Monday, February 20, 2017

Chase vs. Regular: Greenlight 'Lost' 1971 Volkswagen Type 2!

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If you're not checking out our 'Chase vs. Regular' series of posts, you're missing out. It's really a thrill to compare the chase versions of cars with their regular counterparts and denote the differences. Well, it's a thrill for a diecast nerd like me, anyways.

Today, let's look at a VW duo from the Greenlight 'Lost' film reel. Greenlight develops collector tins that are shaped and decorated like film reels. They include 4 vehicles from a themed TV Series or movie. Today's 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 hails from the 'Lost' TV Series Film Reel. I never watched the TV show, but it was certainly popular in its day and the film reel is fantastic, regardless of whether or not you like the TV show. We reviewed the entire film reel here.

The VW Type 2 is easily one of the coolest models in the reel, with it's rusty, worn patina look. The Green Machine keeps all of that detail intact. The chase looks just as much like a barn find as the original, except instead of two-tone blue and white, the blue roof is Green Machine-green, albeit an intentionally deteriorated and dilapidated green. It's a subtle Green Machine, but a sharp looking one. I think you'll agree that this is a fantastic pair! Enjoy...

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All 10 Greenlight 1967 Ford Custom Green Machines!

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We all have that favorite casting from each brand. Sometimes it's hard to choose a favorite, while other times we have a run away winner. M2 is the Econoline van. Kyosho, the VW Golf GTI, Matchbox the Dodge A100 Pickup, and Hot Wheels? Forget it, I can't choose. When it comes to Greenlight, though, the 1967 Ford Custom is hands-down my favorite casting. Naturally, I set out to collect every Green Machine and regular release of this casting. I'm still one away on the regulars, but the Green Machines are up-to-date!

This is the first casting I have all the Green Machines of (castings with more than 1 or 2 releases). I far prefer the green bodied versions to their green-wheeled counterparts, and my favorites are the Bullitt taxi and the Country Roads Series 13 release. I don't have the cajones to open these yet, but I'll show them off packaged nonetheless. So why do I like this casting so much? It's a big old boat, first of all. I love these beefy old 4-doors and I think Greenlight executed this casting a little better than its other two 4-door beasts, the Chevy Biscayne/Impala and 1970's Dodge Monaco.

The '67 Ford Custom is a perfect casting. Bone stock, cop car, or taxi, this casting looks great. The proportions are right, and Greenlight always uses accurate decos and wheels/hubcaps for the era. It's got an opening hood and detailed engine bay too. The other big win for this casting is that it's a basic car in real life. How many Ford Galaxies have we seen in 1/64 scale? Tons. How many Ford Customs/500s? None, until now. Yeah, I know it's based on a Galaxie platform, but the Custom 500 was a stripped down, basic car for taxi companies and police forces. Ford also offered it to budget-crunching civilians. The more diecast companies go towards stock, civilian grocery-getters, the happier I am. Of course, I still love me a Camaro Z/28 or Mustang Shelby GT500, but for now let's appreciate this bone-stock workhorse--Green Machine style. Enjoy!

Hollywood Series 9

Hot Pursuit Series 16

Country Roads Series 13

Black Bandit Series 12

Hollywood Film Reels Series 3

Hitch & Tow Series 5

Hot Pursuit Series 17

Hot Pursuit Series 18

Hot Pursuit Series 20

Country Road Series 15

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Casting-up-to-Date: Hot Wheels Cadillac Elmiraj!

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I'm up-to-date on another casting. If you haven't seen the other castings I'm up-to-date on, you've gotta check 'em out here! I've been fascinated with the Hot Wheels Cadillac Elmiraj since day one. It's got that long, low profile common to the Cadillac coupes of the 1970's but with modern styling. Sleek, long and low, mean and classy are all words that come to mind when I see this casting.

So far it's been mainline only, but we've seen 6 releases in less than 3 years including the debut interior variation. When the Elmiraj debuted in the 2015 Hot Wheels lineup, it had a gray interior. Cadillac preferred a tan interior with that colorway, so a running change was made by the folks at Mattel. The result is an interior variation. The gray is the harder to find of the two, but I managed to find a few on the pegs.

The real life Elmiraj is a concept car that Cadillac unveiled at the 2013 Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach. It remains a concept car to-date, which is a shame because the concept really is quite unique. It's a pillar-less hardtop, something we don't see too often anymore and something that's certainly a nod to the Cadillac coupes of days past. It's a 2-door with seating for 4 and has over 500 ponies under the hood. The result is a beautiful piece of engineering. Sign me up.

Since you can't buy the concept-only Elmiraj, why not enjoy some $1 Hot Wheels replicas? They've done a fantastic and dare I say Matchbox-esque job on this casting! Enjoy...

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