November’s Nuggets!

To all current members, please recall the schedule change for the December meeting.

Okay, gang, this is Suncoast Diecasters‘ final meeting for 2013, so let’s make it a good’n! And remember, you never know when a Christmas sale might pop up!

Happy Holidays jpg

Now, onto the November photos!

November 2013

I don’t recall where Doug said he stumbled across this, but it’s ultra-cool despite my brain-gas! 75-piece John Deere dealership set, complete and in a box which is in beautiful condition. There’s simply no way I could not declare this our Find of the Month.(*)

GREEEEEN Acres is the place to be!

GREEEEEN Acres is the place to be!

Farm playsets is the life for me!

Farm playsets is the life for me!

Ken bought these Hardee’s/Applause Days of Thunder miniatures from me. Actually there were two #46 cars, one still in the baggie; however, I couldn’t arrange them in such a was as to eliminate excessive glare on the bagged one, so I just left it out of the photo. Photographer’s discretion and all that, ya know.

I've heard that Tom Cruise didn't meet the height requirement for these cars. I mean, literally, *these* cars.

I’ve heard that Tom Cruise didn’t meet the height requirement for these cars. I mean, literally, *these* cars.

More of Ken’s treasures, including the second love of his life, a Willys model.

The first was a hand model in an Avon catalog.

The first was a hand model in an Avon catalog.

More of more of Ken’s treasures, featuring the other first love of his life, a garbage truck.

This shot also includes the Charger from ''Fast and Furious'', which is neither a Willys or a garbage truck.

This shot also includes the Charger from ”Fast and Furious”, which is neither a Willys or a garbage truck.

Perhaps you noticed that oddly-proportioned little olive-drab tooler in the above photo. That little fellow was — at least for the November meeting — Ken’s pride and joy. He beamed and cavorted so much about this little guy that I was compelled to come up with a fancy portrait. With Krista’s help (i.e., the Mattel bridge), this is the achieved result.

The light rope in the background may (or may not) be an example of bokeh.

The light rope in the background may (or may not) be an example of bokeh.

And now, because it’s the holiday season, I offer you this close-up.

You're welcome.

You’re welcome.

So Krista got all “space theme-y” with this Space Shuttle Discovery, this reboot Enterprise with reboot battle damage, and this Tampa Bay Lightning Zamboni with ion propulsion and atomic disruptors. Or, something.

Plus, the Zamboni has Real Riders. Only at Suncoast Diecasters, people.

Plus, the Zamboni has Real Riders. Only at Suncoast Diecasters, people.

I credit the Holy Spirit with this re-found find among Bob ‘s wares. I hadn’t seen Super Smooth since the Great Walmart Time Shift, and never thought I’d see one again, much less actually own one.

Not just smoooth ... Suuuper Smoooooth

Not just smoooth … Suuuper Smoooooth

Bill does his manic Mattel magic again, not only finding a Redline Steam Roller, but actually finding a prototype with a chromed plastic base.

Methinks Bill lives in a parallel universe where ''rare'' toys are pouring out of a factory.

Methinks Bill lives in a parallel universe where ”rare” toys are pouring out of a factory.

Bill again, with an exceedingly rare carded Jet Theat II, and an exceedingly giraffed Super Van.

Go ahead, sing the jingle; you know you want to.

Go ahead, sing the jingle; you know you want to.

…Not to mention an excruciatingly rare carded Super Chromes Gremlin Grinder, and a painfully orange Vega Bomb.

I couldn't write a caption because the orange hurt my eyes.

I couldn’t write a caption because the orange hurt my eyes.

Print this out and take it to the store with you, so you can collect all the latest models!

(Please note that some models are not available until early 1977.)

(Please note that some models are not available until early 1977.)

I was going for another artsy shot. It actually turned out the exactly the opposite of what I was going for — nicely focused up front, blurred in the back. Yet, I still got the “through the Vega Bomb” view I wanted, so I’m happy.

Hazy, but happy.

Hazy, but happy.

See you at the December meeting — which is closer than you think!!!

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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