Radio Flyer Restoration Part II

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part I

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New Die Cast

M2 VW Bus WreckerHaven’t picked up any new die cast for a few weeks, but saw this little beauty at Hobby Lobby the other day and couldn’t resist. This is a very nicely detailed M2 VW Bus Wrecker. It’s a nice addition to the collection!

Custom Hot Wheels VW Transport Part II

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Custom Hot Wheels VW Transport Part I

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Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt Found

Super Treasure Hunt '69 Corvette RacerWe were recently roaming the aisles of our local box store and came across this little treasure on the pegs. It’s been years since we found a Treasure Hunt on the pegs, so we were both surprise when we came across this Hot Wheels ’69 Corvette Racer Super Treasure Hunt hanging on the pegs. It was a great find and we shared the same excitement as we did when we found our first treasure hunt many, many years ago.

Custom Matchbox ’35 Ford Truck

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