Honda Anniversary Week: CR-X

I like: the casting is really strong on this one. The proportions are just about perfect. The fender designs are magificent. The details executed in the interior are wonderful. The gold 10SP rims and the choice of the red plastic base both strongly complement the black body. With the exception of the Hot Wheels logo on the rear fender, the whole color scheme is extremely well done.
1985 Honda CR-X
Honda 70th Anniversary #1
I don't like: the matte paint finish. Despite this, the tampoing is done really well, so well that the flaws on it are what ultimately sinks the model, if you follow me. They are so crisp that one is left wondering how excellent this car would look if, for example, the "Honda" on the passenger door was complete and there wasn't the dangling chad under the #85. Close enough to perfection to be a horrible mess. Also the choice to make it a mid-engine car rather than the front-engine that the road car was isn't one I approve of.

Is it worthy? No, it is not. There are no CR-Xs on display at the moment. This is a strong contender for display, but ultimately does not make the cut.


Honda Anniversary Week: SI #1

I like: the casting, the orange color, the color combination of the side tampos, and the rims.
Honda Civic SI
Honda 70th Anniversary #3
I don't like: the tampoing on the hood is very imperfect, the driver's door shows some damage, and this car could do with nose tampoing on its headlights.

Is it worthy? No, it is not.


Mazda Furai

Another multipack exclusive for 2018 is this Mazda Furai, which is one of the best ones that they've done that I've been able to collect. I like the deep burgundy satin color, and the tampoing is discreet and excellent.

Mazda Furai
2018 Multipack Exclusive
But is it worthy? I don't think so -- as good as it is, it doesn't displace either of the 24 Ours that are currently up there, and I don't see anything else that I'm willing to part with while this is in my hand. So, it's very good -- but not a knockout punch.


Green Machine

The first of the two multipack doubles is this green Mazda RX-7. Very nice color and tampo design which echos the 2017 Mainline. I love this casting more every time I see it. This one won't send a representative to the wall, mostly because the yellow mystery models car from last week is already there. But if it wasn't -- this one would be a shoe-in.

Mazda RX-7
2018 Multipack Exclusive


'08 Ford Focus

So the other week WalMart gave up some mega 10-packs. I don't know what it is about Walmart, but somehow they are able to sell a ton of these 10-packs so there is rarely the kind of stale stuff that I see at Toys'R'Us. In the course of a week I bought two 10-packs, and while there is some overlap between them, most of the cars in both were awesome.

The '08 Focus is one such awesome casting. I love the extended nose and the spoiler on the back. It's just a little ridiculous, but in a believable way. Not a huge fan of this tampo design, but I'll live with it. It is nice to see this casting get front/back wheels that match for a change.

'08 Ford Focus
2018 Multipack Exclusive



This one is a weird one. Although it is nominally part of the 2017 Forza Motorsport series, it isn't numbered as part of that series, nor did it appear in Canada. So is it a chase car? A bonus car? A screw-you-foreigners car? Dunno. In any case, I wanted it, so I got it as part of the KMJ order last year.

Ford Falcon Race Car
2017 Forza Motorsport, unnumbered
I love the paint on this car, and there was serious time taken to make the color of the decorations work properly. (I understand this is probably due to the source car in the game.) but it all just works so damn well.

But is it worthy of the display shelf? Oh my, that's a genuinely difficult question. The car that's up there now is the 2014 Multipack Car (that I picked up in 2017, but anyways). The Multipack car has steadily grown on me and it has been a long standing member of The Worthy. This car is very, very, very good -- I couldn't decide if it was that good. In the end though, this car does displace the Multipack car -- the new one is, objectively, better in every way.


Matchbox In A Matchbox

Matchbox has this gimick right now where they sell cars that are actually in small cardboard boxes. The cars themselves appear to be from middle of last year, and for some reason are more expensive than the blister packs are, but they are a different way of presenting the car. I picked this Volkswagen GTI so that I could have a look at one of these, partially because it was really the only car that appealed to me at all from the picked-over case that was there, and partially because one of my sons is on a Volkswagen kick right now and I knew he'd like it even if I didn't.

Volkswagen GTI
Matchbox #118
So normally with Matchbox when you get into real licensed cars you get a fairly realistic rendering. This one might be considered fairly realistic, but it ends up being rather boring in my view. Some of the details are nice, like the gap where the plastic bumper assembly is joined up with the body of the car, and the red-rimmed wheels are nice, but there's something about the nose that just turns me off this model.

But is it worthy of the display shelf? No. No, it is not.


Yellow Hit

We might as well stick with the Mystery Models while we have them. Here's another fantastic RX-7 renderding. There's something about these cars that I really like, and a nice bright yellow with dark rims just works so well.
Mazda RX-7
2018 Mystery Models #10
 The paint ends up being a little thin on the sides of the spoiler, probably due to friction in the polybag. If there's one serious drawback to the Mystery Models, that's it -- you can't see the actual car to see if there's any damage or if one is better than another given car.

But is it worthy of the display shelf? You know what? Absolutely. The Asian display quadrant is dominated by no fewer than seven Skylines and GT-Rs of varying vintages. This car is easilly better than many of those, but the one that gets the hook to make room for this car ends up being the Matchbox '71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX. Now we have two RX-7s up on the wall. And with another RX-7 coming, there just might end up being three of them up on the wall before too long.


Sweet Mystery Model

Oh what a wonderful day it was on Friday. After a business lunch, a colleague and I dropped in on Walmart Centrum expecting the usual disappointment. Instead, I came away with an amazing 10-pack -- on sale no less -- plus the remaining Honda series cars I wanted, and two Mystery Models. And we'll get to a lot of that soon, and start with one of those Mystery Models.

Mazda Furai
2018 Mystery Models #4
I have to admit that after I learned that each polybag has a label which tells you which model number is in the bag, the whole point of the Mystery Model becomes less clear to me. I thought it was something to drive sales -- that you'd have to buy more bags to get the cars you want, like the way Lego does it for their minifig polybags. But no, you can look at the number on the box, find it on the bag, and take what you want. Seems like a way to undermine your own sales technique if you ask me. But hey, I can get the cars I want more easily now, so yay for me I guess.

This particular car is pretty nice in concept -- no clutter on the sides or nose, and a simple color scheme that works pretty well. In execution, it's trip from Malaysia in the polybag box has warped the rear spoiler, something which is a bit of a disappointment. Now that I look at the pictures and the actual car again, I see the left and right tampos are slightly aligned differently.

But is it worthy of the display shelf? This one is an easy no. There's a lot of high quality stuff up in the "other" quadrant right now, and had the previous Furai been up there, this one probably wouldn't have been good enough to displace it. Still worth having though.