Hollywood Die-Cast. Within this website you will find the most
definitive gallery of die-cast toys based on cars and vehicles from TV and
movies. The focus of this website is
1:64 scale, though there are some exceptions. My
collection is NOT for sale. The site is meant to be purely informational for
collectors like myself.
12/4/13 - "When you're
racing, it's life."
I came home to find a package in my
mailbox from Hot Wheels. I opened it up to discover the #20 Gulf
Porsche 917K that I ordered from the Hot Wheels Collectors website in early
August. The reason this particular car appealed to me is because it's
the same car that Steve McQueen drove (and wrecked) in the 1971 movie Le
Mans and it's the first time this car has ever been offered in 1:64
scale. The car was originally solicited as having a "Spectraflame"
finish, but I didn't really expect it to appear so METALLIC in person.
I was kind of hoping it would have that famous powder blue finish the Gulf
racing cars were known for. It'll do for now, but I'm hoping Mattel
will release a more screen-accurate version in a future wave of their
11/30/13 - RIP: Paul
Walker - 1973-2013
I was just devastated to learn the news
today that actor Paul Walker has died in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita,
CA. According to an online article I read from Entertainment Weekly,
Paul was a passenger in the car. The driver was also killed.
I've been a huge fan of the Fast & Furious movies since the first one
(with the exception of Tokyo Drift) and I looked forward to each new
release. I know that Fast & Furious 7 is currently in
production, but I don't know how much of the movie has been completed.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.
11/28/13 - Happy
On the way home from Thanksgiving dinner
I happen to pass a Toys R Us store and noticed it was open for business.
I decided to pop in to see if they put out anything new. I didn't find
much, but I did find GreenLight's new 1:43 scale cars from the Fast &
Furious franchise. Pictured above, left, is Dom's 1970 Dodge
Charger R/T and above, right, is Fenix's 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.
They also had Brian's Subaru, but I passed on that one. At $16.99
each, I'm going to just focus on the most iconic cars from the series.
11/27/13 - Thankful I Went
Grocery Shopping Tonight!
I stopped into a nearby Meijer store to
pick up some pies for Thanksgiving. I sure am thankful I did! I
wandered into the die-cast car aisle and found one complete set of the
newest Hollywood series from GreenLight. I didn't expect these to ship
until January. So how did GreenLight do THIS time around? Let's
take a look:
I'm predicting that the most popular car from this
particular wave will be this '67 Chevy Impala Sport Sedan from the
long-running TV series Supernatural. GreenLight produced a
similar Impala that was packaged with the Season 3 DVD, but it was an
incorrect 2-door model. GreenLight MORE THAN MADE UP for their
earlier mistake. This 4-door model is spot-on, right down to the
accurate license plates! Fans of the TV series are going to be
clamoring for this one! My grade: A+
Next up we have a 1970 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck
from the original Dallas TV series. I have mixed feelings
about this one. Out of the package, I don't think many people
would recognize this truck as being from a TV series, but in the
package, I have to admit it looks pretty cool. Having a grinning
J.R. Ewing (the late Larry Hagman) on the package makes this a great
display piece. And IMCDB.org gives this particular truck a 4-star
rating on its website. Taking all things into consideration, I'll
grade this one a B+
Bewitched isn't exactly known for its cars,
but over the course of its run, it sure did feature some pretty sweet
rides. My personal favorite is the Reactor Mach II.
GreenLight previously released a '69 Camaro in its 10-car boxed set, but
this '64 Chevelle Malibu actually gets a higher rating (4-stars) on
IMCDB.org. Although it's not very exciting, GreenLight did do a
nice job on the car and its packaging, and even has the correct rear
license plate. My grade: B
Although this isn't necessarily MY thing, the kids
will probably get a kick out of it. This Adrenalode Indycar is
from the 2013 animated movie Turbo. Although it didn't fare
too well at the domestic box office, it did turn a profit overseas.
The package features the movie's hero snail and the car looks awesome.
My grade: B
Okay, now we're venturing into some ODD territory.
