I’m officially knee deep in the premium 1:64 game thanks to you know who.
The past week has been very eventful to say the least. Doug (dek34) has been sliding in my DMs at every waking hour, pestering me to join him at the local collectibles show where he gets those glorious hawls that he always brags about on here from. You’ve all seen those ridiculous Dek the HAWLS posts from him and his minions. I figure he’s probably been paying them off (with diecast) to boost his street cred. Therefore, I had to do some investigating...
Turns out these deals are, in fact, legit. The best way for me to describe the experience would be.....overwhelming. There’s so much to choose from, so many hobby and convention exclusives that you won’t find at retail chains, at prices lower than what you’d find online. Not only did I get to meet the man, the myth, the legend himself, but he hooked me up with his main supplier and taught me how to properly dek the hawls for myself, all while we had the time of our lives sifting through pegs full of Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment U.S.S. Starship Enterprises, fishing through bins of loose, chewed-up, K-Day Mail-in rejects, and talking crap about LaLD members we find annoying, such as Sn210 and Camshaft Chris.
I did my best to minimize the damage as he goaded me into spending more on garbage castings such as the Johnny Lightning Mitusbishi Lancers and Greenlight Datsuns to which, in an act of supreme self-control, I vehemently refused. In the end, I walked out with just about the entire arsenal of TSM/Mini GTs which, I must say, are absolutely fantastic. Worth every penny.
Drop your Hot Wheels and Matchboxes, people. This is the brand you should be paying attention to.
And now, to return the favor to him, here’s a lesson on how to be a REAL collector. Hint: it involves opening some precious cardboard and plastic.
We’ll finish off with some other-branded castings that caught my eye. If anyone’s looking to get any of the models in this post (and more), Doug or I would be happy to help. You know where to find us.