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  1. I got them from a Facebook seller I use from time to time. (Ana's Hot Wheels for sale UK). As you mentioned on Sunday, these are from a case that seems to have been missed in the UK, so it seems to be the only way of getting them. Yeah they cost more than Tesco's prices but I just offset that against time and fuel traipsing around shops and finding nothing! Still shitloads cheaper than eBay sellers too...
  2. Lovely post lady has just called! Not really got hold of any EVs, but I do like these little Hondas. Nice to see one that isn't covered in estate agent graphics... Nicely done, this one. Makes a nice compare & contrast with the recent Hot Wheels N600. And a Hot Wheels interloper. Just got this one to fill the box, as I've been searching high and low for this one locally. It seemed to be in high demand among the scalpers when it came out. Liking the deep-dish slotmag style rims on this one.
  3. Yay! Probably another one I won't see in our shops...🤣 Can't wait till they do the MK2 Escort as a mainline!
  4. Round here at the moment it seems to be various S and RS badged Audis and W204/W205 Mercedes C Classes, depending on the success of the individual's 'enterprises'. Although there is one guy, who seems to call at a lot of home addresses late at night, in a recent model Kia Sportage (probably for 'stealth'.).
  5. New stuff here as well! As usual the Middlesbrough store had sod all, but the one near the in-laws at Ingleby Barwick came up trumps. Nice to see the Ryu Asada tribute on the SVX packaging. Almost missed them as they were mixed in the rummage box with the previous releases. Looking at bunglebus's post reminded me I forgot the '32 Ford as well. Bollocks! The girl I get a lot of my Mattel stuff from on Facebook has had a lot of the new releases lately too, a few of which are heading my way. TBH it just looks like a lot of re colours, not a lot of new castings yet. No new version of the Capri yet either it seems. Joined the grey Scooby set as well! Thought I'd missed out on this one.
  6. Another Merc-in-Miniature arrived today. Another Minichamps as well, so it's a pretty good one. They did a myriad versions of the W/C/S124, but this one particularly appealed, one of the reasons being... the simulated wing vents signify this one being a lowly diesel version. Though perhaps not that lowly! It's a well rendered thing, and pretty bulky, much like the real thing. Sadly the saloon version doesn't get the opening bonnet (with nice underbonnet detailing) and boot like the Minichamps coupé and convertible do. It's in pretty good nick for a nigh-on 30 year old model that has been on display. However, some of the drivers door mirror has broken off and the grille star is missing. Sadly this seems to have been part of the grille moulding rather than the models of the later cars which have a sturdier metal star fitted. Other than that, nice front end detail on show. Nice to see this design of alloy wheel featured which was a factory accessory on 124s,190s and early C Classes, making a change from the more common 8-holes. As expected, the interior is a treat, especially from a model dating back to the early 90s, including what looks like some aftermarket door cappings... Loving the auto selector, just like the real thing, and check out the '80s style carphone! Just superb. And another thing about this model, which made me want it, is the colour scheme. Signal red over Corsair red with black leather is very evocative of one of my old Mercs, my old 190E 2.6 Sportline, (I know, wrong model, wrong size but I can't afford a Minichamps 190....)
  7. Got excited when I nipped into Tesco yesterday morning and found fresh stocks of Matchbox mainlines on the pegs. Alas, they were all from the last case. But at least I got the blue Mini Cooper, Fiat 500 Abarth and modern Honda Civic I missed last time around. Not even anything new with Hot Wheels lately, Smyth's was a waste of time last weekend and local Morrisons regularly restock but with stuff from 2 or 3 cases ago.
  8. It looks like the W202 C Class is finally having its day. Prices are slowly but surely on the rise after years of just being rusty £500 bangers. Rough rusty ones are still out there of course but nice clean ones are coming onto the market and prices are heading well north of £2k for 230 kompressors and 280 six-pots. It could have easily have been a deserving successor to the 190, but the well known ill-advised water based paint fiasco (along with the bio-degradable wiring issue on the W124) and the general cheapening by Chrysler as time went by cost MB dearly. When recently deciding to go back to an oldish Merc (now the wife has had to commandeer the Corsa for school-run duties), I very nearly went for another W202, but having never tried a W203, I've ended up with one of those instead. I'd forgotten about the Vanguards Dolomite, there were so many that were on my want list around 2001-2003! I got the original white 1850 release when it came out. I liked the fact it was a relatively base version (even badged and described on the box as an "automatic"), even though I equally love the Magenta Sprint I also have. Because Magenta, basically. Just a shame they did such a cock job with the Sprint wheels...
