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Friday, January 20, 2017

Head-to-Head: Hot Wheels Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Dodge A100

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Take a look at the Hot Wheels Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine. Then take a look at the Hot Wheels Dodge A100. Notice any similarities? No one really knows which real van the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine is based on. Some say it's based on the Chevy Corvair/Greenbriar as some versions of the show featured a rear-engined van. The styling implies a Ford Econoline or a Dodge A100. At least the styling on the Hot Wheels version, anyways. There were different Mystery Machines in the different cartoon versions of the show as well as in the live action film, and there's no clear cut answer to our question.

Since we can't really pinpoint exactly which real van the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine is based on, let's just compare the Hot Wheels Mystery Machine with the Hot Wheels Dodge A100. There are similarities, and yes, there are also differences. But these two vans make a pretty cool pair, don't you think? And if you're accusing me of looking for an excuse to show off my Dubble Bubble Dodge A100 again, I'm guilty as charged. This post is that excuse. I don't think you'll mind too much. Enjoy the photos!























Happy Collecting!!

From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Casting Up-to-Date: '14 Corvette Stingray Convertible!

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I'm up-to-date on another casting, and you should be able to get up-to-date pretty quickly on this one as well. With only 4 mainline releases, the '14 Corvette Stingray isn't a tough one to collect, but it's a nice, clean mainline. The last installment in our casting-up-to-date series featured the '76 Greenwood Corvette. What can I say, my Vette game is strong lately!

The '14 Stingray Convertible is the topless counterpart to the '14 Corvette Stingray casting. The hardtop has already seen a Toy Fair, RLC and Super Treasure Hunt release. The convertible is a little easier to track down. And while I prefer the look of the hardtop, the convertible is no slouch either. It's low slung, with nice body lines and fantastic front/rear detailing. Fortunately for us, we haven't had any side tampos on the casting either. That allows the tampos to be appropriated to the front/rear of the casting which gives us some extra realism.

This is one of those Hot Wheels castings that could be a Matchbox with its clean realism. While it's not the first Corvette that comes to most collector's minds, it's an underappreciated gem and an easy one to get up-to-date on. Enjoy the photos!

























Happy Collecting!!

From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chase vs. Regular: Greenlight Gulf Racing 1967 Ford Mustang!

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I'm starting up a new series of posts here at TWDR. If you're anything like me, I suspect you'll get a kick out of seeing a regular diecast car next to its chase-piece counterpart. What better way to roll out this new series than with the Gulf Racing-decorated 1967 Custom Ford Mustang from Greenlight collectibles?

Greenlight's chase cars are called 'Green Machines'. Green Machines feature some green component, whether it be tires, wheels, base color or body color. The green-bodied Green Machines are by far the nicest. It's far more realistic to see a green car than to see some other colored car with green tires. I think we can all agree on that.

While green-bodies are the elites of the Green Machine world, there are a few green-bodies that really stand out. This Gulf Ford Mustang is one of them. Part of the fun of this whole new chase vs. regular thing is that sometimes the standard model looks better than its chase counterpart. Even when eBay prices say otherwise. I thought for sure the Gulf Racing Mustang would be a perfect example of the regular-looks-better-than-the-chase phenomenon. How can a Gulf Racing car look better without Gulf Racing blue? Right?

Yet somehow this Green Machine pulls it off. I think a huge part of it is how well the orange lace rims contrast the green body. It somehow gives it a more vintage feel. Maybe it's because the Green Machine-green paint looks a little like British Racing Green (go easy on me, purists). Whatever it is, the Gulf Racing Mustang looks phenomenal in green. The details on the back end are fantastic as is the racing number '8'.

The regular Mustang is no slouch either. In fact, the standard issue Gulf Mustang is one of my favorite Ford Mustangs and favorite Gulf Racing cars in my collection. I'm not a huge Mustang fan per se, but I'm definitely not a hater either. There are some beautiful Mustangs out there, and a highly detailed '67 in Gulf Racing livery floats my boat.

Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for more 'Chase vs. Regular' posts!


































Happy Collecting!!


From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com