Yeah, “Holy Grail” in the diecast world is probably a bit misused.
The term has come to represent that one model on your want list that, no matter how hard you look, never shows up anywhere. Sometimes it is that one model you need to complete a set, or a rare variation, or even a model that was easy to find at one point, but now it has all but vanished.
Of course when we say misused, it happens all the time. I have seen it used with Super TH’s that just aren’t out yet (Oh, that Evo Super is awesome and it is totally my Holy Grail!), or with models that are just too expensive.
Those aren’t Holy Grails. If you want them, you can get them. Holy Grails are what the Holy Grail mythically is. That treasure that may or may not be out there, and even if you were willing to pay any amount, you just can’t find it.
So we have seen people talk of many Holy Grails like the 2005 FTE Dodge Charger with flames, or the red-wheel Dieselboy, or the #1-46 John Morton-signed RLC BRE Datsun 510. There are many more, and we would love to hear what yours is.
I have one too. It isn’t an epic variation, or a rare prepro, or a model that is always on everyone’s want list. It is a simple Matchbox 9-pack model from 3 years ago that, for the life of me, I cannot find. Anywhere.
And even more annoying, I had one in my hand, and back in the day I passed by them all the time.
The 9-pack model I am talking about is the 2012 Matchbox Dodge Challenger in lime green. It was only released in 9-packs, and I even featured it on the Lamley Blog (that is where these pics came from). That particular model I sent to my Lamley partner David Tilley, and figured I would just pick one up later. Of course I forgot, and when I went looking, the packs were gone.
So I look and I look. Nothing. I’ve asked, and friends either have one for themselves or never got one. Ugh. Hence, a common green Dodge Challenger, which is quite a nice-looking model, has become my Holy Grail.
Is this just a fun article or a plea for help? We will let you figure that out (but if you have one you want to sell or trade, I can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just sayin’). Just know we have a Holy Grail.