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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Great Super Treasure Hunt Experiment of 2014: A tip from a friend...

My mini-hot streak continues.  The last 3-4 weeks have helped my fill in some spots on my quest to find all 15 Super Treasure Hunts in the store, in the middle of the day.  Three weeks ago I came across the Super Twin Mill, last week the Chevy Nova Wagon, and this week the '69 Corvette.

The '69 Corvette was found yesterday.  In fact, I found two at the same store.  This wasn't as unique as my find last week at Alco in the middle of nowhere, but it wasn't a standard Walmart find either.

This came after a tip from a fellow collector.  A friend in Arizona, known on HWC as blackb13, posted on a forum I frequent that he had found the '69 Camaro Super at Dollar Tree.  That was a bit of a surprise, as Dollar Tree hasn't carried Hot Wheels for at least a couple of years.  But it appears they have changed their minds, as from what we have heard, all Dollar Trees are getting either Batch K or M in droves.

After Jason mentioned his find, I figured I would stop by the two Dollar Trees in the town I was visiting on business.  The first did have Hot Wheels, but it appeared they had been there for a few days.  The second Dollar Tree was bursting at the pegs.  Upon walking up I could see two Homers and a regular TH right up front.  It was definitely promising.

Peg after peg I went through, knocking my fair share on the ground (which I always put back, I promise), but only a few false hopes occurred when I thought I saw the Vette but it ended up being the mainline.  Ultimately I walked away leaving quite a few Homers and reg TH's.  Either someone just beat me to the pegs or the cases at that store were void of Supers.

That was Tuesday.  Wednesday I drove to another area for meetings, and had a few minutes to kill, so I decided to visit the one Dollar Tree in town.  I found the pegs were a lot like the previous Dollar Tree, bursting on every peg, with Homers all around.  So once again there was promise.

I was coming up empty after a lot of searching, and was starting to think that I just missed out when the third row from the bottom yielded a purple treat:

A few pics and it was in my hands.  I was more than happy to have the one Super, and was ready to leave when I decided to keep looking.  Sure enough, on the very last peg I checked, hanging right at the bottom:

Finding a second is nearly as fun as finding the first, but I rarely find two in the same store.  That was fun.

A lot of you have commented that I seem to find a lot of these.  Of course I have had my share of luck.  But it is not as crazy as you think.  That is why we are calling it an experiment to see if I can find them all without pallet-raiding overnight or door-warming every morning.  Most collectors that do that find Supers, find more than one.  I have happily found one here and one there, mostly by hitting rural stores, visiting certain Walmarts with toy managers that like to peg Hot Wheels randomly during the day, or randomly stopping by stores that are not on most collector's routes.

You might notice that I usually find Supers well after they have been released in dump bins at Walmart.  That seems to be the key.  Don't fret when the batches first hit, just be patient and see what comes later.  For example, the N case dump bins are hitting Walmarts around here, and of course when I found one the Supers were long gone.  I was happy to walk away with the Zamac Hakosuka Skyline and green Kenmeri.  Finding the Impala Super TH will come later.  If I am lucky.

Alright, the tally so far:

Chevrolet SS - Found at a rural Walmart at 11:30 am
Sand Blaster - Found at a nearby Walmart around 4:30 pm
Camaro Special Edition - Found at neighboring town Walmart around 3 pm
'71 Mustang Mach 1 - Found on a Saturday afternoon grocery run at Harmon's Market (I found two)
'07 Mustang - no luck
'55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser - no luck
'70 Chevelle SS - Found at two different Walmarts on the same day (one at 10 am, one at 5 pm)
Twin Mill - Found at a rural Walmart at about 3:45 pm
'64 Chevy Nova Wagon - Found at 5 pm at a rural Alco
'83 Silverado - Found at Target at 1 pm
'76 Greenwood Corvette - no luck
'69 Corvette - Found 2 at Dollar Tree around 11:30 am

With the Impala just hitting, I am only missing three.  Like I have said before, finding the Gasser and '07 Mustang seems highly unlikely, but I am holding out hope I can find the Greenwood. 

We shall see...

Cool is Cool is Cool: Tomica Limited Vintage Seibu Keisatsu Nissan Laurel & Gloria Police Cars...

We have been wanting to show these for awhile.

With all the Matchbox and other new models to show, we haven't been able to dive into another Cool is Cool post here on Lamley.  We knew we could return to the series soon, and we knew exactly what models we would show.

We have a soft spot here at Lamley for police cars, especially vintage police cars.  And since no one here has any link to law enforcement outside of the occasional traffic stop and conversations with police collectors, our main connection is through television.

And police shows on television, at least when I was a kid, like to blow shit up.

I have only seen one SWAT raid in my life (while walking home from school, I watched as they raided a mansion down the street that was ground zero for a suspected international prostitution ring. Never knew what came of it, but it was fun to watch) and that is about as exciting as it has gotten for me.  Unfortunately I have never seen a bad guy or a doomed-from-the-start faceless police car hit another parked car so perfectly that it shot in the air and twisted just enough to land on its roof.  It must happen a lot because TV is reality and it happened 5 or 6 times on every episode of the A-Team.