Included in Series 6 is this '67 Ford Bronco featured in the 2001 movie
Zoolander. If you're trying to recall where it appeared in
the film, do you remember a scene where a group of male models douse
themselves in gasoline and catch on fire? Yeah, this is the
vehicle. Like I said, an odd choice, and what makes it even ODDER
is that Mattel will be releasing a vehicle from Zoolander in its
Entertainment line, too. I'm not sure if it will be this Bronco.
My Grade: C
And finally we get around to this 2011 Dodge Charger
from CSI. As you probably know, I don't get too excited
about cars from police procedurals. The only redeeming quality
about this particular piece is the fact that Ted Danson appears on the
packaging. He's just great in everything he does. My grade:
11/26/13 - It's news to
Okay, I know this is kind of old news,
but I've had a lot of difficulty finding these in stores in my area.
The Hot Wheels Bat-Pod (with removable rider) pictured above, left, has a
copyright date of 2011, although I'm fairly certain it came out in 2012.
I received one from a fellow collector one year ago and I've never found one
hanging on the pegs since. Today, while visiting a Meijer store, I
stumbled across the re-release with the blue cardback. This one has a
copyright date of 2012, but I think it's a 2013 release. Someone can
correct me if I'm wrong. Anyhoo, I've added these to
The Dark Knight Gallery.
11/25/13 - Coming in
I recently picked up the November copy
of the Previews catalog and was stunned to see what will be hitting stores
in January of 2014. The good news: Mattel will be releasing
multiple 1:18 scale Hollywood vehicles. The bad news: You pretty
much have to be Bruce Wayne to afford them all. Most of them will
retail WELL OVER $100. Here is the list found in Previews:
Hot Wheels Elite:
Batman Forever 1995 Batmobile 1:18 scale die-cast (pictured above.)
Suggested retail price: $159.99.
Hot Wheels Elite: The
Dark Knight Trilogy Batmobile 1:18 scale die-cast. Limited to 5000
pieces. Suggested retail price: $199.99.
Hot Wheels Elite: 1966
Batmobile 1:18 scale die-cast with figures. Limited to 10,000
pieces. Suggested retail price: $159.99.
Hot Wheels Heritage
Collection: Ghostbusters Ecto-1 1:18 scale die-cast.
Suggested retail price: $79.99. (Not too shabby!)
Hot Wheels Elite: Back to
the Future Time Machine w/Mr. Fusion 1:18 scale die-cast.
Suggested retail price: $159.99.
1968 Mustang GT Fastback 1:18 scale die-cast. Suggested retail
Phoebe Buffay 1977 Checker Taxi 1:43 scale die-cast. Suggested
retail price: $19.99.
GreenLight Hollywood Series
Six 1:64 scale die-cast. Set includes: '64 Chevy Malibu from
Bewitched; '70 Chevy Pickup from Dallas; '67 Ford Bronco from
Zoolander; '11 Dodge Charger from CSI: Las Vegas; '67 Chevy
Impala Sedan from Supernatural; and the Adrenalode IndyCar from
Turbo. Limited to 5,500 piece each.
It's unfortunate these won't be
out before Christmas, so it looks like at least part of my tax refund check
will be spent on some of the above.
11/23/13 - That's
T-Hunted.com has revealed the first several waves of the Hot Wheels
Entertainment line for 2014, some of which can be seen in the photo above.
I think it's safe to say that James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 will be included
in one of the waves listed below:
- Lot A: USS Enterprise (Star Trek), 1980 Dodge Macho Power
Wagon (Simon & Simon), Flintmobile (Flintstones), VW Beetle
(Herbie The Love Bug), 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 (Fast & Furious).
- Lot B: Ferrari Dino 246 GTS (Hart to Hart - Casal 20), Jetsons
Capsule (Jetsons), Custom '77 Dodge Van (Old School), '67
GTO (Need for Speed), GMC Motorhome (Stripes).
- Lot C: Back To The Future, Need for Speed, Simon & Simon, James Bond.
- Lot D: Karate Kid, Knight Rider, Fast & Furious, James Bond, Tommy Boy.
