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  • *** Show us your "TOP 10" Diecast Additions of 2019!! ***

    This was fun last year when 250 TR started it at Swifty's. I thought it might be nice to do it again for 2019 in our new Diecast Garage. Here's how Ben introduced the concept...

    Here are my top 10 cars I added for 2018. Some old and some new. I thought I’d post them to see if others wanted to share their personal favorites from the year as well. I know it’s hard to choose sometimes but take your best shot. They can be older releases or new releases but just cars that were your personal favorites for the year. If you don’t want to do 10, top 1, top 3, top 20, it all works. What makes them your favorite?

    I'll start with two models I've been waiting 28 years to see done stock in small scale, now wonderfully executed by Tomica Limited Vintage Neo. The second generation Honda/Acura Integra. (Click any photo below for a closer look.)

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    These are very close to my '92 Integra, and I look forward to new colors in the new year, and hopefully someday one that will match mine perfectly.

    Next, the Auto World Buick wagon in the blue color and model year that mirrors a Le Sabre that was in the family back in the day. Just outstanding! It's joined by the Greenlight Mustang II, which has finally been done right.

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    I like to include some older models I picked up for a song, so here are a couple of vintage, blister-fresh Hot Wheels I got for $2 each at a flea market. I've long had other versions of the castings, but patiently waited to find these designs at a nice price.

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    There were plenty of very nice new Hot Wheels added in 2019, but nothing that qualified for my "Top 10" list.

    On the other hand, Matchbox brought many very pleasant surprises that left a lasting impression.

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    A few years ago if you were to tell me Matchbox would make an '83 Riviera and a '75 Caprice in 2019, I would have bet against it. Yes, the Riviera has a few challenges to nitpick, but it is better in hand than in photos... and one hopes they will fix the error they made with the non-chrome grille/bumper, just as they did with the second run of the Caprice.

    Two other sweet surprises are the Subaru SVX and Dodge Charger.



    We've already sung the praises of the SVX, but the Charger is an underrated casting that hasn't received it's due, in my opinion. The design is great, and represents the Charger you would most typically see on the road (as opposed to the hi-po models that tend to get done first by Hot Wheels and the premium brands). I'm happy to see this model done so well, and look forward to new colors in the future. Just look at the rear tampos...

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    The same team is working this magic on many blue-card models, too, like the Bugatti, Jaguar, Land Rover, and various Japanese models this year, but I'm happiest to see my first collecting love -- Matchbox -- thriving into the 2020s.

    I hope you like. To quote last year's post again, "Now, it's your turn!"


    Last edited by Lane1through75; 01-01-2020, 07:35 PM.

  • #2
    Nice picks. Really like the Buick wagon.

    Here is my Top 5 selection in no particular order.

    Buford T. Justice's 1977 Pontiac LeMans (GreenLight, 1/64)
    I've been wanting this model ever since I've first seen the movie as a kid (that was probably in the late 90s or early 00s). An oversea friend sent one example my way - I'm very thankful for that.

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    BMW 7 Series (F02) ActiveHybrid (Herpa, 1/87 scale)
    A model that was not easy to find for me. Finally got it in 2019. The paint and details are beautiful.

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    1955 Mercedes 300c Convertible W186 (Ricko, 1/87 scale)
    The first Ricko model in my collection. Got it very cheap at the last toy show. This particular model was on my radar for a few years.

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    Volvo FH GL XL (Herpa, 1/87 scale)
    Just a nice model I'm glad I picked up at the last show. Love the colour presentation.

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    John Deere T670i (Schuco, 1/87 scale)
    That was probably my best find of the decade! It's big, it's heavy and I got it for 8 cents (tax included!) at a local store. Posted more photos and a short story in the AG bay a few weeks ago. (https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/40741)

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    Happy collecting and all the best for 2020!
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    • #3
      Wow, only ten?

      I gotta think about this a bit...

      OK, how many do I have pics of?

