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Sharpes – Elusive Air – Disney/Pixar Planes

Sharpes is a good looking Deluxe scale plane. It has been a while since we have seen anything new in the Deluxe line, and this is a good one. He has a really wide wingspan, and an overall unique look that differs him from all of the other Planes that has come out before him.

He is under the sub-line of “Training Time” that is new for the 2016 releases. He is one of the background characters that seems to keep popping up. He was in both Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue. He is one well traveled plane.

I do wonder what he carries though. He is a passenger plane, but he isn’t big enough to carry cars. Maybe that is what makes him “Elusive.”

His card boasts that he has “Spinning Blades” which is a pretty weak gimmick. Most of the planes are prop planes, and that is a rather silly thing to bring up, but they needed something to entice the buyer. He does actually have the retractable front landing gear that we see with so many of the planes. The problem with most of the other planes is that they only have retractable front gear, and the back gear is left hanging. This time around, it actually works for Sharpes, since his back gear is fixed, and wouldn’t retract anyway.

Bonus Look:  Firefighter Dusty

Disty changed colors in the later part of Fire and Rescue.  Going for a much more fitting red as his main color.  This is a fine plane.  The wheels on the bottom of the pontoons bothers me to no end.  It seems like such an ugly way to get wheels down there.  The white tabs are really fat compared to the small tires.

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Hot Wheels 2016 Collection is hitting shelves…

The 2016 Hot Wheels have started to hit the shelves.  Once again we are not done with 2015, but like real cars, we have to move on before the year the model is released.  This time around, they are doing away with the overarching themes and going a bit more personal with smaller collections.  They have badges to go with each set of cars.  Some of them are going to be pretty good sets, while others will be total passes for me.  I will point out a few of the sets I am looking forward to, and then there will be a list of all badges at the bottom.

Mild to Wild – This one should be a lot of fun.  Find the car in a street version, and then look for the muscled up version.

 

Then and Now – One of my favorite sets from the past… as long as I can find both the “Then” and the “Now.”

 

Muscle Mania – Can’t go wrong here.  Muscle cars are the best!  4 New Models!

 

HW Showroom – Usually a great list of classics.  6 out of 10 are New Models!

HW Exotics – Porsche, Lamb0, McLaren – This is the line to find all of your super fast street cars… though no Ferraris this time around.

Night Burnerz – I always look forward to the Night Burnerz, usually Japanese type cars.  This time around 6 out of 10 are going to be New Models!

Speed Graphics – We usually get some pretty good paint schemes with racing decos on these guys.

Hot Wheels Race Team – Can’t go wrong here.  There are some good race cars coming out. Corvette C7.R and the SRT Viper GTS-R.  There will be a few HW designs in there that I will skip.

Super Chromes – I will wait and see on this one.  They could be pretty good looking all chromed out.

 

The rest of the list.   Not a lot new going on in the rest of the series.   We do get the Batman V. Superman Batmobile that will be pretty fun.  The rest of the Batman line is repaints, and probably some dumb paints at that.  How many Classic TV Series Batmobiles do we really need?  There is a 1973 BMW that will go with the 100th Birthday line of 5 cars.  Flames is a complete repaint team with flames painted on it.  The X-Racers are back with clear bodies. Then there are some of the most dreaded.  Street Beasts…ugh!  More cars that look like animals.   There are some Dino Riders that are also animal themed.  Then there are the cars that have tools attached to them.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.

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Jurassic World – Matchbox vehicles

It is just about time to start seeing Jurassic World toys pour into the stores. We are a little over one month away from a hotly anticipated summer blockbuster.

The first to start rolling onto shelves are the Matchbox vehicles. This is a line of vehicles that have been specially painted with Jurassic World markings.

Of course we are going to see lots of 4×4 vehicles in the single sets. We also have one boat.

There are also two 2-packs each with a flying vehicle.

This is a no-brainer to bring out in the Matchbox line. Mattel already had a deal in place with Universal for the Fast and Furious franchise, so it is only natural to strike again with the same company. It looks to be all reuses in the line. Matchbox has way more 4×4 vehicles than Hot Wheels, as well as medical vehicles and larger scale flying vehicles.

