|20040609(Hotwheels-News):Missing Super Tuned details|
is a picture of the Super Tuned I am missing. According to the companion
website, this truck was included in the 2002 Deluxe Auto Chase playset. Any
leads on finding this set (or even just the truck loose) would be much appreciated.
|20040601(Hotwheels-News):Buying HotWheels On eBay|
Over the past year or so, I've been relying on ebay as the primary way to
expand my HotWheels collection. Doing so permits me the luxury of being
able to target particular items to add, meaning that I can complete
various subsection or model type collections.
And I've managed to do it without getting (too) ripped off.
Here are my methods for using ebay with a minimum of risk.
Read More:Always More.
|20040526(Hotwheels-News):I'm still alive in here|
A couple more updates... obviously my acquisition speed has significantly
slowed, seeing as how there are many more important things to buy than
toys. But there are a couple of cool items on the way from eBay.
And props to Mr. Jason Biffis who caught that I'd mislabeled a couple
of cars and sent me an email to let me know -- feel free to drop me a
line whenever you see me making a mistake.
Well, as soon as I catch up, I find I'm not caught up at all.
This round of updates includes two cars which should have completed
a collection each. The K-mart Exclusive CocaCola Race Team includes a
rare Pikes Peak Celica; and I discovered and purchased a Super Tuned which
came from an AutoZone promotion (it wears the Duralast logos).
However, I now discover that there is a 2004 Pikes Peak Celica (part of the
Roll Patrol segment series); and that a playset sold in 2001 (or so) included
a black and white Super Tuned wearing 'DC Police' logos. The PPC
will be easy to collect in the next year, but somehow I doubt that
I will ever see the Super Tuned.
Add this to the fact that there is a 2004 Fandango out there, and my hunting
is cut out for me.
Noticed all the cars which have gone up since the new year?
A couple of finds that I wanted to gloat about:
- the deep color variation of 2002-160 Pikes Peak Celica. Of course,
having spent all the time and effort (and accumulating 3 of the light
color variations in the process) getting the thing, I prefer the look of
the more common color. Seems somehow more... more. Somehow.
- Ferrari 348 (part 4348). This is one I got in my mega-box back in
February. This one I purchased is on a nice blister (the older one is
yellowed) so I kept this new one and opened the older one. Nice color.
- Fandango (Part 65687, part of playset part B1365). Nothing particularly
special about it, except that it is a somewhat rarer Fandango.
- the Bat City Collector's Club Fandango. I don't know anything further
about this "Bat City" club, except that they do a custom car once per year
in a limited number. This limited number for this car is allegedly 50, and
after I bought mine on eBay the seller listed three more. (Since no one
bid up the one I bought, I somehow think he won't move all three of them.)
The car looks to be based on the 2001-048 First Edition Fandango, although
this car has a subtly redder paint color than the First Edition.
- the open wing variation of 2001-017 Super Tuned First Edition. This
car doesn't come up on eBay very often and I was honestly surprised
to end up with it.
Well I always sound like a bit of a tool when I ramble on about these toys
so that's it for now.
|20031014(Hotwheels-News):More Good Stuff|
Couple of updates, and I've discovered eBay.
Read More:eBay? Oh no!
|20030621(Hotwheels-News):A Long Overdue Update|
An update, at long last.
- 2003-24: 24/Seven
- 2003-153: Tow Jam
- 2002-110: '70 Plymouth Roadrunner
- 2003-141: Pikes Peak Tacoma
- (unknown): Tow Jam
- (unknown): Dodge Charger Daytona 1970
- (unknown): Plymouth Baracuda
...plus the photos for 2002-177 and 2002-052 are finally included in the website.
Why such a long delay before showing new cars? It was partially psychological.
Oh, and this:
Read More:lots more to come
|20021231(Hotwheels-News):2002 Final Update|
Here is the last update for 2002. Since more than nine cars went up,
this article has a list of the most recent additions. Read on for
some changes to the way the Hot Wheels are presented.
Read More:Photo Sizes Change!
