January '07 News
1/28/07 - Talking Cars in
I've finally gotten around to going
through e-mails from the past few months and managed to put together the
latest edition of Talking Cars. Topics include: Susie
The Little Blue Coupe, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Jeffersons, Batman,
James Bond, The Van, Snoopy, The Great Race, The Road Warrior
and MORE! Click HERE and enjoy.
1/28/07 - Top 100 Movies
I received my copy of
Entertainment Weekly featuring the top
grossing films of 2006. Congrats to Cars for being the second
highest grosser of 2006, just behind Pirates of the Caribbean.
How did the "car" movies of 2006 stack up?
||Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift
1/26/07 - Sponsor News
I got an e-mail today from sponsor
Movie Car Mania about some new arrivals. One of them I knew nothing
about. Check out the 1:18 scale version of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane's
cruiser from ERTL. Here's the description:
Movie Car Mania just
received in the new Ertl release the
Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane Police Car.
as a Hazzard County Sheriff's Department Police car. Painted in a Plain-Jane
coat of white paint, the model is decorated with accurate County Sheriff
star logos and Hazzard County tampos on each of the front doors. A Sheriff
Tampo is centered between the rear taillights and a pair of "stars and bars"
decals fill the front and rear license plate frames.
Click on the link in
the upper right column to visit Movie Car Mania today!
HERE for more
detailed photos and info about Sheriff Rosco's Police Car.
1/22/07 - Holy Megabucks,
The first auction for a carded Hot
Wheels '66 Batmobile recently came to an end on
eBay. The winning bid was $101.64!!! Pretty batty
considering this car will be available for .99 cents in the very near
future. I guess someone is willing to shell out big bucks to be the
first on his or her block to own this beauty.
You have another shot at a carded Batmobile. The same
seller has another auction going that ends on January 26. Click
HERE to get involved in the bidding, or wait until February 10, when, as
rumor has it, the Batmobile may arrive at K-Mart Days.
1/18/07 - Yeeeeehaaaaaw!
The above pics were spotted on eBay.
Take a good look at Daisy's Jeep. Notice is says "Dixie" and not
"Daisy" like the Hollywood on Wheels release did. It's hard to tell
from the pics, but it still doesn't look like they got the General Lee's
rims right. I'll have to see them in person. I can't wait to
find these in stores.
1/15/07 - A Sad Day for
Visitor Dave sent me an e-mail with a
press release attached announcing some sad news for die-cast car collectors.
Here are some excerpts from the press release:
During December 2006, the Company made the decision to
discontinue its Racing Champions®, JoyRide®, Ertl® and AMT® die-cast and
model kit automotive collectible product lines that on a combined basis
generated approximately $36 million in net sales in 2006 and approximately
$60 million in net sales in 2005. Discontinuing the automotive collectible
product lines is consistent with the Company’s strategy to focus on
sustainable, organic growth and on allocating resources to its higher growth
infant products and children’s toys categories.
As previously announced, the increased cost of zinc,
which is a key component in diecast products, is expected to result in lower
profit margins during the fourth quarter of 2006 compared with the fourth
quarter of 2005. Increased zinc costs will likely continue to negatively
impact margins in the first half of 2007. The Company intends to partially
offset these increases with selective price increases in 2007 and continued
product design and supply chain cost management efforts.
I'll post updates as I find out what this
means for the future of Johnny Lightning.
1/12/07 - '66 Batmobile
The above pic was posted in the forum
The angle gives you a good look at the front of the car. Despite a
lack of pinstriping on the front, I'm still pumped about the release of this
car as part of Hot Wheels' basic line. I'm told it will hit stores in
a matter of weeks. Look for more detailed versions and various scales
later in the year.
1/8/07 - Which Car Should
With the imminent release of the '66
Batmobile from Hot Wheels, I need to replace the #1 entry on my Wish List.
