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    Let's do it again in 2068!

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    Japan Historics 2

    December 8, 2018 by 1steditionman

    Sometimes patience pays off. After a little waiting during early 2018, I finally found these at retail. Like last year with the JH-1 cars, these were at the time the most sought-after Car Culture Hot Wheels and, based on the prices they were fetching on the secondary e-markets and their rarity, I thought prices would stay high for the rest of the year, but after a year, it seems Mattel flooded the market a bit and prices have stabilized. These cars can be had for a fair price (can't say the same for JS-1 cars!). Mattel only repeated the RX-3 and I don’t mind a bit. It is by far my favorite car of both series. The Laurel 2000 SGX and the Skyline C210 are new castings and are totally exquisite with minimal tampo and metallic paints. I wasted…

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    Mazda RX-3

    December 8, 2018 by 1steditionman

    I always had a special affinity with Mazda's rotary cars. When I was a kid back in the early 70's it was a statement of coolness to have an RX-2, 3 or 4 in your garage. Eventually Mazda perfected the rotary engine in the RX-7 models, of which we have one or two castings in the Hot Wheels assortment.
    I wish Mattel paused a bit with the Datsun/Nissan cars for a while and focused for a year or two on the fabulous and quite rare pre-RX-7 Mazda rotary cars.
    This example first came out in the Japan Historics Set of 2016, but I foolishly resold the case I got at Walmart on one of those rare days you strike gold by being at the right place and time. But then Mattel released it again in the 2017 Premium Race Day Series and this time I grabbed me a co…

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    A highly coveted Mystery car for 2017. I think this casting is a love-or-hate type of vehicle. I say this because not everyone is into body kits. Body kits tend to age in style rather quickly, making a car like a Ford Mustang look rather goofy after a few years. But this is debatable. Then also not all of them are necessarily functional; all style, little function.
    This model is much more desirable to me than all other previous casting. First, the candy red color really makes this casting pop. I had to get my earlier castings and examine them for casting changes because to me, it looks so much nicer. But no, it is the same Malaysia-made casting which debuted in 2012. Tampos are minimal, less distracting. Y5 wheels are not ideal, but accepta…

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    '32 Ford

    December 8, 2018 by 1steditionman

    '32 FORD
    I first got the original 1998 New Edition Deuce in black with flames and (hideous) Sawblade wheels. Also known as Directional Wheels (DW), there is not one casting with these wheels that I'd pay money for, unless it is a New-for-the-Year casting. They are just incredibly cheesy-looking. These wheels detract so much from the original casting that I just threw it in the 1998 stash and pretty much forgot about it. Then a 2016, the Retool/recolor in red was released. It took my breath away. ZZ TOP-gorgeous! That new shiny red enamel with much nicer flowing flames just gives the car a totally different character. Then to go for the kill, Matty recolored it in metallic blue in the K Case. Awesome.
    This car is not only a looker, but it is …

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