No Super TH Experiment like 2014, but I thought I would give you a tally of what 2015 was like for me on the Super Treasure Hunt front.
If you remember the Super TH Experiment from 2014, it was my attempt to find all the Supers in store on regular daytime visits. No doorwarming, no overnight pallet raiding, just a check of the pegs when in a store during the day. I did pretty well. I didn’t find all the Supers, but I did manage to get the majority.
It seems I wasn’t in stores as much this year. Keeping the “One-and-Done” mantra with most models meant a return visit to store seemed a little fruitless. But in the visits I did make, I think I did ok. Last week I was shocked to come across the Toyota Off-Road Super at a Target at about 2 in the afternoon. That is the last Super of the year, so it seems a good time to show you where I am at:
I found a total of 13 Supers. 14 if you count the Kombi I opened. Of the 15 Supers released, I found 9. Not bad for mid-day finds. Of course I could get lucky on more 2015 Supers moving into the holidays, and I hope I do, but the photo above is what I found during the 2015 Hot Wheels year.
Most Supers are not models I collect, so to me the fun in then is finding them. How, when, and especially where. I have mentioned that in my job I travel, mostly by car, and that affords me to check smaller stores in smaller towns. Those finds are especially my favorite.
The details on these finds:
Kool Kombi – Both were found in fresh bins at Walmart on successive days in the middle of the morning. I happened on both bins with another collector in both cases and we each found one.
Rrrroadster – Found at two different Walmarts on the same day in two different towns, mid-morning.
Toyota AE-86 Corolla – Found one at Walgreens on an endcap early afternoon. Found the other on an endcap at Smith’s Marketplace (a Kroger store) mid-morning.
’69 Mustang Boss – Found on a fresh Walmart endcap mid-morning. This was my freshest find, meaning it the was the first I had seen of that batch. That does not happen to me very often.
Custom ’77 Dodge Van – My favorite find. Found with Ethan’s dad at a Dollar General in a small town, late morning. This was right during the time Ethan was sick, and I spend the day with his dad working. We stopped by this Dollar General and were shocked to find the Super.
Mastretta MXR – Found on successive days on the pegs at Walmart. Both late morning finds.
8 Crate – Found a few weeks ago on an endcap at Family Dollar right after lunch.
Pass’n Gasser – Found at different Walmarts about two weeks apart. One on Saturday morning, the other early afternoon.
Toyota Off-Road – Last week at Target.
So almost all were found at Walmart, one at Target, another at Smith’s. It is those at the smaller stores that I like the best. Let’s see if I can improve on this total over the next couple of months…
How was your year? All? None? Some? Any lucky finds? We would love to hear your stories…