Saturday, June 16, 2018

Have You Ever Played It?: Virtual Vending Machine



I looked & looked.  Only pic of  the HWC/RLC "Virtual Vending Machine" I could find was this.

hot wheels virtual vending machine

My search results came back with bunch of different hot wheels vending machines I've never seen or heard about before, but I don't think any of them were presented as the "virtual" vending machine.  

hot wheels virtual vending machine

In reality, I'm sure Mattel employees aren't physically stocking the "vending machine", then press the button, load whatever car dispensed into shipping box.  It's probably employees going through random leftovers & shipping them out to customers at discount.  I've played these "Virtual Vending Machine" gimmick just two times, and both times, I purchased two "pull".  My first one was from the Hot Wheels Club/Red Line Club & it looked like this:

hot wheels virtual vending machine



As soon as the order was completed, I was able to see what I got coming in mail to me & it was a mix of disappointment & boredom.  lol  They get you playing these with the big prizes in mind, like some super rare & coveted cars.  Well, I've always liked playing lotteries too, I had to try it.  My post on GTPlanet soon after:

hot wheels virtual vending machine

$12 per car, shipped, isn't bad for these cars.... except I didn't really want them.  :D  This was back in 2014.

Real reason for this post, I just received two cars from the second attempt at this "virtual vending machine", and this time, it was from the houseofcars.toys(online store).  Their prizes included coveted RLC cars like the pink Bel Air Gasser, even that green spectraflame Silverado(they are both featured on this blog, so take a look!).  This vending machine was more expensive.  $35 a pull.  I'd have bought just one, but it was 50% off on sale, so I had to go for two pulls!(still $35).

In the mail today:

hot wheels virtual vending machine

I'm not gonna lie, I like these two convention M2 cars a lot better than the HWC hot wheels from the first try..... but again, not any cars I was looking to add to my collection.  :/

Anyway, that's it.  I just wanted to share my personal experience with the virtual vending machines.  Would I play it again in the future?  I'd like to say "maybe", but knowing me, it's probably likely.  lol  Unlike with lottery tickets, at least you get something to show for in return amrite.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Car-Nel: Very Rarely Represented Lexus + One Odd Duck

car-nel 1/64 subaru

This link covers all Car-Nel on amiami, but just the first four are the new 1/64 scale cars of theirs(as of June, 2018).  Car in above pic is the one that grabs my attention, but the Subaru preorder is currently sold out.  Oh, well.  Even if I still actively collected minicars, I think I'd be on the fence with Car-Nels anyway due to my previous impression of their cars.  They were Kyosho based cars(these new ones probably are, too).

Still, this Subie looks clean & face it; Detailed Lexus in 1/64 scale are hard to find.  Pics from amiami website:

car-nel 1/64 lexus
Lexus LC500h

car-nel 1/64 lexus lc500h

car-nel 1/64 lfa
2010 Lexus LFA


car-nel 1/64 lexus lfa

car-nel 1/64 nuburgring lfa
Lexus LFA Nurburgring

car-nel 1/64 lexus kyosho


car-nel 1/64 subaru 22b impreza
Subaru Impreza 22B STI

car-nel 1/64 subaru sti impreza

For $23-ish(before shipping), it's not cheap, but it's not crazy expensive.  Again, amiami preorder page is here.  Approach with caution I'd say.  :p

Sunday, June 3, 2018

INNO Models 1/64 Honda Civic

inno 1/64 honda civic ef9

Another one incoming:  INNO Models(INNO website / Facebook).  More Civics.



inno 1/64 honda civic idemitsu

Tough habit to break.  Retro Civic = Buy.  I saw a preorder for this on amiami & I had to give them a shot.  They also had Mugen version as well.  I settled for just plain white(w/decals) + Idemitsu(my fav).

inno64 mugen honda civic 1/64
amiami preorder page




inno 1/64 honda civic decals

inno 1/64 honda civic ef9




For maybe just over $20 a pop, they are not cheap.  I've never heard of INNO Models, but I hope they do well.  It looks like they recognize how successful Civic castings tend to be, but they also wanted to stand out from the rest little bit.  Yes, Civics again, but most collectors don't have Civics like these in their collection.  :)

I also saw this on amiami, but I wasn't feeling the sedan or the livery(just personal taste):



inno 1/64 honda civic eg9

inno 1/64 honda civic eg9

Looking good so far.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

One New Tomicarama, More in the Pipeline?

So, Andy(Epic Collage blog) provides link to photos from the 57th Shizuoka Hobby Show?  It's been long time coming, but I think lot of us seen this new Tomicarama already.  Accelerator 426:

tomicarama yellow blue 2018

It's already available for preorder, about $70(before shipping).

tomicarama accelerator 426

It's a retread we've seen in maybe 3 different Tomicaramas, more if you count the gas stations(same building, 50% size base).  Personally, I didn't find it very exciting.......  WAIT:

tomicarama parking garage

  • Car Lift
  • Garage
Card mentions how compact they are, also says that they are demo/sample, no MSRP, no release dates.  Now, this is new.  They don't do whole lot for me, but at least they are different.  Personally, I'd rather see Fire Station, Police Station, race track, pit, train station, etc., etc.(I'm pulling out from collecting, what do I care. :p)

I'm not sure what to make of it, but the one of the left seems to be cutout section of a larger car garage, one in the middle with the brown car in it is the small garage & open canopy parking thing on the right.  In the pic below, with red car on it seems to be the car lift.  Kinda reminds me of the GreenLight set I have in 1/18.  Better, but still meh for me.  :D


tomicarama auto lift car



Saturday, May 5, 2018

2018 Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Series

2018 Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Series

I know, I really am quitting collecting.  However.  Gran Turismo R34 GT-R?  White Ford GT?  I used to play a lot of Gran Turismo(GT1~3), and I am fond of the original Ford GT, pretty much all Skylines, so I had to do it.  I already have the black Ford GT from the original Gran Turismo release.

2018 Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Series


Hot Wheels Gran Turismo McLaren F1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo McLaren F1 GTR

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo McLaren F1 GTR

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo McLaren F1 GTR

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Mitsubishi 2008 Lancer Evolution

2008 Lancer Evolution

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Mitsubishi 2008 Lancer Evolution

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Mitsubishi 2008 Lancer Evolution

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Mitsubishi 2008 Lancer Evolution

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Megane Trophy

Renault Megane Trophy

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Megane Trophy

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Megane Trophy

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo Megane Trophy

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo '14 Corvette Stingray

'14 Corvette Stingray

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo '14 Corvette Stingray

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo '14 Corvette Stingray

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo '14 Corvette Stingray

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo nissan skyline GT-R r34

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo nissan skyline GT-R r34

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo nissan skyline GT-R r34

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo nissan skyline GT-R r34

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo bmw m4

BMW M4

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo bmw m4

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo bmw m4 safety pace car

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo bmw m4

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo renault sport r.s. 01

Renault Sport R.S. 01

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo renault sport r.s. 01

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo renault sport rs 01

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo renault sport rs 01

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo ford gt white

I used to have pair of black Ford GT & a white Ford GT in 1/18 scale.  I don't have this color in 1/18 anymore, but maybe I should get one again.  Meanwhile, I at least have the pair in 1/64. lmao
  
Hot Wheels Gran Turismo ford gt white

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo ford gt white 2018

Hot Wheels Gran Turismo ford gt white

Headlights are definitely skinny jeans.