There are rows of seats in the back of this one.

 

The back of Mauler Hauler opens, and there are dinosaur bones back there.

 

Yes, this is a VTOL plane, and the wings do rotate.

 

It looks to be 15 single packed cars, and two 2-pack sets.  The Mauler Hauler and MBX 4×4 are the same in the 2-pack and single set, so you can skip 2 of the 15.  When you are looking at $1.49 per car at Toys R Us, this is a great way to get some movie merchandise for a good price.  The 2-packs are a little more, at $4.99, but you get the flying vehicle which usually run $3.99 on their own.


How Dare You Mattel, mixing Hot Wheels and the DC Universe

These figures, I mean cars have been out for a little while now.  The DC Universe series started with Superman, The Joker, The Flash, and Green Lantern.  I saw them, I was not interested in them, they were left to the hooks in the store…and that is where they stayed.  There are still plenty of that initial offering all over the place.   Now we have a new lot.  Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Wonder Woman.

When I saw Bane, I had to get him.  The flat black with the neon transparent green was too good to pass up.

These cars are designed to be what the character would look like as if they were a car.  We have seen this before with the Disney line of characters.  I am kind of surprised with Disney owning Marvel, we did not see their figures come out first.

It would be fun to see what else they can come up with.   See how creative they can get.  The first wave seemed to be an introduction to the concept.  Four really well known characters.  I was not impressed by them.  The best they had to offer was The Joker, but he looked almost exactly the same as the version of the car that came with the 5-Pack for Gotham this same year.  I was not going out of my way for that one.  Green Lantern was also tempting with the transparent green body, but I never pulled the trigger on that one.

I think we are running around with some serious contenders this time around.   I think they backed off of the idea of the capes and such on the cars like Superman.  There are some good concepts this time around.  The Wonder Woman car looks to have multi-colored clear parts, in part to show her colors, but also to pay homage to her invisible jet.   I can’t wait to see that one in person.  Two-Face has two colors.  Batman is long and sleek.  Catwoman is slick and purple.  There is a good showing.   I have not seen all of them in person, but as always, the hunt continues.

To show the size of Bane, I put it with a standard size Hot Wheels. What else could I use? I had to go with Hal Jordan’s car. Sweet ride.


Wonder Woman is a Joke… again. :(

Back in April, Hot Wheels tricked people by showing an empty box with some nice art of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet.   Well apparently the demand was so good that they actually produced the jet.

Comic Con Exclusive Jet

Now, I am a fan of Hot Wheel cars.  I have a few dozen of the wonderful little inexpensive collectibles.  When I saw this I knew, the joke is on the consumers.  Do you see what is in there?   It is lame, with no design, and it costs $5.00!   Come on!  $5.00 for something clearly plastic, easily made, and WAY easier to produce than most of their cars.   Boo on Mattel!


My Life @ WonderCon

This weekend WonderCon comes back to San Francisco. What a fun time, especially now, as it has begun to grow. This year there are so many more high profile people and activities. It is starting to look like Comic-Con light. You can look at all of the great stuff going on by clicking here.

I am really looking forward to seeing some of the new toys finally on display, though it does not look like we are going to see big names like Hasbro and Mattel. We will get to see the likes of DC, but no Marvel. So we will have to wait and see who will really be showing up.

There are actually going to be some exclusives:

Black Lantern Hal Jordan and White Lantern Sinestro

I will be really excited to get there on Saturday to see what is going on. There are some amazing artists doing talks and signings. One of my all time favorites, Frank Cho, will be there to give a talk. I cannot wait to hear what the Monkey Boy himself has to say. I have been following him since his days on Liberty Meadows, and am really happy with his comic stuff he has been doing as of late.

The artist’s alley is packed full of artist this year. There is such a showing in all areas. Especially with Comic-Con a few months away, this is gearing up to be the start of a great Con season.
Look for more as I tackle the crowds of WonderCon and show you what is going on!


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