      In no particular order;

      Yonezawa Cherica Celica

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      Anyone knows me any length of time knows this was my first real car, and I love to look for models of it, and the Cherica model is exceedingly hard to find in the states, so even though this one is missing the glass, I'm thrilled to have it

      Topper Johnny Lightning Leapin' Limo, from Ray Falcoa

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      Ray and his buddy Tom Brown have done a lot for Topper collecting by talking to a lot of former employees that actually made the cars, so I'm stoked to have gotten a few models from him to go along with the models I got from Tom Brown

      Dyna-Mo Buick

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      Just one of those "serendipity" things found while looking for something else, didn't know these existed before this

      Lincoln International Pocket Pack Lola Climax

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      This is a stand in for two chance finds that added some really obscure variants to the list of makers that made these open wheel models

      Hot Wheels 100% (Legends) Mickey Thompson Challenger

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      Like the Blue Flame, the Green Monster, Spirit of America, and Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird, Mickey Thompson's Challenger Land Speed Record racer is a legend in its own right, and I've wanted this model since I first laid eyes on it.

      Continued...
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      • #4
        Hot Wheels Vector Avtech

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        This is probably my find of the year. The Unicorn I heard about but never saw until this employee collection.

        Vivid Imaginations Captain Scarlett Patrol Vehicle

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        I'm a big fan of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds since I was in grade school. Never saw Captain Scarlett, but from the first time I saw one of these I've been looking and finally scored one.

        Guisval Peugeot 504, "rare" color

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        Another stand in, it is far too difficult to pick just one favorite among all the Guisvals I've picked up, mostly from Salvador in Spain

        Budgie Oldsmobile (Delta 88?) Towncar

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        One of the most significant additions to my Budgie collection, though there are other nice pieces that were added over the year.

        Number ten has no pic right now, but I was able to add the FAO Schwarz variant of the Johnny Lightning Skyshow. I think that completes all of the color variants, all still boxed, all up high on a top shelf out of the way because they take so much room.
        The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

        Thank you for your understanding.

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          "I am a Ford, not a Lincoln."

          Gerald R. Ford

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          • #6
            Great stuff!

            Always interesting to see how our collecting habits and interests vary along the same scales.

            Patrick, that Adenauer Mercedes is very impressive! I'd like to have one in 1/64 scale someday.

            Wes, the variety and rarity of the models you picked up this year astounding. The Celica, Vector and Olds are my favorites of your picks.

            Jack, I'm always impressed by your dedication to collecting what you love. That is quite the haul of Fords! The first photo is my favorite pair of the bunch.

            Thanks for sharing! Hope to see more soon.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post

              Patrick, that Adenauer Mercedes is very impressive! I'd like to have one in 1/64 scale someday.
              Thanks. Me too. Hopefully, Schuco will offer one as part of their 1/64 scale series.
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              • #8
                These, in no particular order



                Greenlight Jeep DJ5 ice cream truck

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                Hallmark Ford C-series fire engine (ornament with the hook removed)

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                Hot Wheels Euro Speed Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
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                Hot Wheels 100% White 3000 COE tanker:
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                Hot Wheels Ultra Hots '56 Mercury Medalist (with engine painted by me)
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                Johnny Lightning Rebel Rods Bill Thomas Motors Cheetah/Fiberglass Trends GT-R
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                Norev Citroen CX
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                Hot Wheels Premium Mercedes 280GE Wolf
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                Schuco BMW Isetta 300

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                • #9
                  Nice finds Chris! Especially the Isetta.

                  @Lane, you've picked up some nice models too! I found the Subaru, but the Riv, Charger and Chevy still elude me.

                  @Jack, love that wrecker!

                  @Patrick, that Mercedes is simply stunning!
                  The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                  Thank you for your understanding.

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                  • #10
                    That means I have to remember what I bought over the past year.

