October Meeting, December Details, and a missed K-Day!

Well, well, well. Turns out this past Saturday (Nov. 2) was a K-mart Collector Day. And not just any K-Day; it was the final one of 2013.

I didn’t even find out about it until it was over. Heck, I wouldn’t have found out about it if I hadn’t visited the Hot Wheels Collectors website. Didn’t even get an e-mail. But, I could not have made it any way; I was attending a wedding (no, sadly, not my own). Ah, well. You can still get the final 2013 K-mart Mail-in Promo, if’n ya want.

Okay, so, last month we teased an announcement re: Big Tractor Mike. Now we can give you the details. He will be attending a special fund-raising event for All Children’s Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 14. As you can see in the flyer below, the event thoughtfully manifests in the form of a diecast show, with all proceeds going to ACH. Admittedly, the map embedded in the flyer is rather smooshed, so you might want to try Mapquest. (Reminder: Because of this event, the December Suncoast Diecasters meeting has been moved up to the 7th.)

Come to the Fair! --Er, the Diecast Show!

Come to the Fair! –Er, the Diecast Show!

And thus, onto the October photos!

October 2013

BTM has this friend who’s wild about Chevies, so he (BTM) purchased these two items from Your Humble Webmaster for him (this friend).

It's all about the Chevies! No, really.

It’s all about the Chevies! No, really.

This may have been one of Mattel’s earliest attempts at reaching the “micro” collector market. (Or maybe not. I didn’t feel like doing any research on it.) It’s also rare in that it’s one of the few (relatively) modern sets to include a human figurine. In this case, a ’50s-style “car hop” waitress.

Look closely -- you'll see the ''burger'' graphic is actually designed to look like it's outlined in neon.

Look closely — you’ll see the ”burger” graphic is actually designed to look like it’s outlined in neon.

Ken’s treasures for October include not only some sweet Redlines, but also this rare still-on-de-card Lancia Stratos by DynaWheels (Zee).

These colors don't run! (Although they do roll if pushed.)

These colors don’t run! (Although they do roll if pushed.)

Note how, unlike Mattel, Zee thoughtfully includes actual photos of its models so you know what to look for when you’re shopping.

Zee DynaWheels! The only company to bring you the Rolls Royc!

Zee DynaWheels! The only company to bring you the Rolls Royc!

Emergency Back-up Ken bought this from Big Tractor Mike. You may think, “Okay, cute, a pillow with a picture of a garbage truck.” However, there’s an interesting background story. Turns out this is actually from a sleeping bag, which had several such Matchbox (yes, Matchbox) images on it. A friend of BTM cut apart the bag, and made several such pillows from it.

Nothing says nap-time comfort like municipal waste removal!

Nothing says nap-time comfort like municipal waste removal!

Tom bought this cocoa caravan from Your Humble Webmaster.

For your edification, the sign across the top reads ''Sweets and Treats''.

For your edification, the sign across the top reads ”Sweets and Treats”.

Will Bill ever stop collecting rare Redlines and foreign versions? Nah, probably not. Left side: the blue Ice-T is from France; the Mercedes-Benz C-111 in aqua is a Redline from Hong Kong; and the Dodge D-50 is from Mexico. Right side: Redline Mighty Maverick in chrome; the plum Odd Rod is a blackwall; and the Top Eliminator is from France.

What can I say? It's more groovy Redlines!

What can I say? It’s more groovy Redlines!

Super Van, by Bill. Well, not “by” Bill – – you know what I mean. This version, dark blue with flames, is exceedingly rare (as in, “all about the benjamins” rare). It was only available in the 1975 Cutoff Canyon track set, never in a blister package. As Suncoast Diecasters‘ Webmaster, I hereby declare this our first official Find of the Month.(*)

To quote the Bard: ''Homina homina homina.''

To quote the Bard: ”Homina homina homina.”

You know you want it. You’ve been looking for it like crazy. Well, I found one at Publix.

Made possible by a grant from Spacely Space Sprockets.

Made possible by a grant from Spacely Space Sprockets.

You can see it’s absolutely 100% accurate, right down to the transparent wheels, which … um … because the wheels … Hmmm….

Well, *this* is a weird version of ''Angry Birds''...

Well, *this* is a weird version of ”Angry Birds”…

Even Bumblebee is excited about his new space-faring companion! Look at him celebrating like crazy. Juuust look at him….

Space! It's an exciting place!

Space! It’s an exciting place!

Go ahead.

See you at the November meeting!

~WM

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