  9. Ooft! I need a Vanguards Cosmic blue Wolseley now...
  10. Arrival, part two, and just to show that I'm not all about rusty German barges, Another Vanguards variant that I've been chasing for years and inexplicably never got round to buying one of! This is from one of the golden eras of Vanguards IMO. It was amazing at the time that I could finally get models of "real life" classics that other manufacturers had ignored. Stuff like Marinas, MK1 Granadas, Allegros, Hillman Imps and, as shown here, the Landcrab. At this time, Lledo had really upped the game with detail and features like sprung suspension. This one was another eBay purchase and it really is as new, right down to the box. Unopened bag with the mirror still on the sprue and collectors card un-removed from the box. There were a couple of reasons I have been after this particular version. One being the colour, of course. "Antelope" really shows this one as being a later BL-era example. (Complete with correct plughole badges on the front wings) However this one has a wider than usual side stripe and a slightly racy red interior, which gives away the fact that this might not be the usual family plodder. That little boot badge says it all. This is the twin-carb 1800 S. I've always liked the idea of the Landcrab's slightly staid styling coupled with the grunt of an MGB motor. Generally I just like sporty versions of cars you would think unlikely to have a sporty version of, I suppose. A great model of the Landcrab IMO, I think the S would have looked a lot better with some Wolseley 2200 style Rostyles as standard though. (Runs and hides...)
  11. Today's arrival, part one. Another baby-Baby Benz, the previous generation C Class this time. I already have a Minichamps C180 in fairly-base Esprit trim, that I got fairly cheap as it was unboxed. I've always fancied the AMG C36 variant though as a contrast and managed to get this one in decent boxed condition (though missing the cardboard outer sleeve) for a tenner, not too bad a result when you see what people are asking for these... Bonus points for being one of my favourite colours, the rarely seen (and imaginatively named) Light Yellow, only really seen on early launch Esprit versions. I've never seen it on an AMG version but the lairy colour suits the 'Big rimz and kit' styling of the C36. For a model from the early '90s (it's nearly 30 years since the C Class first launched, scary!), it holds up well. The ribbed effect on the headlight lenses is fairly convincing, grille detail is good, and I love the delicate photo etched bonnet star on these. I know '90s German saloons aren't everyone's cuppa on here, but I do think the 202's styling has aged very well, and the Minichamps model captured it nicely. Amusingly though, judging by every one I've seen, they never seemed to get the front wheel arch quite right. It seems a bit wavy, as if it's been plugged full of wob. Quite prototypical then... Nice job on the big AMG Monoblock alloys though and the tiny Sport front wing badges. Never seen those badges on a real AMG though, I suppose it makes sense that they would have started with a factory Sport model with its uprated suspension and brakes then drop the 3.6 24V motor in. The interiors are what really make these Minichamps models for me though. Again the seat pattern is exactly right for an early '93 Sport model, though it's a shame they didn't plump for the wacky check plaid trim from the following year. All the AMGs I've ever seen in the metal have had leather anyway... Even the door trims are done the same! Colour coded steering wheel trim and gear shifter as well.
  12. You're right, I still have a couple of Cararama MK1 Capris and Corsairs which are great for the little I paid for them. Helped of course by the fact that recent models of the Corsair are few and far between! I've seen them detailed up and with different wheels and they look ace. I've been chasing a Cararama Puma for a while but always get outbid by pennies at the last minute when they're on. And the ones on BIN are always priced higher than the actual Minichamps version...
  13. At the weekend, my username became even more out of date, when I brought home my new replacement for the Octavia, a Merc W203 C Class. So I had a hunt on ebay, to see if I could find a miniature version. Surely there might be a nice, reasonably priced 1/43 dealer model or two on there, Luckily, good old Cararama came to the rescue. £7 mint and boxed, that's more like it squire! Okay, so it's a different shade of blue to my real-life example and it's a pre facelift, but beggars can't be choosers... For a model that's ever so slightly toy-like, it's not bad at all. The shape's not quite there though, I keep getting reminded of a Lexus. (Which IS the "Japanese Mercedes" tbf). Obviously, as evidenced by the 'for 3 years and over' lettering on the box, one wouldn't expect a miniature three pointed emblem on the bonnet, but they've done a fair stab at a tampo printed grille and bonnet badge, which does look like one of the blanks that people put on when they've had the star pinched... At least the headlamps and bumper mounted foglamps are separately moulded. Again, for the price point, the tail lights are pretty good, although the C320 logo seems a bit on the piss. (Sadly my real life version is a lowly 180 kompressor, much as I'd love a 320). Surprisingly though, the wipers and door mirrors are done well here. The shape of the seats are well caught too. Incidentally it's nice to see the toy like opening doors do actually include the top frames, unlike a lot of toys with their unrealistic pillarless doors. Sadly all one colour like it's been moulded out of Caramac, bit the shape of the dash is well done , including the gear selector and steering wheel. Wheels are a passable copy of AMG 5 spokes as commonly seen on late W209 CLKs. Even the underside is pretty good for the price, with its separate exhaust!
  14. Anything between £20-£50 on buy it now, I have seen them go lower on auction, but it's very rare they come up. There's been one on ebay forever with a Greek seller with an optimistic £110 asking price...
  15. That's a Corsa D. Only Corsa C models that crop up on eBay are the Minichamps versions, which come with correspondingly high price tags, lovely model though.
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