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.
- Coming Soon!
The above photo was posted on Facebook
by Dave Nicholson. AutoWorld has the license to produce Christine
in various forms. To date, they've released a 1:18 scale version and a
1:43 resin model. Arriving in stores within the next month or so is an
official 1:64 scale version, and it looks spectacular. The last time we got
an officially licensed version of Christine it was produced by Johnny
Lightning as part of their Fright'ning Lightning series, and it was pretty
terrible (see below.) Ertl, Mattel and even M2 Machines have all
produced cars that resembled Christine, but I'm excited we'll FINALLY
be getting an officially licensed, screen accurate '58 Plymouth Fury!
- "Holy Sardine!"
I stopped into my local comic book store
and picked up the newest addition to my Eaglemoss 1:43 scale Batman
collection. The Bat Boat was featured in the 1966 Batman movie
and several episodes of the TV series. Of course, it comes along with
a magazine that tells the story of the boat and shows all it's hidden
weapons and features. At $20, this is a MUST-HAVE for any Bat-Fan!
also picked up the February issue of Previews and noticed that it was
soliciting orders for Batgirl's motorcycle (pictured at left,) also from the
1966 TV series. I had no idea this was on the Eaglemoss to-do list.
It should be shipping within the next month or so. Hopefully, the
Bat-Cycle (with sidecar) and the Bat-Copter won't be too far behind.
- "I owe you a ten-second car."
Two of the newest entries in
GreenLight's 1:43 scale Fast & Furious line was delivered today.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Brian's 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and
1995 Toyota Supra MK IV. Both cars were driven by the late Paul Walker
in the first movie from the blockbuster franchise. I can't help but
feel a tinge of sadness when I look at these cars, knowing that we lost Paul
far too soon, but I know his spirit will always live on when we watch these
- "Remember where you parked?"
As Mattel continues to celebrate 75
years of Batman, another version of the Batmobile is currently hitting toy
aisles as part of the HW City line. This time we have the Camouflage
Version of The Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises. I've never
been fond of this particular casting since it's such a drastic departure
from the vehicle featured in the Batman movies, but hey, I'll add it to my
- "Yabba, Dabba, Doo!"
I first learned of this variation of the
Flintmobile back in December, around the same the the HW Retro Entertainment
version hit stores. I found this gray & brown version today while at a
flea market. I haven't seen it in retail stores yet. Why gray &
brown? I have to assume Mattel wanted to produce a version that
resembled the car from The Flintstones movie from 1994. Wow,
has it been 20 years already?
- "Homer, The Car Built for Homer."
I came home today to find yet another
package on my doorstep. This time, we have "The Homer" from the Hot
Wheels basic line. I am absolutely stunned that Mattel decided to
create this casting. It is so detailed, I would expect to see
something like this in the Retro Entertainment line, but not the basic line.
This car was featured on The Simpsons (Season 2, Episode 15 - Oh
Brother, Where Art Thou?) Homer Simpson is invited to design his
dream car: "Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like
a Nerf ball." The result is "The Homer" and it forces his
half-brother into bankruptcy. If Mattel can create THIS, then they can
create just about ANYTHING. I can't wait to see what surprises Mattel
has for its Hot Wheels line in the future.
- "Holy Ripoff, Batman!"
I have good news and I have bad news.
First the good news: Mattel has released a cool new variation of their
Batman Power Attack Batmobile. This is the third variation of
this particular casting, and this one, in my opinion, is the best.
Check out that flat black body with blue accents (above, right) and silver
bat eyes. Now here's the bad news: You can only get it in a
9-car Matchbox Gift Set. The Batmobile is pictured on the box, but the
other 8 cars in the set have NO connection to Batman or even Gotham City.
That's pretty lame, forcing a collector to buy a 9-car set to get one
exclusive Batmobile. If you think the Batmobile pictured above is
worth the $10 price tag, then have at it!
"That's the fact, JACK!"
I came home from work today with a
package sitting at my doorstep. It's the latest wave (Assortment B)
from Mattel's Hot Wheels Entertainment line. How does this wave rate?
Let's take a look...
