New Hot Wheels Drag Bus Added To The Collection

Hot Wheels VW Drag BusI’ve been looking for this latest rendition of the Hot Wheels VW Drag Bus for a while now and Lenora was lucky enough to find one the other day while walking the aisles of Walmart. If you’re a beginner collector or not a collector at all, the Drag Bus might not mean anything to you. You have to go all the way back to 1996 to truly understand and appreciate the significance of the Hot Wheels Drag Bus. You can learn everything about it by clicking here! I’ll just give you a quick summary. When the Drag Bus was released as part of the 1996 First Editions series, it was an instant hit. I believe it was the heaviest Hot Wheels ever produced. It didn’t do well on the Hot Wheels track, but it was something different and everybody wanted one. So much so that people started hoarding them and selling them on sites such as Ebay for hundreds of dollars, yes, hundreds. They became impossible to find because most of them never hit the shelves. Even department store employees hoarded them to sell for a profit. I was patient and Lenora (she has much better luck than I do) finally found one at a Walmart and not long after, my niece found one at a Walmart as well. So I have two of the original Drag Buses. This spectacle went on for months and months. Hundreds of other companies recognized the popularity of the Drag Bus and commissioned them as giveaways/purchase with their company logos. Cereal companies, oil companies, automotive part companies, everybody jumped on the bandwagon. There were/are so many variations and paint schemes for the Drag Bus, I don’t think anybody knows exactly how many. Besides the two original First Editions Drag Buses that I have, I probably have 8 or 9 company promo Drag Buses as well. I only collect the ones that appeal to me. The Drag Bus remains as popular today as it did in 1996, prices now are more reasonable. You can even pick up a carded, 1996 First Editions Drag Bus for around 12 to 15 dollars. Earlier this year, Mattel re-released the Drag Bus as part of their 50th Anniversary Favorites series. There are some changes to this release, paint scheme is different, it has Real Riders (rubber tires) and now it sports windows around the roof line, making it a 21 window T1 Drag Bus. The same phenomenon that happened back in 1996 didn’t happen this time even though it sorta started that way with this release. People immediately started hoarding them up and selling them at inflated prices on auction sites. That only lasted a couple of months, then finally died down. Though they aren’t readily available on the toy aisle pegs, if you’re patient, you’ll find one. Lenora found ours last night.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Final Touch

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsEven though I finished this custom last week, there was still one thing that I wanted to add, the Christmas Trees For Sale sign. I finally found one that I thought would go good with the theme and printed them on the color laser printer on plain paper. I glued the print to thin card stock then cut them out individually. Each sign is less than a half an inch wide. For the post, I distressed a cleaning swab, stained it, then glued the sign to each side. After everything dried, it was just a matter of adding it to the custom. I think it added a nice little touch.

New Die Cast and Pops

Die Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureMy family knows all of my vices. Over the past few months, they’ve flooded me with some of my favorite pop culture goodies. As most of you know, we’ve collected die cast cars for many, many years. Mostly Hot Wheels and mostly VW die cast, but if we see anything else that we like, we’ll try to get it. A couple of years ago, I started collecting Funko Pops. Not all of them of course, but just the ones that I really like. Luckily my kids share a similar taste in pop culture. I’m very easy to shop for. 🙂

Hot Wheels Dodge Challenger SRT Custom Update

Ruby Has Been UpgradedCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerJust an update on a previous post concerning our 1:64 Hot Wheels Dodge Challenger SRT custom that will mimic our 1:1 Challenger SRT. I’ve started some of the detail work on the grill area, hood, gas filler cover, etc. There’s still a lot of cleanup to do, but at least you can see what direction I’m going with it. I ordered water slide decal sheets and sealer that I’ll use for the custom graphics. Hopefully I’ll be able to print enough detail for it to look good. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish this one up next weekend.

Starting Two New Customs

Ruby Has Been UpgradedCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerCustom SRT ChallengerFor a couple of months now, I’ve wanted to customize a Hot Wheels Dodge Challenger SRT to match our own Challenger SRT. Finding the right casting has been a challenge (no pun intended). Even though our Challenger is a 2018, I feel that the best casting is a 2015 Challenger from the Muscle Mania series. This custom will actually be a combination of the 2015 Challenger and a 2018 Demon from the Factory Fresh series. I didn’t take any disassembly pics of the 2015 Challenger, but there are numerous Youtube video tutorials that will show you how to disassemble most die cast cars. First thing I do after disassembly is to drill out the support pillars and tap them for screws that’ll be used to put the vehicle back together. The casting on this particular vehicle was really nice. Good detail with no pitting. Since the interior of this car was red, I painted it a flat black. The body was wet sanded with 1000 grit sand paper, then given 2 coats of self etching primer and wet sanded again with 2000 grit sand paper. Finally, I finished this part of the project with 3 coats of Hot Red paint. It’ll be left to cure for a couple of days before proceeding to the next step.

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsI usually won’t start two customs at the same time, but I wanted to get a jump on the next custom I had planned to do. I want to make a near replica station wagon of the Ford Taurus station wagon from Christmas Vacation. Finding a 1989 Ford Taurus 1:64 die cast is impossible, so I opted to use what is readily available at the moment. I’ll be using a Hot Wheels ’70 Chevelle station wagon as the base for this project. It’ll take a lot of customizing to get it to look anything like the ’89 Taurus wagon, but I’ll get it as close as possible. Most of the detail will be in the paint. I used Rust-oleum aircraft paint remover (best I’ve ever used) to remove the paint, then assessed the casting. This casting too was pretty good. Good detail, no pitting and only one imperfection in the body. The imperfection was missing metal at the bottom of the casting right between the driver and rear passenger door, about the size of a pin head. To fill the void in the die cast, I decided to use a technique that I’d read about a year or so ago. It was suggested to fill the void with super glue, then immediately sprinkle it with baking powder. It hardens the glue immediately with the same texture as the die cast and it can be filed or sanded seconds after the application. I was a bit apprehensive, but I gave it a try and it works perfectly. I’ll be using this technique many more times in the future for customs. After the void was filled, I gave it a quick sanding and ended this part of the project. I probably won’t return to it again until the Challenger custom is finished, but I promise to have it finished by Christmas.

Latest Diecast

New Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionI haven’t been keeping up on this as well as I should be, so here’s a little catch up note. These have been either gifts or local pickup’s over the past couple of months. Of course, most of these are VW’s since that’s mainly what we concentrate on. My favorite out of the lot is by far the Dharma VW Bus. It’s got great detail and if you’re a fan of Lost, it’s a must have. I promise to make more posts in a timely manner as we continue to pick up our favorite diecast along the way. Hopefully soon, we’ll get some pics of the full collection which by now would be impossible to guess the amount. Soon hopefully…..I have a new custom coming up as soon as I can find it on the pegs….Happy hunting….!

New Hot Wheels and Roof Wrap

New VW's For The CollectionRoof Rack WrapAdded two more Hot Wheels to the collection. 50th Anniversary redline Beetle and Walt Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs T1 Bus with real riders. Very nice! Both of these were found at Walmart. When I first read about the 50th Anniversary Redlines, it was obvious that people were snatching them up and trying to sell them for a profit. Ebay was flooded with them for a few days. However, a recent visit to our local Walmart proved that these were readily available. Don’t fall for the trap. I also began wrapping Mabel’s roof rack with rope. I’ve always like this look and decided to give it a try (sorry video of the process). Just the top part required 90 feet of rope. Don’t know if I’ll take it any further than this or not, we’ll see.