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In the Stores: Hot Wheels (Jul/Aug 2011)

Here’s a look at some of the latest Hot Wheels products that will be appearing in stores and online.* Found anything that isn’t on the list? Please submit it via the contact page, and we’ll update the list to your credit!

Basic releases: Cars you should be seeing in stores now; they are case code ‘L & M’.

New Models: L – ’11 Challenger Drift Car in green; ’11 Corvette Grand Sport in yellow (pic’d); Super Blitzen in orange (pic’d); ’65 Ford Rancharo in red (pic’d); ’63 Studebaker Champ in blue; Hyundai Genesis Coupe in blue (pic’d); M- Fast Cash in red; ‘70 GTO Judge in blue; ’68 COPO Camaro in orange (pic’d); Mini Challenge in red (pic’d); Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-X in white (pic’d); and Diesel Duty in silver (pic’d).

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Vars. HW Collectors Series: L- ’71 Maverick in red; ustom ’56 F-100 in maroon; ’49 Drag Merc. in blue; Ferrari 458 Italia in blue; ’68 El Camino in white/blue; ’71 Dodge Demon in white; ’65 Mustang in burnt red w/flames; ’68 Merc. Cougar in red; ’67 Chevelle SS in black w/HW; Ice Cream Truck in red; ’69 Camaro in maroon; Custom ’53 Chevy in purple; Shelby Cobra 427 S/C in silver; Javelin AMX in burnt orange; ’66 Nova in black w/HW. M- ’63 Corvette in B.red; Passin’ Gasser in lime green; Toyota Land Cruizer FJ40 in white; Bye Focal ll in yellow; ’68 Nova in blue; ’69 Coronet Super Bee in 2tone blue; ’07 Shelby GT500 in black; Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 in red; Nitro Doorslammer in blue; ’69 Firebird T/A in blue w/HW; Charger Drift in red; and Sky Knife in green.

2011 Thrill Racers: L- Toyota RSA in lgt.blue; Nissan Silvia S15 in yellow; M- Off Track in multi-color white; Roll Cage in lgt. green; Ducati 1098R in red; Fire Eater in white.

2011 Track Stars: L- Ultra Rage in black; M- Triumph TRG in yellow. Video Game Heroes: L- Yur So Fast in yellow; M- Surfin’ School Bus in yellow; Night Burner in green.

T-Hunts: L- Custom ’62 Chevy; M- Datsun 240Z; (both supers pic’d).

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Other series:

Hot Wheels Garage/Hot Wheels Vintage (Code “G”): ’70 Monte Carlo; ’71 Challenger; ’65 Merc. Comet Cyclone; ’66 Dodge A-100 Van; ’67 Olds. 442; ’70 Ply. Barracuda Conv.; ’68 Hemi Barracuda; ’70 Road Runner; ’71 Dodge Demon; custom ’67 Mustang Coupe. (all pic’d).

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2011 Monster Jam: No longer reporting on this series.

Hot Ones – (Code “B”): do out now: – Ferrari F40; ’65 Mustang; Ferrari 308 GTS; Baja Breaker; Twin Mill; ’71 Mustang; ’77 Dodge Van; Zombot; Pontiac Banshee; Ferrari 512.

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Coming soon: Nostalgia case “A” Masters of the Universe.

* – Please note that this list was compiled based on information gathered by collectors fromonline research and personal finds at retail locations. The ability to find select pieces will vary based on geographic location and the frequency that your local retailer refreshes their stock.

The "In the Stores" column is brought to you courtesy of the Connecticut Valley Diecast Club

-Pictures courtesy of HotWheelsCollectors.com, 1stopdiecast.com and others.

In the Stores: Matchbox (May/Jun 2011)

Here’s a look at some of the latest Matchbox products that will be appearing in stores and online.* Found anything that isn’t on the list? Please submit it via the contact page and we’ll update the list to your credit!