                    A pair of Siku Russian Ambulances



                    GreenLight 1967 Chevrolet Biscayne - City of New York Polce Dept - limited edition



                    Golden Wheels



                    GreenLight - Norman Rockwell '55 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery and 210 Townsman



                    Hot Wheels:Hudson Hornet



                    Matchbox



                    M2


                    Russian Ambulance



                    Hallmark




                    Tootsietoy 3 inch Plymouth


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                    • #11
                      Well here is my top choices, not 10 of them although I suppose I could find that many if I tried, and of course I have to include a little storyline with each, hope you don't mind.

                      First is probably this Matchbox NASA van, even though I really wish they had made it metal, but since I'd always liked NASA models anyway, and then they went and made this one last year which is so similar to my custom I made years ago (second photo) , and wonder if the designers had seen one of my photos of it over the years for inspiration, maybe not, but it was neat to see it in a factory design like it.



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                      Next is a recent Christmas gift, a HWs, I like it a lot from the movie, but maybe mostly I like that it was a gift from my close friends.

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                      Then this Matchbox Chevy opening parts truck, it was a surprise gift from a kind member here MrFutura, I probably would have never found this one, and it is such a great model I would have definitely been hunting for if my local stores carried the series.

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                      And finally there is this Matchbox Space Shuttle Discovery, I missed out on it when it was first issued a few years ago, so it is one of those times I was really happy to find the same model and paint scheme re-released.

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                      Doug

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                      • #12
                        Douglas, that MBX Chevy pickup is outstanding. What a nice gesture by MrFutura.
                        "I am a Ford, not a Lincoln."

                        Gerald R. Ford

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                        • #13
                          Some cool stuff......

                          Hmmmmmm I'll have to see what mine are.......
                          Scotty "Mustang Mad Man!"

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                          • #14
                            In no particular favoritism order. Keep in mind I do not buy many other brands outside of AW, JL, GL, MBX and HW.




                            Greenlight 1977 Pontiac Lemans Safari





                            Greenlight 1990 Mercury Colony Park





                            Greenlight 1975 Ford F100 California Highway Patrol





                            Greenlight 1979 Ford F100 Indy 500 Festival Truck





                            Greenlight 1978 Checker





                            Auto World 1976 Buick Estate Wagon





                            Matchbox 1983 Buick Riviera Convertible





                            Matchbox 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible





                            Matchbox 1959 Dodge Coronet Police





                            Matchbox 1948 Willys Jeepster




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                            • #15
                              Ah, 2019. Another year where I bought way too much stuff.

                              Starting off with Matchbox - and they had a great year. Lots of great new castings, but my favourite has to be one of their recolours. I could not find this one for the longest time, and when I finally did I was on the other side of the continent, on vacation. But it made it that much better.

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                              Their Moving (Opening) Parts line has continued to impress, and while distribution of some of the models has been spotty, I was really lucky (and grateful) to have found this one:



                              And towards the end of the year, these somehow showed up at Walmart. They were supposed to be Target exclusives, not something that I expected to find, but I was more than happy to add them to my collection. Are they terribly special? Not really, but the sheer surprise is what led me to add them here.

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                              Onto other brands we go.

                              Greenlight:

                              This thing is awesome.




                              Tomica:

                              Again, another model that I would have never thought to add. But I was lucky enough that my friend was willing to give it up in a trade, meaning I have this awesome flatbed that is
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                              Tiny:

                              A brand I can no longer keep up with due to their excessive volume of items they pump out, I was pretty happy to add this Ambulance (I'm a sucker for Sprinters).



                              Majorette:

                              By what can be described as some sort of miracle, this brand has made a reappearance in Canada after a hiatus of several years (though at a chain that is not known for toys). Needless to say, I picked up a LOT of them - and for obvious reasons, this Type R is my favourite out of the 20 or so I have added thus far.

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                              Hot Wheels:

                              Not to be forgotten, my favourite two new castings from the blue brand. I bought a lot of premium HWs this year, but these two stand out for me as they don't sport any loud graphics, just plain and simple (the G-Wagen is stock (!!), while the BRZ is incredibly well done with the body kit). An honourable mention goes to the RWB Porsche from the Silhouettes line.

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                              And last, but not least, this Schuco is here because of its pure excellence. An added bonus that it's a police car!

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