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Mike Zarnock talks about the Kmart Hot Wheels Collectors Event 9.14.2013

Diecast Stories: Time flies when you’re having fun!

Hi everyone.  It’s been a while since we last got together.  I am so glad to see Diecastaudio.com back up and running again!   The collecting world has seen a lot of new items come out since my last DCA article, and I am sure everyone tuning in has been through many changes in the last 1 ½ years as well.

As far as diecast collecting, I have firmly entrenched myself in the “BUY WHAT I LIKE” frame of mind.  I still pretty much exclusively collect 1:64 scale cars but the shift has definitely been towards the most realistic cars from each manufacturer.  That’s still a wide range of cars from all the current diecast manufacturers as well as those no longer with us.  When showing off my collection, which I so rarely get to do, I love the spark of recognition from people when they see a car they recognize or from their childhood rather than the puzzlement when they try to dissect a fantasy casting.  That is why I continue to gravitate to older diecast from what I call the “GOLDEN AGE” of 1:64 scale; the 60’s thru the early 80’s.  There are still some great Yatming, Zylmex, Corgi Junior and many other cars that I crave!

I recently picked up some great Impy and Playart models at a local train show and my first Marx truck at a local truck show.

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When I am not collecting cars I love to follow the latest news on quite a few diecast chat boards.  I have seen the excitement from collectors about the upcoming AUTOWORLD diecast line and frankly I have to agree with their anticipation for this line!  With cars like a 1961 Dodge Dart, 1976 Caddy Coupe De Ville, 1966 Chevy Impala SS, and 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger as well as several other great looking castings, this line is sure to excite the passion in many collectors.  I can’t wait for these cars to come out!

I have also read about the looming demise of Johnny Lightning at the hands of Tomica. This is especially troubling news to hear and believe since JL has begun to bring out some of their best castings in recent years in some great color/tampo combinations.  It takes guts to put out castings like a stock Jeep Wagoneer, 1965 I-H pickup, and 1973 Chevy Caprice Estate Wagon.  I made a point of saying these exact words to Tom Zahorsky from Johnny Lightning when I was at the February 2013 Las Vegas Diecastspace.com convention.  He thanked me for my encouragement and enthusiasm in the JL line. Castings like those just mentioned are exciting to someone like me who loves the oddball in everything.  I hope, nay pray, the reports of JL’s imminent death have been greatly exaggerated and they will prevail and restart distribution of some great cars!

I have to say that I have been pretty much disappointed with the way Mattel has handled Matchbox’s 60th Anniversary this year.  There could have been so many other ways to honor this bedrock of the diecast world and what has transpired seems like broken road of missed opportunities.  The choice of castings in the 60th line is uninspired.  While the packaging of the 60th cars is retro-cool; the execution of most of the cars themselves with their respective tampo and wheel designs are generic at best.  There are a few bright spots but overall the results have been disappointing.  Distribution has been haphazard and clunky as well.    Mattel could have re-introduced beloved older castings from the past 60 years with new colors and wheels much like the limited edition Superfast line of a few years ago!  With such a legacy of castings in their history, the choices made today seem puzzling.  The backlog of many 60th cars on the pegs of my local stores should attest my feelings and pretty much the feelings of other collectors around.  This disenchantment also extends to the 1-100 line of Matchbox cars but for other reasons.  It seems to me that Mattel has been gearing Matchbox to be their entry level diecast to appeal to “KIDS”.  That is a great idea, hook’em young since playing with toy cars ends much earlier than ever for young children these days.  But there are adult collectors of the 1-100 line; much like the adult collectors of the basic Hot Wheels mainline car.  However  Matchbox enthusiasts seem to have less and less to get excited about in the Matchbox basic line than ever before.  There are a few bright spots so all hope may not be lost but it gets dimmer every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collecting Hot Wheels however has been more varied than in recent years but that is definitely a double edged sword.  While there are so many lines to choose from there are also so many repeat castings across all lines and strange casting choices and themes in the Adult lines. I think things have become a little repetitive and boring.   The recent Nostalgia line that included themes like the Jolly Green Giant and Old El Paso Mexican foods seem like Mattel marketing is grasping at straws.  However; one upcoming line of Hot Wheels I am most excited about is the Cool Classics line!  These cars definitely harken back to the Classics and Modern Classics lines of a few years ago.  There seem to be some great casting choices with updated spectraflame colors and YES; a definitive sense of COOL!  I have read that some collectors are already putting together their wish lists of what they would like to find so these may be hard to find for many of us. That just keeps things lively!!  Modern Classics are still so dearly missed by many collectors, many of whom just couldn’t find them where they live!  I also enjoy collecting the great TV/Movie themed Nostalgia lines which give me hope of the things to come with Hot Wheels.  They have such great updates of older castings while introducing new ones for us to drool over.

