To review, this is the package I received from Australia, of which I earlier shared a photo. Thank you for the drum roll..oh, wait, that’s my racing pulse!
I am over the moon!! I can’t even think of a clever headline, now that the box is open, my mind can’t focus on anything other than this iHWEP I’ve completed with Mr Tinfoil Hat (now with extra gratitude...). It was hard just to get through the day knowing this was sitting inside waiting for me.
Opening the package, I am greeted by this friendly Koala, much better than a Drop Bear if I’m to be greeted by an Australian mammal.
The Koala is protecting a couple of diecast on short cards, a Welly Porsche 356 cabriolet, which I forget was even part of this trade, and a RAOK Matchbox ‘75 Mack Pumper truck.
The tension is building, I can feel my heart rate increase, but I somehow manage to calmly set the two aside for the time being.
Under the Koala and his stash, are THESE!
This is the money shot!! Two Hot Wheels Track Stars Custom Volkswagen Haulers!!! OMG!!!!
I can’t believe I actually have these in my house! Sorry for all the exclamation marks (I’ll try to contain myself), but I OWN TWO TRACK STARS VW HAULERS!!!!!
Even if you know how much I love Volkswagens, you may still not understand why this is such a coup for me. Obviously, there’s the fact that these have only “officially” been released in Australia and Canada, although they have been popping up all over the world, as witnessed by listings on the bay.
I have quite a few local fellow VW collecting friends, and many more online friends with the same affliction. While some of these online friends, in other countries, mind you, have already added one of the Track Stars VW Rigs to their collection, I am the FIRST of all my friends in the USA, local or online, to score this trophy! (Sorry that one slipped...)
This is larger than I thought it would be, the cab is larger than the front of a 1:64 VW Bus, by Matchbox or Hot Wheels, for example. When I eventually get around to DLM’ing one of these, which may be hastened by the card being damaged by drool (sorry), I’ll take some side by side shots with various other VW Bus castings by different manufacturers for comparison.
Hot Wheels has a long history of hiding “Easter Eggs” in their vehicles, Matchbox as well, so I’m sure that I don’t need to start listing them for readers of this blog. This casting is no different. Through the open sunroof on the trailer, which I will also take close ups of when set free, one can see that the interior is set up for comfortable living on the road or in a campsite, race track, National Park, etc.
The floor appears to be covered with large tiles set in a diagonal pattern. There is a table at the rear set with two plates, what looks like a pot of something, and what I’d swear is a pot of coffee. Moving counter clockwise around the interior, there is a cabinet further forward on the right side with a sink, and what might be a convection burner with another pot warming on top. At the very front appears to be a bed with a pillow and folded blanket or something, I’ll know for sure after the DLM event.
Continuing counter clockwise, we arrive at the pièce de résistance, there is a cabinet next to the bed, atop which is sitting
a freakin’ Radio Controlled Volkswagen Beetle!!!!!! (oops...)
Next to the Beetle is the RC controller, which is only slightly anti-climactic, but does make it clear that that’s what we’re looking at. I can’t wait to try and get a clear picture of that!
A Radio Controlled VW Bug? My flabber has been gasted!
Thank you Liam, by now I am speechless.
I have no speech, which, after all the hyperbole, is probably a good thing. OK, enough talk, I’m off to drool, I mean examine a true super treasure hunt (OK, one more)!