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  1. On 12/22/2021 at 10:14 AM, sh9000 said:

    Yeah The Loyal Subjects make Garbage Pail Kids figures based on the old school sticker cards.  They're kind of expensive for 4" figures but I had to get Roy Bot and Hot Head Harvey.

    Wow, I had no idea! I did have a few of those GPK cards back in the day, but I never saw these before. Not that I recall anyhow.

  2. 9 minutes ago, sqidd said:

    Less powerful to me is 800hp.:rofl:

    My problem is that I have been around really fast cars and motorcycles my entire life. My perceptions are all screwed up. If it's not trying to kill me........it's too slow.:crazy:

    I wish I were more mature.........HaHa, not really!:lol:

    Drive what you love. Who can explain love anyway?

  3. On 8/23/2021 at 11:30 PM, sqidd said:

    Awesome! I've never seen one with the hard top like that. Or those fender flares. Is that "normal"? Or a special model?

    Miata's are an absolute blast to drive! My Mom had 4-5 of them in a row (company cars). The firs time I drove one I had it drifting through corners in about 5min. They just beg to be driven HARD. They're so balanced, telepathic and "chuckable" it's amazing. If I wasn't such a stupid HP junkie I'd have one. But I'm not that smart.:p

    It is a power retractable roof, and the wheel arches are stock. Yes, I love the way it drives, but it is a visceral experience. You basically feel everything on the road. I really love this lil' thing. Telepathic is a good way to describe it. I've had power and speed for over 12 years, and now I finally decided to go the fun way, rather than the not to 60 way. The thing for me is a fast car is fun driven fast, but these lil Mx-5 are fun all the time. It is not for everyone, but I truly enjoy it. Honestly it is a useless a car in every other sense, as it is only intended to be driven.  This is the GT trim, so it has LSD, 6 speed MT, leather, heated seats, Xenon headlamps, and it is my daily driver. I know it might add a little weight, but I really wanted these items. Same here, it took me years to go for a less powerful engine, but I am so glad I finally did it.

    On 11/19/2021 at 10:03 PM, spanner said:

    Not sure about those roofs, must be an optional thing instead of the fabric roof but those wheel flares are standard for that series. Might just be the photo angle that makes them look more pronounced. 

    Yeah they are a great little car to drive. My father has this same NC model and I considered getting one before I got my SS so I got to drive several of them during my decision making process. The NC series is definitely more refined than the earlier ones but I think the earlier models NA and NB in particular are more fun to drive.

    I did install Mister R coilovers, so the ride height is slightly lower than stock. I did drive an NB in my research process, but I have to say, even when this NC2 mk3.2 is the fattest of them all, it is my favorite. I am not entirely sure, but I believe the only previous owner installed a lightened flywheel. It revs so fast, it is crazy. The NC2 is actually a shortened and lightened RX-8 chasis, but it is not that much heavier than previous iterations. I got Flying Miata Kogeki wheels at 15.6lb and lightened lugnuts, and it really feels amazing in any situation. I am not going to super or turbocharge it. The mission is to follow the Lotus philosophy: "add lightness". I may get a lighter exhaust, and lighter 2 piece rotors later on. This car won't win you any drag races, but it is fun from the moment you start it to the moment you park it. I've had 2 modified WRX[s] and loved them, but I adore this little car.

    Have you posted pics of your SS? I can't rememeber.

  4. Special shout out to tf_lab @ Ebay. USPS lost Jazz' filler parts on the mail, and then they failed to follow up on it. tf_lab quickly responded to emails, and they even sent a replacement at no cost to me. I'm not sure this is the proper space to communicate this, but he sells filler parts for the Licensed transformers we explore here. In any case, a super nice ebayer with a heart of gold needs exposure. 2144764443_jazzparts.jpg.ca805f7dfcca6b078e995414b3a1fcaf.jpg

    Edit in: I sold all my transformers except for my MP editions. Earthrise Jazz looks spot on to me, and I had to get it. I am not sure I will continue the line, but I had to have him. He isn't perfect, but it screams proper G1 to me. The rest of the line has gone up in price, so Jazz might be the end of the line for me. What a fun little bot he is.

  5. 15 hours ago, Slave IV said:

    Being picky is good. Don’t settle for placeholders. IMO, there are no “best” MP style Jazz or Mirage yet so it’s better to just wait until there is if you want them or any other characters. It’s not like they are going anywhere. 

    Part of why I love collecting Macross is that I don’t feel any of my Macross toys since the original 1/55 can be considered placeholders. They are all great for different things with very little to no compromises considering when they came out. Now, there are some pretty crappy Macross toys out there but I don’t own many of those because…see beginning of my post. 

    I have taken a hiatus in my MP collection. Just letting things settle for a bit. I have stream lined my collection, and condensing it. We'll see what the future brings.

  6. I bought these two, two dollar magnets. I could not find the Macross' skull, so Capt. Harlock's will do. Weirdly the black color looks so much lighter on the picture. This is the panel where the European model has the blinkers [the American model has the blinkers at the front corner] . I thought they'd look bigger, but for four bucks it was worth it. Let's see how quickly they get stolen!

    magnet Harlock.jpg

  7. 11 hours ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

    ( Shizuka the Pregnant Cat, Ph.D. peeks in. )

    Wait, there's a Bandai 1/48 VF-1D out now?!?!

    Any other upcoming releases + pre-orders coming up soon?  I am sooo out of the loop nowadays.

    I miss collecting valkyries, but since I have my own little pilot arriving in a couple of months, I am trying to be good/responsible.

    Hope everyone is doing well!



