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February 17, 2017

Blather Blog

Diecast Collection Blog

Then There's This Thing

A lot of the recent offerings here have been thanks to the 2016 KMJ Diecast year-end 50% off sale. So I ordered a bunch of cars. Most of the time when I order from KMJ he throws in something random or fun as a Random Act Of Kindness (RAOK). This was what I got this time, what appears to be a 1997 or 1998 Radio Flyer Wagon.

Mattel does some weird things, and this is right up there. I... really can't think of anything to say, except that this one is in excellent shape for a 1997 toy.

(This is what I got last time.)

But seriously, I can't recommend KMJ enough. Go sign up for his newsletter and he'll let you know when the deals are happening, he has coupons and events fairly frequently. Plus its fun to see what new stuff he's been getting in.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 17, 2017 08:00 AM

February 16, 2017

Blather Blog

Maybe It Should Have Been A Snow Day

This was after Alex had been outside for less than five minutes. His transport was 20 minutes late -- I had actually put him in the car and was going to drive him in myself when his van showed up. Traffic was terrible, and one thinks that maybe it should have been a snow day, especially after some of the beautifully clear and warm "snow days" that the board has called.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 07:24 PM

Zamboni Ride II

Alex and Nathan got to wish the Senators good luck on their way out to the warm up. Both boys really seemed to enjoy the opportunity. But the main event:

Nathan got his ride on the zamboni at first intermission. He seemed more interested in watching the big screen at times, but overall he was well engaged with everything going on.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 07:21 PM

Bus Ride

Alex didn't get his bus ride during the school outing yesterday, so today he and I went exploring the new route 63. It seems that our level of service from the 93 is to become a fond memory -- the replacement bus is much more noodly and takes longer to get anywhere. Alex doesn't mind, of course, but I wonder how long the peak hour commuters are going to put up with it.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 07:17 PM

The Debaters

Overlooking the sound guy's perch for The Debaters at Centerpoint. It was a fantastic show, as always -- this is our third year going.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 07:14 PM

Back On Track?

After a long hiatus, Alex earned another ice cream. Just to be different, he decided that we were going to Dairy Queen instead of McDonald's. Let's hope this marks the return to more normal levels of achievement.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 07:11 PM

xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

Not terrible. The opening sequence is the best because you have no idea what the stakes are; after that, once you know what the stakes are, the action seems somewhat contrived. And frankly that's the only really nice thing I can say about it; however it isn't worth saying anything bad about.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 16, 2017 09:07 AM

February 15, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Be A Spoiler Sport

Here we have something pretty cool -- a Spoiler Sport re-issue from 2011. Spoiler Sports were always pretty popular with the kids, so having this brings back a lot of memories from when I was small. Of course the holy grail of Spoiler Sports is the one from the Golden Machines six-pack. I saw a Golden Machines six-pack on eBay about ten years ago and it went for around $80 at the time, which now I think is laughable. I should have bought it because I'll probably never see one again.

Spoiler Sport
2011 The Hot Ones

For whatever reason (ie the monkey holding the camera is an idiot) this model didn't photograph well and I was disappointed with practically all the photos that I took. These photos represent the best of the ones I took.

Update: Holy crap, there was one back on February 6th:

Unfortunately, for $200 I have to pass. But wow, that's unbelievable that its available at all.

While skimming through eBay I did see some examples that were less than total disasters, so it might be possible to get one for a reasonable price for the collection anyways. Also, I totally missed the Darth Vader and Marvin The Martian examples of this casting because usually I just ignore those kinds of thing. I really have to pay closer attention to them.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 15, 2017 08:00 AM

February 13, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Lets Open Some Blister Packs, Part IV

So yeah, Friday was technically a blister pack even if it wasn't a very old one. Today we have something a little more esoteric, the Tyrrell P4. The Flying Customs seems to have been an attempt to capture the nostalgia of past times by using new castings of classic, or classic-style, cars.

Tyrrell P4
2013 Flying Customs

The P4 design hails from the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship, where the theory was that having four small wheels would give you the benefits of a larger contact patch as well as a lower profile aerodynamically. And in 1976 it worked wonderfully well. In 1977, the idea was let down by insufficient tyre development, and it was ultimately abandoned. Subsequently to 1977, the rules for F1 defined a "car" as having only four wheels, making further exploration of this idea impossible.

This casting was new for 2010 under the name Tyrrell P4 Six Wheeler, and I have both First Editions of this car around somewhere. There was also a Treasure Hunt in 2012 which of course I never saw. Other than that, this casting hasn't been used. As far as play value goes, the casting suffers from the small front wheels tending to wobble somewhat on their axles, probably due to their lesser width, so I could see this being more of a fringe collector's item rather than a child's favored toy.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 13, 2017 08:00 AM

February 12, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Let's Open Some Blister Packs

So for the next few postings, I have some blister packs that I'm going to open, for no better reason than I want to. Today we're starting with the 2013 Fast & Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.

There have been a lot of Skylines on this blog recently, and the reason for that is that I like them. The idea of the Skyline appeals to me, an AWD car with a ridiculous amount of power that maybe doesn't look any more threatening than a slightly riced-up Civic. Then in my first real "video game", Grand Turismo 2, I spent a lot of time with the Skylines of varying types, again just because I liked them.

This one has the metal spoiler and nice detailing on the rear, even if it does look like the tampo machine missed a bit.

...and finally, if you simply must drape your stupid copyright notice on a toy car, this is the best way to do it.

by David Mackintosh ( at February 12, 2017 06:03 PM