So, Funny Story

So I was looking at these 10-packs in Walmart, right? You know, because I'm starved for buying something new and interesting and so I look at these 10-packs. And our previous experience has shown that there is a large number of multipack exclusive cars in these 10-packs. And I was thinking, that '12 Fiesta is probably an exclusive, and I wouldn't mind the chrome sports-prototype thing... so why not?

Well, again literally the next day I go into a Dollarama and wouldn't you know it -- neither the Fiesta nor the Hi-Tech Missile are exclusives. 

This time, however, I have not opened it, and I still have the receipt... so it's going back to Walmart.

The Dollarama chain has been really good this year -- I got five other cars with these two, so I paid probably about the same as the 10-pack (Dollarama sells these cars for $1.50 each -- pricey but who cares when they're fresh) and got more cars that I wanted.

Most of the time, acting when you see an opportunity is the right thing to do. But its still funny when you see a better result that would have come from waiting.


Another Hot Casting

The internet is all hot and bothered about this latest Skyline, the GT-R R35. This is an update of the '09 GT-R from earlier this year. Personally I don't see what the fuss is about. And this particular example has some really crappy paint.

'17 Nissan GT-R (R35)
2017 Mainline #282

The nose is nice. This is the type of super car I'd probably end up with -- one that dispenses with "sexy" body parts and instead just has capability.

Decent details on the rear. Seems that when Mattel decides to do the rear, they end up doing it right.


Rally Alternate

So here's a recolor for this year's '12 Ford Fiesta -- which, I'll admit, we have not seen yet -- but this one is also available in a 10-pack. The tampoing job is a bit crap, something which is to be expected with the multiple color passes. But it is still a rally car, and I'm ok with that.

'12 Ford Fiesta
2017 Mainline #307



This Mercedes GT is rather non-descript -- the details seem over-blobby and hidden. The actual car is the same way, but this model doesn't flatter the original.

'15 Mercedes-AMG GT
2017 Mainline #256


Stylized Sports Prototype

This is a stylized interpretation of a LeMans sports prototype. The chrome makes it a bit much -- and makes it hard to photograph -- but I still approve of the execution. The wheels are a nice touch, and the base appears to be metal, giving the car a nice heft.

Hi-Tech Missile
2017 Mainline 324


Forza Friday

Well I went back to Walmart Centrum for something unrelated, and wouldn't you know it, there was one McLaren P1 there. So, why not?

Again, it isn't much of a car that I like myself, but this is a pretty well executed car anyways.

McLaren P1
2017 Forza Motorsport #2


Then And -- Not-Quite-Then?

It is a bit amusing that the "Now" car of the "Now And Then" is a car that itself is 20 years old. It's been a long time since this RX7 regularly rocked the highways. Personally I was into different cars at this time -- witness my 1996 Legacy Sedan that I drove though the back half of the '90s -- but this is a well executed model and a nice complement to the older RX-7.

'95 Mazda RX7
2017 Mainline #336



Next up we have the Renault Sport R.S. 01. I'll be honest, the colour doesn't really work -- it's too glossy if that's even a real thing -- and I don't like those wheels. But -- racecar. So I'll allow it.

Renault Sport R.S. 01
2017 Mainline #252
The actual execution of the tamps is pretty good, though.



...as it was known here in Canada. This is a casting which has grown on me the more I see them. The first one was a nice burgundy, but after that we got a bunch of garishly decorated cars. And while this is a garishly decorated car, it somehow works better than the GReddy cars (some of which I have, even if they've never been featured here). So this one I like.

'96 Nissan 180SX Type X
2017 Mainline #225


Then And Now: Part 1

So Dollarama delivers again -- this time with the beautiful blue RX7. This is the sort of car that was hot in 1:1 scale when I was a kid so I love seeing them.

The paint and tampoing is a hair from perfect. This is a highlight of the year, for sure.

Mazda RX-7
2017 Mainline #337