January 2018 Update: Great Start to the New Year!

You may recall that previous years’ January updates were lightweight affairs. Post-holiday wind-down, attendance was low, and few if any trades took place. This year, our January meeting was radically, wonderfully different — a good crowd, and some serious treasure-tradin’ and car-findin’!. So get to the photos!

January 2018

You’ve seen various farm dioramas from Big Tractor Mike before. Well, sir, I walked into our January meeting and hardly got situated, when I looked over and saw the biggest display BTM had yet brought in. BTM asked for several photos; I took ten photos overall, including a few focusing on a certain special black truck. Later I’ll update this update with info from BTM on what you’re seeing here. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful slideshow:

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Ed was in attendance, and brought in a wonderful variety of models: Treasure Hunts, almost all in Kar Keepers; quality loose models in Jammers; packaged sets; and … the cardboard box.

It was about a foot square, and loaded with loosies priced at “priced to move” prices. A few guys began cautiously picking through the box. Then Ed, to ease their hunting, unceremoniously dumped the whole thing out onto the table:

Awwww.

Awwww.

From this forlorn pile of rejectlings several treasures were found. For example, here are the ones Original Ken acquired:

Matchbox ambulance, and High Speed police car.

Matchbox ambulance, and High Speed police car.

Matchbox Mayflower moving truck with opening rear doors (and without rear axle).

Matchbox Mayflower moving truck with opening rear doors (and without rear axle).

Ferrari Testarossa, a transitional Corgi casting issued by Hot Wheels. The blue Malibu with flames is a Jada, from Big Rob's son Robby

Ferrari Testarossa, a transitional Corgi casting issued by Hot Wheels. The blue Malibu with flames is a Jada, from Big Rob’s son Robby

Speaking of Kar Keepers: I told you I would, and I did. I asked around at the meeting if anyone had a Kar Keeper or Protecto Pak. Big Tractor Mike demonstrated some left-over holiday spirit and RAOK’d me with a P’Pak! Later, I secured my Milano as promised.

See? The one Milano is safely MOC in the shell, while the other can be displa-- THE DEATH STAR HAS CLEARED THE CARDBOARD! THE DEATH STAR HAS CLEARED THE CARDBOARD!

See? The one Milano is safely MOC in the shell, while the other can be displa– THE DEATH STAR HAS CLEARED THE CARDBOARD! THE DEATH STAR HAS CLEARED THE CARDBOARD!

Ken got this sweet Zee (Zylmex) school bus from BTM. Overall the package is in really nice condition, with beautiful artwork.

I'd give this Zee an "A".

I’d give this Zee an “A”.

By the way, I was originally going to not point out the vintage price tag, as Wal-mart is quite contemporary. But then I thought about the fact that Zylmex has been gone for a while. In fact, according to the Zylmex Tribute Page, the company went out of business in 1996. As of this writing, that’s twenty-two years ago — in other words, nearly a quarter of a century. I guess that’s pretty darn close to vintage.

(I haven’t included a separate photo of the price tag because this image is very close to the original’s size, and is quite clear.)

Big Rob had a nice assortment of Johnny Lighting Lost in Space miniatures, and sold this Robot B-9 to … somebody. Seriously, neither Rob nor Ken nor myself can remember who bought this. Even so: Enjoy your recent purchase, Unknown Suncoast Diecasters Member!

Mystery Collector; Are you ready for your Mystery Collector?

Mystery Collector; Are you ready for your Mystery Collector?

As club photographer, I’m always taking photos of people’s treasures. But at this meeting, something unique and wonderful happened: Ken took photos of my treasures! Ken was impressed by the cars I found, and snapped photos for our club’s Facebook page. For example, from Robby, Big Rob’s son, I bought this NASCAR Stocker. Very good condition. This is the version which says “Racing Stocker” on the base. While not the exceedingly rare “Mountain Dew Stocker” version, I am nonetheless very happy with this model.

Although, to be honest, I'm a Coca-Cola man myself.

Although, to be honest, I’m a Coca-Cola man myself.

From Ed’s pile-o-playthings, I found three cool models. First is this Mercedes convertible by TootsieToy.

This is a really good-looking casting.

This is a really good-looking casting.

Then I got these two unusual Hot Wheels models:

Okay, that … that photograph might be a little misleading. Actually, I posted it to proved these are Hot Wheels-branded. Further, they’re copyrighted 1985. And that’s all we know about them. Here are the actual models:

Um...

Um…

As you can see, they’re somewhat cartoonishly proportioned. Both have the same base, and the same construction: The one-piece engine/interior simply snaps into the body shell. Both have friction motors. The blue is gummy, and goes neither far nor fast. The red on the other hand still performs relatively well.

However, quite seriously, no-one in the club has any idea where these models are from. Not even Ed, who had them in his cardboard box. So if any of you fellow collectors out there can shed any light on these mystery mobiles, please let us know in the Comments. Thanks!

