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Monique keeps going back to the well.  There’s a couple of guys down the street from us, they’ve been planning to move.  Every weekend, they have a yard sale, and bring out something new.  This isn’t your average ‘selling all my junk’ yard sale.  These guys collect a huge variety of subjects, they have expensive tastes, and are unusually good at keeping everything in excellent condition.  Along with original boxes, packaging, and accessories.

We’ve all joked that they should just rent a truck and haul everything they’re selling over to our home.  I suspect that’s truer than you’d think.

In this case, she got her hands on a number of Franklin Mint Precision Die Cast classic car models.  I don’t know how much she paid.  It would probably not be in my best interests to know.  But… I can honestly say, except for one item, everything she’s bought from them, no matter how much we’ve paid, has sold well.  So, no complaints!

Speaking directly to the cars, these are not toys.  They’re die cast, very heavy, and intended for serious collectors.  The doors open and close.  The trunk and hood also.  Turn the  steering wheel… and the front wheels turn with it.  Where appropriate, the seats move forward, making room for a tiny person to climb into the back.

On some of them, the antenna raises and lowers.  Speaking of the antenna… again, this is for adults who collect.  The antennas are super-fragile, and easily broken.  It really speaks well for the original owners that nearly all the cars are in brand-new condition.

Even the dusting is light.  We blew out the interiors with a small compressor to minimize the dust, but in reality, it was already minimal.  They must have been kept in a glass display cabinet to have such a small amount of dust.

I’ve said it before – I’m not a car guy.  But these are really attractive.  I couldn’t speak to their technical accuracy.  What I can speak to is how impressive they are. The weight is amazing.  Very heavy, gives a feeling of solid well-made construction.  The detailing is sophisticated.  All the moving parts are so convincing, I actually attempted to snap a seat belt together just to see if it worked. (No.  It doesn’t.  The seatbelts move and flex like a real seat belt, but they don’t buckle.)

On one of the cars, I noticed a flat storage area where the back seat should be.  It looked like it was hinged to flip back.  So I used the little cleaning tool they provide with each car (!) to reach in and push up.  The platform hinged up and over, to reveal a back seat under it.  Talk about detail- you can’t even easily reach it, yet they added that fine touch.

Another great detail- each car comes with it’s own set of gloves.  Kind of like a butler’s cleaning gloves.  White, cloth, so that when you touch the car you won’t leave fingerprints.  Also, the styrofoam packaging containers come with small ‘impressed’ circles, fitted over with a plastic emblem that prevents the two halves from accidentally letting the car fall out.

These also have the certificate of authenticity, a Franklin Mint card, descriptive documents, unpackaging instructions (so as not to damage the car)…

Finally they’re hand-assembled.  As far as I can tell, they’re all limited and numbered as well.  No second run.  Never to be made again.

This is mainly my first impressions.  As time allows and if any specific ones catch my eye, I’ll post a bit more detail in a later blog.  But for now, the overall feel is very positive.  A bit more pricey than our usual inventory purchase.  But for  the right price, very well worth it.