This past Friday I had to attend a mind-numbingly boring teacher institute day. The only good thing about the day was a decent free lunch, plus I got out a little early and it was close enough to a Super-Target that I could finally go looking for some new Auto Worlds and Johnny Lightnings.

They had both AWs and JLs, but nothing I didn’t have already unfortunately. All was not lost, however. I found the two new Redlines I really wanted, and a Retro Entertainment Aston DB-5. I’ll show you the Aston in detail another day, and you’ve all seen plenty of pictures of the GTO wagon. I want to focus on my favorite of them all, the Blazer.

The 2-door square S-10 Blazer is the best S-10 Blazer. I always loved the way these look. I remember being very jealous of one of my classmates in elementary and middle school, because her mom DD’d a 2-door Blazer, two tone white over red over white. Such a good looking trucklet!

I was thrilled to see Hot Wheels revived this casting, as this is one that I feel hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. I was hoping the new version of the casting wouldn’t disappoint, but I’d actually say the casting is improved a bit.

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The details on his casting are sharp and accurate. For instance, the recess in the tailgate, a detail that I love on all trucks and wish would come back into style, looks great. The CHEVROLET letters are raised and crisp. It’s too bad that HW didn’t tampo the rear end as well. How much better would it look if the letters and backside of the taillights were finished off too? Oh well!

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But I must say the tampos it does have are great. I like the livery. I’m assuming the number 84 is because it’s an ‘84 Blazer. The Blazer 4x4 badge tampo, that thing is perfect. There will be no detampoing for this puppy!

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Here it is with the older two versions I have. The older ones have opening doors, which is cool, but I actually prefer the non-opening doors on the new ones, because the door frame and opening is more accurate.

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Another subtle difference, and the one downgrade from the original, is the headlights no longer have their grided “cage” on them in the new version.

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Here are the older ones with their doors open. I think I’m going to lower the black one, and make it a rally-Blazer!

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