Decent Pull

This grab bag pull is a nice example of a sportscar for the masses -- small, tight, enough power to get into trouble without being ridiculous. The Hot Wheels version of the MR2 is dressed to go rallying with gratuitous lights bolted to the front bumper.
Toyota MR2
2000 Mainline #033

The car itself is a nice car to play with. Good front and rear overhangs, fenders tucked in along the sides to reduce track fouling, and a good amount of mass for its side. All that and it is attractive to look at, too.


BMW Monday

BMW is one of those marques I don't really understand. The naming conventions are frequently way off. Used to be the 3-, 5-, and 7-series cars had four doors (except the convertables, of course) and the 6- and 8- series had two. Today? All bets are off. There's even been talk of a front wheel drive 1- series.

Anyways, here's an example of a late-model M4. This is another model that disappoints in the hands, being more plasticy than perhaps is desirable. It is nice to look at, though, and the tampoing front and rear are nicely done.

2015 Mainline #024


Dud Draw

Deep in the grab bag I found this -- a Johnny Lightning that was missing most of one of the rear wheels. Stuff like this really makes me wonder about some people. Would someone actually buy this at a flea market? Is there a reasonable expectation of such to make a seller keep this in his inventory? Just seems crazy to me.


'Toon'd Ferrari Friday

'Tooned Enzo Ferrari
2004 Mainline #009
I think the nose is a bit long, but other than that it isn't terrible. I understand a bit of the appeal of this style of car. It certainly isn't great. though. I much prefer models that are more true to the reference cars.


Rando Two-Fer

Deep in the lucky-dip grab bag, we find this unimpressive, damaged 1997 Humvee. Clearly one that's been played with, it has damaged tampos top and sides, as well as a bent front axle.

Also today, I have this thing. When I purchased my Pikes Peak Celica, the seller threw a wrapped bundle labelled "Free!" in with it. Inside that bundle was this.

The only markings on the base say "Made in China", which probably isn't a terribly huge surprise. But I can't find anything else about it. The various tampos -- "Howw Racing", "Hal's Oil" etc don't lead to anything; the only thing minorly amusing is that Morris Goodman appears to have been some kind of motivational speaker of sime kind. Build-wise it isn't the cheapest thing in my collection -- decent body construction, rivets holding it all together. Not the best fit and finish though. I have no idea what it is or where it came from.


Split Hare

Toys'R'Us in Ottawa still has a pile of these Real Rider Heritage Series cars, most of which are unattractive fantasy car offerings.  However this week I picked up what looked to be the last of the Hare Splitters.
Hare Splitter
2015 Heritage Series - Real Riders
It seems a little ridiculous to paint up a rally car with grocery-getter colors, especially for an allegedly premium offering. The whole thing feels more than just a little off, and the more I look at it the less I like it.

But the main reason for my disappointment is the front axle being bent in the packaging. I'd have to take this thing apart and straighten the axle manually to fix it properly. And I'm not going to do that -- A) because I'm lazy and B) because I know I don't have the skills to make a very good job of it.

Lame Rabbit
 Nice profile, though.


Concourse Elegance

Is that even a thing? If it is, this #FerrariFriday 365 GTB/4 surely embodies it.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4
2000 Mainline #061
I really like this car, quiet sophistication, and the ability to take three of your smallest friends with you.


I Don't Even Know What This Is Supposed To Be

Deep into the Grab Bag today, and we come up with... this.

2010 Attack Pack 5-Pack

I have no words. Fortunately, the wiki does.

Deeply, deeply weird. The FTE wheels mean that it is a nice mover on the track, though. I have no idea why this is in my collection and not in the kid's box downstairs, since I am usually not a fan of fantasy cars this outrageous.


Half-Assed Week: White Streak

We're kind of half-assed this week, and for that I apologize. I spent the weekend with the kids or sick or messing around with orange track experiments, none of which really came together with anything I'd show. So I have some one-off photos of the cars I was playing with.

Chaparral 2D
2003 Mainline #021
Today's car is the Chaparral 2D. This is a really nice model with lots of details, and frankly I don't understand why there are not more examples of this casting. The wiki page only lists five, one of which was in the mythical Team Hot Wheels Commemorative 20-Pack. Maybe there's a technical or licensing reason why we have not seen more, but I think this casting would look super in electric yellow.


Static Colour Shifter

Hey, remember that Fandango Colour Shifter thing we were playing with three weeks ago? Well after the photo shoot I put it away in the display case, and today I noticed it still has the color difference from the hot/cold water:

2014 Color Shifters
Pretty amazing.


Ancient Grand Prix Racer

Speaking of crazy racing, today's #FerrariFriday harkens back to a time when grand prix racing really was mind bogglingly dangerous. Driver deaths were a regular occurrence because the track and car safety just wasn't there. Look at the car -- there's the suggestion of a roll-over bar, but since the drivers were wearing leather helmets and goggles, and generally not wearing seat belts, there was little to prevent the drivers from getting thrown from the cars during accidents, and nothing to protect them after they'd departed.
Ferrari 156
2001 Mainline #50
All that said, we owe a lot to the racers of that time and the cars they drove. This represents one of the oldest Ferrari cars to be made into a Hot Wheels model. Things were very simple back then, a big motor tucked into a torpedo body, with tiny wheels and even more primitive brakes. But they were loud, and fast, and we loved them.

Even for a mainline car you can see some nice details -- the engine and exhausts cast into the car's base, the engine headers as part of the interior insert, and the Ferrari logos on the nose and front cockpit. The wheels even look like the classic short-reach suspension barely connecting them to the car. There's even a hint of the radiators in the gaps in the nose. This styling is a cross between blunt utilitarianism and the very dawn of aerodynamic concessions.

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Strange Little Space Ship

Ah, the early '80s. When rallying was rallying and the rules were bonkers. Just ahead of the 4WD revolution that would sweep the sport there was a racing division called Group B. In this group the rules were suitably relaxed that you could pretty much do what you want, as long as you had produced 200 examples of the car you were racing. Such were the rules that manufacturers found it cost-effective to make 200 examples of such strange little vehicles like today's Lancia Stratos, and then immediately break 30 or 40 of them up for spares for the racing team. The rest would be sold to unsuspecting members of the public, who would either destroy them in spectacular road accidents or hide them away in vaults never to be seen again.
Lancia Stratos
2002 Mainline #37
This is a mid-engined, ultra-short-wheelbase RWD car, typical of the sports cars of the time. The theory behind the design was that if you could turn the car quickly, you could get on the power sooner. So these short-wheelbase cars were exceptionally nimble, to the point of being twitchy.

This is a First Editions variant with the gold PR5 wheels. It has the italian flag painted on it color-wise, as is only fitting given its history. It is also well suited to robust play, having a high nose and exceptionally short tail overhang. I have to say that this isn't my favorite casting, by far, but getting the chance to look at it closely has been worth it.

(You can also see some damage either from the Grab Bin or from play.)

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