    I miss seeing @jenius post videos to his ScorchedEarthToys YouTube channel on a weekly basis.


    I have been marathoning Star Trek, thanks to encouragement from one of my friends/former classmates.  I miss seeing men wearing one-piece dresses without pants in The Next Generation!  Bring them back!!!!

    Congrats on the new Hikkie!

  8. On 8/21/2021 at 10:19 PM, Saviant said:

    Thanks I was only given 4 months to live when I was diagnosed, if I didn’t end up in hospital I wouldn’t of survived 2 months. That was how close I was, but I am here living in what form I can. Some days it is bad pain and all that others is good so I take it as it comes

    Sorry to hear Saviant. I hope you're enjoying your ride. Sometimes I go for drives, not necessarily to a destination, but only to enjoy the ride. Sort things out, listen to music, listen to the wind, and the sound of the engine. Man and machine in glorious harmony. Have fun, and drive defensively.

    The VF-2SS and the 1D are two of my favorites. I also wanted the 1D badly. It was the very first Valk I ever wanted. Sadly NY stiffed me with the fast packs, but hey, one day i'll get a set. Nice display too man.

  9. 12 hours ago, Slave IV said:

    I don't really follow Miata's but I like "fat" cars, especially if it means wider stance or beefier tires. Part of why I did the OEM Widebody conversion on my S4. Sounds like you have the right idea making the changes where it counts when it comes to a driver's car. All I know is Miata's have always been fun cars and I was surprised when I heard the newest shares the Z4 platform.

    Nice pair of Valks there too!

    I do like fat cars too, lol. Yeah, It is the Ford years. They were working with Mazda, and they instructed them to use the RX-8 platform to produce the MK3 NC Miata. As a result the NC Miata is a little bigger than the other two previous Miatas, as it runs in the shortened, lightened RX-8 platform. My car actually has interchangeable parts with the Rx-8. My Miata's wiper stalk is actually a used one from an Rx-8, since i like their intermittent wiper levels better. The new Supra shares the Z4 platform, not the ND mk4 MIata's. 

    8 hours ago, mechaninac said:







    Congrats!  I've had a 2000 since 05 and it has never failed to put a smile on my face with how obscenely fun these glorified go-carts are to throw around roads of all kinds... especially twisty ones. 

    Amen, it is always the answer. A friend of mine also drives an MK2 NB Miata, and he adores it. He has an RX-7, a modified Mazdaspeed 3, and he mostly drives the Miata. If anything the Miata always had a bad image, as a powerless girl car, but in reality it is the most raced car in the world. Cheap to buy use, cheap to fix, and fun to drive. If you google "the most raced car in the world", the answer will be...

    5 hours ago, borgified said:

    @Slave IV -  I question you on the quote that the Miata shares the same platform as the Z4.. 🤔 The present Fiat (and the suped up Abrath model) shares the same Mazda Eunos/Miata chassis, however the present Toyota Supra shares the BMW Z4 chassis (that's why you see BMW's guts and trim reused on the Supra but with the Toyota logo emblazed on it). 

    As much as I do like the Eunos/Miata, my heart always preferred the Suzuki Cappuccino/Daihatsu Copen/Nissan Figaro.


    This is correct, the Fiat 124 spyder shares the totally new Mk4 ND Miata platform.

    I loved my modified WRX[s] but i adore this tiny thing. It took me a long time to find the perfect one for me, but ii am so glad I waited this long.

    Edit in: Going back to the Valks. I have always loved that initial moment when Roy was trying to familiarize HIkaru with the VF-1 in the middle of an invasion. Then he goes and takes a boogie out, and gets separated. I wanted a Valkyrie so bad back then, and it was just impossible to get. It is amazing to live in a time when we can have 1/100, 1/60, and 1/48 finished versions of our beloved Mecha heroes. I really wish Bandai would've given us a tiny sitting Minmei for the back seat. I mean, they gave us a tiny Misa for the HMR VT-1, which was nice. I don't get it, Bandai, I don't get it!

  10. 2 hours ago, Slave IV said:

    For sure! Have fun driving that in the canyons. That’s what I’d be doing every chance I had. 

    It took me over 7 years to find this exact one, with the right trim, and packages. I got it a few months ago, and it is a blast to drive. This is the "fat one", and the most disliked MX-5 in the Miata community. I changed the overlysoft and blown Blistein suspencion with MeisterR coilovers, got light rotary forged wheels & lugnuts, and beefed up the cooling tank with a racing one. I changed all it's fluids using youtube, and I just gave her an oil change and tire rotation yesterday. Not sure this qualifies as a toy, but honestly it is smallest thing on the road when I am driving >.<

    1 hour ago, Pontus said:

    Wow, you managed to get one of the rare 1:1 scale toys!?  Congrats.  Mazda makes amazing toys. :good:  OOOOH, and a stick shift too!  And a hard top.  noice.  

    Uh, you might have a leak tho, behind the front wheel?  It's probably from the right arm transformation hydraulics.

    Ha ha, the funny thing is... If you replace the windshield and you don't change the seals which hold the front windshield cowl, you WILL get a leak over your carpets. I have only bought Manual transmission cars my entire life. Hard top was a necessary thing for me, and I love the profile of it. The MX-5 It is a fun toy, including its tiny rev happy engine. It is amazing how much speed can carry through the corners tho. always wanted one of these, and finally I got it for the right price. 

    What I am getting trouble finding is a 1:18 scale Autoart with retractable hard top, for a fair price. These days it is easier to find a 1:1 scale, than it is to find a 1:18 scale. 😩


    Going back to toys. I was able to score this fella


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