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Discussion in 'Scale Vehicle Collectors and Fans' started by Teoman, Nov 20, 2016.
All my diecast 1/64 scale 1970-71 Plymouth Barracudas:
got these on the 7th this month.
#7 of 40
sorry for horrible pics... xD
First cars of March 2019
Story time for me.
If anyone follows Lamley Group or Orange Track Diecast you may have seen my ranting about how bad Mattel's distribution in my area is. I live in the sububs and commute to the city, so I have access to anlot of stores covering a large area (I regularly check 4 kmarts, 4 targets, and 2 walmarts). For whatever reason, none of these stores stock Matchbox at all and this year they have all stopped stocking Hot Wheels premium lines, and they are all still on C cases for the mainlines. Those 2 Walmarts usually only peg 2 sets of the HW Walmart exclusive lines, so I usually only see half a set on the pegs by the time I get there. It's been a long time since I've been able to get a decent purchase and I've been missing out on a lot of nice stuff. However, I'm visiting family this week and have been frequenting the Targets and Walmarts here. Yesterday I got a nice mini haul from Walmart. I've haven't seen such a big diecast section in a store since Toys R Us shut down, it was beautiful.
Also, for the first time I bought some used stuff off of ebay. One was a single car (2002 release of Dog Figher as that particular release has sentimental value to me) and a random lot of 30 cars from the late 90's. No idea how this is gonna go...
My local Walmarts haven't received any of the Car Culture Dragstrip Demons or Shop Trucks for some reason.
Also, the worst "peg warmers" I've seen are the 50th Anniversary Datsun 510, Ford Galaxie and Econline Pickup, but I have only seen a couple of the Camaro, Chevy Gasser, and the Lil Red Express truck.
Shop trucks came and went around here. '62 Chevies flew off the pegs, but the Subaru hung around until early march. The red Econolines continue to warm three sets of pegs. Fortunately, something really peculiar happened - both Dragstrip and Circuit mixes showed up and got put out on what appeared to be temporary pegs keyed to a single specific casting in the mix.
As for the 50th anniversary line, I can tell you that the Dodge truck is fewer-per-case than the rest.
Time to report on my mystery ebay lot of 30. Pics are sorted by the release theme with miscellaneous at the end.
(Doing this on mobile so I'm just gonna hope I got all the pics without duplicating any)
I'm amazed at how great of condition they are all in.
Previously the oldest release in my collection was a 2001 which I found on the pegs at Target in 2018. I'm surprised how many releases I recognize. Feels a bit cheaty to get things second hand, but after a few years of collecting and with being interested in so much Mattel released before I started collecting (and with the distribution issues I mentioned in my last post) , I figured it's time to try this out.
My favorite is certainly that Flying Tiger Charger Daytona. The Dogfighter was a nice surprise as I have the 2002 mainline release on it's was from the other aforementioned purchase.
Since I've been collecting on and off for a relatively short amount of time and until now have never bought anything second hand, I don't have a full collection of any casting (obviously not counting recent new releases). The Dog Fighter, Brazilian Charger, and Custom 1953 Caddilac are the castings I currently want to try completing a collection of. Got a nice head start with a Brazilian Charger and a Dog Fighter in this purchase. I find the Brazilian Charger and '53 Caddy interesting vehicles IRL and sadly often overlooked castings (when I say I find the real 1953 Caddy interesting, I mean all flower cars from that era).
Considering it's my first ebay experience ever and these are so old and a "random" lot, I am very happy with this. Of course these are mostly out of the scope of what I try to collect, but the cool factor of how old these are makes up for it.
I've discovered that there's a semi-ironclad rule to buying vintage carded cars - you'll inevitably find a loose example shortly afterwards.
I spent 2-3 years trying to complete a loose collection of the mixed signals series (your second photo above) - and I only found the corvette and bus loose after I bought and opened carded versions. I even eventually wound up replacing the Nissan because the loose one I found was in such miserable shape. So much for my idea of "complete set - any condition".
I haven't the heart to bump my rough-shape Street Roader though. That one carries some personal weight, as it used to belong to someone important to me.
Some Walmart/Target finds
Picked these up at Five Below today.