January '06 News
1/28/06 - Great timing!
I happen to
be in the area of my favorite die-cast store and decided to pay a visit.
My timing couldn't have been better, It turns out the store will be
moving and everything was 50% OFF!!! I almost hyperventilated!
Here's what I picked up:
could not BELIEVE my eyes when I saw RC2's brand new 1:18 Lotus Esprit
sitting on a shelf. I grabbed the last one. It's a thing of
beauty! I can't wait to open it up and really check it out. My
also grabbed Hot Wheels' Limited Edition 2-Pack from Batman Begins.
The 1:64 scale cars included in this 2-Pack are incredibly detailed.
They really put their single-carded counterparts to shame. Plus,
they're more accurate in scale as well. These are an excellent
addition to my Batmobile collection. My cost: $10!
what else did I pick up? Well, I picked up a 1:18 scale.... oh...
wait. This is a surprise. You'll have to come back on February
1st for a special announcement.
1/26/06 - "I have you
bouncing from store to store, I decided to pick up a few of the vehicles
from Hasbro's Star Wars Titanium series. It's nice to see these
are now in wide release, as opposed to a Wal*Mart exclusive.
Unfortunately, out of necessity, the scale on these vehicles is all over the
place, but the speeder bike (below left) is fairly close to 1:64 scale, as
is the Landspeeder. I also found the supposed "rare" white TIE Fighter
(below right). Actually, they're shipping one per case, which puts
them in the "scarce" category. I like the white TIE Fighter because it
reminds me of my old Kenner TIE Fighter. Dennis (aka
was kind enough to let me use his pics of the entire 2006 series in the
Star Wars section of Hollywood Die-Cast.
UPDATE: I saw this today (1/28/06)
for the first time and decided to pick it up. It's the Republic
Gunship as it appears in the Clone Wars animated series. Too
cool to pass up.
1/26/06 - Elvis Lives!
I hit some
stores today and found Johnny Lightning's Elvis Presley series at a hobby
store. I looked at each one up close and, sorry to say, I wasn't too
impressed. I did walk away with one, though. The '65 Shelby 427
Cobra resembles the car from the movie Spinout (which Matchbox did a
few years ago). Visit the Elvis page to see
the whole set.
1/25/06 - Sponsor News
got an e-mail from Rodney at Movie Car Mania. He writes:
I just wanted to drop you a
quick e-mail to let you know about a new feature that I added to the Movie
Car Mania site. I have added a new Movie and TV car Trivia page.
http://www.moviecarmania.com/trivia.asp Each week I will be updating
the trivia page with 3 - 4 new questions. I have compiled these questions
after many hours of watching my favorite car movies and shows. I hope to
continue to compile these questions and hopefully will have a movie and TV
car trivia book released in 2006.
Now why didn't I think of that? Check it out and see how you do.
1/24/06 - Case Closed
two years ago, I discovered an amazing website dedicated to James Bond
collectibles. While browsing through it, I spotted something I had
never seen before. A white Lotus Esprit on a Corgi cardback featuring
The Spy Who Loved Me artwork and text. I immediately e-mailed
the webmaster, Nick, to find out about this rarity. He kindly
replied to my e-mail, insisting it was genuine. I turned to Corgi
expert Bill Manzke, who insisted is was NOT genuine. Well, it's
finally settled. Nick just sent me this e-mail:
Sometime ago someone from your
site was emailing with me about the Lotus 007 spy car with wheels Corgi Jr
MOC. As a follow up to that I can now report it is a fake. I
inspected it very carefully and found unusual wear marks on the card
inside the blister behind the car. These marks could only have been caused
by the regular underwater version with the fins. Other than that someone
has done a fantastic job as I cannot see where the blister has been
restuck and I am a toy dealer! I paid £200 for this and bought it from a
friend who swears that he bought it from a charity store for 50p. Well the
jury is out on the story but not on the toy. I did get my refund
now we can all rest assured that, although an interesting piece, no such
officially-licensed Corgi toy exists. Buyer beware!
