I hope you like Lamley’s new look. I sure do. I finally got rid of that bland, bungled, sloppy blog platform, and replaced it something that looks far better. And you mobile users, the difference is literally night and day. More on the blog changes later.
Oh, and you might notice the lack of my Lamley-style white background photos. That is the next phase of my Lamley upgrade. First was my office and workspace, second was the website, and third is my photo setup. You won’t see much change in the photos, but I am still waiting for a piece I need before I can move forward. So that means photos in the Tomicarama for the time being.
But the models don’t look bad. Especially when the models featured are bright red. And that is what we have.
I did the HW K Case Unboxing a few days ago, and the response was – shall we say – underwhelming. Collector-wise, it isn’t the most exciting case. Which is fine. Out of the 72 models, I kept five. The third color of the Ford Truck, the 180SX, El Camino with new steelies, and these two red Chevys. The others are all headed to the donation pile.
But the red models merit a post. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 makes a great companion to the 2012 ZL1 First Edition, and the red Corvette C7 Z06 is a red Corvette. You don’t pass on red Corvettes.
The Corvette was introduced a few assortments ago in yellow, but red wins. Especially so because it matches the Stingray that was released a few years ago.
That is a pretty pair.
That Camaro is more intriguing. The 2012 ZL1 remains one of my favorite “new” Camaros. It was released in four colors (yellow was a Kroger exclusive), and to me the casting looked far better than other new Camaro releases. So I have been excited for the 2017 release. As far as Hot Wheels Camaros goes, it looks great. Nice front and rear casting details, and a good stance. It does look a little smushed, but that is my only complaint.
Actually, it isn’t. It is time, for once, to do a modern Camaro with the same size wheels on the front and back. That doesn’t happen often. Many new Hot Wheels castings have moved to the same-sized wheels, including a few Mustangs. But Camaros and Corvettes have held on to the old HW tradition. For the most part I don’t mind the large rear wheels, but for a vehicle done as frequently as the Camaro, it would be cool to see a couple break the mold.
The one I can think of that has the same-sized wheels all around is the ’70 Camaro Race, and it, not surprisingly, is my favorite Hot Wheels Camaro. (And fun fact, it was designed by a Matchbox guy at the time.)
The ZL1 is great, but imagine if the casting didn’t have to account for the large PR5 on the back? It makes a pretty big difference:
A little different, right?
It is a minor complaint. I actually shouldn’t complain at all. I collect Hot Wheels, and Hot Wheels have large rear wheels. But an exception to the rule here and there would not be a bad thing.