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least I don’t want to leave out M2 and Greenlight. I love these lines of cars and their detail and packaging are truly first rate!  I have yet to find a Gold Machine or Green Machine but I am not dismayed.  Again, I only collect the castings I like but and there are many from these two upstarts that I really enjoy.  Unfortunately, I find myself staring at a lot of retreads of the same castings with hardly any new blood introduced. There appears to be more new models being introduced to the online hobby retailers, but their supply seem somewhat limited and tend to sell out quickly when met with such great enthusiasm from the collector world. I hope both GL and M2 can jump-start new model development and cure some of their mass market distribution issues so they can make all of their wonderful machines available to all collectors.

 

 

 

 

 

Two lines I would love to see more of in the U.S. are Majorette and Tomica.  I know there are reports of some Majorettes being found in some specialty toy retailers around the country but so far none in my area. Hopefully more and more retailers, specialty or otherwise will carry these.  If anyone knows of a retailer in the New Jersey selling new Majorettes, let me know!  Regarding Tomica, I know they have been accused of trying to submarine Johnny Lightning [that is still open for debate] and that they tried to re-enter the market via Toys R Us and Wal-Mart  but that attempt was confusing at best bordering on disastrous! I hope this changes but for now, I have a few good Tomica sources for new items and will continue to utilize those outlets.

There are plenty of other manufacturers that are making some great products that I haven’t mentioned like Oxford and Kyosho but that is only because I can stretch myself only so far.  That is not to say these lines don’t interest me, they definitely do, but I just don’t have the space to start collecting them so I have to sit on the sidelines and watch longingly from afar.  “I’ve never been there but the brochure looks nice!”

Now  that Diecastaudio is back up and running I hope to entertain you more regularly [so long as you’ll have me do so] with articles about collecting in today’s market from a collector’s point of view.  I wish DCA well on its reinvigorated journey and hope to see it flourish and grow.   As always I would love to hear all your comments about my article, good, bad, and ugly.

Introducing The 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels® Special Edition


Introducing The 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels® Special Edition by Chevrolet

We know what you’re thinking, and no, you’re not dreaming. We took one of the most iconic toys to ever hit the shelves and turned it into one of the coolest real-life production Camaro models to date. We understand that you’re probably not convinced.

You’re probably thinking this is something only a genie could grant you after being coaxed out of a magic lamp. Or a far-fetched ending to some feel-good Hollywood movie. Well you can stop rubbing that lamp and put away the popcorn ’cause the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition is truly coming to life. And boy is it cool.

Remember spending countless hours pretending to roar around orange plastic racetracks, while you had to make your own engine noises? Or how about when you begged your mom to let you play for just five more minutes because you were in the middle of the biggest race of your Hot Wheels career? Of course, those are memories that you’ll never forget, but wouldn’t it be great to take this Kinetic Blue beauty straight out to the pavement for some real-life, awe-inspiring fun? You could even bring your mom along. Just don’t be surprised if this time around, you find her begging you for five more minutes.
Inspired by one of the sixteen original Hot Wheels toy cars, one glance will leave anyone in awe, as they fawn over the black painted 21″ red-striped wheels, black grille surround with red pinstripe, black racing stripe, and Hot Wheels logos on the front fenders, decklid and front seats.