So, let me make this official: 2018 starts off grandly with Dual Finds of the Month(**): Ken’s classic Zee bus, and my Hot Wheels oddball unknowns. Three cheers and a tiger for us!

…And, our January updated was posted with a tiny little sliver of January left! Celebratory victory dance!

See you at our February meeting!

~WM

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Welcome!; and, May & June 2013 Meetings

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the new Suncoast Diecasters blog-format website thingy! Same great club, brand-new packaging. You’ll get the monthly meeting Gallery updates not only in a much more timely manner, but you can receive them automatically via subscription and/or Twitter feed. And you can now see my delightfully witty photo captions, without special browser coding. Also, you’ll be able to comment directly on each update. Current members, please read the special message; then check the Calendar for a special shopping event!

You’ll see this new site grow dynamically as I replicate pages from the original site (which you can still visit, by the way, as so clearly indicated in the left-hand column). Now, please scroll down and enjoy our new site’s first official post!

June 2013

Tom shopped and shopped and shopped and shopped. And shopped.

Tom shopped until his wallet collapsed from exhaustion!

Tom shopped until his wallet collapsed from exhaustion!

Custom Volkswagen and Mirada Stocker. Of Tom’s totality from the June meeting, my favorite is the VW.

So, with a clear sunroof, you can look up and see if Gov't drones are following you?

So, with a clear sunroof, you can look up and see if Gov’t drones are following you?

Ironically — considering Tom is Suncoast Diecasters‘ VW viscount — his favorite is this h’yar Custom Fleetside.

''Fleetside'' -- I guess I'm a Navy truck.

”Fleetside” — I guess I’m a Navy truck.

Bill gathers more great variations, including France-made GMC Motorhome and Cargo Lift, and a rare Red-line Show Hoss II.

All four of these are in exact perfect scale with each other. Honest.

All four of these are in exact perfect scale with each other. Honest.

No way I could not attempt a lifted-body shot…

''Rigging.'' I call it rigging. Some cars need it; Ken's car didn't. (What did he just say? Maybe the answer is below. Far below....)

”Rigging.” I call it rigging. Some cars need it; Ken’s car didn’t. (What did he just say? Maybe the answer is below. Far below….)

Mike C. demonstrates how to buy one thing yet magically increase his collection by five things.

Mike ponied up to buy this set! Get it? ''Ponied up''? Hey, look, just because we got a new site, it doesn't mean you get better jokes!

Mike ponied up to buy this set! Get it? ”Ponied up”? Hey, look, just because we got a new site, it doesn’t mean you get better jokes!

Mike recycles a Maisto AllStars flatbed…

Mike bought the truck to display the 'Vette, then put 'em on the flame display. So, he's displaying his displaying of the 'Vette. Very meta of you, Mike!

Mike bought the truck to display the ‘Vette, then put ’em on the flame display. So, he’s displaying his displaying of the ‘Vette. Very meta of you, Mike!

It’s very embarrassing that a big-name company such as Mattel could let this get into the market with the word “pack” so clearly mis-spelled.

See, Mike should've bought *two* of these ... Then he could open one and actually play with it!

See, Mike should’ve bought *two* of these … Then he could open one and actually play with it!

Mike’s doctor told him to take two of these with water before every– Oh, track joiners! Sorry about that. I completely misunderstood.

...I wonder if woodworking biscuits are based on these things?

…I wonder if woodworking biscuits are based on these things?

March 2013

Some certain member of Suncoast Diecasters had a birthday. Some other certain member RAOK’d member, the former, with this incredibly thoughtful gift. (And it’s even the right color!)

Original Redline Python

Now THIS is a birthday present!

A new member had this amongst his offerings. I asked his price, and found it acceptable. So now I finally have one!

Space, the ''Finally, I got one!'' frontier....

Now I just need three more….

Ken picked up several new treasures, including this MOC Tootsietoy. The two white “76” vehicles in this photo seem identical; the difference being that one has a “bar”-like shape across its base. Yet, this particular mark is not listed in any of the books. So, either the books are in error, or that mark is a figment of Ken’s imagination.

Ken's collection

With Ken, it’s most likely the latter….

More of Ken’s treasures, including, yes, for our first official post of our new blog … a garbage truck!

Ken's collection -- with *another* garbage truck even!

I don’t know if Ken is editorializing with that ‘NBC’ garbage truck, but *I* certainly would be….

The coolest item by far which Ken got at our May ’13 meeting was this Firebird Funny Car, by Zee (Zylmex). Paint looks good; body shell stays up (some don’t, which means “rigging” is necessary for photos), and the “whizz wheel” ridges will certainly make for a fast ride … Not that Ken actually plays with his cars, ya’know,,,,

Zee (Zylmex) Firebird Funny Car

”Rad Bird” … Wow, that’s just so, *so* Eighties….

Well, thus is Suncoast Diecasters‘ first post of our new blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed typing it. Please subscribe to our e-mail updates (and/or Twitter feed). See you at the July meeting!

~W