September saw the release of two truly significant premium 1/64 models. The Mazda RX-7 by Tomica Limited Vintage was the first. The Buick Estate Wagon by Auto World was the second.
The Buick Estate was already significant in that it was the first new casting from Auto World in a long time. AW is famously slow to roll out new stuff, but all that means is new models are just that much more significant. And the latest batch saw two new models – a new Impala and this wagon.
This is the third Auto World American Wagon, after the Chevy Kingswood and Ford Country Squire. Only two castings, but the detail and size of the two wagons instantly made AW a go-to brand for wagons. That is what made me so excited for the Buick. And it doesn’t disappoint.
I mentioned Auto World, like TLV, is a Master of Scale. If a wagon in real life is big, AW will make sure it is big in 1/64. The Buick is big. And detailed.
One of those models that would be mistaken for the real thing on any blog NOT having to do with miniatures. And from a brand, also like TLV, that isn’t afraid to mix in a more obscure model here and there.
We all collect what we like, and I feel like I am in a sweet spot right now. I keep a small percentage of new Hot Wheels and Matchbox releases every month, I focus on Japanese replicas from M2, and I keep a handful of models from several Asian brands like Kyosho and Tarmac Works.
But I am a near completist when it comes to TLV and AW. It is just pure fun to see what is next, and what it will look like. And they aren’t as prolific as other brands, so they are easier to gather.
And wagons like these make AW very easy to collect.