I’ve decided to move from only hyping JDM to only hyping Gassers. At least for this minute. Don’t expect anything but Gassers here on Lamley from here on out. Until the next post, but still. Lamley only hypes Gassers. They knock my socks off.
And since I do, you can imagine how excited I was to learn that the ’65 Mercury Comet Cyclone makes its triumphant return as part of the RLC Car Culture bundle. It was a supercool model in the Garage series, a little boring in Cool Classics, and gorgeous in the RLC, and then gone. But now it is back.
There was talk last year of Gasser hype. It’s not hype, it’s the models. They are fantastic, and the family of Gassers and A/FX cars coming from Hot Wheels is quality. The Candy Striper started it, and caused a whole bunch of collectors to start looking at these models a little differently. A pet peeve of mine is hearing collectors criticize others who “don’t understand” something. In other words, just because someone knew what a Laurel was before Hot Wheels made one doesn’t make them somehow entitled to the releases over those that didn’t. We all had to learn about the Laurel at some point, so it might as be with a Hot Wheels release. Someone who has never been to the dragstrip has every right to love Hot Wheels’ Gassers.
One of the greatest side effects of collecting is the increase in car curiosity we all acquire as we collect. That applies here. HW Designer Brendon Vetuskey, a true gearhead, lead the charge, and created the ’55, and here we are. Most of us can’t get enough of them. Same with Jun, Ryu and others with JDM. However it happened, it is awesome to see the excitement. It is fun to try and predict the next surge. I predict 80’s clunkers. (No I don’t, but let’s let that rumor run.)
Lamley only hypes Chrysler LeBarons!
Back to the Mercury. This will be the first look for many, and my guess is it will be a hit. I hope we see it again soon. I am guessing we will. With all the Lamley Hype and all.