I never thought in a MILLION YEARS we would ever see
the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle in die-cast form. I am absolutely
blown away. I'm such a huge fan of the 1981 movie Stripes
and this just might rank among my all-time favorite pieces in my
collection. The casting that Mattel used, the GMC Motorhome, is
surprisingly accurate when compared to photos from the movie. And
I'm told that the side of the vehicle we can't see actually has
bullet-proof covers over the windows. Fantastic! My Grade:
Next up, we have the Capsule Car from The Jetsons
animated series. This version is a HUGE improvement over the
mainline version that includes clear wheels. This version is
spot-on, and includes a blue plastic base to support it. I really
applaud Mattel for giving collectors a screen-accurate version of this
iconic car. My Grade: A+
Hart to Hart (1979-1984) was one of those TV series
that I was aware of, but never really got into. What can I say?
I was a teenager at the time. I don't recall this particular
Ferrari, but according to IMCDB.ORG, the car rates three stars, and
judging by the photos, this die-cast version is fairly accurate.
I'll give it high marks for accuracy, but deduct a few points for being
so obscure. My Grade: B+
I've seen Old School (2003) a couple of times.
I thought it was funny, but I wouldn't describe it as a classic.
If someone was to ask me to name a vehicle from the film, Frank the
Tank's Red Dragon Pontiac Firebird would be the first one to spring to
mind. I only have a vague recollection of this Dodge Van.
IMCDB.ORG rates this van three stars and when comparing the die-cast to
photos, it's close, but no cigar. The teardrop window is a nice
touch, but the van in the movie had a rear spoiler. Eh, I'm not
blown away. My Grade: C
It's difficult to judge this '67 Pontiac GTO because
the movie Need for Speed hasn't even arrived at theaters yet!
IMCDB.ORG doesn't even have a good photo of the car yet and I have no
idea if the car is prominently featured in the film. All I can
tell you is that the movie stars Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad
fame) and features a cross country race. It arrives in theaters in
March. It sounds promising, and since the Pontiac GTO is such an
awesome car, I'll grade this one a B+...and maybe I'll adjust it after
seeing the movie.
Happy Birthday Dukes!
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the
premiere of The Dukes of Hazzard on network television. I was
just a teenager at the time and I remember gathering around the TV with the family to
enjoy some good 'ol fashioned fun. Sure the episodes were cheesy, but
they were harmless and fun. And, of course, I loved seeing the General
Lee racing along the dirt roads of Hazzard County. I never would have imagined then
that I would eventually meet most of the cast in my lifetime. I first
met James "Rosco" Best at the Detroit Autorama in 1981 and still have that
autograph. I've attended two Dukesfest events (2004 & 2006) in
Nashville, TN, where I met Catherine Bach, Sonny Shroyer and others. I
met and interviewed John Schneider at the Motor City Comic Con in 2009 (see
video below) and I finally got to meet Tom Wopat just a few weeks ago in
Monroe, MI. Over the years Ertl and Johnny Lightning held the license
to produce die-cast cars from the show, with JL producing a series
(2007-'08) that included some very obscure cars. General Lee is
represented in my 1:18 scale collection by RC2's "Authentics" version,
although AutoWorld has since created what many consider to be the DEFINITIVE
version of the beloved car. It's hard to believe the impact The
Dukes of Hazzard has had on my life over the past 35 years, and on this
anniversary, it makes me long for the days of mindless fun and cool car
chases on TV.
See my 2009 interview with John Schneider:
- "Holy Grail, Batman!"
When it comes to die-cast car
collecting, I define the term "Holy Grail" as an item that constantly eludes
you. It rarely, if ever, appears on eBay, and when it does, it's
priced beyond your budget. Well, I can say that I've added one of my
Holy Grails to my collection, thanks to a fellow collector. Pictured
above is a RARE variant of the Hot Wheels Joker's Last Laugh set that
came out in 2006. I believe it was a Canadian variant, but someone
please correct me if I'm wrong. The Cyclops vehicle is green, instead
of the more common purple, and the Batmobile has yellow stripes and blue
chrome accents. Since I first learned about this, I've had a "saved
search" on eBay hoping to get an alert when one came up for sale. It
never has...UNTIL NOW! I finally got that alert a few days ago
and contacted the seller, who, to my surprise, is a fan of my website!
He allowed me to make an offer, which he accepted, and it arrived in the
mail today! What a relief to FINALLY add this piece to my Batman
collection. Now on to the NEXT Holy Grail...!
