2018-05-24

Pikes Peak Tacoma Collection Update

There was interest on Reddit about the rest of my Pikes Peak cars. Since putting together the summary page was a pain in the butt, I'm going to just leave a link to that page today rather than provide some new content.


There did turn out to be five cars in the bundle I got off of eBay that were not in my collection, mostly painted/unpainted vents and wheel variations, but there was a Mystery Models car that I'd never heard of before and so now I have that. I think that the only significant PPT I am missing now is the Treasure Hunt from 2000.

And now if you'll excuse me, I have to find something other to do than to go on eBay to try to find that missing Treasure Hunt Pikes Peak Tacoma.

2018-05-23

Pikes Peak Celica Collection Update

There was interest on Reddit about the rest of my Pikes Peak cars. Since putting together the summary page was a pain in the butt, I'm going to just leave a link to that page today rather than provide some new content.

2018-05-22

White Whale

So what does one say when one harpoons one’s white whale?

Seen below is the 2011 Pikes Peak Celica from the 2012 Commemorative Race Team Multipack. This car represents the last of the Pikes Peak Celica cars that I can confirm existing, making my collection of this casting complete.

Pikes Peak Celica
2011 Team Commemorative Multipack Exclusive 
This one has been particularly hard to find. I only learned of it last year when I got my last PPC car, in the article that complained about the cost of the car. And since then it has never popped up on my eBay searches. Until this once.


Another collector was thinning his collection and had a lot of 26 PPC and PPT cars up for $70 delivered. When it comes to the PPC cars I'm pretty sure that I have them all except this one, so for all intents and purposes I'd be buying this $70 lot for a single car. Sure, I might get some PPT cars out of it that I didn't already have -- the odds seemed good that there would be a couple -- but really, the bottom line was $70 for one car.


Obviously I went for it. It wasn't as easy as all that, it probably took me three days of back and forth before I pulled the trigger on it.


The car itself is beautiful. The previous collector took great care of the cars and shipped them well protected. Purchasing this lot also cements this car as the single most expensive car I've got so far.


I do sort of wonder what I'm supposed to chase now, though. This car was at the top of my list for a couple years, one car that I could confidently state was the car I was looking for to include in my collection. Now I have to find another white whale and I'm a little lost.


10/10 would buy again.

2018-05-18

2002

Yep -- why mess with a theme week?

Wheel Loader
2002 Mainline #186





2018-05-17

2001

I'm pretty sure this one is the first one I got.

Wheel Loader
2001 Mainline #123




2018-05-16

Long Live The King

Matchbox's riff on the Wheel Loader, just to be different. Saw this one at Dollarama and decided it would fit in the theme with the rest of them.

Quarry King
2017 Matchbox Mainline #058




2018-05-15

2000

Obviously, I like the Wheel Loader. My first one was the 2001 model shown here which I bought during my inital collecting buying-anything-that-rolled phase. I've always wanted more, so I ordered a couple late last year in my annual winter purchase. These ones are superior to the later versions, of which I only have one -- the new ones have the arm and bucket as a single piece, and a ridiculous engine stuck to the back of it. These ones are more realistic. It'd be nice to find a yellow one, but they are painfully rare these days, and even more painfully expensive on the rare occasion they come up.

Wheel Loader
2000 Mainline #111