Basic 100 Line:

Batch D – March 2011 models. I found some pictures of some new cars being sold but, I’m not sure of the case code on these. I put the pictures in but, I have no information as to the MB number of the casting. See the pictures below.

- Porsche 911 GT-3 blue; Ice Cream Van pink; Lotus Europa pink; ’68 Toyota Land Cruiser blue; ’68 Ford Mustang GT CS silver; ’78 Dodge Monico Police; Scraper tan; Corvette ZR1 white; Garbage Truck green; Cadillac CTS coupe silver; Pontiac Firebird Formula blue; ’10 Fisker Karma Hybrid silver; Toyota 4Runner red; Hummer H3 green; Road Roller white.

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“Lesney” Edition

Case Code “ Q” includes a Ford E-350 Ambulance; a “57 Chevy Bel-Air Hardtop; a Chevy Blazer; Chevy Step-side; ’55 Cadillac Fleetwood; Dennis Sabre ladder truck.

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‘Real Working Rigs’

Batch ? (2 models) released Apr./May – Snow Tracker and a MPCV vehicle.

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‘Skybusters’

This is my last report on this line; see pictures below.

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* – Please note that this list was compiled based on information gathered by collectors from online research and personal finds at retail locations. The ability to find select pieces will vary based on geographic location and the frequency that your local retailer refreshes their stock.

The "In the Stores" column is brought to you courtesy of the Connecticut Valley Diecast Club

Images from this post courtesy of Dave Tilley, MB Forums and eBay

 

In the Stores: M2 Machines (Apr/May 2011)

Here’s a look at some of the latest M2 Machines products that will be appearing in stores and online.* Found anything that isn’t on the list? Please submit it via the contact page, and we’ll update the list to your credit!

The Promotions – Standard (492 pieces) and Chase (108 pieces) versions of the ‘49 Merc produced for the 2011 DiecastSpace Super Convention and made their debut in Las Vegas in February. Remaining quantities are available online at 1stopdiecast.com and on the secondary market.

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1:24 Scale – New larger scale releases include a ’65 Ford Mustang 2+2 289 in red or bronze and a ’71 Plymouth ‘Cuda 383 in yellow or white.

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* – Please note that this list was compiled based on information gathered by collectors from online research and personal finds at retail locations. The ability to find select pieces will vary based on geographic location and the frequency that your local retailer refreshes their stock.

The "In the Stores" column is brought to you courtesy of the Connecticut Valley Diecast Club

-Pictures courtesy of M2Machines.com and 1stopdiecast.com.

In the Stores: Johnny Lightning (Mar/Apr 2011)

Here’s a look at some of the latest Johnny Lightning products that will be appearing in stores and online.* Found anything that isn’t on the list? Please submit it via the contact page, and we’ll update the list to your credit

Forever 64 – Release 13: This release includes the ’69 Dodge Charger R/T, the ’70 Plymouth Superbird, the ’72 Chevy Vega – Bruce Larson, the ’69 Chevy Impala SS Convertible, the ’92 GMC Typhoon, the ’68 Shelby GT500, the ’55 Chrysler 300, the ’77 Dodge Monaco, the ’81 Chevy Malibu – Beat the Heat, the Sprint Car – DiecastSpace, the ’77 Dodge Monaco – Demo Derby and the ’65 Chevy Chevelle SS.

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JL 2.0 – Release 5: This release includes the ’87 Ford Mustang – Beat the Heat, the ’72 Vega Wagon – Warren Johnson, the ’87 Buick Grand National – Black w/Flames and the ’09 Dodge Challenger R/T – Mopar Drift car

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Muscle Cars 1:24 Scale – Release 51: This release includes the ’68 Pontiac GTO and the ’49 Buick Roadmaster. – Release 52: This release contains the ’71 Plymouth Duster and the ’68 Chevy Nova.

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* – Please note that this list was compiled based on information gathered by collectors fromonline research and personal finds at retail locations. The ability to find select pieces will vary based on geographic location and the frequency that your local retailer refreshes their stock.

