Sunday, May 27, 2012

Online Hauls - Nikko Cosmo Flash & Tamiya QD Clod Buster

For my previous posts my hauls came from conventions and toy stores, like any other avid toy collectors I'm also a member of several forums and I also browse online stores to look for toys. For my post today, I will be sharing two of my Hauls that I got from the Internet. One is from an online store and the other one came from a fellow forum member.

It is very very rare for you to find something really cheap and something that you really like at the same time specially in an online store. But it is possible. I do check online stores but I rarely buy something there. I only purchase toys in online stores if the shipping cost is not that expensive and if the I really really like the toy. During one of my regular visit in an online store I saw a new post for Nikko Remote Control. Whenever I check a post, I first check the pictures and if I like what I see I then check the price and then the location. And that is what I did when I saw the Nikko, I checked the pictures and saw that front wheels are melted but everything else is there and in good condition. I then checked the price and saw that it was just selling for 350.00 Philippine Peso (roughly $9). I got excited because it was really cheap considering the condition of the kit. I then checked the location and was really happy to learn that the seller is willing to do meet ups in Manila. I arranged for a meet up and I had my brother do the meet up because he is much closed to the sellers location.

Later that week my brother arrived with the Nikko RC. It is a Nikko Cosmo Flash, It says in the box that it is 1/15 scale. Everything is there when I opened the box, it does not seem that it has been played with or anything. It does not have any scratches, it is dirty but there are no scratches, this made the price much much cheaper. Now all I need to do is look for a replacement tire, buy some batteries and this baby will be flashing in no time.

My second haul came from a fellow forumer. I recieved a PM from him and he told me that he wants to sell a Tamiya RC that he had since he was a kid. I was really excited when I got this PM, just imagine that, he got the Tamiya RC when he was a kid, 10 years, 15 years back that is vintage no matter what model it is. I sent him an SMS and asked for the model and his asking price, he replied with Tamiya Clod Buster and 1,500 Peso ( roughly $36) and the location where he can do meet ups. I got even more excited when I learned that it is a Clod Buster, Clods are HUGE! I agreed with the price and we agreed on the date and location for the meet up. He did mention the size of the car in inches and that confused me because what he told me is that it's just 12 inches long. A Clod Buster, well the one that I usually see being modified to be a crawler is at least 15 inches long, but I agreed to do meet up anyways.

Meet up.

I saw him approaching and I was like "Is that a Clod Buster?" in my mind. The car in the plastic bag that he brought is small. We greeted each other and went to business. I took the car out of the bag and saw that it is really a Clod Buster, and then I remembered, Tamiya released a QD version of the Clod Buster. I checked the condition of the kit and tried to haggle. The kit is missing its transmitter but the condition of the kit is fair. Good for the price that I got it. I was really happy with how the seller dealt with my haggling, he was really kind and straight forward. He even promised that if ever he finds the TX he will let me know. (I'm still waiting for his SMS though XD) I'm really not sure if I will be restoring this kit or just use the shell for a Wheely King because I'm planning on buying one as well. Anyways here is a pic of the monster Clod Buster.

I know I have been posting RC hauls for the past three posts, don't worry, I'm just taking photos of my die cast hauls and I will be posting them soon.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Bird Talked To Me - Nikko TransAM

When I go out hunting for toys it is usually not really scheduled. But there is this sort of way point which I follow whenever I decide to go out and look for toys. It is usually like this, Mall>Mall>Flea>Flea>Flea>Mall, this would usually cover my whole day of hunting. But in rare instances, I don't follow this. Usually when I decide to go somewhere I have not gone to for a long time, one of this instances is the one that I am going to post right now.

I woke one morning and decided to go look for toys, I wanted to go to this one particular flea store located in a very busy and well known spot in Manila. I rarely go there because it is far, out of way when I do the regular way point and they don't really sell toys. They sell housewares, office wares, books and stuffed toys and kids toys. Sometimes though, mixed and hidden amongst the dirty and smelly stuffed toys and kids toys are some good toys. I have seen several Transformers, Star Wars, Ben 10, and other good stuffs there. A lot of trashed, broken and incomplete Matchbox and Hotwheels. So I went there hoping that I can score some Hotwheels and Matchbox.