- Lot E: Zoolander, James Bond, Simpsons, Beverly Hills 90210, Anchorman.
- Lot F: BJ and the Bear, James Bond, Ghostbusters II, Back To The Future,
11/19/13 - Batmobile
Mattel continues to re-release
Bat-Vehicles in its mainline, albeit in new color schemes. Keep your
eyes peeled for this latest release, a varation on the Batmobile casting
from the animated series The Batman. This particular version is gloss
black with blue stripes and black & blue wheels. The Bat-Pod is also
hitting stores now, although I haven't seen it yet.
11/12/13 - Herbie the Love
On Saturday, November 2nd, K-Mart hosted
one of its Hot Wheels Collectors events and somehow I missed it.
Afterwards, I started seeing reports online that The Love Bug was
included in some K-Day cases and I was really kicking myself for missing the
event. For now, I purchased one on eBay just so I can have one in my
hands, and I'll pick up a few more when they become more common in stores.
I have mixed feelings about this particular offering. I mean, it's
great to have Herbie in the Hot Wheels line, but the car looks like it was
customized by an amateur. Herbie will be included in the upcoming
Entertainment line, but advanced photos don't look too promising.
Mattel is in DIRE need of a new VW Beetle casting. Johnny Lightning's
version of Herbie is far superior.
11/11/13 - Johnny
Lightning: The End of the Road
I saw this re-posted in the HobbyTalk
It's been a awesome run with RC2/Learning Curve/Tomy over
the last 6 or ??? years. We were JL's #1 Hobby distributor for most all
those years. So many awesome castings, so many options and ideas. But sorry
to say I was told this weekend there are no plans to produce any more JL
vehicles for the future until all current releases are sold out. Which if we
read between the lines means there will be no more Johnny Lightning, at
least for a LONG LONG time. I asked if they had clearanced them thinking
maybe I would help and purchase some on clearance, but they are still full
price. So it seems there is no real interest in the line with Tomy, and no
real interest in moving the older stock. Sorry for the bad news folks, but I
think we have come to an end of the road with JL, at least with Tomy? If I
hear anything else I will let you all know.
So, as you can see, it looks like Johnny Lightning has reached the end of
the road. It's not exactly shocking considering that JL product has
been becoming more and more scarce over the past few years, but they were
still putting out quality products until the end. It saddens me
because JL's Hollywood on Wheels line is what got me into collecting
die-cast cars. If it wasn't for their Monkeemobile, DeLorean Time
Machine, and Munster's Koach, I may not have ever started my collection.
I also loved their Dukes of Hazzard line, and I grinned every time I spotted
an "unofficial" Hollywood car in the regular lines. So, this is sad
news, but let's hope the line resurfaces at some point in the future.
10/26/13 - R.I.P. Hal
I was saddened to learn of the passing
of Hal Needham at the age of 82. Hal began his career in Hollywood as
a stuntman and went on to become a successful writer and director.
Some of my favorite movies he wrote and/or directed include Smokey & The
Bandit, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and Stroker Ace. My
condolences go out to his family and friends.
10/22/13 - Ghosts of
I got an e-mail from Jeremy in New York
who told me he went to NY Comic Con where he spotted sneak peeks of NEXT
YEAR'S Hallmark Christmas ornaments! Check out the photos above.
I spy with my little eye: hovering Back to the Future Time
Machine, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, 1989 Batmobile and
the Sandcrawler from Star Wars. And do I see Adam West as
Batman??? If you look closely, you'll see that Hallmark cleverly
concealed the Rebel Flag on General Lee by having the car crash through a
wooden sign. Hmmm.
10/18/13 - Merry Christmas
to All, and To All a Dark Knight
I stopped into a nearby Hallmark store
to take a look at the new October ornaments. Hanging on the display
was the Bat-Pod from The Dark Knight. I searched for the
ornament in its box and couldn't find any. I called over a sales clerk
and she told me the one hanging on the display was the last one. It
was a limited edition ornament only sold on the day of the October ornament
launch. I asked if I could buy the one on the display. The clerk
let me buy it after she found the box hidden in a compartment. The
Bat-Pod is approximately 1:43 scale and is made of plastic. The wheels
don't roll, but it'll look great displayed with the other Hollywood vehicle
ornaments I've bought over the past few years. It retails for
$14.95...IF you can find one.
