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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just Unveiled: Hot Wheels Toyota Supra 3-car Chase set...

Well this one made our evening a little hectic last night...

Lamley reader Brian Blackhurst of San Diego, California sent us this interesting photo yesterday afternoon, of a morning find at a local Target:

This made us a little skeptical.  Brian has sent us pics of his finds before, of Supers and such, but this one was odd.  First off, this is a 2014 release.  Second, it was not a Super.  Third, we have heard nothing about it.  Our obvious thought was a placed custom, or one of those shenanigan customs from the factory.

But after a discussion with one of our Mattel contacts, we got the rundown (after his surprise it was already out), and yeah, we will be hitting Target.  A lot.

From our contact:

This is the first of a 3-car chase series that will include three different store chains, as well as three major Hot Wheels licensors.  And they will ALL be the same Toyota Supra casting.  This is the first, the Falken Tire Supra from last year, and will be exclusive to Target.  The second will be a special chase version of the Supra included in the Fast & Furious series at Walmart, due later this month.  The last we have already seen as well.  It is the GReddy Supra that will be included in Kroger shippers as part of a promotion mid-summer.

All will include a similar livery on the hood, which includes the featured licensor, as well as the "TH"  logo somewhere on the car.  So are they considered Supers?  Our contact at Mattel was more comfortable with the term "Chase", as these will be separate from the 15 Supers included in the 2015 assortment.

Will they be easy to find?  We have no idea.  But we will be looking, probably along with every other JDM and Super-obsessed collector.

We will see you at the pegs...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just Unveiled: Kyosho Porsche Minicar Series 6...

Clearly Kyosho didn't want Hot Wheels to be the only diecast company enjoying an exclusive Porsche series...

Right as Hot Wheels has released their 8-car Porsche series, Kyosho is doing them one better with a 24-car series, their 6th Porsche release.  And while that only the 991 is a brand new casting, we will be seeing some models that many of you have shown interest in, but lamented that they were very hard-to-get.  So come May, you will have your chance:

There are a lot that grab our attention, most notably for me the 930, which is a model I have wanted and haven't been able to get.  The colors on the 934 and 964 are very cool, and we know a lot of you will be happy to see the RSR and 962C will now be easier to get, especially after hearing the comments after we featured them last week:

The Series will be released in May, and will be available as a complete set and individual models at Japan Booster.

The shop exclusive:

Sold Out!! RLC BRE Datsun 240Z sells out in 5 minutes...

What it was was fast, what is wasn't was a surprise...

The BRE 240Z showed SOLD OUT 6 minutes after it went on sale, and it was most likely earlier than that.  That means the 240Z, with 4500 produced, performed the same way as RLC stalwarts like the Blown Delivery, Drag Bus, and Texas Drive 'Em, all which sell out in minutes as well.

That is quite the change since the BRE Datsun 510 went on sale.  Only 3000 sold out, and it took 2 hours to sell out.  What's more, the exact same Datsun 240Z casting that was an RLC exclusive in nostalgic Hot Wheels livery was available in the RLC store for over TWO YEARS before it finally sold out on a Thursday Deal.

JDM is white hot, and Mattel knows it.  If you missed out on this one, there is bound to be other chances to grab some Hot Wheels JDM goodness in the future, starting with the Shelby Toyota 2000GT later this year.  RLC memberships are sold out now, but when the new RLC year starts, it might be a good time to join.

So, who got their BRE 240Z?  Who missed out?

March 30th Matchbox Ambassador Report, by Larry Scaduto...

Ambassador’s Report March 30th, 2015
By: Larry Scaduto

Good day to one and all. Wow what an informative report this time around! I am starting out with one of the latest Supreme Heroes releases. The Chevy Suburban! The deco is simple and clean. This is a very nice addition to the series. I have a nice selection of PrePro’s in this report. I’m showcasing a collector’s favorite… The Volvo Container Truck! Oh….there is a small selection of 2015 models. And if ANYONE is interested……. I finally have a picture of the new Alfa Romeo 4C. Like I said……. it is well worth the wait!!!!


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Here’s the Alfa!!! I’m only able to show you the license plate!!! Hope you like it!

MB821 Ford Police Interceptor & The Sahara Sweeper

May I Introduce to you the Alfa Romeo 4C!!!
I know…. that was mean of me to tease you with just the license plate. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s rise in blood pressure!! So we now have the long awaited and beautiful MB905 Alfa Romeo 4C in red. There will be a recolor this year as well, Charcoal Gray. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Just Released: The Hot Wheels Porsche Series is now out in Europe...

Porsche lovers they will be here soon...

One of our readers in Spain emailed us this weekend to let us know that he found the highly-anticipated Porsche Series in one of his local stores, then we found them all listed on eBay from a seller in Portugal.

The series will be hitting Walmarts in the US a little later this year, but it seems appropriate that they are showing in Europe first.  And thanks to the eBay seller and our reader Fernando from Spain, we have pics.  And these look good:

First Look: Hot Wheels RLC Exclusive BRE Datsun 240Z...

Get your keyboard fingers and your mouse-maneuvering wrist ready.  The Hot Wheels RLC Datsun 240Z goes on sale tomorrow at 9 AM Western Time.  And it is looking very likely that this will follow in the BRE 510's footsteps and become wildly popular.

Now we normally would say "follow in the 510's footsteps and sell out in seconds", but that is not the case.  The 240Z might, but when looking at ebay prices on the RLC BRE 510, it may be a bit of a surprise to know that the 510 took at least 4-5 hours to sell out.  It did sell out that same day, but not right away like some of the other more popular RLC models.

Oh, how times have changed.  Everyone and their mother is JDM obsessed, Datsun Wagon trolling pics are all the rage on Instagram, and now the BRE 510 has become one of the hottest RLC cars ever.  So of course Hot Wheels is taking advantage and giving the 510 BRE a friend.  And with it going on sale tomorrow, collectors are getting ready to pounce.

Which they should.  The model is a stunner.  That classic red, white, and blue livery, enhanced in spectraflame, done up exactly the same way as the 510, Morton's 46 and all.  And while collectors in my camp would love to see real riders on this one, the Neo wheels don't bother at all, especially when they match the 510.

So yeah, this will sell out.  And for those lucky enough to secure one, it will be shipped this week.  It has been a rough year for RLC members.  Massive delays, no membership cars shipped a year after they were purchased, models being previewed and then never being listed, and on and on.

Thankfully, it appears those days are over.  The guys at Mattel made it clear during their presentation at the Nationals convention this weekend that the production issues they were encountering are now behind them, and models will only be listed when they are ready to ship.

And that means those of us who kept are membership are in for a treat.  Not only the BRE 240Z tomorrow, but later this year the Shelby Toyota 2000GT, the '83 Silverado 4x4, the Candy Striper '55 Gasser, and that Gulf Porsche 993 that was just previewed.  Hot damn that's a nice lineup.

So here it is, the model we hope you RLC members will be able to secure tomorrow.  It's worth every penny...

Hot Wheels RLC Exclusive BRE Datsun 240Z: