Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Red Carpet Review: Greenlight 1976 Chevrolet G20

The Super Happy Funtime Virtual Diecast Vehicle Museum Presents 
A Red Carpet Review: 
Featuring Greenlight 1976 Chevrolet G20
from the County Roads Series 8 edition.

Most of you know by now that Greenlight Collectibles makes a good model and this van is no exception.  This one caught my eye at Toys R Us with its unique color and "normal looking" delivery van graphics.  Also, it reminds me of my wife who is a wonderful cook and makes a mean cupcake. :)

The details are great with the exception of the position of the steering wheel.  It comes straight up out of the floor board instead of an angle out of the dashboard.  This bothers me a bit, but unless you stick your face up to one of the windows you don't notice.  Strangely, the van shares a casting number with their Dodge Van.  I'm not sure why since the base and body are completely different.  They just use a letter to differentiate the two.  The Chevy is 060A the Dodge is 060B.

When I was photographing this review I noticed on the back doors a website for what I thought was a made up company.  It turns out this is a real bakery in Greenlight's home town of Indianapolis.  What's the connection?  Who knows?  But I bet there was some free cupcakes involved.  

So now you enjoy the pictures and I will go to the kitchen and dig around for a dessert.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Red Carpet Review: Hot Wheels Scorchin’ Scooter

The Super Happy Funtime Virtual Diecast Vehicle Museum Presents 
A Red Carpet Review: 
Featuring Hot Wheels Scorchin’ Scooter
from the 2013 Motorcycles edition.

In 1997 the Scorchin' Scooter appeared as a First Edition and everybody went crazy for it.  It was unique and it was a cool design and it stood out since it was the first motorcycle Mattel had put in the basic range since the 70s. As is the case with many popular castings there have been a lot of variations made of this model as well as inspiring many more motorcycles to join the lineup. 

Then Mattel did another thing with the pioneering Scooter, they took a cue from another 70s product, the Rumblers, and gave the Scorchin' Scooter a rider.  A skeleton, in fact. And in my opinion recaptured the feel of the original bikes with the modern casting that breathed new life into the Hot Wheel motorcycle lineup in the latter decades. Nice Job, Mattel!

You can check out some motorcycles in the Museum here
Sorry there are no Rumblers.  None survived my childhood. :)