The Hot Wheels Porsche 944 Turbo has a stethoscope in the back. The late Ryu Asada designed this casting, his doctor drove a red Porsche 944 Turbo. So the model was a tribute to his doctor. I like these Hot Wheels Easter Eggs, even if this one is a little sad.
June has seen some nice additions to my collection. 5 New Hot Wheels, 4 New Matchbox, 1 old Corgi and 1 very old Dinky.
- ’71 Datsun 510
- Dodge Van with MoonEyes deco
- Nissan R390 GT1
- Mad Manga with Manga deco
- ‘10 Copo Camaro with Pictionary deco
3 of these Hot Wheels models I chose for their deco.
- 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo with opening doors. As a child many of the Matchbox cars in my collection had opening features. Now opening features command a premium price.
- 1976 Honda Civic. I can’t resist Hondas, my favorite Japanese make.
- 1965 Land Rover Safari. This reminds me of the Lesney Land Rover Safari.
- 1956 Aston Martin DBR1. A classic sports car in British Racing Green. (I have three of this same model now).
I also went to Dry Bridge Market this month, where I found an old Corgi DeTomaso Mangusta and an older Dinky Plymouth “Woody” Station Wagon https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/i-found-an-old-corgi-and-an-older-dinky-at-dry-bridge-market-tbilisi/
Totals: 11 Models: 5 Hot Wheels, 4 Matchbox, 1 Corgi and 1 Dinky
9 Bought new 2 bought secondhand
Outlets: 5 Pepela, 4 Carrefour, 2 Dry Bridge Market
Net expenditure: 162.10 Georgian lari ($51.71)
1 lari = 32 US cents
Carrefour, my local supermarket has some new Hot Wheels, these are from the Hot Wheels H Case. I’ve been studying the videos of what to expect from this selection and found 4 of the 6 models, which really interest me.
- Dodge Van (Mooneyes) deco. In the back of the van is a go kart moulded to the interior decor.
- ’71 Datsun 510 The Super Treasure Hunt for this case will be this model but with Real Rider tires and a darker green spectraflame paintjob. Even in the regular version it looks fantastic.
- Nissan R390 GTI. A one off Nissan Supercar, produced as a road version to allow a modified racing version to compete at Le Mans.
- ‘10 Copo Camaro. I got this for the decor. I love the combination of blue and yellow and the Pictionary graphics.
- Toyota Celica. I’m still looking for this.
- Mercedes 500E. I’m still looking for this.
Two further cars, I’m considering
- Mad Manga. This is a car based on the Japanese bouzouki style with Manga graphics.
- Bone Shaker with Mooneyes deco. Bone Shaker is an iconic Hot Wheels model.
The MOONEYES Deco can be seen on many Hot Wheels cars. I don’t intend collecting them all, but I do like the deco, I also liked the Hot Wheels anniversary deco, which was used on many cars. With the addition of the Dodge Van, I have three vehicles with the Mooneyes Deco now, the other two being VW Beetle based: a Custom Beetle and a ‘49 VW Beetle Pick Up. Dean Moon (May 1, 1927 – June 4, 1987) established a company making parts that became an icon in the hot rodding industry.
With Lockdown still very much present, I haven’t been able to do much hunting for diecast cars. There was a small window when the shops were open around New Year and I picked up a Matchbox Jeep Wrangler from the Jurassic World Series, this could be the last new Matchbox car I find in Tbilisi, as the brand hasn’t been distributed here since 2018.
The other cars I can add are those I found in my local supermarket, where I go to find my food and other provisions. Carrefour has recently stocked some new 2021 Hot Wheels from the A case. I added a couple of these this month to add to the few I picked up last month see: Monthly Acquisitions December 2020. I have most of the ones I want I even left a few that were quite tempting like the 2018 Bentley Continental GT3, Mercedes A Class and the Chevy Nova Wagon Gasser.
I added a 2019 Audi R8 Spyder, I have a few R8s in my collection, I find it a good model for comparing diecast brands as many have cast this model. The Hot Wheels model is nice and clean with tampo decorations on the front and rear. I also picked up a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo in a fetching metallic blue, not the Super Treasure Hunt unfortunately but still an attractive model.
Totals: 3 Models: 2 Hot Wheels, 1 Matchbox
3 Bought new
Outlets: 2 Carrefour, 1 Pepela
Net expenditure: 27.70 GEL ($8.38)
1 lari = 30 US cents
Carrefour has finally got some new Hot Wheels, there hadn’t been any new stock since the Pandemic impacted on Georgia in March. The first car I got was the Nissan Fairlady Z, before the new stock arrived. I didn’t at first realise the new stock had arrived, I was just in Carrefour doing my grocery shopping and I noticed a Toyota AE 86 Sprinter Trueno in Falken Tires deco, it looked impressive but I wasn’t aware it was a new model. The following day I returned to Carrefour to see what else they had and found the X-34 Landspeeder, a model of Luke Skywalker’s ride from Star Wars, I liked this so much I bought two, also I bought a Triumph TR6 in an eye-catching metallic green. I had the Triumph before in yellow, but it looks better in green. I was able to resist some other tempting Hot Wheels models like a Chevy Nova Gasser and the Barbie Campervan. I didn’t find a Jaguar F Type or a blue Nissan 300SX, which my research suggests should also have been in the 2021 A Case. I shall be looking out for those two on future visits.
Totals: 5 Models: 5 Hot Wheels
5 Bought new
Outlets: 5 Carrefour
Net expenditure: 39.50 GEL ($12:02)
1 lari = 30 US cents
Since the Pandemic hit in March, there has been no new Hot Wheels stock in Tbilisi. Today, I found this Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno (2021 issue) in Carrefour (a supermarket).
