I may have said this before, but my favorite Hot Wheels vehicle is the Letter Getter. When it was first released in 1977, it was painted to look like a U.S. mail truck. It's been in the lineup continuously since then. For some unknown reason, Mattel has renamed the Letter Getter as the Combat Medic. I can't figure that one out. But here are some recent versions of the Letter Getter that I've added to my collection - starting with the Pop Culture Women of Marvel category version called the Scarlet Witch. It was a brand new release I found on July 5th, 2017. It features real rider tires and a metal base:
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Monday, April 28, 2014
This Hot Wheels station wagon was based upon the 1957 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon and was first released as part of the Ultra Hots series, in 2007. Regular readers of this blog will know of my lifelong fondness for station wagons, so it was a natural that I do a full spread on this excellent piece.
It features classic lines - my Dad had a 1956 Buick when I was little and the design from 1956 to 1957 was not changed much. They were big and roomy vehicles.
This model has an opening hood and a metal base, just like Hot Wheels of old.
It even sports real rider tires!
From the front, that classic Buick grill really stands out.
All in all, it's a piece that when I first saw it, just had to be added to my collection of 1:64 scale station wagons.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Once again, it's that time of year which everybody groans about but can't do anything about - Winter. Yeah, baby it's cold outside, but who wants to get out in all that snow and ice? Around here in Southern Illinois, it certainly ain't no winter wonderland. To spotlight this season in diecast, I've chosen two cold-weather vehicles made by Maisto. You'll probably recognize both from having seen them at work around your area as well. Without further ado, here is a snowplow that keeps the roads scraped and the power company truck that keeps busy putting electric lines back up. Enjoy!
Maisto Snow Plow at work on an actual ice-covered road.
It says "Fire Department" on the side but it's called the "Maisto Utility Truck." Used by electric companies everywhere.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Currently, the 2013 crop of Hot Wheels included in McDonald's Happy Meals are out. I haven't gotten them all yet, but here's a preview of a couple I have picked up. And for you guys out there - you don't have to buy a Happy Meal to get them, you can buy just the car by itself! Unfortunately, they're all plastic this time.
Bad To The Blade
(I'm not overly fond of this one.)
My personal fave so far - Circle Tracker
Dune It Up
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
You can't take life too seriously, so that's why I can always find humor in anything. Even little toy cars.
Save my walrus.
There's a joke here somewhere.
Your classic Pimpmobile.
No joke here, but it does have lots of possibilities for a funny caption.
This is a customized vehicle of mine I call "The Druglord."
Car stripped while Police turn a blind eye.
A monster truck got loose at Harrah's.
3 out of 4 giant Astronauts prefer the easy-opening hatch on the new DeLorean DMC-12.