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Epic Diecast Weekend: Day 2 - Riverside Hot Wheels Show

RIP my wallet

Every quarter, my go-to diecast vendor from my local collectibles show co-hosts a pretty big local diecast show. About 40 tables of diecast and plenty of deals to be found. I finally had the chance to visit.

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Unfortunately I was too focused on the diecast and the people so I didn’t take much photos of the event or diecast that was available. And what I brought home was very much limited what I collect. Lots of loose cars and vintage diecast and mainlines and $5 premiums that I didn’t pay attention to but here’s what I brought home:

I swore not to touch any of the HWs or Matchbox but I broke that promise. Ended up buying one Car Culture I was missing from a set, an RLC car for another LaLDer, and the Matchbox opening parts Superfast set that I’ve been wanting for a while. At least I didn’t bring home a mountain of mainlines.

First stop: 1Stopdiecast

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There were no signs identifying the affiliation but I recognized the man. Awesome seller that made the trip with his family all the way from Idaho that I’ve bought from a few times lately online. Went back and forth for a few trips to his tables and ended up bringing these back home with me:

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Picked up the Inno Spoon FD2 first because it was the only one then also grabbed the Magic Grey China Exclusive Mini GT LB Works R35 and Indonesia Exclusive Type R Safety Car. Later came back and noticed he had a bin of Tomica Premiums. Saw the out of production S2K in there that I was missing and was happy to pay whatever his asking price was after the deals he gave earlier. Ended up being a nice chunk less than I was planning on paying. And then for my final round before heading out, I went back and picked up the Bride livery FD2.

He also had plenty of other great pieces like the blue Inno FD2 and white Mugen Accord that I really wanted but unfortunately I already ordered those for pick up overseas. Fred’s prices were way better than what I paid elsewhere but I still got some great pieces.

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Houseof64 to Houseof164:

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Fred from 1stopdiecast is houseof64 on eBay. Gene, a well-respected HW customizer, is the proprietor of the brand House of 164 on Instagram and now other platforms. I’ve run into him plenty of times before at another diecast show but I decided to introduce myself to him the day before when I ran into him while he was babysitting at the HW Legends Tour. Known for his high-end commissioned customs, flawless electro-plated chrome diecasts, and brilliant aluminum 1/64 wheels, I ended up forgetting to take any photos and buying stuff he was selling from his collection instead. But he also booths at another local show weekly, I’ll be back to visit him soon.

Picked up the white JL Civic for a fellow LaLDer, a white Tarmac Works E30 that I’ve wanted for a while, and an RLC sELECTIONS Z that I got for another fellow LaLDer.

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thediecaststore:

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This was another guy I’ve been wanting to meet for a while. I’ve seen him locally at the other show I go to as a fellow customer but this time I got to introduce myself to him.

John also booths at another weekly local show that I have yet to visit, and also recently opened up shop locally with a new storefront and website. Was hoping to get one of those Greenlight Garage dioramas from him that I’ve seen on his Instagram but got his business card instead because they were a bit big to bring to the show. I’ll be picking one up from him soon.

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Stillended up finding the MBX Superfast with open parts set from him for a good price and this JL Z that’s headed to another LaLDer. He’s got quite a selection available at his store so I’ll be picking more up from him soon.

Random bits:

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And here are some random bits I picked up from a few random sellers at the show.

Wasn’t really looking at the M2s but I saw a $3 bin at one booth, asked the seller if that was supposed to be in there, and brought home the green Hako set for $3. Worth it just for the lift. Now I’m debating whether to keep it or ship it to some guy I know on here who I know would appreciate it for $3.

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The Race Day RX-3 was the only HW I bought for myself and the only one I knew I would be willing to touch. I just have to many HWs now but this was the one missing from a set I almost had completed. After finding this from a friend of some dude I hung out with for an hour in the line that sold out of Datsun 510s at the Legends Tour the day before, I didn’t care what the price was and just wanted pick one up. Ended up paying only the price of what a lot of mainlines were going for at the show.

And then there were these Liberty Walk GT-Rs. I heard there were counterfeit Mini GTs out there and I didn’t believe it because the ones I’ve seen in the same packaging came with special colors I didn’t see Mini GT do.

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Turns out the body of these pieces are straight up Mini GT bodies with Mini GT parts and Mini GT tampos. They just have a different base so that they can be screwed onto the display case. They cost about twice as much as what I usually pay for on a Mini GT (which is still less than normal prices on eBay for a Mini GT) but I still consider these a steal since the ones in these packages generally aren’t cheap online. Still need to put on some lock washer brakes and might end up swapping the bodies on them for the Mini GT Magic Grey (chameleon/door shift) and Zero Fighter. They’re nice display pieces.

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Total Damage: $163 on my own wallet, $206 including purchases for fellow LaLDers.

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