I tagged along with my roommate to a new-to-me store and probably had my biggest geek out since I discovered a blog about people who actually collect toy cars.
Everything seems pretty old and kind of pricey, but I’d rather have the instant gratification and support a local business. I also read a lot of HWEP posts, but never been able to justify in my mind the shipping cost of a $1 car across the country or world. This store might be my trade bait shop if you speak up!
I apologize for the cell phone photos, but that’s what I had to work with.
So, without further ado...
My first discovery was actually in the “kids” section, but I thought this would make a better cover photo. A comical (haha) amount of 2013 superhero hot wheels, and no this is not at Kroger. The Star Wars car that I recently watched on Jay Leno’s garage, Monster Jam, Fast&Furious, etc.
I thought this M2 case was interesting. I don’t collect them, but LaLD, do you?
Nice diamond plate details, not sure if M2s come with screws to mount, but looks like a solid way to store prized models.
This was when I first thought I might be on to something:
I don’t even know what these are, but I can’t find them online in my breif search, because I haven’t the slightest idea what this set would be called. Matchbox Hitch ‘N’ Haul! I’ve never seen them, but they seem fairly priced on eBay. The top 2 contain a 90s Jeep Cherokee with a “Base Camp” trailer and 2 campers. *Look it up on Youtube, the tent pops up!!! The collector in me immediately noticed one has a deer an elk... interesting... didn’t see any online with this... I did end up finding it online, but for $20+ from China.
The others have a generic pickup (as far as I could tell) with trailers and either a Yeti or hammer-wielding construction man.
An uncanny amount of licensed castings for a multi-pack! It’s nearly perfect. I would even like the Fig Rig to go with my Let’s Go in a similar livery. The 2 Hondas are probably my favorite. Hot wheels used to not junk up cars with ridiculous tampos, it’s a nice throw back.
And here’s my first geek out:
I never thought I would see this in the wild. Using my better judgement, I decided to wait until everyone on here yells at me to get it. Just being able to pick it up was a mini dream come true. After doing some research, pricing seems on point. It might convince me to make time to watch the show. I’ve come to realize, I place a much bigger value on cars that have a story, aka, why I collect NASCAR, OEM cars, movie cars, etc.
The infamous candy cars. These will probably never sell unless they go on a deep discount sale. These odd scale (5") British cars caught my eye for uniqueness. Someone on eBay wants $40 for the pair on the left, so once again, I’m not making any fortunes.
I’ve done my research and I think I know what a treasure hunt is... so can someone explain why all of these cars in the Origin of Awesome 5-pack have the flame logo?!? The Bone Shaker and Twin Mill are two classics, I ones that I would like in my collection.
I wish they had more of these as I missed the boat on some cool “Cool Classics” but I had a laugh when I noticed the orange slice on the side of the Wedge.
They also had models and these interesting 1:32 Snap Tite kits with some subtle patriotic paint schemes. The all metal warthog kit was neat, too.
Official geek out moment #2. I have not need for a lunch box, but they had plenty I these and they just look so good.
Being less than 6 months past, I’m still on a bit of a BTTF Day hangover, so I jumped again when I saw this. It’s from Polar Lights and is very much assembly required. It can be yours for...
$69.99?!? or nearly half that anywhere on the interwebs. Oh well :(
Some figures to go with my star cars? Note the tighty-whiteys
They also carried a lot of random RC cars. (Not pictured, but they did have new FJ cruisers in RC and Marvel form. I don’t care much for the newer model and the scale was off, so I passed) The oddest of the odd had to be a 1:14 scale BMW i8 concept.
Rounding up the list, were the odd-ball Pop! Rides that I barely noticed. Not my cup of tea (though there is a BTTF one), but they make cartoon style figures for nearly everything under the sun and the accompanying cars look well done.
Hope you enjoyed browsing just as I did!
What do I need to go get?
Right now I’m wanting for the Bounder. I like the HW multipacks, but get the same satisfaction from hunting $1 rides. I might have to get the “treasure hunt” or whatever it is 5 pack for the classics. That matchbox pop-tent is also a neat hidden feature and plus that mysterious elk...