10/18/13 - Halloween
Anyone who has been visiting this
website over the past few years knows that the Halloween season is my
favorite time of the year. That's why I was excited to walk into my
local Kroger store to find this year's set of exclusive Halloween Hot
Wheels. These actually started hitting stores in late September, but I
had no luck finding them until TODAY. There's nothing to get TOO
excited about, but there are a couple of nice ones. The general
consensus is that the Highway Hauler (below, right) is the best of the
bunch, and I have to agree. Sporting "The Halloween Horror Show"
graphics on its glow-in-the-dark body makes this one a real stand-out.
The Ford Gangster Grin (#4 of 5) doesn't look like much from the side, but
the top of the car resembles a Jack-O-Lantern. Pretty cool.
Rigor Motor, Evil Twin and Fangula round out the set.
10/17/13 - Eastbound and
Thanks to a tip posted in the Hollywood
Die-Cast Facebook page, I learned that Collectables Corner was offering an
exclusive "dirty" version of the GreenLight '77 Trans Am from Smokey &
The Bandit. It arrived in the mail today and I have to say the
"dirt" application is a little on the light side. Still, if you're
trying to get all the GreenLight Hollywood cars, you'll have to add this one
to your collection.
10/9/13 - "Meet George
I don't expect to find this in my area
any time soon, so I resorted to eBay to pick up a few of the new Jetsons
Capsule Car from the Hot Wheels line. Although it looks pretty cool, I
just despise those wheels. I'm looking forward to the version that
will be included in the Entertainment line that has NO wheels.
10/8/13 - Ten Times the
I heard from a friend that GreenLight's
new 10-pack of Hollywood cars was hitting stores in my area, so I went to a
nearby Meijer store and found one on the shelf! I gotta say, this is a
very odd collection of completely random and obscure cars! Some of the
more interesting cars in the set include (below, from left to right) a green
'69 Camaro from Bewitched, a '64 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS from
Catch Me If You Can, a VW Beetle from Footloose, a '66 Ford
Mustang from the original Fright Night, and a 1980 Trans-Am and '74
Dodge Monaco from Smokey & The Bandit II. Other cars in the set
are from titles such as The Amazing Race, NCIS: Los Angeles; CSI: Miami;
and CSI: NY. Like I said, a very strange mix. The
Footloose Beetle was included in Mattel's Retro Entertainment series,
but THIS version is far superior. The Fright Night Mustang was
"unofficially" produced by Johnny Lightning, but now we have an OFFICIAL
version from GreenLight. The set retails for about $40, which isn't
too bad for 10 cars. I wouldn't mind seeing GL put out more of these
sets, but try to include a few more iconic cars.
10/4/13 - Batman: The
Brave & The Bold
I popped in to my local comic book store
and spotted this sitting on a shelf. It's the Eaglemoss 1:43 Batmobile
from the Cartoon Network animated series Batman: The Brave & The Bold.
I wasn't sure I was going to add this one to my collection, but when I held
it in my hands, I couldn't pass it up. What I love about this
particular Batmobile is that it incorporates features from previous versions
of the Batmobile, such as the bat-face battering ram and the double bubble
windshields. Of course, the vehicle comes with a detailed magazine
that explains all the cool features of this Batmobile. I also picked
up this month's issue of Previews which is soliciting orders for the 1966
Batboat, scheduled to ship in December. Now THAT's a must-have!
- It's News to Me!
I know this old news, but I have NOT
been able to find this in stores, so I finally resorted to eBay. I
paid $6 with free shipping, so not too shabby. These same three
vehicles were included in a Dark Knight 5-pack in 2012, but I figured
I'd pick it up anyways. There was a photo circulating online of a
3-pack that included the Bat-Pod and The Bat, but apparently someone just
replaced two of the vehicles and took a photo. There has been no
evidence to support that Mattel ever produced that version.