And since that happened a lot back in the 70's and 80's, whether on Knight Rider or Dukes of Hazzard or the aforementioned Team of A's, it was always a bland sedan from that era that met its airborne fate.

But not across the pond in Japan.  The most popular TV show of that era in Japan was Seibu Keisatsu, which loosely translates to "Western Police".  More accurately, it means "One Hour of Nissan-focused Mayhem", as it crashed and blew up a whole load of cars, and by whole load we mean Nissans.

The show was a thrill ride, with fights, guns, chases, crashes, and a ton of explosions.  Just have a gander at this DVD promo ad:

If you watched it you saw a ton of police cars crashing into all kinds of things.  Nissan was a sponsor of the show, and it provided many of those victims for the show to have their way with.  So the Laurel, Cedric, and Gloria became the Dodge Monacos of Japan.

Tomica Limited Vintage has been doing a series of models dedicated to the series, and as we get them we will keep showing them.  We love the 240Z they did, replicating the car that jumped a river, as well as the 3 RS Machines, all based on the RS 2000 Skyline.

But our favorite models in the series are the police cars.  Not only because any police car in the Japanese black-and-white livery looks good, but because TLV sported them up with killer custom wheels, just like the show.  And the results are fantastic.

These two two police cars, one a Laurel and one a Gloria, and as cool as it gets.  The photos will do the models more justice that what I write, and you won't be able to get past the detail.  And keep in mind the weight is solid, and the model has shocks.  These are amazing models, and well worth the price it takes to get one or fifty to you.

We have tried to pinpoint our favorite TLV model, and at gunpoint we would still say the Skyline Van, but these two police cars may actually be our favorite.  It does not get any cooler than these two.  We dare you to take a look at these two and NOT want them in your collection.

And good news.  We emailed Japan Booster last night and they said they would put several TLV models from the Seibu Keisatu series up for sale at their store.  And remember, free shipping on orders over $50.  Follow the link:

Tomica Limited Vintage Seibu Keisatsu at Japan Booster

Enjoy the pics:

Tomica Limited Vintage Nissan Laurel C130 & Nissan Gloria 230 (Seibu Keisatsu Series):

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First Look: 2014 Matchbox BMW 1M in estoril blue...

Since we are already on a BMW kick today, why not the last preview we have been given permission by Mattel to show, this time of the upcoming color of the BMW 1M.

It looks like Matchbox is going with signature colors to start the run of the BMW 1M.  First orange, now estoril blue.  All we need now is alpine white with blue and red striping.

When we first saw the Matchbox preview photo in the Ambassador Report, the color didn't come through as well.  But now we have seen it in person, it is truly replicating the bright but deep blue we see on so many BMW's.  The 1M has been a favorite since its release last year, and when it hits the pegs we will be sure to the collection we have amassed together.

For now, we will enjoy these pics from the Gathering...

(Find the Matchbox BMW 1M on ebay...)

Matchbox BMW 1M (2014 Mainline):

First Look: Tomica Limited Vintage BMW 325i 4-door in both black and white...

Alright, now that we are done with the Hot Wheels Datsun Wagon, we can put that to bed until its arrival in September.

And let's get to a new model that you can get now.  Tomica Limited Vintage has released its batch for July, and it includes Daihatsu Midget single-seater (more on that one later this week), and another BMW, the E30 325i 4-door.

A lot of you have gotten on the TLV bandwagon of late, and we hope you are enjoying what you have bought from Japan Booster or elsewhere.  We at Lamley are fully on board.  We have been loading up our TLV arsenal for future posts.  In fact, between frequent visits to the Japan Booster eBay store and spending way too much time perusing Jeff Koch's TLV stock at the Matchbox Gathering, we have expanded the TLV collection quite a bit.  Here are the latest acquisitions from the last 2-3 weeks:

We have a lot of work to do.  Those Super Silhouette Skylines and Bluebird, as well as the three Machine RS models from Seibu Keisatsu should interest quite a few of you.  But in time.

For now we have the BMW's, one in black and one in white, both 325i models, made to accompany the 318i 2-door models released earlier this summer.

The E30 BMW, as we have said before, is truly an iconic BMW, for many reasons.  But one is its familiarity.  It is what many folks will think of when BMW is mentioned.  And for me, the 4-door is even more familiar.

Of course Tomica Limited Vintage tackles is perfectly.  We were reading an article about TLV that mentioned what goes into making the highly accurate models.  The TLV team likes to find a real version of the car they are interested in doing, and instead of just getting specs, they like to find the best example of the car they can and measure precisely.  And as usual that attention to detail shows through with the BMW.  We will let the photos do the talking.

And remember, both of these are available right now at Japan Booster, and you can get them shipped for free by adding on one more model, and there are plenty to choose from.  Japan Booster are always adding more models.  You won't be disappointed.

One other thing, for you TLV fans.  Japan Booster has just created a website that serves two purposes.  One, to serve as a TLV Catalog, and two, to sell PVC protectos for TLV boxes.  As Japan Booster photographs models for their sales, they will also post the photos on the website.  Now you have chance to see what most model look like thanks to the clear photos taken by the store.  Check it out:

Japan Booster protecto sales and catalog

Tomica Limited Vintage BMW 325i 4-door:

With the 318i: