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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Dubai Police Special Vehicles Unit in diecast: The CM Models Lamborghini Aventador...

So is a police force that is not part of a video game series that sports Bugattis and McLarens and GT-R's and R8's a little over the top?

Hell yeah, but without it you don't get this video:

So around here we are ok ensuring our safety to Charger and Interceptor-wielding officers, but we are also thankful Dubai does it the Dubai way.

And if they were willing to get that cool video done, surely they would love to get more replicas out there.  We have seen a few, including this Aventador from what appears to be the now-defunct CM Models, who didn't see a super car they didn't like, whether they had a licensing agreement or not.

(You can find the Dubai Police Aventador for sale here.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The fantastic R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R from Kyosho...

So what is your favorite Skyline?

That is like asking someone to name their favorite Mustang.  You will get a slew of different answers.

But it is a legit question, and it is a hard one to answer.  The fact is most of our readers are fairly new to the Skyline.  No one will admit it (I loved the Skyline when it was still playing the clubs!), but if they are honest, the Skyline is something new to them, at least compared to other American and European badges.

But no matter who you are, and you have even an ounce of appreciation for the Skyline, you have asked and answered that question.  And frankly, it has probably changed numerous times.  It has for us.  It's the Hako, of course, unless you count the Kenmeri, but when you really dig deep, it is clearly the DR30, but how can you top the R34, unless you go a couple of steps backward and pick the newly-minted nostalgic, the R32.

It's impossible, so for we diecast nuts, thankfully we have brands like Kyosho that have gone ahead and produced a whole Skyline set.  And they are all there.  Your Kenmeri, or your Hakosuka, or your DR30, and even your R34 and R32 (plus a GT-R for good measure).

But let's focus on that R32 GT-R.  We have showcased a few models from the Kyosho Skyline Neo set, and the main difference between this set and the previous Skyline set from several years ago is that these models sport replicas of after-market wheels.  And of all those models, none look better than the three colors of the R32 sitting on white rims:

Those are three sharp models, and outside of the DR30's these are clearly our favorite Skylines.  In the set.

And even outside of the rims, the colors chosen, along with the accuracy of the casting makes this a great homage to the Skyline everyone and their mother is trying to import over to the States now that it is legal.  Just ask Eric over at JDM Legends.  He fields calls about the R32 GT-R almost daily.

Considering all the demand, it might be easier to pick up a mini version for 8 bucks at Japan Booster. It seems like a logical option to hold you over...

Kyosho R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R (Skyline/GT-R Neo):

THIS is the proper Hot Wheels Mitsubishi Evo Super TH...

It is no secret some shenanigans happen at the Hot Wheels factory.

This is not a post about that.  This is a post about the upcoming Hot Wheels Mitsubishi Evo Super TH.

The only reason we bring up the shenanigans is because many times photos are sneaked with the incorrect wheels.  We have started calling them the "factory customs".  We don't like it, because when photos emerge, we have no idea if what we are seeing is the correct model or not.

That happened with the Evo.  Photos started spilling everywhere, but with the incorrect wheels.  We passed along the news that the Evo was coming, but we knew the photo was incorrect.

Well, finally we have the proper model with its proper shoes:

Ugh.  Maybe those "factory custom" wheels would have been the better choice.  Oh well, at least we now know what he Evo will look like...

Where have the Hot Wheels Zamacs gone?

A mystery is brewing...

We have been watching Instagram and other Hot Wheels find forums for the last few days, and have noticed quite a few collectors finding F case bins at their local Walmarts.  In fact, we came across a couple ourselves today.

And that seems about right.  It is March, and that is the time for F cases.  So there is nothing abnormal about that, except for the fact that we haven't seen very many E cases, and most notably, no Walmart E cases with the Zamac exclusives.

And we don't want that.  The Walmart Zamacs have been a treat for many collectors the last couple of years, including us.  We don't collect many complete lines, but we are up-to-date on the Zamacs:

Based on previous years, the first batch of Zamacs debuted about now, and we know they are slated to come because we have seen them:

There they are - #1 El Camino, #2 Lamborghini Veneno, and #3 Ford Shelby GT500, all clearly marked 2015 Zamac.  And what makes it even more clear is the code on the very top of the card:

The last letter of that codes denotes the batch, and the case of these Zamacs, the letter "E" means these are part of the E batch.

So with Batch E already out for a few weeks, and Batch F hitting some stores, where are the Zamac bins?

We have no idea.  It could be several reasons:
  1. They are part of large dump bins, and we haven't seen many released lately.  Walmart may have them and are holding them for whatever reason.
  2. There has been a problem with production, packing, or shipping.
  3. The Zamacs are not Walmart exclusives, and will show up as Kroger or Target exclusives.
We highly doubt the third option, but the other two could definitely be a legit reason.  Only time will tell.  We hope whatever happened gets resolved soon.  We need a Zamac fix, especially with the models coming (which includes a Civic EF in the third batch):