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Last week I encountered something at the store that I don’t see nearly enough.
Did I find a Super Treasure Hunt? Nope. It is more rare than that. A fresh dump bin? Nope. A Matchbox Skyline? C’mon…
It was an even more rare sighting than all of that. I came across…wait for it…new Auto World. I know, how lucky am I?
I don’t know what everyone else’s experience has been, but over the last couple of years, I haven’t seen too many new Auto World models in the store. If new product does appear, most times it is the same batch that was hanging before. If you remember about a year ago Auto World started appearing at Target, only how frustrating was it to see that the models that appeared had been hanging at Walmart for two years prior.
And such a shame, because Auto World does the most quality 1:64 diecast this side of Tomica Limited Vintage. My love for TLV is no secret, and it is so cool that there is an equivalent here in the US that creates American cars at nearly the same level, with the same attention to scale. TLV does the Toyota Crown Wagon, and it looks perfect next to the Auto World Kingswood Estate.
And that is the other thing. It isn’t just the quality and scale of the models, it is the choices they make. Sure, AW has done its share of Mustangs and Camaros, but their dedication to old sedans and wagons is wonderfully refreshing. Again, TLV-like.
I just wish we had more.
I am sure it can be argued that a premium 1:64 brand would have a hard time surviving putting out $6 models every month like Tomica Limited Vintage, but it is worth a try. Surely Japanese diecast collectors will buy up their Kyosho and TLV, while American collectors have been known to whine about anything over $2-$3, so I get it.
But how cool would a TLV-like distribution model from Auto World be? Four models released a month, maybe to hobby dealers and some big box, in small batches? I am not a retail expert, so I won’t claim to know if that would work, but all I know is we need more Auto World.
Round 2 is producing Racing Champs as well, and a lot has been made of the return of Johnny Lightning, but if I know collectors, Auto World has the best future. A variety of models, both old and new, with that hint of geeky cool. No one who has a Chevy Kingswood or Cadillac Eldorado from AW in their collection regrets it.
I picked up Release A of Series 5 (sans the Dodge Dart because it wasn’t there) at the store, and wow is it tremendous. Many of the castings have been released before, but I couldn’t leave any on the pegs. I needed the whole set. And that will be the same when I find Release B, and even the Walmart exclusives:
WALMART EXCLUSIVE Check Walmart’s die-cast pegs for the exclusive version of the Auto World Trans Am! Maybe you like your flaming chicken roasted golden yellow, or perhaps you like the green Trans Am poultry-free…only Walmart has it! The regular release available elsewhere has the graphics switched. Would we be sneaky enough to include exclusive chase cars as well? Hmmmmm…. Due Early Fall #autoworld #auto world #pontiac #firebird #transam #trans am #diecast #1:64
For me, the Galaxy and Olds 442 are the highlights, but then again I bought them all. They are all below, and as you check out the photos of these beauties, think of two things:
- Are they worth paying $5 to $6 for?
- Will you go out an do it?
- Think of all the gems we could see in the future.
More is most definitely merrier.