Yellow Racer

Here's the yellow version of the Renault Sport R.S. 01. The grey one was ok, but the yellow colored one is nicer. Honestly the red one is still my favorite, but this one is pretty good.

Renault Sport R.S. 01
2016 Mainline #079


Well Damn

So I'm a sucker for rally cars with lots of lights on the front of them, so I look at the card art for this Rally Cat thing and think yeah, why not, I'm getting three others, right? 

And then I open it, and I'm disappointed, it looks like some kind of custom dirt track racer or something, right? Ugh.

Rally Cat (error)
2017 Mainline #305
But then I look closer -- and it occurs to me that the reason why it looks wrong is because it is wrong -- it is missing a yellow plastic insert piece.

This is the second or third error I've ever picked up off the pegs, and it is probably the first one I did totally by accident. It might have even been worth something if I'd kept it unopened, but no, I open them all, so here we are.


Even More Zamac

Lotta Zamac this year, eh? I think there's even one more after this one, but it isn't a hit. This one is okay, I like the green trimmed wheels a lot, and it does work with the zamac-with-green-highlights of the main body.

Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR
2017 Zamac #005


British Footwar

So yeah, this just looks like a shoe to me. Raked vents in the door are more than a bit much and the fender flairs on te back don't fit. Paint job is decent.

Aston Martin One-77
2017 Mainline #200


3Pack Booby Prize

And this is the third car from the 3-Pack this week. According to the CollectHW page it is a moderately popular casting that came in a 2016 5-Pack and commands some $20 at time of writing; I'm sure that'll go down as these 3-Packs become more distributed. Personally it doesn't do much for me, but two out of three cars in a 3-Pack is pretty good odds.

Custom '62 Chevy
2016 Hot Wheels Flames 5-Pack
2017 3-Pack


I didn't buy the 3-Pack for this car, but it may end up being the favorite of the bunch of them. I like the low air dam and the wide fender flairs. There's just enough red in the car to make the white finish look interesting. I might have chosen different wheels for it, but the red matches the red in the rest of the car. Very nice.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
2016 Volkswagen 5-Pack
2017 3-Pack

It is hard to see, but the license plate on the back is a Hot Wheels logo.


3-Pack Anchor

Wal-Mart seems to be getting a new round of 3-Packs -- even though the pegs still say "series one", the cars at Train Yards are broadly different from what I've seen before. Doing the research on the cars, most of them have come from previous 5-Packs, however since I don't do those that often the threshold for buying one of these 3-Packs is somewhat lower. This is why I bought this particular one:
Porsche Panamera
2016 Exotics 5-Pack
2017 3-Pack
I like the idea of a four door Porsche, even if in real-life execution I think the result is somewhat lacking. But as a diecast model it works very well. This one has the nice chrome rims that I like, and the brown/orange paint is understated yet effective. All in all, this is a nice car.


Golden Porsche

Best of Matchbox keeps delivering with this almost-Spectraflame quality Porsche 911 GT3.

This casting is a little longer than the corresponding Hot Wheels cars, but it is excellent all around. The fenders behind the headlights are restrained. The white piping is discreet. The plastic spoiler is potential trouble -- we've seen that executed badly before -- but in this case it is well done. All that and almost perfect chrome-tipped wheels. This one's a keeper.

Porsche 911 GT3
Best of Matchbox Series 2



Here is the Nissan Fairlady Z, a car which is confusingly similar to the Custom Datson 240Z which was also new for this year -- and which name-wise is confusingly similar to the Fairlady 2000. It isn't clear why we need so many castings are so similar. But then, we have a billion finely different Mustang castings so who am I to judge?

Nissan Fairlady Z
2017 Mainline #357
The Fairlady Z is a reasonably enough casting, although it emphasizes the narrowness of the car's shape. This is a complete contrast to the Datsun 240Z casting, which is an older casting that has a thick, blunt nose.

When you rack them together, there's an almost delicacy to the front of the Fairlady, along with a bluntness to the rear. The fenders seem to blend into the Fairlady better -- but overall I think the Custom 240Z is the better car.