I arrived at the place and saw some familiar toys that are still there, never to be bought, because they are dirty and broken and one more thing, one more reason I do not go to this store often is the price, they don't sell the toys cheap. Halfway inside the store I was already regretting the decision to visit the store, in my mind I was wishing I have gone to a different store instead. I made a quick scan of the scattered toys and decided to dive in, I'm here anyways might as well spend a little more time and look for stuffs that I can use in the future, is what I said to myself. I was holding onto some Hotwheels with good wheels that I can use for modding some Hotwheels that I have. I was about to check out but decided to pass by the kids toys bay that includes toy sets like Lego and other adventure sets that includes most of the time a fold able diorama with caves and holes where you can place your action figures and play. You can also find some Duplo and Tonka toys here scattered. I really did not expect to see something there, but there it was seated beautifully with its gloss black color and gold decals. I immediately dropped the Hotwheels that I have in hand and picked up the car, I was disappointed to find that the side mirrors where missing, but all in all the condition of the car was excellent, some minor scratches but nothing more. No leaks and corrosion in the battery compartment, then I remembered, where is the transmitter. Looked around to check if the transmitter is there, I went to the cashier to check if they have it but unfortunately it was really not included when the car arrived in their store. I asked how much and the attendant answered "1,500 po." without even batting an eyelash. With the cars condition, transmitter missing and no way for me to know if it is still running not to mention it has no box, 1,500.00 (roughly $36) is too much. I tried to haggle but the attendant was firm. I thought for awhile and decided to let it go. I placed it back to where I found it and left the store.

A week later, after reading about the car in the net, I decided to go back and try to haggle some more and buy the car no matter what. I arrived at the store and went straight to the bay where I left the car. It was not there, I panicked and felt disappointed at the same time. I knew for a fact that I am not the only toy collector who goes to the store. I decided to check the other bay hoping that it was placed somewhere else. Surprise surprise! At the bay where the stuffed toys are placed, covered by a medium sized white stuffed bear, the car was hidden. I think someone was trying to hide the car and get it later. I wasted no time and went to the cashier. The attendant to whom I talked is no where to be found, I saw this as an opportunity, instead of asking what the price for the car is, I asked this: "Ate, pwede ba to sa 500?" (Can I buy this for 500?), the new attendant picked up the car and looked at it, she was about to say something, I think a higher price, that is why I decided to cut her off. "Sige na ate." (come on ate) I told her, she looked at the car again. While she was looking at the car I tried some epic-psychological-haggling-method on her, "Wala naman nang box at controller ate, hindi natin alam kung gumagana pa yan." (The box and the controller is missing, we cannot test it if it is still working) I told her. She looked at me again and then said "Ok.". Epic-psychological-haggling-method is epic! I walked out of the store a happy boy with one big bad ash Trans Am.

Here is a picture of the car, I'm still trying to look for replacement parts for the side view mirror. I planning to repaint it gloss black to cover up some of the scratches. I have not tried buffing wax yet, but I will give that a go as well. I have another Nikko transmitter with the same transmitter signal with the car but I have not tried it yet. The battery for the car is a mix of C's and AA's which is a bummer but everything else is good.

First Haul That Started It All - Taiyo Jet Fighter

Welcome to Toy Car Over Haul! (Previously titled "Barn FInds and Good Hauls")

Like any other introduction let me first introduce myself and explain what this blog is all about. This is my second blog, my first blog is like an online portfolio where in I post my artworks and stuffs. Yes, I am a freelance graphic artist who also works in an office doing office works. One of my many hobby is collecting toys, car toys in particular. I used to do Plastic Model kits like Gundam and the likes but decided to quit because I eventually lost interest. After that I got into racing Mini 4wd, it involves tinkering, modifying, painting (aspects that I liked about Plastic Models) and of course racing. Most of my friends there are also into hobby grade remote control racing, got interested with it but the cost and maintenance for it stopped me from pursuing it. But that instance introduced me to vintage remote control cars, vintage toy cars and vintage cars in general. I was bitten by the vintage bug. Soon enough I was browsing the net for unwanted vintage remote control cars but as you may all know, this kits are not cheap. The value of the kit plus the shipping cost really killed the thrill of it. Nevertheless, that did not stop me from researching and reading about vintage remote control cars, toys and real cars.

My older brother is an avid toy collector and we try to visit all of the toy shops even flea market or thrift shops (also known as "Ukay-Ukay" in my native language) and attend all toy conventions that we know.  While roaming around the toy filled floor of one of the convention that we attended too, a box covered with other toy boxes caught my attention. Needless to say, that box started it all.

I grabbed the toy box on top of the box that I was eyeing and set it aside. What I saw after is just pure joy. It is not the most sought off vintage remote control car, but it is still vintage (in my opinion). I picked up the box and opened it (I was praying at that moment, hoping that the kit is still complete. To my amazement everything is there. I looked at the person who was selling the RC and asked him how much. He looked at me before giving out the price (I guess he saw my excitement and gauged how much he can sell the RC for), "500.00 po yan" (500 Philippine peso is roughly 12$) he said. I checked the rest of the contents and tried to haggle. 500 peso was okay, I am just cheap like that hence the haggling. I was really happy that day and yes that day and that deal that I got started it all. After that I regularly attend toy conventions and visit all the toy shops, thrift shop and flea market hoping that I get to score another good haul. I did by the way score several more, and that would be for my next post. :D So yes, this blog would be for my finds and hauls. Hauls from toy shops, thrift stores and flea market. Finds from the net and colleagues and even great finds and hauls from mall toy shops. It may not all be vintage finds but I love all of my hauls and finds and I hope you will feel the same way too.

Here are some action pictures of my first find.