For years, I've been dreaming about a 1:64 scale Batmobile (the Corgi Jr.
version was okay, but out-of-date.) Hot Wheels has finally answered my
prayers. So now I need you to vote for the car to replace the
Batmobile at #1 on the Wish List. Click
HERE and cast your vote.
If you feel strongly about a car NOT on the list, e-mail me your write-in
1/5/07 - Holy Sneak Peek,
The first pics of a carded Hot Wheels
'66 Batmobile were revealed on
Until I get permission to post the pics, you'll have to visit the site to
see them. Click on the banner above. (Pics have been posted in
the Hollywood Die-Cast Forum, too.)
I have goosebumps! Wow!
1/2/07 - Today's Finds!
I hit a few stores on the way into
work today and came across a lot of new stuff. Some of it was
expected, some were a pleasant surprise.
First, I stopped into
Target, where I found the new Batman 2-packs from Hot Wheels.
Comparing the Batmobiles in
each of them, there is a very subtle difference distinguishing the two.
The blue details are noticeably lighter on the car pictured on the right,
which came with the Joker 2-pack.
the same store, I also found the Batman Blaster track, which comes with an
exclusive black and yellow Batmobile. I was surprised to find the car
rolling back and forth loose inside the packaging. I have to admit,
the car is unusual, but I kinda like it.
At Toys R Us, I came
across something unexpected. Hot Wheels has produced Batman-themed and
Superman-themed transporters. I picked up the Batmobile Transporter to
haul my numerous Batmobiles around the living room. Oddly, the
transporter doesn't come with a Batmobile, but there was an interesting
Batmobile pictured on the back (above right.) I'm going to have to do
some digging to see if this car will eventually be released by Hot Wheels.
and one more Batman-related item. My sister called me from the store
to see if I needed anything from the die-cast aisle. I asked what they
had and she mentioned a 2-pack that included a Batmobile and an orange car.
I asked her to pick it up so I could see it. Apparently, Hot Wheels has
included the black and gold Batmobile in random 2-packs. This
particular one also included an orange '70 Hemi Challenger. Pretty
1/2/07 - Cars
Two new Movie Moments two-packs
have begun to show up on eBay, meaning they should be
appearing at a store near you very soon. In other news...I
noticed that Hot Wheels seems to have
finally met the demand for Cars product. Almost
every store I hit had multiples of the hard-to-find cars like Hamm, Brand
New Mater and Dirt Track McQueen. I'm glad I didn't shell out the big
bucks that others did early on. Something that suprised me, however,
were some 3-packs found at Target. I picked up Tractor Tippin' (right)
but they also had a courtroom 3-pack and a Tunerz 3-pack.
1/1/07 - Hollywood
Die-Cast Checklist Updated!
Kick off the new year and help support
this website by purchasing the Hollywood Die-Cast Checklist & Price Guide
updated for 2007! Updates include the most recent1:64 scale releases
from 2006. The checklist is available as a .PDF document, so you'll
need Adobe Acrobat or something similar to download it. Click on the
link at the top of the left column, then click on the PayPal link.
After you make a payment of $5 you will be given a link to a page where you
can download the PDF file. If you have difficulty, e-mail me and I'll
send you the file as a Word Document.
If you download the checklist and
notice any glaring omissions or errors, please notify me via e-mail and I
will make the appropriate changes. Thanks in advance for your support.
1/1/07 - 2006: The
Year in Review
Happy New Year to all my fellow
collectors out there. I hope 2007 will be as fun and exciting as 2006
was, when it comes to entertainment-related die-cast. Pixar's Cars,
Talladega Nights and a new James Bond flick were just SOME of the
highlights of 2006. Plus, collectors got confirmation of the most
exciting news we could hope for regarding a certain black car with red
pinstriping and parachute brakes. Click
HERE to take a look back at 2006
in the world of TV and movie die-cast cars. And I hope everyone has a
happy and safe 2007, which just may be remembered at The Year of the Bat.