Friday, January 27, 2012

Packaging Mistake

This is one from the "oops files". Occasionally one might come across a production blooper. something small like a car facing the wrong direction or upside down. There might be problems with the casting, assembly or painting which gets past QA. But in this case it was a matter of the car not matching the packaging. Here we have a yellow Porsche Carerra GT in a Fast Fortress package. You would think that having an image of the model printed right on the card would be a small hint. In reality, I am sure the process is largely automated but it makes me wonder how something like this could happen. Wouldn't this make a great episode of "How its made"?


Friday, January 20, 2012

Hot Wheels 2011 Year in Review

One post I never did get to in 2011 was about "the poster". Every Year we can count on a poster depicting the planned releases for the Hot Wheels 1:64 scale. Every series is here, New Models, Treasure Hunts, Track Aces and all. You might have already seen this, but if not, it would help see what 2011 was all about. Check it out, see what you might have missed:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2011 New Model Review Part 2 - Back To The Future

As promised, another highlight from the 2011 New Models. This one ties in with the previous post regarding the target demographic and power of nostalgia in everything these days. The A-Team on T.V and Back To The Future at the theaters; you have to admit the 1980's had some great entertainment for the kids of that time (a group I feel fortunate to be a part of).

1.21 Gigawatts!

Friday, January 13, 2012

2011 New Model Review Part 1 - A-Team Van

It has been a while since my last post. Life gets busy but it is always  my desire to make time to post here. I have not been idle with the collecting though. 2011 is behind us, and as we look forward to what 2012 will bring, it is time to recap on the past year. I have spent some time updating my catalog site with the New models from 2011. There are a few I have missed and I might need to check e-bay or ask around to see if they are available. If anyone wants to see what I don't have (2011 New models) and offer up any doubles I would be interested to hear from you. I will concentrate on some awesome 2012 models that have been popping up in future posts. For now, I will dedicate this and the next few posts to the 2011 New Model highlights. Here is one I'd like to share now:

If you recognize this van, congratulations, you are awesome.
Yes, the good people at Mattel have seen fit to grace us '80's children with an ample dose of nostalgia in 2011, the A-Team van being a prime indicator that my demographic still counts for something in this world.