Something I’ve always wanted to do is create a photographic database for my collection. Many years ago, I came across the fantastic SiniCars gallery and have since been inspired to make one of my own. It’s been in the back of my mind for years; I’ve had starts and stops but never got anywhere with the project. Very time-consuming and highly repetitive, but also very worthwhile. The best way to do this is by taking baby steps towards achieving that goal. From here on out, I plan to document all of my new additions—by the month—as I slowly but surely get this done. I can’t wait to see everything come together, where I can click on a page and see all my beloved Skylines (or Ferraris, or whatever) neatly grouped together. I’m still not sure how I want to format everything—or if any of the templates here are even suited to my needs—but I’ll figure it out as I go.
The month of August was huge—prolific—for me, in the 1:64 scale. Understatement. As I’ve dedicated myself primarily to 1:18 in recent years, my knowledge of the small scale world—which has been booming lately with an onslaught of new, “premium” brands such as TSM/Mini GT, Tarmac Works, Schuco, and Inno64, among others—has diminished greatly. I’d fallen off. I knew I had to expand my realm outside of errand-run Hot Wheels and Matchbox pickups. I had to reclaim the title of human diecast encyclopedia.
I’ll sum up my first impressions with the new stuff here. I have nothing but praise for the Mini GT cars—fantastic detail, excellent quality control, and a bargain price point, relatively speaking. They’re also surprisingly kid-friendly—the side mirrors on some are ingeniously made of a rubberized material, so they won’t snap off under duress. Extremely impressive. New goal: collect as many of the castings and variants as I can find. I will be sure to document my progress along the way.
Tarmac Works is another new dive for me, and I immediately gravitated towards their selection of Subies. However, I would advise to tread with caution unless you’re a fan of sloppy quality, cheap decals, rough edges, and wheels that don’t roll. But—oooohweeee—that Tiffany Blue Pagani Zonda Carbon Edition, though! Not proud of how much I spent on that one, but you do what you gotta do.
Lastly, the Ignition Models. One of the best brands of 1:18 is now doing 1:64, so you know this is going to be good. Apparently, it’s a dogfight trying to get these models upon release because of their resale potential. I was tipped off on a restock of Rocket Bunny RX-7s on Tarmac’s online shop (they’re collaborators), so I happily carted all three of the available colorways with relative ease. Impressive pieces, but I’m just waiting on them to make some Skylines already!
However, the buzz (see what I did there?) of the summer belongs to the Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck from the Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series, which is why it earns the spot of focal point of the lead photo. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone talk about it…(insert rest of sentence here.) It was a chance encounter at a Barnes & Noble, of all places, where I scored the highly coveted piece. Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky!
Weekly excursions to the local collectibles show have given me the opportunity to submerge myself in the new brands as well as scout out past releases that I couldn’t find in stores, or wasn’t able to afford back in the day. Those food-themed Hot Wheels Pop Culture cars are some of my all-time favorites that simply came at the wrong time for me. A friend hooked me up with an old Maserati MC12 mystery car. (who remembers when Hot Wheels Mystery cars came in black blisters?) And finally—finally—I caught Mona!
Who knows what next month will bring? I’m feeling some Schucos. I’m anticipating a massive Inno64 FD2 Civic Type R splurge anytime now. I’ve got some Tomicas looming on the horizon. Stay tuned.