Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What the f**k have I been up to?

It's been more than a year. Priorities have changed and my taste in collections has changed. A bit.

So, what has kept me busy during the past 18 months? These

Volkswagen Type 181
Volkswagen Type 181
VW Type 181s

It all started with trying to get Matchbox and Hot Wheels versions of the Volkswagen I'm most crazy for -- the VW Type 181. Call it the Kurierwagen, the Trekker, the Safari, or the Thing. Back during my high school days, I was lucky enough to have driven one that was owned by a very good friend. May God bless your soul, Beng.

The want to get them all turned into an urge. The urge turned into an obsession. So I turned to the toy stores.

The Hot Wheels (and some Matchbox) versions were easy to acquire off the pegs.

Volkswagen Type 181 Volkswagen Type 181 Volkswagen Type 181
Volkswagen Type 181 Volkswagen Type 181 '75 Volkswagen Thing

Getting two variants made by Matchbox was a bit more challenging. Luckily, I found the zebra and red (Lesney) editions being sold by a nice chap from one of the local die-cast forums.

Volkswagen Type 181 '74 Volkswagen Type 181 Lesney Ed.

The pearl-white variant from the 2011 Matchbox VW Classics 5-pack was a given due to it's recent release:

Volkswagen Classics

So was the HW Boulevard Series release (shown below with a Johnny Lightning one), since it was just released last year:

VW Type 181 hauls

I got so into it that I grabbed another Johnny Lightning Thing.

JL Surf Rods
That's not all. I'm still in the process of finalizing a sale and getting Jada V-Dub 1/64 versions.

However, until now, I'm still looking for the one significant variant that's missing from my MBX/HW collection -- the green Matchbox VW Thing from the 2008 10-pack. I let one being offered in eBay slip by a few months ago, and I still can't forgive myself for doing so. If you've got one, and are willing to part with it, kindly drop me a message (arnelmanlises @ yahoo . com) and I'd be more than willing to work things out.

Here's a pic of the Thing (excuse the pun) I'm desperately looking for:

Pic borrowed from http://www.freewebs.com/71westfalia/vwmatchboxthingghia.htm

Maybe you're wondering how come it took me 1.5 years to snag the 8 variants from Matchbox and 6 from Hot Wheels. Well, here's the great part -- it wasn't only VW Type 181s that I went after. But that's for another blog post. :D

See you all next year! ^_^


chrismandesign said...

nice to hear of you again pal !!! it’s been quite a long time... now you were poisoned by the diecasts ??? HAHAHAHA... seems to be a common malady... actually i returned to collect diecasts not so long ago but without neglecting my other collection lines... uhmmm the VWs are one of my favorites as well but i’m kinda broad in my tastes... those VWs by Johnny lightning are not so common indeed !!!... =)

NelMan said...

Thanks, Chris! Yeah, it's been quite a while, but I've always followed your blog posts via Google Reader (just to keep me up to par with what's going on with you and your collection). ^_^

Yeah, the diecast bug's bit me hard (to put it lightly). So I've turned away from Transformers. Ok, maybe not completely, as I'm still on the lookout for new releases. Ditto with super-robots.

Hopefully I'll be able to post more about the diecasts that I've acquired fairly recently.

Thank you so much for your unwavering support buddy!


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