10/1/13 - "That's the
I've mentioned on this site that
Mattel's Hot Wheels Entertainment line will continue into 2014. Now we
know what will be included in the first wave. Mark Kasimoff of Race
on YouTube recorded during a presentation by Mattel at a Hot Wheels
convention. Starting at about the 4:47 mark, the presenters show
slides of what we can expect. The first wave of 2014 will include
The Jetsons Capsule Car WITHOUT those silly wheels, Marty McFly's '87
Toyota Pickup, Herbie the Love Bug, vehicles from Old School, The Fast &
The Furious, Simon & Simon, and the one I'm most excited about, the GMC
Motorhome from the Bill Murray comedy Stripes (shown above.)
Honestly, I never, EVER, thought we would ever see this in die-cast form.
Also, it was revealed that the '71 Mustang from Diamonds are Forever
will be included in the lineup. I guess this means Mattel has the
James Bond license! I'd love to see Mattel do an entire James Bond
series. This is exciting news! It's going to be a great
9/25/13 - HW Retro: Final
Wave of 2014
It's almost hard to believe, but the
FINAL wave of the Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series is now hitting
stores. The first wave hit stores right at the beginning of the year
and over the next nine months we collectors were treated to 35 new Hollywood
vehicles! That's astounding! Of course, there were a few
missteps along the way, but for the most part, the Retro Entertainment line
has been absolutely incredible. The final wave of 2014 is currently
hitting stores, but I went the eBay route to complete my collection.
Let's take a look:
|Why, this car is systematic...hydromatic...ultramatic...
Why, it could be GREASED LIGHTNING!!!
I don't even
know where to begin, other than to say this is not only one of the BEST
offerings in the Retro line, but could be one of the BEST Hollywood
die-cast cars ever made! From the spot-on casting created for this
line, to the transparent hood, to the wheels and tampos...this car is
absolutely perfect. You are supreme! My grade: A + + +
Sigh...so close, yet so far. The Kenworth from
Smokey & The Bandit has been on my Wish List for years.
When I got word that it would be included in the Retro line, I went
ballistic...until I realized we would only be getting HALF OF IT!!!
What the...??? Granted, the cab is absolutely fantastic, but
c'mon, we need the trailer!!! Who knows, maybe Mattel will
surprise us next year with the trailer. Until then, we'll have to
settle for this. My grade: incomplete
Battlestar Galactica was one of my favorite
shows as a kid. Yeah, I know, it was basically a Star Wars
rip-off, but it satisfied my appetite for exciting space battles.
The Colonial Viper was cool, but the Cylon Raider was even COOLER.
Mattel did a great job with this and I'm sure I'll snatch up a few
extras when I find them in stores. My grade: A +
Beverly Hills Cop is a CLASSIC!
Beverly Hills Cop II? Not so much. As I sit here typing
this, I have no recall of the plot of the inferior sequel, and to be
honest, I have ZERO recollection of this particular car. It seems
well done, but we collectors weren't exactly demanding this (were we?)
I predict it will be a peg warmer. My grade: C+
With the release of the WHITE Morris Mini, the trio
from 1969's The Italian Job is now complete. My reaction?
Meh. I'd like them better if they had that cool multi-headlight
configuration that's seen on the packaging. Sadly, the previously
released BLUE Morris Mini is really clogging the pegs in my area.
I do have to admit, though, that the car chase from the ORIGINAL movie
is one of the best ever filmed. Now that I have all three, my
Even though this wave brings to a close the Retro Entertainment series for
2013, fear not. I have it on good authority that the line will
continue in 2014, MINUS the Retro tag, meaning the line will include MODERN
Hollywood cars, as well. This is GREAT news for us collections
and I, for one, can't wait to see what Mattel has in store for us next year!
9/13/13 - Coming Soon: Hot
Once again, the website
scoops us all. The site has posted pics of upcoming offerings from
Mattel's Hot Wheels line, and among those slated for 2014 are The Jetsons
Capsule Car and Herbie from The Love Bug. Although I think it's
great Mattel got those two licenses, I'm a little disappointed with the
execution. I wish Mattel would just create a more realistic VW
casting, instead of the cartoonish-looking Beetle pictured above.
