DLM Blizzard

Yep, that didn't take long at all. I may be weak, but I own being weak.

First off is one that's been on my desk since Monday, when I went to the ophthalmologist.  I had one of the arms of my sunglasses fall off due to a lost screw, and in doing my research I saw that it was over three years since I'd been to have my eyes looked at. Anyways, the eye doctor was at Bayshore, where there is a Walmart, and I picked this pretentiously named Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR.

For such a pretentious name, we have a pretty blah and meh looking model. There are nice details that I didn't notice in the blister, the painted head and tail lights plus the trunk logo. The white paint ends up looking a little dingy rather than elegant, and the absence of tampos is not a plus. Overall it isn't a good look, although the casting is better than I thought it would be.

Next are the mail-call cars from Thursday. This is a Subaru WRX STI, one that I already had but have been unable to find in either my stash of cars or the kid's pile.

The blue is very nice here, reminiscent of the 555 WRC livery, and the style of the tampos plays in to that kind of style as well. The white wire wheels work well here as well.

The next Subaru WRX STI is the K-Day car from this year. Since I live in Canada, the odds of me finding this car in the wild was exactly zero and this, plus the yellow Brat I ordered, was the main reason for making the order in the first place.

Flat black isn't the best of colors for a casting; flat colours in general don't seem to work well on these toys. I only have one or two other flat colour finishes that I can think of, and I don't particularly like them either. The gold wire wheels are a nice touch, they are set off well against the color. All in all, though, the red example of this car is superior to this one.

And finally for today we have the Spider-man series Sinister Six Fandango. This is another one I can't count on finding on the pegs. The colouring works well on this car and I like the metallic-blue wheels.

So far I have decided against opening the yellow Brat. I am unlikely to find a second one unless I specifically buy it, and opening things is a one-way street. So for now it is going to stay in the package.


Mail Call

Thanks to my supplier at KMJ Diecast who hooked me up again. I complain about the shipping costs, but for some reason I keep going back. This is today's goodies:

Two of the Subarus are K-Day cars, the yellow Brat and the Black STI, and since I live in Canada I'll never ever see those in the wild. The other STI I frankly thought I had already had, but I can't find it in either my collection or the kid's pile of cars, so I threw it in to my order. Finally there's the Sinister Six Fandango. Usually I just skate over these silly series cars, but since the Fandango is a casting I collect, I decided I had to have it. The prices were right too.

We'll almost certainly DLM everything except maybe the yellow Brat. I have four carded Brats, and this is one I'm not likely to get a second one of. 

Just like last time, KMJ threw in a little extra. Last time it was a Free! and this time it is a RAOK, which stands for Random Act Of Kindness. 

The back of the card says:

This RAOK now belongs to you, you can do whatever you choose with it. I hope that you will keep it & enjoy it for a long time. I also home you will be able to pass on a RAOK to someone you see fit to receive it. My friend Karl Klouzer dyed this Hot Wheels, there is no two exactly alike. Happy Hot Wheels Hunting!

The car itself is a Scion FR-S Hot Wheels, looks like it is wearing the 2014 tampos. I've looked at FR-S castings on the hooks and for some reason always passed; now that I actually have one, I'm less ambivalent about it.


Red Sunday

Another impulsive visit to WalMart, this time at Centrum, and I find some more cars I wanted.

This is the Subaru WRX STI, I really thought I had this one already somehow but when I checked my collection in the store it said I didn't; and digging through the actual cars once I got home showed that no, I didn't actually have it. I like the red. I don't like the tampo, it seems a bit busy for my tastes. Also this one seems to have extra-wide axles, the wheels pop out of the fenders with very little deflection on them, almost to a cartoonish extent.

Next we have a 1985 Honda CR-X, the second recolor of our September 24th hawl. Unlike the BMW recolor I like this one over the first version I got.

...and speaking of the September 24th hawl, I do know that there is a recolor of the third car, the Escort, which I am also looking for. However right now most of my haunts are drowning in the 2015 colorings of that casting. Still hoping, though.


Brat Hummin' & Hawin'

So the longer I have this thing, the less I like it.

