Nissan 240SX- $.50
1980 Chev. Monte Carlo 'Montezooma' - $1
Ford Focus - $1
Rodger Dodger - $1
Ford Explorer - $.63
Ford Crown Victoria - $.63
Ford F150 4x4 - $.63
Ford F150 Extended Cab 4x4 - $.63
Jaguar 'S' type - $.63
Land Rover - $.63
1957 Chevrolet Convertible - $.50
Porsche 911 - $.50
Armored Car - $.50
BMW 328i Police #11 - $1
1937 Chevrolet Coupe (stocker) - $.50
November turned out to be an outstanding month for the addition of new models. Trips to the Seattle Toy Show and Canada added many new and classic models to my collection. Two new models from Tiger Wheels are available and they are the best yet from this new diecast manufacturer. Welly, Real Toy and Motor Max continue to offer some of the best of the bargain priced toy cars.
Three 'Cars of the Month' have been selected. Welly's new Porsche 356B Cabriolet is delightful. While the hard-top 356B is offered by Maisto and Hongwell, the Cabriolet has not been seen in small-scale. Welly's example in German racing silver offers amazing detail and quality at a price that anyone can afford.
Tiger Wheels by Anson are building on their success with the first four models by offering the next two. The 1966 Buick Riviera and Porsche 911 GT-1 are the best yet. TofTC provided a reader's survey when we reviewed the new Tiger Wheel models several months back. The owner of Tiger Wheels, Antonio Fadhal personally reviewed each survey response and he has given us what we wanted. First, these new models are painted in authentic colors. The blue iridescent mist color on the '66 Buick is the exact same color offered on the real car in 1966. The new price of $3.99 is right at the average suggested by readers. The weight and quality of these models make them unique and they remind me of Polistil's Penny cars of the 1960's or the early models from Tomica.
To keep the price down, Tiger Wheels are not currently available through retail outlets. TofTC has agreed to purchase 200 examples of the Riviera and 911 GT-1 in the colors shown here. These will be made available to readers for $3.99 each plus $4 priority mail shipping in the U.S., $8 shipping internationally, To place you order now, click here. Both models are in production now and will be available to ship in January 2002. Pre-orders will be shipped as soon as the models arrive from the factory. This will be your only opportunity to get these model colors at this special TofTC price.
Four Hot Wheels were added including one I've wanted for some time, the Nissan 240SX. The three new models include the lowrider version of a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a Ford Focus drag racer and a re-issue of the Rodger Dodger, '73 Dodge Charger casting.
Six new models from Real Toy were found in Canada. The Ford Crown Victoria and Jaguar 'S' type are excellent. Two Ford trucks and an SUV are joined by a nice new Land Rover. Real Toy continues to offer excellent paint and castings.
From the Seattle Toy Show, a variety of models were found. They include Kidco's '57 Chevy convertible, A curious Porsche 911 from Majorette that may have been an attempt to compete with Darda, an Armored Car from Matchbox, a '37 Chevrolet stocker from Universal, a Chevy Van from Kenner's Fast 111's, An early Zylmex VW Beetle and a Pontiac Fiero, a Jeep from Yat MIng and a '55 Chevy Nomad from Ertl. One final toy show find was the charming 1919 Ford Model T sedan from Efsi, shown below. This casting has been used for trucks, cars and commercial vehicles. It may be a simple model but so was the Model T.
In a wonderful surprise, a reader from Austria sent me two Faller Hit Cars. The Ford Capri and Mercedes-Benz 350SSLC have plastic bodies and metal bases. Faller made slot cars and briefly offered a 1:64 scale toy car line, much like Aurora did with their Cigar Box models.
Welly models of the new VW Beetle are available at Walgreens Drugs. New colors for previous models are also available. The Chevrolet Caprice fire car and Chevelle SS396 are shown. Motor Max has new models out and I found the Corvette Indy in silver. Pioneer models are available in Canada and two police cars were found. The Toyota RAV4 is particularly interesting as it has R.C.M.P. markings for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Chevrolet Caprice is more generic.
A new Matchbox model of the BMW 328i with lightbar and fire badging was found. The windows are very dark, making the interior hard to see.
Johnny Lightning has done two new variations of recent muscle cars. The 1964 Pontiac GTO and the 1968 Mercury Cougar both sport vinyl roofs, painted-on of course. I'm surprised no one has tried to put a real vinyl roof on a 1:64 scale toy car. That would be interesting. The Cougar is colored in the same green that was used by Matchbox on their 1967 Cougar, produced almost 35 years ago. The red-line tires look very nice and allow JL to tweak the boys at Hot Wheels, one more time.
Ford Capri series 1 - gift
Mercedes-Benz 350SLC - gift
Jeep Rescue- $.50
VW New Beetle - $.50
Chevrolet Caprice Fire - $.50
Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 $.50
1955 Chevrolet Nomad - $2
1968 Mercury Cougar #095 - $2.99
1964 Pontiac GTO #960 - $2.99
Toyota RAV4 R.C.M.P. - $1
Chevrolet Caprice Police - $1
KENNER FAST 111's
Chevrolet Van - $.50
VW Beetle $2
Pontiac Fiero $.50
Corvette Indy #6008 - $1