And although The Jetsons car is pretty cool, why did they feel it
necessary to add that base and wheels? They've done space vehicles
before, why add wheels to this one? I probably wouldn't have minded if
the entire base was clear plastic, but as it is, it just looks wrong.
9/7/13 - "I want a car,
chicks dig the car."
1997's Batman & Robin is widely
regarded as one of the worst movies ever made, and I agree. But I have
to admit, the Batmobile from that awful film is one pretty sweet ride.
Its over-the-top gaudiness is exactly what you'd expect from a millionaire
who dresses up as a bat to fight crime. It may not be practical, but
it's practically a work of art. This 1:43 scale version of the
Batmobile is No. 16 in the series from Eaglemoss, and it's the last of the
movie Batmobiles to be released, following the 1966 version, the 1989 movie
Batmobile, Batman Forever and Batman Begins. If you're a
Batman fan, these Batmobiles are a bargain at $20 apiece, with incredible
detail and a lenticular background enclosed in an acrylic case. AND
you get a nice magazine that provides everything you need to know about each
Batmobile that accompanies it. You won't find these in major retail
stores. You'll have to rush down to your local comic book shop to find
these. YOU HAVEN'T A MOMENT TO LOSE!
8/22/13 - Catching Up With
- I finally put together a complete set of the most recent two waves of the
Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series. I only recently found Wave 5
(top row) at major retail stores, and I found Wave 6 at an out-of-the-way
hobby store. Here's my review:
Let's kick things off with the blue Morris Mini
from the 1969 version of The Italian Job. On the plus
side, no one has ever done a 1:64 scale Mini from the ORIGINAL movie.
(JL did the 2003 remake.) The package says "Morris Mini" but
IMCDB.org says it's an Austin Mini. (Maybe someone can explain the
difference to me.) This one gets a SHRUG. My grade: B
Next up: the Colonial Viper from the original
Battlestar Galactic TV series. Hot Wheels purists seem to
get standoffish when Mattel releases something WITHOUT wheels as part
of its Hot Wheels line. Personally, as long as it looks good, I
say bring it on. And this looks pretty good, but not quite as
good as the Hasbro Titanium version from a few years back. My
Earlier, Mattel gave us the white "Testarossa" from
Miami Vice, which was a rare misstep in this line, but they
made up for it with this Ferrari Daytona Spyder. When I first
saw this casting a few years ago, I thought, "This would be PERFECT
for the Miami Vice Ferrari." Well, my patience paid
off. This thing is absolutely perfect AND it's the first time
EVER we've seen this car in 1:64 scale die-cast. My grade:
A+ + +
This ranks as one of the biggest surprises from
this line. Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari is one of the JEWELS of
this line, but I never expected T.C.'s chopper! It looks amazing
and is SO much better than the Matchbox Star Car version that came out
in 1998. Pairing this up with Magnum's Ferrari is dream come
true for fans of the TV show. My grade: A+
The only thing that could make it even better is...
Okay, I have to be honest. I don't really
remember this vehicle from Magnum P.I. I looked it up on
IMCDB.org and although it's listed as a VANagon on the site, it sure
looks great. I really have to applaud Mattel for including this
in the Retro Entertainment line. When you display the Ferrari,
Island Hopper and VW together, it will make fans of the TV series
DROOL with envy. Nice job Mattel! My grade: A+
The second of three Minis from the original The
Italian Job, I still just give it a shrug. I'm sure that
when the white Mini is released in the 7th wave, all three cars will
look great together. Until then, I still give it a: B
This '58 Impala is the third car in this series to
represent American Graffiti. Although it's not entirely
accurate, it does represent one of the major cars in the film.
The Impala is driven by Toad throughout the movie. Looking at
photos on IMCDB.org, the rear wheel wells should be open, not skirted.
