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2018 MBCA Seattle Regional Show & Shine (pic heavy) 2018 MBCA Seattle Regional Show & Shine (pic heavy)

Today was the annual Mercedes-Benz Club gathering for this region. I hit the road this morning and took the old dear up to the Nile Shrine golf course to see some old friends and some unusual cars. I think around 70 cars were in attendance, not bad.

[REVIEW] Tomica Toyota Corolla Levin [REVIEW] Tomica Toyota Corolla Levin

Tomica time is here again, Land of the Rising Sun-day. This is Tomica 78-3, which entered the range in February 1980, remaining until October 1983. Back to the 80s we go:

Estate Sale HAWL - another one Estate Sale HAWL - another one

I got up early again today to check out a sale, and once again found a few things:

LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Miura SV LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Miura SV

Now for my third and final installment in LaLD Running of the Bulls. This lovely model has been seen before, but deserves to be seen again. This is Tomica F40-1, the Lamborghini Miura SV. This casting entered the range in November 1977, and is quite a beauty:

LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Cheetah LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Cheetah

Time for the second of my three entries for the LaLD Running of the Bulls week. This is one I reviewed a while back, time to show it again. This is Tomica F65-1, the Lamborghini Cheetah. This casting entered the range in March 1979, and is an excellent model, everything one would expect:

LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Countach LP500S LaLD Running of the Bulls 2018: Tomica Lamborghini Countach LP500S

My first entrant for LaLD Running of the Bulls is a model I have yet to feature here, and embodies the quality one expects from the brand. This is Tomica 50-1, the Countach LP500S. This casting entered the range in April 1978, and is definitely of the period:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Leyland Royal Tiger Coach [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a bus, let’s take a look at one. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 40b, the Leyland Royal Tiger Coach. This casting entered the range in 1961, enjoying a long run, remaining until 1967. It is a type of bus most have never seen before:

Estate Sale Hawl Estate Sale Hawl

Small Hawl. Really small hawl:

[REVIEW] Tomica Ferrari 308 GTB [REVIEW] Tomica Ferrari 308 GTB

Time for another Tomica review. Land of the Rising Sun-day, but this one only fits in via the maker. Today we examine Tomica F35-1, the Ferrari 308 GTB. This casting entered the range in November 1977, and captures the spirit of this famous design:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Land Rover Series II [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Land Rover Series II

Sunday is here again, time for another Lesney Matchbox model. Today we examine Matchbox 12b, the Land Rover Series II. This casting entered the range in 1959, remaining until 1965, when it was replaced with another Land Rover. This model may seem familiar to the observant, but it is different:

DOTS DOTS

Well, the small town grocery store parking lot:

[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX [REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX

Tomica time is here again, also one for Land of the Rising Sun-day. This one also could have been part of Radcast, but I controlled myself. This is Tomica 15-4, the Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX. This casting entered the range in April 1984, and is the 80s in vehicle form:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen Caravette [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen Caravette

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, today we examine a casting sure to have some fans. This is Matchbox 34b, the Volkswagen (T2) Caravette. This casting entered the range in early 1962, replacing the 34a VW van, and was in the lineup until early 1967, when it was replaced by another VW camper van. As one can see, this…

[REVIEW] Tomica Toyota EX-7 [REVIEW] Tomica Toyota EX-7

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again. After 80s overload last week, we take a step back in time. Today we examine Tomica 31-1, the Toyota EX-7. This casting entered the range in May 1972, remaining until January 1980. As one can see, this is quite a unique vehicle:

Radcast 2018:  Tomica Toyota Celica XX 2800 GT Radcast 2018:  Tomica Toyota Celica XX 2800 GT

We have arrived at my final entrant for Radcast. This is Tomica 33-4, the Toyota Celica XX 2800 GT. This casting entered the range in April 1982, remaining until May 1986, and is a nice piece of wedgy 80s goodness:

Radcast 2018: Tomica Toyota Sprinter Carib Radcast 2018: Tomica Toyota Sprinter Carib

My third Radcast entrant today is a cult item then and now. This is Tomica 23-3, the Toyota Sprinter Carib. This casting entered the range in June 1983, and is a very distinctive vehicle:

Radcast 2018: Tomica Honda Civic Country Radcast 2018: Tomica Honda Civic Country

My second Radcast entry today features a car with wood trim - Radwood. Is it rad? You can be the judge. This is Tomica 34-3, the Honda Civic Country. This casting entered the range in February 1981, remaining until August 1984, and is a popular model to this day:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Mobile Canteen [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Mobile Canteen

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. -My Lesney castings don’t fit in with Radcast, but this one may be the most appropriate out of the current batch. This is Lesney Matchbox 74a, the Mobile Canteen. This casting entered the range in 1959, remaining until 1966, and is something that might have still been in service in…

Radcast 2018:  Tomica Cadillac Seville Radcast 2018:  Tomica Cadillac Seville

Day two of Radcast starts with another American machine that leaves no doubt of its time. Today we start off with Tomica 45-2, the Cadillac Seville. This casting entered the range in February 1981, and is an excellent model of a controversial design:

Radcast 2018: Tomica Toyota Corolla Sedan Radcast 2018: Tomica Toyota Corolla Sedan

My final review of the day (more coming tomorrow) is another of the “ordinary” cars of the type I have always enjoyed in diecast form. This is Tomica 32-4, the Toyota Corolla sedan. This casting entered the range in October 1983, and is just the kind of car anyone would have seen every day from 1984 onward:

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