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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The move is on. Give us the day, and we will give you a lot more soon...

This is us:

Yes, we are moving.  From one city to another.  Out of the suburbs and right into the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah.

So if you don't mind, give us the day.  And we promise to come back better than ever next week.  We have a lot of cool stuff planned for once this long process is moving is over, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, check our Facebook page for some of our favorite articles from the Lamley Archives.  We will post them periodically throughout the weekend.  Should be a fun read.

And before we go, a big thanks to all of you for making this labor of love so much fun.  It started with me sharing a few photos, and it has become so much more.  What you collectors have done for others, including Doug at T-Hunted who had his computer stolen at gunpoint, for Amanda, who is battling MS and still doing all she can to raise funds for MS research, and for little Ethan, who has finally made it home from the hospital after his long battle with a very serious case of pneumonia.  We are asked all the time who the "Group" in "Lamley Group" is.  It is becoming apparent that it is all of you.  Let's keep it up...

Our friend Ethan, getting ready to leave the hospital.

First Look: Matchbox Alfa Romeo 4C...

They're baaaaaaack...

No, not Matchbox.  That "Matchbox is back!" statement gets used a lot every time Matchbox releases something cool.  In all honesty they never did leave, they just hid for a bit.  They've popped up before, getting collectors giddy with models like the Foxbody Mustang Police, just not that often.

What we are talking about is Matchbox Alfa Romeos.  The Alfa 4C marks the first Matchbox Alfa Romeo since the "don't make it a color other than red or white" Giulia Sprint, and it is nice to have Alfa back.  You might remember, a few years ago Alfa Romeo licensors approved the Giulia Sprint for a 2007 release, but when Matchbox tried to do a color other than red or white, the only factory colors offered on that model, Alfa would not grant permission.

Hence, after several red and white versions, Matchbox retired the casting, but it is still fun hunting down those red or white versions you don't have.  (Be careful, some of the differences on them can be quite subtle.)

And as popular and loved as the Giulia Sprint was, it looks like the 4C will match.  It is a fantastic model, full of old-school Matchbox traits: proportioned wheels, accurate lines, front and rear tampos, and a nice stance.  The real 4C is small, quick and gorgeous, and the Matchbox looks the part.

So is Matchbox back?  Who knows, and who cares.  It may not be as frequent as it was a few years ago, but Matchbox is still putting out great models...

We were lucky enough to get this example from Tom at mdcmonline, who has been selling Matchbox for years.  You can find them on eBay or you can email Tom directly to see if he has what you are looking for.

Matchbox Alfa Romeo 4C (2014 New Models):

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some long lost Hot Wheels variations from the old days: Anyone lucky enough to have these?

I was going through some old pics the other day, and came across some photos I took back in 2007 of my Hot Wheels variation collection at the time.  Crazy to think I used to have these.

I sold them all when we moved, and have lost track as to where they went.  Hopefully there are some happy collectors out there:

The FTE flamed Dodge Charger?  I sold it for $925.  I don't remember what I sold the others for, but I did end up buying a lot of new furniture for the new house at the time.

The model I am most curious about now?  The red-wheel Dieselboy.  Designed by a new Hot Wheels designer named Jun Imai, apparently he didn't like the the red wheels, and they were changed to chrome.  A few red got out, and the rest is history.  I have not seen one emerge anywhere at anytime.  Anyone lucky enough to have one?  Or know someone who does?

Case Report: Opening a Hot Wheels 2015 International J Case...

Alright here is another.

This is what happens when Mattel is catching up after the dock strike, or whatever else has been going on.  Whatever the reason, Wheel Collectors has spent the last three days bound up in their shop fishing through not one, but two batches, H and J.

And as always, we asked them to document the opening of both cases.  We showcased the H Case yesterday, and today we go through the J Case.  For a lot of you, we might as well just show the 1970 Ford Escort and skip all the other models, as the Escort is what so many of you are clamoring for.

But there is more, and as always, Wheel Collectors has documented all as they open the case and pull the models 3-by-3.


Hot Wheels 2015 International J Case:

While is has some very nice models (the Escort and satin red Chevelle stick out), this one isn't as, say, eventful as the H case.  H had a large array of models, plus a regular we like and a Super.  This J Case  didn't even contain a regular TH.

But that is ok, there is plenty to like.  But enough with the case reports.  Let's go photograph a model...