January '05 News
1/30/05 - New Finds
Well, today I drove 30 minutes to the
nearest hobby store that sells die-cast hoping to find Joy Ride's 1:18 scale
K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, only to be told the store was sold out of
them. So I was disappointed that I still haven't seen K.I.T.T. in
stores in my area. On the plus side, I didn't leave the store empty
handed. I was pleasantly surprised to find Joy Ride's 1:18 scale
version of James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger.
Joy Ride really outdid themselves this time. This car rivals the one
released by Auto Art a few years ago (which now sells for hundreds of
dollars on eBay). Joy Ride's version features many of the gadgets seen
in the film, including rotating license plates, removable roof panel, rear
bullet-proof shield, hidden weapons and more. It's a beautiful piece
of work. Get yours now because I'm sure these will sell out quickly.
1/29/05 - Star Trek
& Star Wars News
Johnny Lightning's next wave of
Star Trek ships will be "battle-damaged" versions of their previous
release. I particularly like the "cloaked" Klingon Battle
You can expect to see these hitting store shelves in April.
In Star Wars
news, following the release of the Wal*Mart exclusive Titanium series of
die-cast vehicles (above thumbnail), Target will be selling an exclusive of
their own. Star Wars Micro Vehicles will be released in pairs
and include two micro figures as well. Click on the following link for
all the info:
1/26/05 - HOW6 Packaging
Packaging pics for Hollywood on Wheels
6 have been showing up online. Four were shown on the
Hobby Talk Bulletin Board. Click on the thumbnails above to view.
HOW6 should be appearing in stores any day now.
1/19/05 - Collectors'
I've finally gotten around to adding
two new submissions to the Collectors' Collections
section of my website. My apologies for the delay. Eric L. of
San Mateo, CA writes:
Seasons Greetings Joe !
I actually corresponded with you
some time ago, but due to my work schedule I haven't got the chance until
now to have you see some of my collection ( I still have a ton in storage
Now that the holidays are here
and I have some time off, I got a chance to put up some of my collection
with the help of my kids, and thought I'd send you some pics prominently
displaying the vehicles your site has motivated me to collect and of
course expand on. As I mentioned before I am very impressed with
your site as it is one of the very few designed only for the love of
collecting die cast vehicles, and not for the "passion" of making a profit
on these little treasures.
Thanks again for having your site
and wishing you and your family a great holiday season and new years !
San Mateo, CA
Jonny Bens submitted
photos of his modest but growing 1:18 scale collection. He writes:
Sorry for the late response for my collection photos. I've had some
difficulties with my computer, a complete crashdown. The result was a new
computer that I had to buy. The result is a pc capable for picture and film
This mostly for my other website
www.fototreffen.be With this mail are some pictures of my
collection, I've also started a website
www.my-ride.tk to bring out a part of my big collection model cars
(mostly 1/18) and planes. I'm also working on a Movie car album. Thank
you very much!
Check out all the Collectors'
Collections by clicking on the link in the right column. If you have a
collection you'd like to photograph and share with fellow collectors, please
e-mail the pics to me at
1/9/05 - Latest
I received a few new items for my
collection. First, my sister was able to get a few sets of Avon's
Batman/Superman Park N Plates (click on thumbnails above). I was
really excited to get these in my hands. If anything, I'm excited to
complete my collection of Hot Wheels Batmobiles with the addition of the
exclusive black w/red flames HardNoze Batmobile. One problem though.
I was under the impression the entire set of four sold for around 12 bucks.
Turns out each PAIR of cars costs 12 bucks! So it will cost you about
$25 for the entire set of four. That's a little steep for Hot Wheels,
which normally retail for a BUCK apiece. If you're interested in
getting a set for yourself, my sister's rep has several more sets in hand.
You can contact her at
Be sure to mention my website.
In other news, I
purchased this 1:64 scale Tucker on eBay and it arrived in the mail.
I've added it to my collection because a brown Tucker was prominently
featured in the 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
It was released by Johnny Lightning as part of its Classic Gold line.
I resorted to eBay because I could NOT find this car at retail locally.
Luckily, I only paid $2 plus shipping.
1/5/05 - Talking Cars
I'm sorry I haven't had a new edition
of Talking Cars in a couple of months. I had trouble retrieving
e-mails from my host, and then I lost all the e-mail I had been saving.
But now the e-mails are pouring back in and I have enough to give you a new
edition of Talking Cars just in time for the new year. Click
HERE and enjoy, and PLEASE, keep those e-mails
1/5/05 - Holy Charawheels,
Kuan Chee Hai posted the above photo
on the Hollywood Die-Cast Forum. Apparently, Hot Wheels' Japanese
counterpart Ban Dai has released not ONE, but FOUR different sets of Batman
vehicles as part of its Charawheels line. Starting top left, we have
vehicles from the '89 film Batman, followed by Batman Returns,
Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. You'll end up paying
around $25 per set, plus shipping, if you want to get these.
Looking at them, I'd have to say it's worth it.