This limited, special edition Camaro is a dream come true for millions of fans, collectors and anyone who remembers feeling that kid-like sense of wonder. - Chevorlet.com

There are only two words that come to mind after reviewing this amazing 2013 Hot Wheels Special Edition Chevy Camaro at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York, SHARP AND STYLISH! This new 2013 Camaro will be available for order October 29th, 2013! As a Hot Wheels enthusiast and collector there is nothing more amazing than having the opportunity to see a full-scale 2013 Camaro designed after the 1:64 scale Hot Wheels model! Check out these awesome pictures below and don’t forget to comment and share your thoughts!!




In The Stores: Auto World ‘True 1:64 Scale’ Mid Line

August 2013

Auto World is excited to introduce an all-new line of 1:64 accurately scaled die-cast cars. The new die-cast lines are designed in TRUE 1:64 scale all the way down to the finest details, wheels, and tires. The attention to detail of these vehicles is world-class and the line is designed to bring customers back to their younger days. Kids of all ages will be excited to find their favorite cars, and relive their childhood, with these high quality fast-rolling little machines. The mid-line version has a die-cast body and chassis with 2-piece knurled axle (dumbbell-style) with correctly matched and scaled rims and rubber tires, it also includes a mini box to protect your car once removed from the package. Most models will have opening hoods with a multi-piece engine.

Mid Line Features:
• Release includes six new vehicles
• Die-cast body and chassis
• Two-piece wheels with rubber tires
• Detailed interior
• Opening hood with detailed engine
• All NEW tooling
• True 1:64th scale
• Blister carded with QR codes
• Bonus mini box – unique car art
• Two releases per year
• Two colors per car per release
• Access to virtual “Auto World Garage”

This New ‘True 1:64 Scale’ Line Release A & Release B plan to be released August 2013 by Auto World.

1971 Dodge Dart - Release A1971 Dodge Dart - Release B

1971 Dodge Dart Release A / Release B

1976 Cadillac Coupe Deville - Release A1976 Cadillac Coupe Deville - Release B

1976 Cadillac Coupe Deville Release A / Release B

1966 Chevy Impala - Release A1966 Chevy Impala - Release B

1966 Chevy Impala Release A / Release B

1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 - Release A1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 - Release B

1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 Release A / Release B

1961 Dodge Phoenix - Release A1961 Dodge Phoenix - Release B

1961 Dodge Phoenix Release A / Release B

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe - Release A1969 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe - Release B

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe Release A / Release B

The “In the Stores” column is brought to you courtesy of Tom’s Diecast Cars.
Images & text are property of Auto World and are being used for reference only.

In The Stores: Auto World ‘True 1:64 Scale’ Regular Line

August 2013

Auto World is excited to introduce an all-new line of 1:64 accurately scaled die-cast cars. The new die-cast lines are designed in TRUE 1:64 scale all the way down to the finest details, wheels, and tires. The attention to detail of these vehicles is world-class and the line is designed to bring customers back to their younger days. Kids of all ages will be excited to find their favorite cars, and relive their childhood, with these high quality fast-rolling little machines.

Regular Line Features:
• Release includes 6 new vehicles
• Die-cast body/plastic chassis
• Two piece detailed wheels
• All NEW tooling
• True 1:64th scale
• Blister card 4-color, 2-sided
• Two releases per year
• Two colors per car per release
• Access to virtual “Auto World Garage”

This New ‘True 1:64 Scale’ Line Release A & Release B plan to be released August 2013 by Auto World.

1967 Buick Gran Sport- Release A1967 Buick Gran Sport - Release B

1967 Buick Gran Sport Release A / Release B

2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible - Release A2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible - Release B
2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible Release A / Release B

1984 Camaro - Release A1984 Camaro - Release B

1984 Camaro Release A / Release B

1966 Pontiac GTO - Release A1966 Pontiac GTO - Release B

1966 Pontiac GTO Release A / Release B

2012 Corvette Z06 - Release A2012 Corvette Z06 - Release B

2012 Corvette Z06 Release A / Release B

1967 Corvette 427 - Release A1967 Corvette 427 - Release B

1967 Corvette 427 Release A / Release B

The “In the Stores” column is brought to you courtesy of Tom’s Diecast Cars.
Images & text are property of Auto World and are being used for reference only.