Well, I've spent some time hacking at the four scripts used to
generate these pages, and I've pared that down to two. This has
the side effect of making things slightly faster, and much less
confusing for me when I go back to it in eleven months.
(Actually, I lie, there were six scripts involved, now there are
merely four. I make things incredibly complicated.)
The old "gallery" style photo pages are still there, you just can't
get at them directly. You have to select a list of cars with the
year or category you are interested in, and then click on the
category link in the title of one of those cars. (Yes, I know it is
less than intuitive. And I describe it badly. Anyways.) This is a
shame because the category list style shows the cars in order of
aquisition, while the gallery list shows them in numerical order. I
don't know how I am going to fix this because the current way lets me
just add new categories and have them automatically appear instead of
having to manually edit the templates for the index pages. Which I hate doing.
But the lists and photos are up to date now, and that should do it
until after Christmas.
Shrewd viewers will note a complete lack of 2003 series cars thus far.
Alright, I've definitely broken something somewhere... I'll have a
quick whack at fixing it but if it doesn't look easy or obvious I'm
just going to continue the rewrite of the HotWheels processor that is
currently in process.
There are a whole metric buttload of cars ready to go up, but I'm changing
how I organize these pages a bit and obviously the new control file
format isn't entirely compatable with the old scripts.
One of the things I've received recently is the 2002 Guide. Like last year, this
book details the Treasure Hunt, First Edition, and Segment Series cars on offer.
|20020217(Hotwheels-News):Play Track Dynamics|
It occurs to me that I've been describing some of the cars here
as "good on the track" or "not good for the track". Perhaps I should
take a minute to talk in more detail about my criteria.
Read More:way to suck the fun out of playing with toys, dave!
|20020216(Hotwheels-News):Bring on the 2002s|
Of course, as soon as I start whining about the lack of 2002s I come
into a store with tonnes of them. And of course, with the new 2002s
come the last of the 2001s I have not seen yet. So for today, two of
each -- and maybe later something special.
|20020214(Hotwheels-News):Bug Fixing & New Cars|
Happy Valentine's Day! I finally fixed a couple of bugs with the
layout engine and now things look a lot better. I also finally
figured out why the master lists were not getting sorted in numerical
order and fixed that. Car wise,
I have added five new cars plus an old on we've had around for a
while, not really sure why the old one has not been added until
today. But it's here, and I think that I am finally up to date... at
least until I go shopping again.
One thing I have noticed in my touring around is that the 2002 cars
made a brief appearance just before Christmas, and now are hardly to
be seen (with the exception of the Nomadder What and second one the name
of which escapes me). Pity, since I was looking forward to the new
cars -- especially the Nissan Skyline. I'm sure that they will show
My friends and family were good to me through the holidays, so
there are a whole bunch of cars waiting to be added to the lists.
However, I'm changing the format of these pages so that the entire
thing can be automatically generated much more easilly -- look for
that to happen soon -- but as motivation, I'm not letting myself
open any of the new cars until the script to generate these pages is
done. It's killing me!
|20011130(Hotwheels-News):Last Outing Before Christmas|
OK, this is the last batch before Christmas, I promise. Six new cars,
all from 2001: #090 Corvette 1963, #159 Cabbin' Fever, #213 MS-T
Suzuka, #214 Porche 911 GT3, #224 Shadow Mk IIa, and #237 Fire Eater.
#213, #214 and #224 are color and decal variations on previous cars,
of which I like the Porche the best. Fire Eater is a more modern
yellow which does the day-glo effect that previous yellow cars have
done. Also interesting is the fact that Fire Eater's base has been
re-engineered -- both of the old Fire Eaters rescued from our childhoods
had broken axel mounts, while this one has improved protection for the
|20011124(Hotwheels-News):More Ancient Cars|
A couple of new 2001 cars: #166 Ferrari 456M and #201 Super Tuned.
Check out the "electric yellow" in the Super Tuned pic -- it isn't
how the car really looks (the actual yellow is much flatter), but it
sure is a neat effect. Also, my wife found some of her childhood
toys, they have been added to the Unknown section and the 1988
section (the only car we have positively identified thus far).