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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lamley Case Report: Opening a Hot Wheels 2015 International B Case...

Are there any Hot Wheels collectors here who don't like opening a case?  For most of us that doesn't happen often.  Kmart seems to the place where most of us have the best chance, and there is that rare moment when you walk in a store and a sealed case is waiting for you to break open.

That isn't the case with hobby dealers like Wheel Collectors.  Every month a shipment comes in, and out comes the box-cutter and the slicing begins.  Multiple cases are opened and the models organized for online sale.  It may not be as fun as the random store find, but Matt and the gang do get a kick out of opening them each month, just to see what they find.

Well we wanted to get in on the action.  We have been doing case reports here at Lamley for a few months now, mainly on US case releases, and the response has been definitive - keep 'em coming.  We are really glad you like them.

So for 2015 we are going to continue our US-case openings, but we want to open International cases too, especially since they are usually released before the US cases.  To do that we asked Wheel Collectors to put one case aside, and when they have a moment to document its opening, 3 models by 3 models, just like we do here at Lamley.

They thought that would be cool, and the B Case is the first time they did it for us.  And we think you might enjoy going through the case just like they did.

So here is our first International Case Report for 2015, and look for the US Case report as soon as they are released.

And remember, all the models shown here are available at the Wheel Collectors ebay store...


The case:


(Treasure Hunt Alert)

(The next 36)

(Super TH Alert)

There you have it.  A couple of observations:

  • The new models like the Lotus and Dodge Charger 500 held over, which if I remember correctly hasn't happened before.  Usually first runs of a new model stay in one batch only.  We will have to see if that stays true in the US cases.
  • The new models that interest us the most are the Corvette and Lamborghini.  We will do First Looks on those in the coming days.
  • This appears to be the decent regular TH, and the Super is growing on us.  Hopefully we have an example to see in person soon.  It isn't bound to be the most popular for sure, but in that new racing livery the Rrroadster looks good.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surprise!! Hot Wheels 2015 Batch B is now out at Wheel Collectors...

Just a quick heads up that Wheel Collectors just received a shipment of Hot Wheels 2015 Batch B.

Just in time too, as the crew from Overland Park is off to cheer on their Kansas City Royals, but they were able to get them all listed, including this batch's Super TH, the Rrroadster.  (It's growing on us.)

There are some cool models in this batch, so go check them out:

Hot Wheels 2015 Batch B

Hot Wheels Rrroadster Super TH

And, by the way, a full B Case Report is coming tomorrow.  Stay Tuned...

Ferrari Racers: The Hot Wheels' predecessor to the Speed Machines...

We got a lot of feedback on last week's feature on the defunct Hot Wheels Speed Machines line.  The consensus was that this line would be very popular today, the comolds look awesome, and that Hot Wheels should do something along these lines again.

We agree.

The Speed Machines was a tremendous line, and the cars seem to get better with age.  It is interesting to think what the Speed Machines lineup would look like today if it continued.  Honda S2000? Pagani Huayra, a Skyline or two, and surely another slew of Ferraris, from the 458 to FF to F12 and LaFerrari.

Ferrari and Hot Wheels have been hand-in-hand for years, and we hope that relationship continues in some shape or form.  But if it doesn't, we have plenty to look back on fondly.  One such thing is the Ferrari Racer line.

We at Lamley don't know too much about the line, other than some models were worldwide-only, and never saw US shores.  Others hung on pegs for months and years.  We had to acquire a few from overseas sellers.

What we can assume is the Ferrari Racer line inspired the Speed Machines.  It is all there.  Many modern castings, all with extra tampos, all with comolds, and all looking really sharp.

There are some real gems in the line, most of which we don't have.  But we decided to show what we do have, and we think a few of you might really like these.  And if you do, you should see  what is available at ebay.

Hot Wheels Ferrari Racers: