Not everyone will be interested in this bloke-gets-box-of-diecast-in-the-mail post, and that’s fair enough. But I was excited to get this stuff this week and wanted to share it with anyone who wants to read about it.
Still here? Good! I’m in Calgary, Canada, where Matchbox distribution is a little flaky and Hot Wheels can be hard to find if you’re not the most dedicated of hunters. With several things coming out at once that I wanted to add to my collection, I decided to take the plunge and order a box from the States – specifically, Houston-based Jcar Diecast (a Lamley partner) run by James Wilkins. I’ve known James since we met at the Matchbox Gathering in 2017. I’m far from his best customer but his service is always great. By filling a box and sharing some of the contents with a friend, I was able to justify the expense of the super-quick DHL international shipping.
As you can see, you can pack a lot in a box…
Starting with Hot Wheels, I decided to pick up a case of the new Car Culture Thrill Climbers series on the basis that they’re unlikely to warm the pegs in Calgary. I don’t buy many Car Culture models but this set is right up my rally-loving alley. Lots to get excited about here but for me the Audi steals the show.
I also wanted the Castrol Ford GT and accompanying C-800 transporter from the new Team Transport mix because I saw it race at Daytona in 2019. That one has now come to Calgary but I haven’t seen it around yet so I bought a case and will find homes for the others, although to be honest, they’re all great – possibly the best TT mix yet?
Next up, Greenlight. Rally again! At first glance, the new Escort RS Cosworth casting looks excellent but look out for a Cossie-fest soon when I’ll get my other versions out for comparison.
And finally, Matchbox. I’m not going to reopen the debate on Matchbox distribution. We all know it’s not right, but they are working to make it better. That’s good enough for me. Here in Canada the Moving Parts and Power Grabs went MIA from Walmart about a year ago. Toys R Us doesn’t seem to be restocking, nor selling in every store. Meanwhile the reborn Convoys haven’t appeared anywhere. All three lines were therefore on my list for Jcar.
As a bit of an old fart I love that the Power Grab cars come in a box rather than a blister. This particular batch (Case S) is perhaps the strongest of the year so far, with Mr Bean’s Mini, the motorcycle trailers (I was fortunate to get one of each variation) and the DBR1 all on board. The new Jeep Renegade is perhaps the ‘sleeper’ of the case – it’s really well done.
The Skyjacker, Divco and Lambo were the ones I really wanted from Moving Parts. I’ve decided I won’t try to keep up with all the new Convoys but James had a Tesla so I got that one.
And there we have it. I won’t be doing a huge order like that every month but it’s good to have dealers like Jcar Diecast around to fill in the gaps when the stuff we want can’t be found in the store. And if you’re sitting on the fence about international shipping costs, it works well to join with a friend on some cases and split them down the middle. To cover the shipping, I ended up adding only a dollar to the cost of most of the models in the box and just 50 cents to each Power Grab. Not bad at all!