Saturday, March 17, 2012

#128 MICRO MACHINES – ULTRAFAST COLLECTIONS #2, #10, #18 and #35 (1989)


The Ultrafast Collection are one the first collections in the Micro Machines Toyline. The name was intended to describe that the axles of the cars and the wheels are designed and improved to allow the small cars to roll faster and further, exactly like HotWheels! wheels or Matchbox´s Superfast wheels many years before.

The first wave ever in 1987, consisted in several vehicle collections, without any indication of series. They were simply "collections". In the second wave, the first “Deluxe Collections” were released, but the normal collections kept unnamed. It was first in the third wave (1989) that many "special" collections (with special features) would come out. Those collections without any other distinctive feature were given the "Ultrafast" name, and since then, "Ultrafast" describes the basic Micro Machines.

Being the simplest cars, these were sold in 5-packs, the largest standard packs that were available at the time. There were special collector´s or starter packs with 10 or 20 cars, but these were rare editions.

So, from wave 3, this Ultrafast collection #2 -City Supers- consisted of the following cars:
  • ’69 Camaro
  • ’85 Camaro
  • ’86 Corvette
  • ’64 Stingray
  • ’68 GTO
Not every collection comprised cars, there were collections that included aircraft, boats and more. This is one of these collections.
Collection #10 - Aircraft II:
  • F4-Phantom
  • P-51
  • 747 Jumbo Jet
  • Corsair
  • F-15



 
And now another UltraFast collection, the #18 Formula Racers.
These models, released in 1989, are to my knowledge the only micro machines made completely of metal (or almost, the spoiler is made of plastic). The same casts were used in two repainted #18 collections (1988, 1990) as well as for several cars in “mixed” collections.
 
If you pay attention, you’ll be able to recognise two different casts. The pink and yellow cars (Renault) share the same cast, and so do the other three (Indy). The names given by Galoob to these cars were:
  • Indy 33
  • Renault 11
  • Indy 9
  • Renault 7
  • Indy 5
The numbers were applied after the starting numbers of the first 5 micros released (the set in 1988), and for the next releases the names were kept, although the new repaints had different race numbers. In this set, Renault models should be numbers 5 and 18, while Indy models should be 4, 7 and 27. Correct names would have been:
  • Indy 4 (green/yellow)
  • Renault 5 (yellow)
  • Indy 7 (orange/white)
  • Renault 18 (pink/black)
  • Indy 27 (white/pink/blue)
And finally, one of the most impressive collections in the Ultrafast series in 1989. Collection #35: Presidential
  • '50 Bubble Top Lincoln
  • '61 Lincoln Limousine
  • '82 Lincoln Limousine






FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: Micromachines Ultrafast Collection #2 (City Supers), #10 (Aircraft II), #18 (Formula Racers) and #35 (Presidential)
  • Scale of the cars: 1:150 aprox.
  • Year: 1989
  • Company: Galoob (U.S.A.)
  • Size: approx. 3 cm

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