I got a love note in my Matchbox 2018 E Case Unboxing

I would typically post my Matchbox E Case Unboxing video and be done with it.  But this one had a little surprise.  I opened it and saw this love note on the video, so watch the video first.  You will see the contents of the E Case I received from A&J Toys, plus a look … Continue reading I got a love note in my Matchbox 2018 E Case Unboxing

The King of Errors: A Hot Wheels wheel on a Matchbox, or Matchbox wheel on a Hot Wheels

A perusal of Instagram this morning yielded this gem of a find my former Matchbox Ambassador Chuck Wiersma: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbPIsL-DV42/?taken-by=cwiersma63 Yep, that is a Hot Wheels wheel on a Matchbox.  How it happens I have no idea, but it happens.  And it is one of those errors that are found once in a blue moon, but … Continue reading The King of Errors: A Hot Wheels wheel on a Matchbox, or Matchbox wheel on a Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels mixed up their Z cars. Time to train your eye to find one.

While perusing Instagram the other day, I came across this post from @vw_diecast: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaXr94CH_x4/?taken-by=diecast_vw Whoa. Our friend Steve came across two of the new-for-2018 Hot Wheels Custom Datsun 240Z, and they had two different tail lights.  My first inclination was Hot Wheels got clever, like Matchbox did last year with the Nissan Skyline.  Why wouldn't … Continue reading Hot Wheels mixed up their Z cars. Time to train your eye to find one.

Special Collections: 1.eyed.jack’s Hot Wheels AMC Javelin AMX Collection…

Last week's article by Danny Akers' profiling his HW Grand National collection was a huge hit.  I got many comments on how much they liked the piece.  I plan on doing a whole lot more of these "Special Collection" features.For our second I turned to HWC member 1.eyed.jack.  If you are a regular at the … Continue reading Special Collections: 1.eyed.jack’s Hot Wheels AMC Javelin AMX Collection…

Special Collections: Danny Akers’ Hot Wheels Buick Grand National Collection…

We are starting another feature here on Lamley.  It is called "Special Collections" in honor of my time working at the Special Collections Library at the University of Arizona in the late '90's.  The Special Collections Libraries hold all the valuable stuff.  Stuff that is usually required permission to see, and stuff that requires 100% … Continue reading Special Collections: Danny Akers’ Hot Wheels Buick Grand National Collection…

Hot Wheels variation alert: 2011 Street Beasts Chevy Nova with comold front wheel…

This vari was reported by follower Ernesto Engel from Brazil.He emailed me these pics and said quite a few have been found in Brazil.  Note the comold front wheel.With wheels variations/errors, I go by these two rules:1) If the car has different wheels than the normal issue all the way around, it is a variation. … Continue reading Hot Wheels variation alert: 2011 Street Beasts Chevy Nova with comold front wheel…

Trying to make sense of the great Hot Wheels Mustang mixup of 2012…

After looking for months, I finally found one of the 2010 Mustang/Laguna Seca body switches.  While I am not privey to all the goings on at the Mattel factory, apparently these two castings are way too easy to mix up, and it has made hunting all the more fun for variation and error collectors.Shall we … Continue reading Trying to make sense of the great Hot Wheels Mustang mixup of 2012…

May 15 Lamley Model of the Week (Part 2): Matchbox Ford GT error and variations…

As I stated in Part 1, the Matchbox Ford GT is one of my favorite castings ever.  So if get wind of a vari or error, I am all in when it comes to finding or acquiring it.That pursuit has netted be a few errors and one very cool variation.  Some I have found myself … Continue reading May 15 Lamley Model of the Week (Part 2): Matchbox Ford GT error and variations…