Peg Picking and Car Hunts

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Quick little update for today. I went to a couple of my local stores and was also contacted by a contact of mine who generally finds hot-wheels and sells them online. Today’s adventures and pick ups consisted of the cars pictured below. Some I will open, some I already have and will be kept in the cases. But they are as follows:

Toyko Torque

1969 Datsun 510, 1972 Datsun 510, and 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R [BNR34]

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Just Trucks

2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

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M2 Coca-Cola

1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432

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2018 Series: 2018 Camaro SS, 1967 Mustang (Zamac), Nissan Skyline GT-R R33, Porsche 934.5, 1949 Ford F1, 1970 Buick GSX, and 1968 Olds 442.

2019 Series: Nissan Fairlady Z, Muscle Bound Fantasy Car, Track Ripper Fantasy Design, 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express, 1972 Ford Ranchero, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1971 Mustang Funny Car, and 1967 Shelby GT-500.

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Post Christmas Organization & Updates

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First and foremost, Happy New Years! I know I know, i’m late, but thats ok. If your interested, contact me and let me know your resolutions, goals, or plans for the new year. For myself, its been a busy start to the year already. I’ll start with my resolution of sorts. As you all know I recently (August) went through bariatric surgery, so one of my continued goals is to maintain my healthy living changes and continue to reach and surpass my weight loss goals. As I post this, my current weight is 296lbs. I started this journey at 420lbs, so in total, I have lost a total 124lbs. My goal weight is around 250, so almost there. Another goal for this year is to get my finances on track, organizing and reducing my hobbies, and spending more time with family. For the most part, thats it as far as goals and accomplishments I want to make this year.

 

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Car Hobby – 

I am still very much into collecting hot-wheels, M2, Johnny Lightning, and various other die cast collectible cars. These range in scale from 1:64 through 1:12 scale cars. Right now my focus is on Trucks, Camero’s, Corvettes, Mustang’s, and JDM cars. Below are a few photos of a portion of my displayed cars.

The first photo consists of the cars I currently have at work. These cars you might recognize from the Fast & Furious franchise and consist of Brian’s Ford F-150 & Mitsubishi Eclipse, Leon’s Skyline, and Brian’s Toyota Supra from F&F I. Also in the picture is Brian’s Nissan Skyline & Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, and Suki’s Honda S2000 from F&F II. You can also see the blue Nissan Skyline and white Toyota Supra that Brian part picks for his car in 2009’s Fast and Furious movie. And lastly is Brian’s Subaru Impreza from Fast & Furious 6. The second picture shown is a bookshelf which I used to organize my M2 and various die cast cars at home. These are various cars consisting mostly of older custom Mercury’s and muscle cars.

Models – 

Currently I am working on a Revell 1:25 1941 Chevy pickup (no current progress pictures). Model kits I have on deck for once the Chevy is complete are a  Tamiya Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec II, a Tamiya 1:24 scale Toyota Supra, and a 1968 Z/28 Chevy Camero. Progress pictures will be posted for each kit as they progress.

RC Cars & Drones – 

This is a fun hobby that I have recently gotten into. At current time, I have a Exceed RC 1:10 MadSpeed Drift Car – 350 Style and Jada’s Fast & Furious line including Brian’s Nissan Skyline from Fast & Furious II, and Han’s Veilside RX-7 from Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. As far as drones go, I have various hand held drones and a Imperial Biker Scout Drone.

 

Gaming – 

As far as gaming goes, my pc is not doing so well. This means I am limited in what I can play via pc. Right now my pc gaming consists of WoW, Rift, Guild Wars II, Auto Mechanic Simulator 2018, DayZ, 7 Days 2 Die, Sims4, and Minecraft. My console gaming consists of Red Dead Redemption II, Injustice II, Overwatch, Call of Duty, PUBG, Spider-Man, God of War, and Fortnite on the PS4. On the Xbox1 I am playing Assassin’s Creed Origins.

School – 

As of this posting, I have just started my last semester in my Master’s Degree program. The class I am taking right now is Corporate Law, which will be followed by an exam prep class. Graduation is scheduled for around April, in which I will have more free time on my hands!

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Well thats about it for updates for now. As they happen I will post, so stay tuned and enjoy!

Peg Picking (Meijer)

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Today while hitting up the store with the wife for some groceries, I swung by the toy department and checked out what was available. Now while there were a lot of cars there that I wanted to buy, I showed restraint and promised to return soon. Cars I saw that I wanted were the 50th anniversary set, a couple different Ford Focus’s, and some JDM Tuners.

Cars that I actually picked up were ’09 Ford F-150 (HW 50th Race Team), ’17 Ford GT (HW Exotics), ’17 Pagani Huayra Roadster (HW Exotics), ’15 Ford Mustang GT Convertable (Muscle Mania), ’10 Pro Stock Camaro (HW Speed Graphics), Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo (HW Exotics).

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As you can see, I also picked up a different brand of car. These are JDM Tuners and I picked up the ’09 Nissan R35 GT-R, ’02 Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R, and the ’95 Toyota Supra.

