My fingers hurt.
I spent the last few minutes opening the Auto Zone exclusive M2 set. It started like this:
Several tiny screws and some cramped hands later, I had this:
Honestly, I don’t know if M2 really wants you to fully DLM their stuff. That packaging is really nice, and terrible to open. And even once the box is in its rightly place in the recycling, the lift that holds these cars is too cool to take apart.
But I did, and wow, this is some cool stuff.
M2 needs a lot more coverage here. And they are going to get it. For one, they are supercool folks over there. Designer Sean Taylor with his killer beard is quickly getting a reputation as an approachable, down-to-earth guy whose passion for all things vehicular is greater than all of us combined. He talks about his creations like I talked about my first diecast firetruck when I was four-years-old. Pure, unadulterated joy. And he is a skilled designer to boot.
M2 is for the collector, so these guys know collector-speak. They know what collectors like, and they make collecting M2 fun. The chases they do always change, for example, and I have sensed more and more excitement about finding them.
Oh, and the models. The best way to put it is these models are really good looking. They are not afraid to do what it takes to max realism AND style. And from what I have heard, they are going to take that to new levels in the future.
So I am showing M2 now, because we are going to be seeing a lot from them moving forward. I want to be part of the movement.
So today it is the Auto Zone set. I will say, if this were a Hot Wheels set, I would not have picked it up, unless I couldn’t resist the castings used. In the case of this set, the Auto Zone logo is all over these, but in a realistic, vintage style. They picked the right castings, and made the deco appropriate. Not a current style on a classic truck.
And yeah, once you sacrifice your hands to get these open, hot damn!! Some have mentioned the use of so many little parts can add to the detail, but can make these models fall apart. I see what they are saying, but so far I haven’t seen the lack of quality that I have sadly seen with Greenlight in many cases. But as I open more, I will see. Right now, these are begging to be opened and displayed.
I haven’t talked too specifically about the castings here, but that will come in the future. Collectible diecast for me has to be a mix of interesting casting choices and fantastic execution. That is why Tomica Limited Vintage has my unbridled devotion. That is why I collect Auto World and Kyosho. That is why I have finally started hitting the M2 section of the pegs every time I visit a store…
(Next M2 feature? I am going to open some chases. Better get my hands ready.)