Seem like it has become an LaLD tradition to post your Top 10 buys of 2018. To no further ado, here are my Top 10...

Now past the Top 5, they aren’t in any particular order simply because on the top of my head, I can only recall 5 major buys where I can easily distinguish the importance of/those where I set out to get since January.

#1 RLC Datsun 240Z

This one is actually one I’ve wanted for a long while. Although I do wish Hotwheels would’ve chose a different set of rims than the Neo-style ones, I do appreciate the chrome red and Hotwheels attention to detail on this piece. There’s a reason it’s worth $100+ and rightfully so.

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#2 LA Convention Datsun Bluebird Wagon

Courtesy of our residence RatedGolfR, this wagon is another piece I’ve wanted but couldn’t get myself to pay the ~$300 they go for nowadays, as I tend to crack every card I see.. regardless of value and card art. Love the minimalistic decal on this and it’s by FAR the better looking of the two convention Bluebird wagons done.

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#3 Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Mazda RX-7

The news on this came out pretty early this year. TLV has always been keen on making ‘60-’80 era Japanese cars then jumped forward to GTRs and concept cars... they seemingly skipped over the whole ‘90s at one point. However, this became a great beginning for an onslaught of ‘90s cars.. such as the R33 Autech, Supra, 787B as well as the highly anticipated F40 that’s coming up in March.

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#4 Tomica Limited Vintage Honda Civic Type R

I missed the initial release on this but happened to find one at close to the original price at a small shop when I went to Taiwan over the summer. This is actually my favorite generation for Civics as it’s the generation I grew up with. The detail to both the rims and the contrasted interior is what sold me on this car.

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#5 Hotwheels $uper Nissan BRN34 Skyline GT-R

Now I might get backlashed for this or have a good portion of you disagree with me on this, but the R34 from this year took me by surprise. I knew the car was coming and I knew it’ll become a super eventually. However, upon seeing the chrome-ish green in person and the subtle design cues on the car, I was completely sold. Mark my words, this will likely become the next “Super Datsun Bluebird Wagon” in a few years.

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#6 Hotwheels x Period Correct Mercedes 190E

This one actually made the top 10 list pretty damn late.. simply because the news on this didn’t came out till like 3 weeks ago. However, it’s still a beaut. The quirky graphics and the choice of arguably the BEST Hotwheels Premium casting of 2017 definitely made this a highly desirable model on the market right now.

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#7 Hotwheels $uper Audi RS6 Avant

This casting’s actually pretty unique in that it’s the first time Hotwheels actually released a brand new model and used it as a $uper on its first initial run. I can arguably say that this... this car right here takes my vote and I assume thousands of collectors vote for best new basic casting of 2018.

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#8 Tomica Limited Vintage Nissan R33 Autech Skyline GT-R

I’ve made it clear before that I prefer the R33 gen over any and all gens of GT-Rs. Can you imagine living in a world where if you’re “lucky” enough, you can get pulled over in one of these? I would intentionally speed and gracefully accept that ticket then ask if I could take a pic with the car haha.

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#9 Hotwheels Dallas Convention Gasser

This one came courtesy of Plasticprints II. It’s a sad feeling knowing that you live 10 mins away from the Dallas Convention but missed out on buying a GA ticket.. then watching all your local collectors and scalpers alike flood the convention hall with these.. anyways, wanted this but gladly found a loose one at a great price.

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#10 Hotwheels RLC Hi-Po Hauler

This one’s actually pretty cool considering I’ve seen the car in person a few times. Gas Monkey’s HQ in Plano, TX is roughly 10 mins give or take from my workplace. So sometimes I would intentionally drive by the front to see what cool projects they have parked up. From there, Hotwheels announced that they’re making a 1:64 version of this and my God it’s an amazing casting.

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Stay tune for Part II of Top Ten buys of 2018... best 1:18s!