1/22/06 - Holy Comic-Con,
Hollywood Die-Cast comes to you from the Detroit area, I want to mention the
exciting news that the Motor City Comic Con will be celebrating the 40th
anniversary of the Batman TV series with appearances by Adam West,
Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether. You'll also
be able to see the Batmobile, Batcycle and Bat-Computer. The Comic Con
runs May 19-21 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan.
HERE for the exciting guest list.
1/22/06 - Collectors'
finally gotten around to posting pics of Lars Groeneveld's Knight Rider
collection. Visit the Collectors' Collections
section to see pics of Lars' collection and all past submissions. If
you would like to have photos of your collection posted on my site, feel
free to e-mail me well-lit
pics. I really enjoy seeing other collections.
1/14/06 - Nobody Does It
has posted pics in the forum of RC2's new 1:18 James Bond Lotus Esprit from
The Spy Who Loved Me. He says he has the car in hand and not
only is it beautiful, it actually TRANSFORMS from car to SUBMARINE!
Once again, RC2 has outdone themselves with this one. I can't wait to
have this one in-hand. Visit the Hollywood Die-Cast forum (at left) to
see more pics and info.
1/8/06 - That's One Big
I know this
gets away from the focus of this website, but I still wanted to report it to
you. I stopped into a Wal*Mart on Saturday, disappointed that their
toy aisles were almost barren. But looking up I spotted this amazing
1:6 scale radio-controlled Classic Herbie from Herbie Fully Loaded.
My jaw hung open. Unfortunately, it retails for close to $100. I
tell you, this thing is HUGE. Wal*Mart also offers a 1:6 scale version
of the Tumbler from Batman Begins, which last time I looked, was on
sale for around $75.
1/4/06 - Johnny
Lightning's 2006 Lineup!
lineup was posted on
Skimming it quickly, I spotted the assortment for the third series of
Star Trek ships, slated for release this month. Included are:
Romulan Bird of Prey
ISS Enterprise NX-01
The only other
entertainment-related series I spotted was a set of Rock Art cars that
includes Elvis Presley artwork. Being the Elvis fan that I am, I might
hunt these down when I spot them. They'll display nicely alongside my
Marilyn Monroe cars.
UPDATE: Here is JL's set of Star Trek Series 3:
Uncharted Territories carded:
http://startrek.johnnylightning.com/ on February 2 for a chance to win a
prototype of JL's U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D
1/2/06 - The Year in
Year! Despite a fairly uneventful end of 2005, looking back, it really
was a pretty interesting year for collectors of TV and movie die-cast cars.
The most exciting thing to happen in '05 was the release of Johnny
Lightning's Hollywood on Wheels Series 6, including much-anticipated
versions of cars from The Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey & the Bandit, and
Vanishing Point, among others. The Love Bug was included
in the series, followed by an entire line devoted to Herbie Fully Loaded
Johnny Lightning also continued their Star Trek series, releasing
Battle Damaged versions of many of the ships. RC2's Joy Ride line
offered cars from The Dukes of Hazzard movie, although inferior when
compared to Johnny Lightning's cars.
Personally, I had fun chasing down the seemingly endless variations of Hot
Wheels' Batmobiles. Found individually carded, or in 2-packs, it
always made my day to discover a new variation in stores. It's a shame
no new releases have been announced since last spring's Batman VS Scarecrow
Hot Wheels also capitalized on the success of the phenomenal Batman
Begins by releasing a set of four vehicles. Although not exactly
movie-accurate, they sold well everywhere. A chrome "Tumbler" was a
comic con exclusive. Later in the year, a more movie-accurate Tumbler
was released in "oil-can" packaging.
1:18 scale news, there were some exciting offerings in 2005. Joy Ride
gave us beautiful renditions of the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger,
K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider and the Bluesmobile from The Blues
Brothers. And, of course, Hot Wheels offered up the beautifully
detailed Tumbler from Batman Begins.
hindsight, we had some fun car chase movies in 2005 that spawned some cool
die-cast cars. Unfortunately for collectors, things were a little slow
from August onward, with not much new product hitting the store shelves.
There were a few exciting announcements later in the year that will,
hopefully, pan out in 2006. Here's hoping 2006 will be a fun and
exciting year for collectors.