2016-09-24

Finally, A Hit:

So after seemingly ages and ages going back and forth to Dollarama, Walmart, and Toys-R-Us, the latter finally paid off:


The rather sad looking dump bin at the front door has been gone for quite a while, but today it was back. Unfortunately all it had was the same battered, abused, and picked-over stuff that it had the last time it was out. Most of the cards were in very sad shape, and the selection was terrible.

Inside, though, the mini-side display had been refreshed, and I picked these three cars off of it. It is totally a coincidence that all three of these are white.


The BMW is one I'm not sure about, whether or not I'll look at this car in the future and go "meh". I've been trying to reduce my buying to cars that won't let me go "meh", and this one may or may not cut it. This particular one has a bent front axle so the roll quality is terrible -- the driver's front wheel fouls on the fender.


The Ford RS1600 I've been looking for since I first saw the pictures of it. I think that the red one will look better in person, but this white one is a pretty high bar to top, and it is easily my favorite of this particular batch of three.


The 1985 Honda CR-X is more of a "completionist" buy, as a contrast to the Cool Classics rendering of the same car (although with a different name for the casting -- '85 Civic CR-X). Whereas that one had a two-piece body to make the two-tone color scheme work, this one has a single piece for the body. Somehow it manages to feel lighter in the hand than it looks like it should by eye.

So a successful day after a long dry spell.

I've also been going through the history of Hot Wheels and tagging a "wants" list, something which is interesting to do but frustrating because A) HobbyDB's interface still seems to get in my way and B) CollectHW's listings are incomplete.

2016-09-13

Majorette Contender

So, what's new? Majorette are now available at Walmart, that's what's new. And I decided that I should have a look at at least one Majorette car and compare it to a Hot Wheels car to see where Majorette stood in comparison. So off to the store I went, and I selected a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, since I just happened to have a Hot Wheels of the same alleged make. And just to compare $4 Majorette apples to $4 Hot Wheels apples, I even had a Car Culture Euro Style model so that we can really compare value for value.

Unfortunately, I picked a bad color:


..yes, either the black gets turned to mud, or the white car gets washed out. However, I think we can muddle through.
As far as the model goes, I think the Majorette is the more faithfully rendered one. The car is a little taller across all cross-sections, and to my eye looks more realistic than the Hot Wheels car does. The detail is nice, it is hard to see but the Majorette car does have black-on-black paint which really does look nice in the hand. By way of comparison, the Hot Wheels car feels heavier, like there is more stuff in it, and it has the benefit of the Real Rider tires to the Majorette car's hard plastic wheels.


Overall, I'd say the Majorette car is the better model, even though the construction is more of a "toy". Whereas the Hot Wheels is built to be a more robust toy, even though said play value is diminished through the "model" features like premium finish and Real Rider wheels.

As far as value goes, the Hot Wheels car is pretty good value for what you get when comparing it to the mainline. The car isn't really meant to be played with and has nice features that enhance the look and feel. For the Majorette car, though, comparing the $4 car with the $4 premium Hot Wheels makes the Majorette car feel a little under-done due to the lack of Real Rider tires and a lack of heft to to the car. However if you compare it to the $1 Hot Wheels mainlines -- which maybe are more reasonably considered the target market -- it feels expensive without corresponding value.

I'll still buy more in the future if the model, rendering, and decoration appeals to me, but over all I think this particular car's price makes it a disappointment.

2016-07-27

Japandemonium

Well this one was odd, I spent ten minutes trying to figure out which MS-T Suzuka this car was. And of course it isn't one at all! Just goes to show that you should really read the underside of the car before going haring off to the internet...
Sho-Stopper
2001 Mainline #119
Clearly some attempt to bring Japanese-style midnight-run flavor to the HotWheels line, this car has outrageous stamped all over it in capital letters. Faux carbon-fiber hood, decorative air inlet, an admittedly attractive deep rear fender crease -- don't ask me why, but it works -- industrial-strength fake ground effects, all topped off with a spoiler better suited to holding a coffee tray than the race track.
I find it a little ironic that this Japanese-inspired toy was actually made in China.

2016-07-25

Batman LIVE Batmobile

Well, he says, we haven't opened a Batmobile in some time, why not open a crappy one? So I did.
Batman Live Batmobile
2014 75 Years of Batman #1
I understand from the wiki that there was a live stage show for Batman at some point which included a prop car dressed like this. And frankly that explains the boring lines -- this is something that was fabricated for the show.  As a result you can see how the design lends itself to being light, easy to make, and has lots of places for the cast members to stand around it to push it around the stage. It even has skinny wheels which add to the suggestion that it is merely a prop. Because this one is a semi-premium car, it is well finished with metalflake-black and the chrome-rimmed wheels. So it is a decently made model of a not very interesting car.



2016-07-22

Fun In The Sun

...or at least I hope it is sunny -- I'm writing this back in June when it is raining.  Anyways, the next 458 we present is the yellow convertible, or, as Ferrari calls it, the Spider.

458 Spider
2012 Mainline #025

Unlike some of the Ferrari models we've looked at, this one doesn't sweat the details too much. There's a little blur on the rear fender where the Pinafarina signature is supposed to be.  It does have the nose and front-fender badges, which is good. Nice wheels on this one too.


This casting was released in later years as the Ferrari 458 Spider, so I've tagged this as both.

2016-07-20

Champagne Sneaker

Vipers were always supposed to be big and loud and over the top. Personally they didn't do much for me because by the time they came out I was more interested in cars that could turn than I was in dragsters.
Dodge Viper GTS-R
2002 Mainline #174
This isn't a very good rendering of the car, the hoodline is too high or the roofline is too low, and both problems are augmented by the ridiculously high rear deck spoiler.


2016-07-18

British Elegance

There was something elegant about the Aston lines before Ford took them and shoved the Aston-esque nose on all of their cars. Even though there is bulk to this car, it still manages to look simple and elegant. The rear end tightens in a bit more than I'd like, and I'm not a huge fan of those little wedge spoilers -- even though those are probably more effective than the showy wings that less refined manufacturers put on their cars.

Aston Martin DBS
2015 Mainline #250
This is a good shade of red, I like it. And the model gives zero concerns for the needs of the track, the nose splitter is down low where it should be.