I haven’t posted much diecast material in the last two or three years, for a couple of reasons. The first is my display situation has been in flux as I work on my basement and my kitchen. Pretty much everything is boxed up.
The other reason is that I had a long drought of finding much of anything. I don’t know if my local outlets haven’t been up to snuff on stocking, or if rabinous scalpers have been undercutting everything, or more likely a bit of both. I don’t find much of anything very often.
Then a couple of times in the last week, all of the sudden I found a bunch of really cool stuff. A funny thing happened though. The excitement didn’t last long enough to even get to the cash register. I put it all back. All of it. I couldn’t even bring myself to spend a dollar on the Volvo wagon.
I think I’m just a saturation point. I recently went through all the boxes of unopened stuff and culled out a bunch. I also went through my dozen or so jammer cases, and culled about four cases worth out of that. The reality has hit me though, even what I have left after all that … there’s no way I’ll end up with enough display space for all it’s left. I’m going to have to thin the herd even more. I’m not the type of person to just keep things in storage in perpetuity.
Another slight contributing factor, I was so utterly disappointed in the Hot Wheels Monster Truck show I took my kids to a couple weeks ago, that I’m not really keen on giving Matel any more of my money. It was that lame. It felt like such a weak and soleless money-grab by them.
So, because of all that, from here on out something is going to have to be really special to come home with me. Believe me, if I ever find an Auto World Squarebody, that’s coming home with me. I did actually find a couple of new Auto Worlds this week, but as usual it’s just the same Mopars in new paint schemes. I’ve got enough of that stuff already, no mas!
As for customs. I haven’t started one in years now, and I haven’t finished one in even longer. As I went through the ones I did way back towards the early days of LaLD, most of them did nothing for me. I actually put a bunch of them in my girls’ car bin to play with. When it comes down to it, and I came to this same realization after my foray into plastic model kits back in middle school, I just hate painting things. It’s not my jam. Maybe I’ll do some more wheel swaps one of these days. I have a whole bunch of donor wheels to do so … but I dunno.
Does this mean I’m done with diecasts? Hell no! I have a lot of stuff that still makes me giddy to see and play with. I love seeing what you all do with them too, so I’m not leaving LaLD either. Although I really haven’t taken to the Drive Tribe thing. I think I’m done collecting though, unless it meets a really high I-must-have-this threshold.