I'm referring to the Car Cultures Trucks series member Subaru Brat. As you can see above, it has been on my desk at the office since I got it, so I see, and handle, it almost every day.

One thing I didn't notice immediately was that the base was a black plastic, not metal like the Cool Classics Brat is. The other thing is that the zamac finish really doesn't look good -- there are lots of flaws and inconsistancies that make the car look a bit weathered and worn. Which is fine if that's what you are going for, but I'm not.

The wheels, base, finish and color are all better on the Cool Classics car.

I am disappointed.

UPDATE: Reddit informs me, and I have verified for myself, that this is in fact a metal base that has been painted carefully to look like plastic. I suppose that's... better? Still not great. It doesn't explain why the Trucks casting is so much lighter than the Cool Classics casting is.


Fresh-ish Dump Bins

So a Saturday run to WalMart Bayshore bore some unexpected fruit: a pair of dump bins that were reasonably fresh. I'm sure all the Treasure Hunts were pulled out already -- not that I'd be able to tell you which ones from this batch were the Treasure Hunts -- but there were a bunch of them that I was looking for.

First up is this Ford Focus RS. This is the new "halo" car for the Ford line, and it looks pretty good as a diecast, even if it does feel excessively plasticky. It reminds me of the Mazda 3 Sport that I drive every day, and the color is even close. So it is about as close as I'm ever going to get to having a diecast car of the one I drive.

Not sure what was happening with the white balance here, let's just call it the Tanning Booth Filter.

Next on our list of Suburban Street Heat we have the Honda Oddysey, or as I call it, the Honda Hearse -- because the real ones look like super-hearses when they are done up in the dark colors and tinted back windows. I have no idea why this is a popular casting. I also have no idea why I wanted it from the moment I first saw it, either, but the two things must be related.

Nice interior on this one too, even if we have to go back to the tanning booth to see it. I changed the bulbs in my photo set up back to incandescents from LEDs because I found the LEDs were creating a kind of strobe effect when I took pictures -- one that was only really visible when you looked at all the candidate pictures and scrolled through them, the background would strobe a bit. I'm just guessing that these are "warm" color bulbs rather than "white" color bulbs and that might be my problem. Of course, where I'm going to find white incandescent bulbs in post-2012 Ontario though I don't know...

The third car is a bit more exotic, another BMW 2002. This is a recolor of the white one we saw earlier. Personally I think the white one looks better.

And finally for today, the Renault Sport R.S. 01. This is perhaps more realistic than the yellow one (which I see didn't get posted when I got it). It has some of the wild-and-crazy-guy type stuff that I don't like about Lamborghinis, but it's OK on this car because it is a real race car, not some rich-fart-mobile.

I suspect that there won't be much more before the end of the year, I try to slow down buying things before Christmas. I also looked at the rest of this year's cars and I'm not sure that there's much from this year that I don't already have.


Yeah, I'm Weak

Yeah, Toys'R'Us Kanata had it, and when I held it, I knew I was going to buy it.



Well, I was rewarded for my persistence today, I was back in the Centrum Plaza at lunch time looking for cat food -- we've run out of the food Ceili likes, and I can't find it anywhere, so we're trying something else new -- and decided that instead of a "nice" lunch, I'd take a quick lunch at Pizza Pizza and then check out Wal-Mart on the off chance that the Trucks had been refreshed. And lucky me, they had. I got the one I wanted.

Overall this silver/zamac coloring isn't one of my favorites, the Cool Classics Brat has a nicer finish. But this one has nice Real Rider tires and painted tail lights, so overall I'd say they were a wash when compared to each other.

Really happy with this one. I'm not sure I'll buy the Datsun 620 truck if I ever see it, I'll have to decide once I actually have the blister in-hand. The other three trucks from this series don't interest me personally either.

Wal-Mart had obviously topped up the mainline pegs with a new case, there were a bunch of the Lamborghinis that I didn't like last time there as well as some of the other newer castings I saw on Saturday at Toys'R'Us. Most of the deeper peg cars were still the same old ones I've been staring at for a month, though.

So: bring on the Track Day cars!