November does … what?!?
Well, you’ll figure it out once you get to the official from-the-meeting photos. However, I wanna do something a little different first. I rarely put photos above the blue horizontal break. However, since the final K-mart Collector Day of 2014 fell on the same date as Suncoast Diecasters‘ November meeting, I’m setting it off separately.
Towards the end of K-Day, I had about a half-dozen or so new cars in my hands. At the checkout line, all I had was this:
Yep, I put all the other models back on the pile because, as I looked them over again, the only one that really made me happy was ol’ Snoopy. …I wonder he still thinks he’s piloting a Sopwith Camel?
Here, before going to the November photos, this will make you feel better.
Big Tractor Mike surprised Krista with this commemorative trinket purchased from the gift shop of the Arkham Asylum. Hashtag Gotham, y’all!
Okay, now you see why I made the somewhat oblique reference to Transformers. I brought several Generation 1 toys to our November meeting; and Big Tractor Mike, why, he done bought ’em all! First is good ol’ Sludge here, without weapons or accessories but still in very good condition and functionally transformationable.
Next up is Hot Rod. Again, no weapons or accessories, but still quite fashionable. And by that I mean — and those who know will understand this — he has metal shoes. And I don’t mean brake shoes.
Next are several complete Action Master figures. Here we have Inferno and Krok. Inferno is a classic character from the early days of Transformers. Krok, like Howitzer Explosion Guy, was made up for the war.
And finally we have Devastator and Blaster. Devastator is famous for 1) being the first combing robot toy and 2) being impressively large when all six Constructicons are combined. Blaster is famous for being the Autobots’ attempt at stealing some of the cool from Soundwave.
BTM and I did a “plus cash” trade. He got, plus some cash, this sweet Willys jeep, by New-Ray. Wonderfully detailed, and securely bolted into a very convenient ready-for-display case. No scale is stated; it’s larger than my 1/43s, but smaller than the 1/24 NASCAR models which show up occasionally, so I’m guessing it’s in the 1/32 range.
And what did I get? Oh, just this delicious Matchbox Superfast Volkswagen Camper. It’s in beautiful shape, with just the teensiest of little dings here and there. A very thoughtfully-sculpted casting, it even includes the “louvers” on the D-pillars.
Ken hired the No-Name Army — represented here by a rather squattish truck and what appears to be an amphibious tank — to protect his No-Name Dumptruck.
Ken purchased from me this Target Exclusive boxed gift set of … I dunno, dishes? Outerwear? Whatever.
Yes, yes, yes, I was finally able to personally contribute to Ken’s mad scheme to own every garbage truck toy ever. In this case, it’s a kind of a two-fer. Not only does he get this lovely, large-scale toy…
…But he also gets this snazzy Toy Story 3 Tri-County Landfill playset which hides inside the truck in which it resides. It also incidentally ties Ken back to BTM’s Transformers-fest above. And how does the garbage truck become the playset, you ask?
Why, in this engineerfully delightful manner, that’s how!
Now for Ken’s piece of resistance – the Matchbox Wildcat Dragster. This is one sweet, wild ride. It seems to represent a curious time in 1/64-scale car design: on one hand, it features an appreciably well-sculpted body casting with full interior and powerful engine. On the other hand, it sports a cartoonish, almost garish color scheme which makes it look less like a well-crafted miniature and more like, well, a toy. It’s as if Matchbox couldn’t decide whether the item was meant for kids or adults, and attempted to split the difference.
Nonetheless, the Wildcat is in beautiful, almost pristine condition. I normally don’t post chassis photos; they mainly serve to ID the make, model and year (just like a real car!) for post text. And of course, the chassis, or base, is usually unpainted or chromed ZAMAC. You know I’m impressed when I include a base photo specifically because its paint is also in such good shape — whatever color that paint may be.
Now this … this is a beauty shot. I should order a poster of this shot for myself. I hereby proudly declare Ken’s Wildcat Dragster to be our Find of the Month for November 2014.(*)
See you at the December meeting!