It's a half-hearted attempt and may be destined to be a peg-warmer
like its predecessor, the '58 Edsel. My grade: B-
I remember Simon & Simon being on
television, but I don't remember ever watching it. Still, this
is a cool addition to the Retro Entertainment line. However,
purists in the forums cry foul. They say the car on the TV
series was a 1982 Camaro Z28, NOT an IROC-Z. I don't know, I
think it looks okay, however I wish the roof was open and not painted
black to resemble a sun roof. My grade: B
OOOOOOOOH YEAAAAH! (Chic - ChicaChica).
NOW we're talking. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time EVER
in 1:64 scale, I present to you the Ferrari 250 California from
Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This is so freaking cool, I can
hardly believe it. This is such an iconic car from one of the
most beloved movies from the 80's. I absolutely love this thing
and I'm so excited I get to add this to my collection. I will
buy MULTIPLES of this one! My grade: A + + +
I saved the best for last. I was 12 years old
when Grease was in the theaters. I can't explain why I
love movie so much. I had the soundtrack and knew all the words
to all the songs. There are so many memorable moments but the
race along the L.A. River is one of the highlights of the movie.
This car is one of my favorites of all-time and has been on my 1:64
scale Wish List for YEARS. When it finally arrived in the mail
and I held it in my hands, I swear my eyes started to well up.
This thing is practically perfect in every way. My grade:
A + + + + +
There is just one more wave left in 2013, but I received word from a
reliable source that the line will continue in 2014. I'm told Mattel
will drop the word RETRO, which I assume means that next year's offerings
will represent entertainment-related vehicles from the modern era, as well.
I can't wait to see what they have in store for us!
8/18/13 - "Holy Goliath,
I visited a nearby Toys R Us store to
see if they had anything new and BOY I'm glad I did! I found the brand
new (the stocker told me she put it out on Saturday night) TV Batmobile for
6" Batman figures! I gasped when I saw it. This thing is enormous.
It measures approximately 20 inches in length, which equates to about 1:12
scale! It retails for $60 but it is worth it. It's not die-cast
metal, it's plastic, but I think anyone who considers themselves a Batman
fan will want to add this to his or her collection. They also had the
Batman & Robin wall-climbing two-pack, but I passed on it for now. It
would've been an additional $35. If you can't find the Batmobile at
the store, you can order it on the TRU website and have it shipped to a
store near you at no additional cost.
Photos with figures courtesy of Josh Turchetta.
8/16/13 - Hooray for
It took a few days, but I was finally
able to piece together the latest wave in GreenLight's Hollywood series.
Some I found in stores. Others I had to buy online. But here
they are, six new cars in the world of die-cast, and sadly, I have to admit
this wave may be GreenLight's weakest yet.
Let's start out with my favorite of the bunch.
Here we have the Channel 4 News Team Dodge Van from the 2010 movie
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Anchorman is one
of my all-time favorite comedies. I'm giddy that GreenLight produced
this. The only knock I have is that it's lacking the
broadcasting equipment that should be found on top of the van. It
seems like it would've been easy to craft SOMETHING out of plastic and
glue it to the top. Anyhoo, I'm going to buy MULTIPLES of this
van, for home, office, and to give to a few friends in the video
business. My grade: A-
Next up, we have the 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
from Rocky II. Not a bad choice on GreenLight's part to
acquire this license. Rocky II is one of the few Hollywood
sequels from that era that didn't suck! I have just one major
problem with this version. The car in the movie wasn't a T-Top.
The people at GreenLight realized this, but instead of creating a hard
top, they just sort of filled in their existing T-Top casting. (Insert
eyeroll here.) I don't get it. My grade: B-
Here's another Firebird from a potentially great
license: Old School, the VERY funny Will Ferrell movie from
2003. This was Frank the Tank's pride and joy, but again, the car
in the film was NOT a T-Top. GreenLight once again fills in the
T-Top, which looks cheesy to me. Why don't die-cast car
manufacturers have hard top Firebirds? My grade: B-
Okay, just because this isn't quite my thing, I
shouldn't knock it. Twilight was a VERY popular movie that
kicked off a lucrative franchise back in 2008. I've never seen it,
have no desire to see it, and from what I hear, it's pretty terrible.