I returned to Carrefour to take this photo of the pegs, sorry its a bit blurred, Carrefour don’t like customers taking photos, so it was taken rather surreptitiously. As you can see there are some new models like the ’19 Mercedes Benz A Class and also they still have some of the 50th Anniversary models from 2018!
I hadn’t even realised at the time it was new, I thought I might have overlooked it previously, a lot of the stock here is still 2018 models like the Hot Wheels 50th anniversary models.
The last three cars I bought were all JDM models, I can’t access secondhand shops and markets because of the lockdown, also non-essential shops are closed, so it was a surprise to find new Hot Wheels stock in the supermarket, I had visited to stock up on food not diecasts.
List of the cars expected in the 2021 A case: 0:25 – Hyperfin 0:33 – 2010 Chevy Impala 0:40 – Toyota Off-Road Truck 0:48 – ’19 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0:55 – HW Warp Speeder 1:00 – ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser 1:15 – RV There Yet 1:22 – ’96 Porsche Carrera 1:28 – 2010 Chevy Impala 1:35 – 2019 Audi R8 Spyder 1:43 – ’64 Chevy Chevelle SS 1:50 – Buns Of Steel 2:04 – ’10 Pro Stock Camaro 2:12 – Hi-Roller 2:19 – Barbie Dream Camper 2:32 – Quad Rod 2:39 – ’86 Monte Carlo SS 2:46 – Tooned Twin Mill 2:59 – Rodger Dodger 2.0 3:06 – ’52 Chevy 3:21 – ’70 Dodge Charger R/T 3:28 – ’86 Monte Carlo SS 3:35 – Hot Wheels Ford Transit Connect 3:48 – Electro Silhouette 3:56 – Baja Bone Shaker – Regular Treasure Hunt 4:10 – Carbonator 4:19 – Road Bandit 4:27 – Knight Draggin 4:34 – 2018 Bentley Continental GT3 4:58 – ’19 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5:06 – ’32 Ford 5:12 – ’10 Pro Stock Camaro 5:25 – X-34 LandSpeeder 5:36 – Mad Propz 5:44 – Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – Regular version (this model is the Super TH to look for) 6:13 – 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 6:21 – Aero Pod 6:28 – Big-Air Bel-Air 6:36 – Mattel Dream Mobile 6:43 – Electro Silhouette 6:51 – Aero Pod 6:58 – Corvette C7 Z06 7:07 – Hyperfin 7:19 – Rigor Motor 7:26 – Corvette C7 Z06 7:32 – 2019 KIA Stinger GT 7:38 – Veloci-Racer 7:53 – Retro-Active 8:00 – 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 8:08 – Veloci-Racer 8:14 – 2019 KIA Stinger GT 8:20 – ’70 Dodge Power Wagon 8:30 – Knight Draggin 8:43 – Barbie Dream Camper 8:49 – ’69 Camaro 9:06 – 2019 Audi R8 Spyder 9:12 – X-34 LandSpeeder 9:19 – Tanknator 9:30 – Triumph TR6 9:37 – Poison Arrow 9:46 – Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile – Non ID chase version 10:06 – Rodger Dodger 2.0 10:11 – ’64 Corvette Sting Ray 10:17 – T-Rextroyer 10:28 – Big-Air Bel-Air 10:35 – ’64 Chevy Chevelle SS 10:41 – ’70 Dodge Charger R/T 10:52 – Mattel Dream Mobile 11:02 – ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser 11:11 – Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno
I had a blogpost about this, which was gaining the most views of any of my posts on this blog, so I thought I’d make a video of the same topic and here it is.
The Lamborghini Countach Pace Car: I really like this recent Hot Wheels casting, I love Lamborghinis. I like that this casting has a light bar, some recent “police cars” have just had the police tampo decoration with no light bar, which looks a bit cheap. The Countach makes an odd police car, it would have the speed to catch the crooks but no rear seats to put them in once caught….it is also a very low car…and maybe too small for your average cop.
When I was 14, I cycled, with my friend Andy Jarvis, to Henley-upon-Thames, where there was a showroom for exotic cars, Maltins Car Concessionnaires, this was over 4o years ago. In the showroom they had a few Porsches and even a Ferrari and out the back there was a Lamborghini Countach, they were fixing for some oil sheikh. It must have been a slow day for sales, as the salesmen were happy to entertain two young teens with no means of buying an exotic car, they even allowed us to sit in the Lamborghini, I remember it was almost like sitting on the floor, it was so low to the ground, its height was just 1.07 metres or 3 feet 6 inches. The Lamborghini Countach was for the late seventies, what the Bugatti Veyron is today, and collecting it in miniature kindles those fond but distant memories.
As a Pace Car, the Lamborghini Countach makes more sense. In motorsports a pace car or safety car, limits the speed of competing cars on a racetrack in the case of a caution period such as an obstruction on the track or bad weather. The pace car will enter the track ahead of the leading car and lead the field at a pre-determined safe speed. The pace car will usually be a prestigious high performance production car, the Lamborghini Countach would be ideal for this.
Hot Wheels has an international market and has cars from many different international markets. JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) is very popular among collectors at present. Volkswagen, too, caters to an international market, its Brazilian subsidiary Volkswagen do Brasil (‘Volkswagen of Brazil’) designed some cars exclusively for the Brazilian market. Hot Wheels has reproduced two of these, the VW Brasilia, a compact hatchback and the VW SP2 a sports coupe, looking similar to the Ford Capri.