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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: Matchbox (Feb/Mar 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:

Reports are coming in that some new models are starting to show up in stores. Here is what some people are saying they found: Corvette ZR1; MBX Mover; Honda Insight; VW-Porsche 914-6; Power Lift; Mitsubishi Lancer Evo-X; and some new Caddy Ambulances.

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“Lesney” Edition:

Code “M & N” include: a Cadillac Hearse; a Chevy Blazer; and Chevy Step-side.

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‘Real Working Rigs’:

Code “M” include the four pictured below. Also coming soon are a Tucker Snow Cat and a Road Grader.

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‘Skybusters’ planes:

A WWIIDive Bomber and a Skyfire plane are out now; a Stealth Launch Jet and a F-117 Night Hawk are reported to be released in this line.

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Super Convoys:

The three latest from this line are a Ford C-900 cab and Hopper trailer, a Mega Ton Fire Truck and a MBX cab w/Drt Bulk Hauler.

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Disney Parks Promo’s:

Two promo pieces from Disney theme Parks are out.

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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 1StopDiecast.com, MB Forums and eBay

Holiday Diecast Surprises – Part 2

As I re-capped in a previous post, great times were had at 2008 Connecticut Valley Diecast (CVD) Holiday Dinner. To my surprise, club president Ken Cwikla sent me one of their cool 2008 Holiday Club Cars as a thanks for attending. As you can see from the pictures, they did a great job with both the car and the custom card. Get in touch with Ken via the CVD website if you are interested in obtaining one of these beauties!

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Be sure to check out Part 1 of my Holiday Diecast Surprises series to see what arrived from Johnny Lightning.