In the grand scheme of things, Hot Wheels and Corgi Juniors cars dominate my personal diecast collection, with myself having a disregard for Maisto, Majorette, Realtoy and other manufacturers of diecast cars. In the last few months my collection has swelled to include a third brand of castings that normally it's fanbase is confined to the Asia-Pacific region. However, back in November 2017, I found 2 old cars from Tomica, made in Japan during the 1970s. The pair got me started on what has morphed into a growing sector of the collection, Tomica cars. My Hot Wheels Collection is still my main area of collecting with particular favour being given to Japanese road icons such as the DR30 and BNR34 Skylines, Honda City Turbo, the Mitsubishi Lanc…Read more >
My Japanese hot whels car pictures: (我の日本ホットホイール車写真)
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When it comes to Hot Wheels, I love them, I love how detailed they've become, and I love collecting. But, back in the 1970s and 1980s, there was one serious Rival from Britain....Not Matchbox, who was also from Britain at the time, Corgi Juniors, the die-cast car wing of Mettoy UK. It was rare then for Hot Wheels and Corgi to make castings of the same car, as both catered to different markets as their mainstay source of revenue.
Corgi, being from the UK, made mostly European models into castings, vehicles like the Volvo 245 DL, Land Rover Series III, Jaguar E-Type 2+2 and the topic of this post; the Jaguar XJ-S. The XJ-S was the V12-powered Luxury Grand Tourer that replaced the E-Type in 1975. In 1978, Corgi and Hot Wheels made their own ve…Read more >
A few months back, I was able to find the Honda Civic Si (2006) from the Mystery Models at a Wal-Mart store. The reason I bought the casting after first getting my hands on the elusive Flight '03 from the same Line is because the livery seemed very in-tune with the liveries I remember seeing in Honda TV ads when I was in Elementary school. The red paint coupled with the black, silver and white tampos was just so reminiscent of the cars on the showrooms and dealership promos from when I used to live in Winnipeg. At that time, the 2006 Civic Si was the model being sold in the showrooms and on the way to the supermarket my mother would drive past the rows and rows of dealerships, all of them touting their best. Honda, Ford, Suzuki, …Read more >