Saturday, June 13, 2020

NOT 1/64 Hot Wheels Collectibles - 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB / 4

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Dirty & beat up packaging, not 1/64 scale, but I couldn't resist.  Hot Wheels Collectibles 1/43 Ferrari.  It's from 1998.  It's interesting & it's FERRARI.  *drool*


Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4

Hot Wheels Collectibles Ferrari

Hot Wheels Ferrari

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Hot Wheels Collectibles Ferrari

Hot Wheels Collectibles 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 1/43

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 (Nova) Wagon Gasser by Nuclear Mindz Design

First of all, congratulations to the Toy Peddler.  Happy 23rd anniversary.  If you haven't joined TTP already, you are missing out.  Great sellers, good deals.  Just like with eBay, sometimes.... STEALS. *drool*

Anywho, I started seeing these ads on TTP late May:

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

These were the pics:

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

At first, gold seems bit much.  I'm crushing on the regular.  By the time of the sale, gold has grown on me..... but since they are listing these at random times throughout the day, I'm banking on the very first listings.  I'll get on first thing in the morning, I'll take whatever I can get.  Here's gold artwork & card.  Viewtiful amirite.

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp gold chase

lee allen The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp gold chase
Cool gimmick on the chase card.


So the Saturday morning.  First day of sale.  I get on at 8 am, *refresh*, *refresh*, *refresh*....  you get the idea.  I think it was 8:08?  one drops, I snatch that sucker & complete checkout process.  It's a regular.  $55.  Not the chase, but it's still limited to 50.  I was stoked.

It arrived today & much props to Hot Wheels, Lee Allen & Nuclear Mindz Design for this amazing custom.  I was surprised to find that it looks even better in person.  Check it out:

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp Nuclear Mindz Design

The Toy Peddler  Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp lee allen nuclear mindz design

The Toy Peddler  Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

The Toy Peddler sticker Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

The Toy Peddler  Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

Nuclear Mindz Design The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp sticker
Love the artwork.  Cool sticker.

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp hot wheels

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp hot wheels

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp hot wheels

The Toy Peddler 23 Year Anniversary Custom '64 Wagon Gasser nova ttp hot wheels limited edition

Autographed, hand numbered card.  Autographed & laminated sheet.  Cool sticker I wish they threw in couple more of(it's so cool! lol).  It's almost overwhelming.  Again, congrats to TTP.  23 years later, still going so strong!  Hot Wheel collectors & sellers, if you haven't already, JOIN.   :)

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend Edition

I got a email from Mattel that this one was shipping, about week ago.  No news yet on the "Rotsun" car with the Real Riders.  I hope it ships soon.  I must say, this car looks a whole lot better in person.   
Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend Rotsun

Really impressed with the rust effect.  While it's no custom, I think it's the best rusted out effect I've seen on a mass production hot wheel/minicar.  At least in my collection.

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend
Nothing painted on the bottom.  It's just glare.


Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend

Hot Wheels Roadkill Datsun 240z Motortrend

Have a great day guys!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Covid 19 Related Shipping Delays from Japan Post

OMG.  I don't know about where you live, but here in the States, another protest turned into looting & rioting.  Attacking police precinct is actually on point, but violent looters & rioters who hijack these things, they mostly attack civilians & private businesses.  *eye roll*



I hope everyone's doing okay in this crazy, horrible..... a crazy-horrible year which we call 2020.  Seriously, what gives.  We started the year with the mega disaster in Australia with the bushfire, we lost Kobe Bryant, Meghan & Prince Harry stepped down from the Royal Family(lmao) etc.  Not long after, we got smacked hard in the head with a sledgehammer -aka- Coronavirus(Covid 19).  This virus killed countless people, pretty much crippled or locked down families, relationships, businesses, transportations, sports(Olympics!) & everything else.

So what can minicarpics blog say relevant to the topic?  Uhhh....  Thanks to the Pandemic, Hot Wheels hunting now requires face masks & six feet distancing.  Duh. 

A selfie with my face mask on. I'm doing it wrong? Well, I don't care.

But wait.  There is more:

For minicar collectors, some hard-to-find JDM items must ship out of Japan.  Tomicas, Kyoshos, ignition models, etc.  Me, I mainly use eBay & amiami.  Shipping charges can be high, wait can be long, but it's so worth it.  Unfortunately, everything changed in late March.

I was receiving my Japanese toy cars just fine earlier in the year, but that changed with items departing towards the end of March.  At first, I thought the delays were expected considering all the Covid 19 related madness all around the world.  I kept checking USPS tracking pages, there were no updates for weeks.  

I found out in late April, due to lack of available flights from Japan to U.S., backlog of mail headed to U.S. effectively crippled international shipping to United States.  I only found out after a heads up from eBay seller japanawesome.  Credit where due, these guys messaged me from eBay how my TLV & ChoroQ Ferraris were returned to them by the Japan Post.  Apparently, items were shipped by SAL(economy), but Japan Post were now only accepting EMS or Air Parcel.  japanawesome gave me option of cancelling the order, or have them reship by Air.  Great customer service.  I asked to please reship & they gave me expedited shipping for $20, or regular air shipping at no charge.  I was in no hurry, so I opted for regular shipping.  

Unfortunately, this is 2020, so it will not slow down with the bad news.  Just days later, Japan Post was now not accepting EMS or Air Parcel.  lol  They can not find available flights to ship anything by air, so now they shipping what they can only by surface(boats).  Packages that are already there, they'll ship in order received, but at the current rate, it may take up to 4 months.  Yay.

I will now list Japanese sellers I ordered minicars from, and how they dealt with those orders in this very trying time.  Note: All sellers responded inquiries promptly & very professionally:




AmiAmi is a large retailer, and I suppose they had the shipping delay information all along on their website.  Since I didn't get any heads up about my old orders, which never arrived, I contacted them.  One of the tracking information actually said that the package was sent back to the sender.

Customer support responded I think within a day & according to them, even if tracking show that package was returned to sender, it likely take weeks for the package to actually reach their warehouse.

I'm told that they are in a holding pattern.  They hope to start shipping again when Japan Post services resume.  They also offer DHL, but I expect that to be a very spendy service.


eBay Sellers:


March 20
No tracking number, no communication until I messaged them late May.  According to the seller, Japan Post still have the item, but they were cancelling the order & refunded my order.  Item relisted with a pricehike.



 March 26
No tracking, no communication until I messaged them asking for tracking in late April.  They request I wait.  2 months later, I'm still hoping for the best.


 March 26
This is the seller I mentioned earlier.  I'm still hoping it goes through, but very impressed with how seriously they take customer service.



 April 10

Seller took initiative, contacted me ten days later, but to cancel the order.  They apologized for the cancellation, citing postal service stoppage.  Re-listed item with a price bump.



April 20
Japan Booster.  What do you say about Japan Booster.  My blog has permanent link to Japan Booster website & eBay store for reason.  COOLEST minicars, SUPERIOR service.  Akiyo, who runs this store would bend over backwards to help you.  

May 18th, I received message from Akiyo stating that they successfully reached an partnership agreement with DHL.  Japan Booster is pulling the packages stuck with Japan Post & resending them with DHL. 


I have a guy at work who's fascinated by Honda T360 pickup.  I also needed to reorder that black TLV F40 another seller cancelled on me, so I took advantage of their free shipping promo($100 or more, 2+ items) & placed another order.


Yippee!  I hope you guys stay safe & wish you a much, much better rest of the year.  :)