Ok, that was fun. Last Saturday at the Hot Wheels Convention in Los Angeles, a rowdy group of collectors gathered for the First Ever #lamleydlmparty. It was a hoot.
The carnage was epic. Cars were liberated left and right. And not just any random Hot Wheels. Every one of them was a premium or rare model of some sort.
There was Hot Wheels Designer Brendon Vetuskey opening an RLC Boss Hoss with his mouth, or Hot Wheels Packaging Designer Julian Koiles signing a Japan Historics card with a valid question, Marketing Manager Jimmy Liu opening a Datsun 510 Wagon Super, followed by a massacre of valuable model cards, from an original Redline to a signed Larry Wood card to a Gold Convention Batmobile.
It culminated in one of the cooler things I’ve seen. Brad Bannach of Orange Track Diecast closed the show by opening a Candy Striper Gasser, and Brendon promptly signed his card and drew a new Gasser on the card.
After that, we gave away a case of Sterling Protectors (the irony, right?), a Nationals Gasser, and RLC 510, donated by Mattel. And the winners opened them. Bliss, bro.
I compiled some highlights in the video above. Sadly, three of the most epic openings – a Leo Model, a Editor’s Choice Hauler, and 1 of 5 known carded Special Olympics Camaros – got lost on video. My Facebook feed gave out. But those openings happened.
It was an epic day. A huge thanks to the RTE, @jestersgarage, and the RCR, @hw_jay, for helping me organize the event, and to all of you who came for truly bringing it. Hopefully you had as much fun as I did. And we will do it again. Dallas in April? LA in October? Get some models ready.