Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Page: Maisto's 2002 Ultimate Marvel Series 1

There's been a lot of movies and TV shows based on superheros in the recent years and the genre has appeared in our hobby as well.  In 2002, Maisto released an edition called the Ultimate Marvel Series 1 consisting of 25 cars with Marvel graphics.  The number 25 car was the "Limited Collectors Vehicle".  The chase car - supposedly rarer than the others.  To my surprise I found and bought the entire set and now I'm bringing the images to you so you can hunt them down on Ebay or somewhere. 

Of course, unlike other websites all the pictures are on one page so can enjoy the set as a whole and each picture is clickable so you can go to other sections of the site.  Click here to start. Seeya!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The World's Largest Toy Museum

The sharp-eyed fans of the “Super Happy Funtime Vehicle Museum” would have noticed that there were absolutely no new pictures posted last week anywhere on the site.  Why?  Because I was on vacation in Branson Missouri.  And one of the reasons I chose this area of the United States to holiday was to pay a visit to the aptly named “World’s Largest Toy Museum” and it did not disappoint. 

The museum boasted on their advertisements that they had over a million toys.  I did not take the time to count but I believe this to be an accurate statement. It was easy to find with it’s circus-like facade being guarded by very large toy soldiers, bears and lions. Tickets were reasonably priced with my wife and I gaining admission for about $20. When compared to the other museums in Branson this was a bargain.  If you have any apprehension that you might not get your money’s worth when you purchase your ticket, it soon disappears with you are led to the first area. 

There are toys.  A ton of toys.  A huge amount of toys packed in shelves adorning the walls and floors in themes.  Planes, batman and automobiles greet your gaze as a toy train chugs over your head on a ceiling mounted track and this is just the first room.  Then the very nice employee gives you a quick orientation speech and gives you permission to let out your inner child.  He didn’t need to tell me this, but then he didn’t know I’m not your average patron.

All the rooms are packed with toys.  Walking through the museum is like going through a hardcore collector’s spare room collection.  It’s not a slick setup with fancy lighting and brushed aluminum cases and finely engraved placards.  It is simply shelf after shelf packed with all kinds of toys.  You can look and look and see something different every time you visit an area.  It fills your vision with images of times gone and in the process it brought back many memories of long lost and loved toys. 

It took my wife and I a little over 2 hours to walk through the museum and at the end of it there is the obligatory gift shop.  It was well stocked and even had vintage toys for sale.  I bought a Hartoy truck from the American Highway Legends line.  My one complaint with the gift shop was that there was no custom diecast cars with their logo or name on it.  When I brought this to their attention they assured me they were working on it so I settled for a post card to go with my truck.

They also allow pictures to be taken, so I of course took some.  The pictures posted here are a very small sampling of the museum and of course since I took them, its shows a lot of the diecast sections.  I’m hoping to just give you the feel of the experience while I encourage you visit.

And now the really cool epilogue:

As I was leaving, I realized the employees were talking to a man who was the owner of the museum.  A Mr. Tom Beck. I introduced myself and struck up a conversation.  He was a very congenial man and I really enjoyed talking to him.  At one point in the conversation he invited me to see the warehouse where he housed the toys not yet on display.  Wow.  Cool.  He gave my wife and I the grand tour of multiple rooms of toys getting readied to be seen.  It added another couple of hours to my visit.  It was like I got a second museum for free.

I would like to say how grateful I am to him that he took the time out of his busy schedule to show us around and it was an honor and privilege to meet him.

You can visit their website at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Pages

I've added two new launch pages.  A 2012 Matchbox 5-Pack called Battle Mission and the previously posted Hot Wheels 2015 Easter Cars. And now... here's a Jeep.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everybody!  Here's a picture of 3 of the 6 Hot Wheels Easter cars. The other 3 are posted on the Facebook page.  Peace to you all in this crazy world. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Section: Opel

I added a new section.  Opel.  With 5 pics to start it with. You can find it here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Page: SpongeBob Squarepants 5 Pack

I've got a new page for you to launch from, the SpongeBob Squarepants 5 Pack page. This one is from 2012. There are 2 more but I still need to shoot some pics. Enjoy.  And by the way let me know if there is something in particular you want to see in the museum.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Page: Cool Classics

I put together a Cool Classics page.  Right now, it's just series 1 from 2013 but I will update it with series 2 from 2014 when I finish it, which will apparently be around 2015 when Mattel will release the last 10. As usual each picture is clickable and will take you to the model's variation pages.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Section: Pagani

"Pagani" it's as fun to drive as it's as fun to say.  Not that I know, I don't have that kind of cash.  But I have these little guys and I made a new section in the museum.  Have fun. :)