Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hot Wheels Tooned Dodge Charger Daytona

This Dodge Charge is really something special.  It is a highly Tooned car.  What does that mean?  According to Hot Wheels, Tooned cars promise "extreme proportions, over-the-top styling and car-tooned to the max!"  You can see that this car has a shortened Superbird chassis, oversized engine, dramatically big side pipes, and the tell-tale Superbird fin!  It's an awesome little vehicle!

This car is  number 5 out of 10 Tooned series cars.   It's model 103 out of 365 models for the Hot Wheels production run of 2017.  It definitely catches the eye, has a substantial feel in the hand, and has personality in spades!

Tooned Charger Daytona

 If you are looking for a car that brings something special to the table top, the Tooned series of Hot Wheels might be just the thing to liven up a collection!

Tooned Dodge Charger Daytona
Hot Wheels Dodge Charger Daytona ready for take off!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Johnny LIghtning 1963 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport

This blue beast is my 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.  It was made by Johnny Lightning and is a 1:64 scale die-cast replica.

This Johnny Lightning Corvette model has a great color scheme and a nice level of detail.  It really springs to life even rolling across a table top. Here is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport in real life.

1963 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport - photo by Writegeist (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
According to, the Grand Sport was conceived as a way for Chevy to fight back against the Shelby Cobras that were beginning to dominate racing circuits of the era.  The Corvette proved faster and more nimble.  But, GM was persuaded to scrap the program and drop out of direct racing sponsorships.  Only 5 of these great cars were ever built.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Matchbox 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

When it comes to classic British cars, Matchbox does a pretty good job.  This is their die-cast rendition of the 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE.  In real life, this classic car would probably cost around $100,000 and--in show condition--it might cost more.  However, I found this version at Dollar Tree for the fantastic price of only $1.

Matchbox 1954 Jaguar XK120SE (front)
This car gives me the chance to enjoy the look of the long sleek bonnet and the curvaceous body.  Unlike many of today's 1:64 scale cars, it has a presence and a quiet dignity that eschews gaudy decals and decoration.  This may well be the classiest Matchbox car remaining in my collection.

Matchbox Jaguar XK120SE
Peering through the windows, I was delighted to find that this model featured the right-hand drive configuration favored in the U.K.  It's a little detail and it's a pleasant surprise. 

Matchbox Jaguar XK120
I've had this car for a long time, check out this Jaguar XK120 photo from five years ago.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hot Wheels 1971 Ford Maverick Grabber

One particularly well-sorted car in my Hot Wheels collection is this 1971 Ford Maverick Grabber. I've seen lots of boring brown Ford Mavericks in my time, but this one is different. It's a brilliant red with alloy wheels, black stripes, and a real sense of purpose.

The Maverick Grabber sported a 5.0 liter V-8 (302 cubic inches in those days) and a great graphic package in a lightweight body.  It's a car that has been transformed into a dragster many times.

In my collection, it won't be laying a patch of rubber and a sub-13-second quarter mile, but it does look good.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hot Wheels Twin Mill III Photos

On a dreary, overcast, day, there is nothing brighter than this Hot Wheels Twin Mill III in bright yellow!  This car is definitely a bright spot in my die-cast car collection.

Hot Wheels Twin Mill III

Hot Wheels Twin Mill III (Profile)
Here are more Hot Wheels Twin Mill III photos.  However, if this car is a little too small for you, there might be a life-sized Twin Mill out there just waiting for you.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Johnny Lightning 1970 Chevrolet Corvette

It can be a real challenge to maintain a 50-year old classic car like this 1970 Chevrolet Corvette.  However, the folks at Johnny Lightning have made it much easier by dramatically reducing the size and mechanical complexity of their Corvette.

Johnny Lightning 1970 Corvette Stingray
 This die-cast model fits in a pocket and always looks good.  It also packs an amazing amount of detail.  On this model, the hood flips forward just slightly to reveal a powerful V-8 engine.

Johnny Lightning 1970 Corvette Stingray

This style of Corvette is called the C3 for third generation.  It has a low-slung curvaceous look and almost shark-like streamlining.  In my view, this is the best looking generation of Chevy Corvette. 

Johnny Lightning 1970 Corvette Stingray
For a larger golden alternative, check out this Maisto 1970 Corvette Stingray.  If you are a Johnny Lightning collector and you are trying to track down this particular model, here it is on Amazon:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Maisto 1:25 Scale 1970 Plymouth GTX Review

I recently spotted this 1:25 scale die-cast 1970 Plymouth GTX.  For a $10 model, it was surprising detailed with a painted engine compartment and opening hood and doors.

The painted air cleaner, valve covers and battery terminals make this little model car a winner in its price category.

In my opinion, the look of this car is right on. It is a great rendition of the real car.

You can see the real thing right here in this photo from Wikimedia Commons.  However, in the model, I don't recall really seeing the pronounced hood scoop.  It may have had a square outline on the hood.

1970 Plymouth GTX Photo by User Sirboxxer on en.wikipedia (photo by author) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ah-ha!  In truth, the Plymouth GTX had an opening ram scoop on the hood.  Here is a photo of a 1970 Plymouth with the scoop closed.  Sneaky!

Moving on, the interior looks authentic.  Is that simulated wood-grain in the center console? 

Overall, this Maisto is pretty cool model and was a great deal at my local drugstore.  If you can't find it, there is no need to waste gas, Amazon has them on hand right here: