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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Greenlight Hollywood Series 15 is Here and it Blows Away!

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Greenlight Hollywood mixes are always highly anticipated. They tend to feature cool vehicles from our favorite movies and shows, including cult classics like Family Vacation and The Big Lebowski, or TV shows like AMC's hit series Breaking Bad and Walking Dead. Every Hollywood mix to-date has featured some gems, but Series 15, which is just starting to hit stores and online retailers is the best mix to-date.

Part of Hollywood Series 15's awesomeness results from Greenlight throwing us collectors a bone by including 1/64 scale 'extras' with each car. The Vacation Wagon King gets a plastic Aunt Edna who can be placed on the roof. The Talladega Nights Chevelle gets a cougar and the Walking Dead Mustang comes with survival supplies. Then there are the details. It's not just the details but the creativity of them. For example, the Chevy Van from The Big Lebowski gets patchy, primered paint, a muddy windshield that's clear where the wipers have wiped, and even subtler details on the 'Sobchak Security' logo. Finally, the packaging is great. Which is why I haven't opened any of these. I never thought I'd see Steve Buscemi on the front of one of my diecast pieces. Each package has an informative blurb about the movie/TV show on the reverse too.

My favorite car from the set (if you can't guess yet) is the Big Lebowski Chevy Van. Second place for me has to be the Walking Dead Mustang. I still haven't watched the show, but the color is classic, the paint wear is cool and realistic and there's a message written on the windshield. The big Stacey David 4x4 is a hefty casting, perhaps the heftiest any of the big 1/64 manufacturers make. The Once Upon a Time police cruiser is nicely detailed and I like the brown/white State Trooper livery. The Family Vacation Wagon is becoming overdone, but I still can't pass it up. Of course the Talladega Nights Chevelle is a gem with it's big chrome rims and fat slicks.

Enjoy the photos!




















Happy Collecting!!

From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com

Friday, December 2, 2016

Find Out What Makes this 3-Pack Special...

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So what makes this Hot Wheels 3-pack so special? Is it the Vulture? The Honda S200? The El Superfasto? (I didn't make that up by the way...) Of course, it's the S2K that stands out in this 3 pack, but yeah, I know it's not that special. But it's kind of special to me. Or at least I really appreciated finding it on the pegs.

Last Christmas season, Canadian Wal-Marts got a seemingly endless supply of Hot Wheels 3-Packs. Many of them featured the burnt orange Honda S2000 with white PR5 rims that you see here. I contemplated buying one many times, but of course I didn't. There was and endless supply, right? But as it always seems to go with diecast, the minute you start looking for something, it disappears.

As the year went on I began pursuing the S2000 casting. I went back to Wal-Mart to grab a 3-pack, since surely there would be 5 or 10 left. Alas, they were gone. Every time I was in a Wal-Mart this summer, whether it was in Vancouver, Calgary or elsewhere I checked for that darn orange S2K. I was denied by at least 20 Wal-Marts. I never went out of my way to go to a store just to find the S2K, but every time I was in a store, I checked.

Then something cool happened. Last week I stopped into my local Wal-Mart and noticed a bunch of  'new' 3-packs were out. I saw a Corvette in the first 3 pack that I recognized from last Christmas's onslaught of 3-packs. Something in the back of my brain said S2K, but I didn't dare believe it. I started flipping through the 3-packs anyways, and bingo!, there it was a whole year later and right outside my front door.

So, yeah, I was eluded by a stupid $2 mainline for so long that finally finding it was a massive thrill. We probably all have a similar story, what's yours? Let me know in the comments below. Enjoy the photos! Especially that El Superfasto...




























Happy Collecting!!

From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Licensing Galore: The HW Speed Graphics 5-Pack!

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I was lucky enough to find the HW Speed Graphics 5-Pack at Wal-Mart sooner than I expected to. The casting I'm most excited about is easily the Corvette Grand Sport. It's one of my favorite Hot Wheels Corvette castings. Think of it as the Greenwood of 2nd-gen Vettes. The livery is fantastic on the Grand sport. Clean grayish-silver with sleek, accurate Good-Year tampos on the sides. The second best in the bunch is the Ford GT-40 LM. It gets second place more for being a Ford GT than it does for the deco, although the dark blue and white Sparco livery works well.

The LM and Grand Sport are the gems of the set, but what about the other 3 cars? The GReddy Toyota Supra looks good in red and is 3rd best in the otherwise American-born set. The graphics are a little busy, but the Supra is a worthy casting. 4th and 5th place are a toss up. I kind of like the Dodge Charger Drift in the Hella tampos and matte black paint. It looks cartoonish, but it's a fun cartoonish. The '15 Custom Mustang casting is cartoony as well and I can't get past that. The Penzoil deco is phenomenal, but why not put it on a better Mustang casting like the recent GT350R or even an old school beauty like the Mach 1?

While the HW Speed Graphics set is a worthy 5-pack, it's not a great 5-pack like the recent Exotics set is. I say that for 2 reasons. The first is the lack of front/rear tampos. There is no tampo work on the front or rear ends of any of these cars. That's a shame. I know Mattel wants to present a flashy 5-pack that kids and collectors will grab off the pegs, but are some headlights too much to ask? Secondly, casting choice could've been far better. The Grand Sport, GT-40 LM and Supra made sense, but the Charger could've easily been replaced with the recent Hellcat and the Mustang could've been replaced with any of the other 20 Hot Wheels Mustang castings out there that look better.

I still picked up the pack, and at the end of the day I'm a fan, but it leaves a little to be desired. Enjoy the photos!










































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From : thewesterndiecastreview.blogspot.com