restrained red piping. I like this better than the grey one from last year's set.
Batmobile
2018 Mainline #062


2018-01-17

Plop

It is unfortunately more than a little reminiscent of some of the poorer historical Matchbox truck offerings. Blobby corners, low details, uninspiring color. Sorry, it is a complete miss from where I sit.

'15 Land Rover Defender Double Cab
2018 Mainline #031


2018-01-15

Bam!

Very nice demolition-derby livery here. Not my favorite rendering of this casting, but still pretty good.

'70 Cheville SS Wagon
2018 Mainline, Unnumbered



2018-01-13

White Line

So as a collection gains depth as well as breadth, one gets the opportunity to do some different things. Since we added two white Porsches to the collection this week, I thought it would be interesting to drag out all the white Porsches in the collection so we could have a look at them. And since there are seven of them, it's actually a worth-while exercise.




In no particular order:

Porsche 993 GT2
2014 Mainline #027
This casting has been popular since it first came out; this one is a nice representative of the GT2.

Porsche 934.5
2017 Mainline #004
The 934.5 is too plain somehow. I'm sure we'll get wild deco schemes in future releases, but as-is it is just lacking something. I'd like to see it in more of a deep blue or some kind of red color.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2018 Mainline #047
So I actually have three cars that identify themselves as 911 GT3 RS cars, even if one of them is belied by the base of the actual car. This appears to be the more recent version of the GT3 RS; it has more of a aerodynamic look to it and a larger spoiler.

Porsche 934 Turbo RSR
2018 Mainline #044
I quite like this one, little scuffs aside. The 934 is a clean and neat whale-tail car that has some class as well as wild looks.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2016 HW Exotics 5-Pack
The second of the GT3 RS instances. If it wasn't for the flea bite on teh driver's door I'd say this car was just about perfect. But right now it is perfection marred, and I don't think that adds anything.

Porsche Panamera
2015 Mainline #186
Another favorite casting, this Panamera isn't the best execution. The white is slightly different from that on the other cars and it ends up looking rougher or shabbier. Not a good look.

Porsche Carrera
2003 Mainline #204 "Final Run"
In retrospect you can understand why this casting got retired -- underwhelming styling from a stamp long in the tooth, and there is a huge amount of material in this car. It wouldn't be a popular purchase, and it costs a disproportionately high amount to manufacture. Still it's a car I remember from my childhood -- well, not this car specifically, but the casting -- so having the "Final Run" of it seems a fitting tribute.

2018-01-12

Skulls, dude?

This deco is nice in that it covers the car quite visibly. However it's a bit too fan-boiz of a design for me.
Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR
2018 Mainline #017