The "In the Stores" column is brought to you courtesy of the Connecticut Valley Diecast Club

-Pictures courtesy of JohnnyLightning.com and others.

In the Stores: Hot Wheels (Mar/Apr 2011)

Here’s a look at some of the latest Hot Wheels products that will be appearing in stores and online.* Found anything that isn’t on the list? Please submit it via the contact page, and we’ll update the list to your credit!

Basic releases: Cars you should be seeing in stores now; they are case code ‘F’; being stocked now.

New Models: Back To The Future Time Machine (pic’d); Danica Patrick 2010 Chevy Impala (pic’d); Porsche 911 GT3 RS in met. gray (pic’d).

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2011 Thrill Racers: Olds 442 W-30 in red; Tread-Air in black; Jet Threat 3.0 in black.

2011 Track Stars: Formula Street in chrome/green.

Video Game Heroes: Fast Fish in blue; Circle Tracker in lgt. blue.

clip_image002[6]Vars. HW Collectors Series: Ford Mustang GT Concept in maroon Fire Dept. (pic’d); ’69 Ford Mustang in HW’s trim; Dixie Challenger in red fire dept.; Tri & Stop Me in white beach patrol; ’67 Pontiac Firebird in met. gray; ’97 Corvette in blue w/flames; Acura NSX in met. gray/red; ’68 Chevy Nova in green; Custom ’53 Chevy in red w/flames; ’71 Dodge Charger in met. pink; Ferrari 458 Italia in met. gray.

T-Hunts: ’64 Pontiac GTO in blue w/flames, (both pic’d).

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Exclusives: WalmartExcl. Colors incl. ’41 Willy’s in white w/HW’s trim; ’69 Ford Torino Talladega in orange; ’70 Monte Carlo in yellow. Easter Eggsclusives: ’08 Viper (pic’d); Brutalistic; Rodger Dodger; VW New Beetle Cup; Blast Lane; Ford Thunderbolt; ’68 Nova; ’69 Camaro Z28.

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Kroger stores: St. Patrick’s Day cars; and Mardi Gras cars. (one each pic’d). K-Day Excl. Colors: ’71 Maverick in green; Chevy Camaro Concept in yellow; Ply. Duster Thruster in purple; ’10 Ford Mustang GT in black.

5-Pack: HW Hot Rods, (pic’d).

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Other series:

clip_image002[12]2011 Garage series: code “C” is in: Ferrari Dino 246 GTS; Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona; ’69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee; ’62 Ford Mustang Concept; ’70 Dodge Hemi Challenger; Corvette Stigray Concept; ’56 Ford Panel; ’57 Chevy Bel-Air. (all pic’d).

Color Shifters: Code ‘D’ is out.

Speed Packs: Code “B” is expected.

HW “Vintage” series: code “D”, is due?

Rapid Transit: Release 2 out now.

IRL – Modern Racing. – Still coming.

2011 Monster Jam: 80 truck series. Case code ‘H’ is out: Thrasher #7; Barbarian #15; Wrecking Crew #26; Pillage Idiot #32; Spike #51; Storm Damage #53; Ironman #54; Spiderman #55; Time Flys #56. (2 pic’d).

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2011 Speed Machines – “A” includes: Panoz GTR-1; ’09 Nissan Skyline GT-R; Lotus Sport Elise; Ferrari 599 XX; ’01 Acura NSX; Ford GT; ’96 McLaren F1 GTR; Porsche Cayman S; Saleen S7; ’09 VW Scirocco GT24; Lamborghini LP 670 SV.

* – Please note that this list was compiled based on information gathered by collectors fromonline research and personal finds at retail locations. The ability to find select pieces will vary based on geographic location and the frequency that your local retailer refreshes their stock.

The "In the Stores" column is brought to you courtesy of the Connecticut Valley Diecast Club

-Pictures courtesy of HotWheelsCollectors.com, 1stopdiecast.com and others.