However, any time a die-cast car manufacturer makes something that's
never been done before, I give them kudos. And who knows, maybe
this particular car will bring new collectors to the hobby. And
comparing it to images from the movie, it's very well done. My
For those of you who have been BEGGING to see the '87
Ford Mustang from the 1990 movie Ghost, well, your prayers have
been answered. Anyone? Anyone? Meh, me neither.
I liked the movie, but I barely remember a Mustang. I'd rather
have the Lotus Esprit from Pretty Woman. My grade: D
Last, and certainly least, I give you the Ford Crown
Victoria Police Interceptor from CSI:NY. (Yaaaaawn.)
Never saw the show. Come on GreenLight! Stop wasting
resources on die-cast cars NO ONE is asking for. In my area, the
pegs are clogged with obscure crap like this from the last several
series. I thought you were in this business to make money!
Let's get back to bringing collectors the classics! My grade:
8/10/13 - Pure Imagination
One year ago, Mattel revamped its Hot
Wheels mainline, introducing us to the green-striped Imagination line, which
includes many entertainment-related vehicles. Within the Imagination
line was a subset of Batman vehicles. The first to hit stores was the
Batman Live Batmobile, which arrived in September of 2012. A
very nice version of the '66 Batmobile made a nice stocking stuffer in
December. In May of 2013 the Batcopter was found in stores, quickly
followed by a great-looking version of the '89 Batmobile (which as been VERY
difficult to find in my area.) And finally, a few days ago, I was
surprised to stumble onto a variation of the Arkham Asylum Batmobile
with blue-rimmed wheels (pictured above, right.) Those five vehicles
pictured above complete the Batman subset for 2013. We'll have to wait
and see what Mattel has in store for us in 2014.
8/7/13 - "When you're
racing, it's life."
I wanted to hold off on announcing this
on my site because I wanted to make sure I ordered one before they sold out.
But now that's I've placed my order, I want to tell you that Mattel is
offering an online-exclusive 1:64 scale die-cast version of the #20 Gulf
Porsche featured in the 1971 Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. The
sale was initially offered to only Redline Club Members through the
hotwheelscollectors.com website on August 6th. On August 7th they
opened it up to all HWC members. If you're not a member yet, there's
no cost to sign up. You can purchase up to two cars right now at $10
apiece plus shipping. That's a pretty good deal. You won't be
charged until the car ships in November. It's the first time this car
has ever been offered in 1:64 scale die-cast, so you don't want to miss out!
8/4/13 - Make a Wish!
It's time to update my 1:64 scale
List. Thanks to Mattel's Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series (and
others) I've been able to cross off cars from the movie Grease, The
Rockford Files Firebird Esprit (although I'm not happy about it,) The
Brady Bunch station wagon, Death Proof Nova, Smokey & The
Bandit Kenworth (coming soon,) and Christine (also coming soon,
from AutoWorld.) The first ten cars on the list are my personal wish
list, but I need YOU to vote on the next ten. Below are 20 suggestions
from visitors to my Facebook page. Vote for as many as you'd like.
The top ten vote-getters will make up the rest of the list. Then close
your eyes, make a wish, and maybe some of these will come true!
7/13/13 - Christmas in
Today Hallmark rolled out their 2013
Keepsake ornaments. I stopped in to my nearby store to pick up two new
car ornaments to hang on my tree five months from now! Pictured above,
left, in KITT from Knight Rider. Approximately 1:43 scale, the
ornament is made of plastic, but the wheels roll. And when you insert
batteries (included) you can push a button to hear the voice of William
Daniels as KITT, and the scanner lights up! Pretty cool.
Pictured above, right, is the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National
Lampoon's Vacation. I believe this is the first time EVER this
movie car has been reproduced in any form. Like KITT, it's
approximately 1:43 scale, made of plastic, but unfortunately, the wheels
don't roll. Upon the push of a button the ornament plays the song
Holiday Road from the movie. One cool detail is the inclusion of
Aunt Edna strapped to the top of the car! These are two GREAT
additions to my ever-growing collection of Hollywood car ornaments.
Pictured below are some of the ornaments released over the past several