I told myself 2019 was going to be it. No more mail-ins. I was hanging it up. Kicking the habit. Shifting focus. Sure. For a little more than six months, I’ve been trying hard to adjust my collecting habits to remove some of the excess purchases. This isn’t anything new. It’s a tired cycle I find myself in now and again. Entering my garage brings the usual feelings of joy addled with a tinge of anxiety. I’m real close to reigning it in.
Sorry, doc. I’ll save those thoughts and feelings for another day.
After the collapse of K-Days and the redistribution of events amongst various stores across the US, the first mail-in of 2020 fell into the purses of Dollar Generals nationwide. The reward, a 1969 Nissan Skyline Van, is painted in the year’s Spectraflame purple over black 4-spoke Real Riders. It’s a real looker, and along with the upcoming VW Vanagon, was doing its best to tug me back onto the mail-in merry-go-round. Diecast addiction spares no one.
That was, until it was taboo to go to the stores for anything but essential items. Somehow, in the last two months, diecast hunting became a distant memory and I sidestepped to only online orders of more premium selections. That meant, however, my mainline purchases dropped to zero, as I still found buying a dollar car I would normally find on the pegs (minus Supers) at inflated eBay prices a hard pill to swallow. Perhaps the addiction is waning?
But in the last week, restrictions were beginning to loosen, with certain safety precautions put in place. I decided, at the 11th hour, to venture to my local Dollar General to see if I could round up 20 cars were purchasing. Today (5/29/20) is the final date the receipts are valid. It’s now or never.
That’s how I found myself in a Dollar General on a rainy Thursday afternoon, sifting through the remains of an already scavenged shipper, hoping there were 20 cars worth taking home. The exclusive ’49 VW Beetle Pickup was there, so might as well grab three of them. Exclusive COPO Camaro? One for opening and one for the shoe box…with the matching standard release in black? Sold. First to market GReddy* S2000? It looks great on those wheels, even if the casting is showing its age, literally. Ooh the yellow 993, my favorite Porsche 911? And there are two of them? Sign me up. And the black Velar is a great partner for an ideal driveway pairing. Don’t I have it already, though? Can’t be sure so in the basket it goes.
The teal Jaguar XJ220 looks fast in its Le Mans racing livery. I like how the tampo team decided on the exposed headlights and checker pattern to really drive home the homage to the XJ220C. And I can’t help but be reminded of Need For Speed: Porsche Unleased when I look at that beige 944 Turbo. Ok, I think that’s about it. One, two, three, four…
Question…how many of us have selected 12 cars, finding ourselves stalled over choosing the remaining 40 percent? It’s funny how we can justify the balance of eight cars by labeling them for other uses. Oh, my daughter would love this ducky. And this fire truck looks perfect for bathtime. Hey, eventually my son is going to want to play with Hot Wheels…why not start him out with a red Kenmeri police car?
More unnecessary items to achieve that magic number 20. At least Dollar General doesn’t jack their prices up before the event like K-Mart used to do. All in, you’re looking at $20 plus whatever tax rate your state applies. What a bargain, considering I’d pay at least that for the Skyline alone on the secondary market.
You know, I told myself I was going to skip the longueur for this pop-up post. Oh well. Off to DG you should go.
*this originally said Mooneyes, which is obviously wrong and needed to be corrected. Thanks to BlackWind for pointing out my lack of sleep.