- Just a Good Ol' Boy
On Saturday evening I had the pleasure
of catching a concert performance from Tom Wopat at the River Raisin Centre
for the Arts in Monroe, MI. As my buddy Dennis and I entered the
lobby, I was startled to see Tom sitting at a table, greeting fans as they
arrived. He graciously signed autographs and posed for photos. I
asked him to sign Johnny Lightning's online-exclusive "dirty" version of the
General Lee to add to my Auto-Graph
collection. During the concert, Tom performed many standards, jazz
tunes and some original songs. He took an intermission, where he
continued to sign autographs in the lobby. Following the second half
of the concert, he then RETURNED to the lobby for photos and autographs.
It was a very enjoyable and intimate experience, for not only myself, but
for the many Dukes of Hazzard fans in the audience. What a
- "A car for all the Homer Simpsons out there."
T-Hunted.com has once again posted an
awesome scoop! As you can see in the photos above, Mattel will be
offering "The Homer" as part of its mainline (and I assume its Entertainment
line) later this year. "The Homer" was featured in the Season 2
episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" from The Simpsons. This
has got to be one of the COOLEST things I've ever seen in the world of
die-cast cars. I never expected to see this car in die-cast
form. This will be a hot commodity when it hits shelves.
12/30/13 - Hot Wheels
I stopped into a local hobby store
looking for anything new and was surprised to stumble onto this set of three
1:50 scale vehicles from Mattel. Pictured above, from left, are The
Bat from The Dark Knight Rises, The Mystery Machine from Scooby
Doo, and The Flintmobile from The Flintstones. All three
fall under the Hot Wheels Elite One brand and are reasonably priced
at $8.99 each. The Bat just seems to be a repackaged version of the
one that was previously released in the Batman 1:50 scale line.
Normally, I try to stick to 1:64 scale, but I really like the detail of
these particular vehicles.
12/29/13 - New Bat-Finds
Hey Bat-Fans, keep your eyes peeled for
several new Bat Vehicles currently hitting stores. I've already
mentioned the Batmobile from The Batman animated series (pictured
above, left) but joining it on toy store pegs is the Bat-Pod (no Batman
figure,) and a blue variation of the Batmobile originally released by Mattel
way back in 2003. I believe this is the ninth variation of this
particular casting. All three can be found on blue-striped HW City
cardbacks. Happy hunting!
12/21/13 - That's
One of the biggest announcements of 2013
was that the Hot Wheels Entertainment line would continue into 2014. Soon,
multiple waves were announced, and before you could say "Yabba Dabba Doo"
the first wave started hitting stores. I couldn't resist picking up a
set from the website Milezone.com. They arrived in the mail today.
I'm predicting the most popular one of the bunch will
be everyone's favorite VW Beetle: Herbie the Love Bug. Is it me or
is Mattel sorely in need of a new VW Beetle casting? I would've
preferred that Mattel use larger wheels in the rear because the spacious
rear wheel wells just look silly with regular wheels. Although
it's not terrible, it doesn't come close to the superior effort released
by Johnny Lightning in 2004. My grade: B
Next up we have the Flintmobile from The
Flintstones. This version is only slightly more detailed that
the mainline version that came out in 2012. (Look for a new
variation in the mainline that's grey and brown.) I still can't
get over the fact that "stone" cylinders don't roll (there are hidden
wheels underneath) and the steering wheel is just a painted bump.
I actually prefer the version that came out in 1994. I think this
one looks best when left in the package. My grade: B-
Mattel again goes where it has gone before and
re-releases the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 from the Star Trek
movie, only this time with slightly more detail. Is it worth a $4
price jump over the .99 cents version? Probably not, but the
packaging is nice. Star Trek fans will probably snap this
one up, but Hot Wheels collectors tend to complain about vehicles that
don't have wheels. I doubt this one will be a peg warmer, but
we'll see. My grade: B
I wasn't a huge Simon & Simon fan growing up
in the 80's, but I was aware of the show. I don't remember this
particular vehicle, but according to IMCDB.org, it gets 4 out of 5
stars. Comparing this die-cast version to photos from the TV
series, I have to admit Mattel spared no details and really knocked this
one out of the park. Everything seems to be spot-on. My
When I heard that Fast & Furious cars would be
included in future waves of the Entertainment series, I got pretty
excited. But when I saw this was the first release, I was pretty
disappointed. This release is almost identical to the version that
was included in the 8-car set from earlier this year, and it's not even
one of the more iconic cars from the franchise. Come on Mattel, I
expect more from you. My grade: D
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