Hi guys. I'm Rob, and I collect die-cast cars. For those of you that don't read headlines but do actually read articles, I'm new here. Also, drop me a line and let me know how you manage to do that. Headlines suck, as you can see right above this paragraph.
I just found this blog yesterday after moseying on over from Jalopnik. I have been collecting die-cast for 15 years now, and playing with them a bit longer than that. I figured I would start things off by posting something conforming to whatever alliterative weekly holiday we are celebrating today, so imagine my surprise when I see not one but two die-cast themed days in the headlines this morning! Fortunately, I have an answer to the question posed in the aforementioned headline of suck. This prevents you, dear reader, from having to do any of the work yourself. Today is, of course, both French Friday and F1 Friday!
First, the French part:
This is a Peugeot 205 T16, incorrectly labeled by Hot Wheels as a 205 Rallye. The 205 Rallye was a sporty version of the plain Jane 205 road car, but the casting here actually much more closely resembles the T16 Group B rally car Peugeot made in the late '80s (this is quite apparent in the next picture). Hot Wheels released these two versions around 1990, a few years after Group B had been cancelled, but they are excellent models nonetheless. The opening engine cover and detail underneath is superb, especially considering the era in which Hot Wheels released this casting. If anyone knows if either of these liveries is off of a real car, let me know!
Next up is the superb McLaren F1 GTR, again from Hot Wheels:
This casting was originally released in the 2010 Speed Machines line, and this version is one of the variations from that line. It is by far my favorite F1 released to date, and the real McLaren with a similar livery is one of my favorite F1s as well. Hot Wheels did an excellent job capturing the wild paint job from the real car and this is one that I will probably hang on to for quite some time. There is some great tampo detail on the back of the car as well- icing on the die-cast cake.
Enjoy your weekend everyone, and happy hunting!