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||Greenlight - Ford Mustang Coupe Hard Top (1967, 1:18 scale diecast model, White w/ Blue Stripes) 50822W
||Mattel Hot Wheels - Ferrari F50 Hard Top (1:18 scale diecast model, Black) 23910BK
||RC2 ERTL Bill Jenkins Grumpy's Toy Street Car - Chevy Camaro Hard Top (1967, 1:18 scale diecast model, Red) 29592PC
||RC2 ERTL JoyRide - Knight Rider KITT Pontiac Trans Am (1982, 1:18 scale diecast model, Black) 33844
||Welly - Ford Mustang Hard Top (1969, 1:18 scale diecast model, Black) 12516HK
||Welly - Ford Mustang SVO Hard Top (1986, 1:18 scale diecast model, Red) 12524BR
||Kinsmart - Dodge Viper GTS-R (4", Asstd.) 4020D
||Kinsmart - Dodge Power Wagon (1:42, Asstd.) 5017D
||Kinsmart - Street Fighter Hard Top (1:34 - 1:36, Asstd.) 5072/4D
||Kinsmart - Ford SVT Focus (1:34, Asstd.) 5082D
||Kinsmart - Ford Mustang GT Hard Top (2006, 1:38, Asstd.) 5091D
||Kinsmart - Ford Mustang GT Hard Top (2006, 1:38, Asstd.) 5091DF
||Kinsmart - Toyota Corolla (1:36, Asstd.) 5099D
||Kinsmart - Snow Turbo (5.25", Asstd.) 5103D
||Kinsmart - Golf Cart (4.5", Asstd.) 5105D
||Kinsmart - Range Rover Sport SUV (1:38, Asstd.) 5312D
||Kinsmart - Subaru Impreza WRC Hard Top (2007, 1:36, Asstd.) 5328D
||Kinsmart - Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Hard Top (2008, 1:36, Asstd.) 5329D
||Kinsmart - School Bus Big Wheel (5", Asstd.) 5108D
||Kinsmart - Hummer H2 SUT Pickup Big Wheel (1:40, Asstd.) 5326D
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God and the Art of Toy and Diecast Marketing
By Lu Su
"When I get to heaven and get a new body, how old will I be?", asked my seven year old son.
What a awesome question I thought. Kids can often ask some really good questions. Questions like this recently appeared in my household; last weekend our family attended a memorial service for a neighbor, friend and son's chess instructor. Our friend Steven's three year fight with stomach cancer came to an end early this year.
In Steven's last conversation with my wife, he made the remark on how silly were the attitudes of so many of his friends. He said that upon seeing so many of them, they seem to only want to talk about the poor economy, lament over their job loss, or talk about the drop in value of their 401K. These worldly things that trouble so many of us are truly inane to a person that only has days/weeks to live. But all of us share the same fate as Steven. Just because (you think) you have a few more days to live, warrants a very different perspective than Steven's?
Again, I'm reminded of Solomon's words of wisdom to us:
It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of every man;
the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
I think Solomon was right. When I'm enjoying life, I don't think much about important matters that pertain to the heart. I don't know if it's the cold Winter or just seeing Steven's body being ravaged by cancer and our "cure" for fighting it; but I'm weary of seeing death. I'm ready for the new year. I'm ready for Spring and a new start.
Speaking of new starts, this past week, the United States of America got a new President. I would conclude that most Americans have an attitude of cautious optimism. We want to be a great people. We want a great nation. I do believe a requirement for a nation to be great, is not measured by how fast we can kill people, but by their ability to follow the dream laid out by the Reverend Martin Luther King.
" I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Being that I have four children, I think I take this statement closer to heart than most people. Perhaps I was a bit cynical (I've always considered myself a realist), but I did not think in my life time that Americans could elect a man of color or a woman to the highest post in our country. But less than one generation later, I see the Reverend' s powerful words come to fruition. So I'm cautiously optimistic and know that America has hit a major milestone.
Speaking of new years, this coming Monday (January 26) is the Chinese New Year. I'll be the year of the Ox. I couldn't help to notice that more and more calendars have this day marked off now. The Chinese culture and influence is definitely making its move around the world; and perhaps in your heart too - I couldn't help notice that you are reading this article too. So Happy Chinese New Year!