Mobile Racing (CSR Racing 2)

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In the name of fun, I decided to check this mobile app out. Its a racing game where you get a car, tune it up, update parts, and “race”. Right now in the game I have reached level 8 and have upgraded my Toyota 86’s body, tires, exhaust, nitrous, transmission, engine, turbo, and intake.

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I have also obtained the Porsche Cayman GT4, but have not upgraded anything on it yet. I know its a mobile game, but what the heck, I enjoy it and it keeps me busy when I am out and about.

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Hotwheels

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This I have to say is one of the biggest markets I have ever tried my hand at collecting and enjoying. Just like everyone, I enjoy cars. I enjoy driving them, looking at them, and at times, working on them. While I have never attempted to collect or really invest in the hobby, I found myself the other day staring at the Hotwheels section at my local Walmart. As a father, I have always gotten my kids cars and race tracks when they were interested, but this day, I found myself wanting to have one of my own. In the past I have purchased die-cast cars such as Paul Walkers 1999 Nissan R34 Skyline GTR from the Fast & Furious franchise, and a few others, but nothing serious.

I debated with myself about getting into this hobby, as I know its vast, and can consume you, just like every hobby. I have always been a collector of sorts starting with my Star Wars Action Figure collection, knives, etc. In the end, I decided to go for it, but with restriction. I will not be one of those Hotwheels collectors that has to get whole sets, every variation, etc. While there is nothing wrong with that, its just not for me as storage space is limited, and the fact that I don’t like all cars. Instead my focus will be on Trucks, Exotic Cars, Muscle Cars, and Sport Cars such as Skyline’s, Supra’s, etc.

For my first purchase I picked up a eight car Ford set that included a ’65 Ford Ranchero, ’75 Ford Truck, ’41 Ford Pickup, Ford Bronco 4×4, Custom Ford Bronco, Sanblaster, ’29 Ford Pickup, and a Ford F-150.

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I also picked up a ’68 Mustang (Tooned), ’18 Camaro SS (Muscle Mania), ’96 Nissan 180SX Type X (Nightburnerz), Custom Ford Maverick (Factory Fresh), ’15 Ford Mustang GT (HW Speed Graphics), ’16 Honda Civic Type R (HW Speed Graphics), Custome ’01 Acura Integra GSR (Nightburnerz). Now while there are other cars in each of these sets that I am going to pick up, I do not believe I will be obtaining fulls sets.

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Falling Down The Rabbit Hole

Hello everyone!

Long time no talk, see, or post. As we all know life is full of wonderful surprises (sarcastic). This is the case with me. Between work, family, and life, my days have been busy and hectic. With my PC being on its last leg, I have not been gaming to much on that platform until I get my new one, which will be relatively soon. For the most part my gaming adventures have consisted of playing Assassins Creed Origins and Call of Duty on the good ole Xbox1, and Spider-man on PS4. You’ll still find me in various twitch streams hanging out though. Genealogy projects have also been put on hold until my time frees up a bit as well.

Big update, I have reached and passed my 100 lbs weight loss goal, and look forward to hitting and passing the next benchmark of 150 lbs lost.  I started this journey weighing in at 425. Today I am proud to say I weighed in at 316!

As I stated, I will be obtaining a new PC and once its all set up, I look forward to meeting you all in the gaming word, recording videos, and having all types of misadventures!

Returning to a Galaxy Far Far Away

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Thats right ladies and gents, I have returned to the land of lightsabers, bantha’s, and Womp Rats oh my! I’ve been giving gaming a lot of thought lately and recently my gaming has been all over the place. Generally I chase games that others are playing as I like to play games with friends and socialize a bit. While I like playing with friends, sometimes schedules do not mesh or the type of game does not work. I wanted to take it back to a place where I enjoyed gaming, and while I will always default to play games with my friend when available, on the off days where it does not happen, I have the games that started my gaming passions.

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With that I started up my t-16 Skyhopper (only real fans will get that one), and downloaded Star Wars: The Old Republic back onto my computer. There are other games that I will play again, and some new ones you might see, but those are for another day. In starting this game again, I wanted to start fresh instead of jumping back into one of my max level toons. When I first played this game I played as a Sith Inquisitor, later choosing the Assassin sub class. I started playing again roughly a week ago and have enjoyed the starting quests, and then moved on to Dromund Kaas. At this point I have been knocking out quests as they come along but also have been stopping the traditional grind to decorate my stronghold, as well as partake in epic quests.

Throughout my game play I will record and post stronghold walk throughs, armor collections, and group play as it comes along. So stand by and enjoy as I traverse the galaxy causing havoc and discontent!

 

Wizards, Rangers, and Witches, Oh My!

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Thats right people. I have gotten the seven day free trial of BDO or Black Desert Online. As a few friends of mine (Jitterycricket & Japher) are playing this game, I thought it would be fun to check it out and join them for some adventures. While this video has little actual gameplay, I think it highlights just how many options there are to customize your character, and how overall beautiful this game is.

My first impression was WOW, there are so many options and ways to design your character. My second impression was, why cant I change the gender of the classes. While I am all for playing whatever gender suits you, I really wanted to play a male Dark Knight. Now maybe you can, and I just did not figure out how to change the gender, but oh well. I also like to play ranged classes so choosing a Wizard was not that hard of the choice.

So enjoy the short video and check back for more wizarding adventures!


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