Wondering why these Hot Wheels Speed Machines basic wheel variations exist? There is a precedent…

There has been a lot of discussion about what prompted the re-release of the final batch of Hot Wheels Speed Machines recently, as well as why instead of the standard comold wheels, these models sport basic OH5's.I can't answer why they were re-released.  Obviously only Mattel can, but even that might be difficult.  We have … Continue reading Wondering why these Hot Wheels Speed Machines basic wheel variations exist? There is a precedent…

October Matchbox Ambassador Report, Part 1: 60th Anniversary Full List & Sneak Peeks…

Hello fellow collectors!It is nice to be back with another report, and lets call this Part 1 of 2.  I feel like a bit of a veteran now, having gotten my feet wet on the last report.  The distribution system I am using worked well last time, so we will do it again.  The report … Continue reading October Matchbox Ambassador Report, Part 1: 60th Anniversary Full List & Sneak Peeks…

August Matchbox Ambassador Report, Part 2: Upcoming Mainline Models & 5-pack Models…

As promised, Part 2 of the Matchbox Ambassador Report for August.  Part 3, which answers collector questions, will come in a few days.As always, these photos are presented here with permission from Mattel:2012/2013 Mainline:Many of the details of the what is coming for the remainder of 2012 and some of what to expect in 2013 … Continue reading August Matchbox Ambassador Report, Part 2: Upcoming Mainline Models & 5-pack Models…

The Matchbox Ambassador comes to the Lamley Group…

Many of you have reached out to congratulate me on being selected the Matchbox Ambassador for 2012-2013.  The nice words have meant a lot.  I didn't want to say too much until the outgoing Ambassador, Shabbir Malik, had a chance to post his final report on last weekend's Gathering.  Shabbir, like the 6 Ambassadors before … Continue reading The Matchbox Ambassador comes to the Lamley Group…

Just released: The list of auction items donated by Mattel for the upcoming Gathering…

We just released the entire list of auction items for the Gathering, but here is the specific list of Mattel-donated items, including a couple of photos.There is some fantastic stuff, and I am sure a few bidding wars will erupt for some of them.And remember, the Lamley Group will be covering ALL at the Gathering, … Continue reading Just released: The list of auction items donated by Mattel for the upcoming Gathering…

Mattel Design Center is now the HANDLER TEAM CENTER…

This email from Matchbox designer Dave Weise to Matchbox Ambassador Shabbir Malik and collector Jim Gallegos was just forwarded to me by Jim:Jim, forgot to mention to you and Shabbir that we had a special event here at the Design Center last Friday.  The Mattel Design Center was renamed (rededicated) in honor of Ruth and Elliot Handler, … Continue reading Mattel Design Center is now the HANDLER TEAM CENTER…