February '06 News
2/26/06 - Resistance is
THIS out. The "White Lightning" version of the Borg Cube from JL's
Star Trek line (which is actually green) recently sold for $105.50 on
eBay. Set phasers for STUNNED.
2/20/06 - The Next Bond
Thanks to a
tip from my buddy Denver, I discovered that the car for the next Bond flick,
Casino Royale, will be an Aston Martin DBS (see sketch above).
The vintage Aston Martin DB5 will make an appearance as well. Joy Ride
has already announced plans to produce the DBS in 1:18 scale.
Personally, I have a bad feeling about this next Bond flick. I thought
Pierce Brosnan was so perfect in the role of James Bond. Daniel Craig
(right) just doesn't do it for me. Probably because I can't get him
out of my head as the creepy villain in Road to Perdition. I
felt the same way about Timothy Dalton. I always felt Dalton played a
better villain than a good guy, like he did in The Rocketeer.
UPDATE: Leijo Van Aubel of the
Netherlands sent me a link to a site that has an actual photo of the Aston
Martin DBS. Thanks Leijo! Click on the photo for the link.
2/16/06 - Found:
Star Trek Series 3
I found the
third series of Star Trek ships from Johnny Lightning at a hobby
store last night. At $4.99 apiece, I paid a little more than I
should've had I waited to find them at a major retail chain, but I like to
support the little mom and pop stores when I can. I only picked up the
three that you see above. I actually prefer Star Trek: The
Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager over the original series,
but hey, that's just me.
opened them up and discovered some cool features. On the Enterprise,
the saucer section separates from the rest of the ship. The Borg Cube
comes with little pegs so that you can buy more Cubes and connect them.
And Voyager's nacelles raise and lower. These features help make up
for the fact that the ships are made of plastic.
2/13/06 - Toy Fair News
trying to keep my eyes peeled for any die-cast news out of Toy Fair '06 in
New York. Here's what I've found so far:
The above pic was
posted on the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board. According to "Ricky2400"
Mattel has unveiled a line of 1:64 die-cast cars from the upcoming Pixar
film Cars. If the movie is half as entertaining as the trailer,
these should be pretty hot.
Also, click on the
following link to see a sneak peek of upcoming releases from Hasbro's
Star Wars Titanium line. Apparently, Hasbro has picked up the
Battlestar Galactica license as well (from the current TV series).
Hasbro is also handing
out an exclusive gold version of Darth Vader's TIE Fighter at Toy Fair.
One recently sold for over $100 on eBay.
2/9/06 - The Ultimate
dream of mine to someday own a 1:1 replica of a famous TV or movie car.
How cool would it be to pick up my nephew from school in the Batmobile or
General Lee? There are many of you out there who apparently feel the
same way. Check out this e-mail I recently received:
just stumbled across your site and had to drop you a note to let you know
that I really enjoyed it. I always have, am still currently and will
always be a HUGE Hollywood car fan and like yourself, I have an
extensive collection of Hollywood die-cast, as well as my personal
favorite full size version... Eleanor.
wife and I went to see the film back in 2000, at which point I was on a
mission to re-create Eleanor. I contacted Cinema Vehicle Services (I'm
sure you are familiar) and bought the first publicly available Eleanor
Kit. The rest is history. My car was featured on the cover of
Mustang Monthly back in 2003 and
continues to be the sparkle in my eye. (don't tell my wife)
hope you enjoy the attached photos of my girl, and if you have some time
to chat, feel free to drop me an e-mail.
You know how to
make a guy jealous, Glenn. What a beautiful, beautiful car. For
now, I'll have to settle for my little Hot Wheels replica. Oh, and be
sure to send me pics of your die-cast car collection. I'd love to see
2/8/06 - And the Winners
Anniversary Contest has come to an end and a drawing was held tonight from
the correct entries. The winners are:
Metro Privratsky of North Dakota wins the 1:18 scale Aston Martin DB5
Casey Johnson of Pennsylvania wins the HW Batman Begins
Your prizes will go in the mail this week. Thanks to everyone who
2/1/06 - Happy Anniversary
the 3rd anniversary of Hollywood Die-Cast. Time flies when you're
having fun. Thanks to all the visitors, contributors and sponsors who
made this a fun and memorable experience during the past three years,
especially my buddy Dennis, who helped make this website possible. I'd
like to celebrate the occasion by holding a contest. It's kind of a
website scavenger hunt. If you can find the answers to these 10
questions, somewhere within this website, send them to me in an
e-mail with your mailing
address. If more than one correct entry arrives, a drawing will be
held from all correct entries on Wednesday, February 8 and the winner will
receive a 1:18 scale replica of my all-time favorite movie car:
Joy Ride's Aston Martin DB5 from
Here are the questions:
Following the announcement that
Hollywood Die-Cast was up and running, which movie is mentioned in the very
first News post?
Which car tops the Hollywood Die-Cast
list of the Spookiest Die-Cast Cars ever made?
On what date did Q&A become known as
On what date was the Hollywood Die-Cast
Forum announced (with thanks to TonyMoe)?
What car was featured in my April Fool’s
joke in 2004?
Which car won the Hollywood Die-Cast
Wish List poll in 2004 ?
Which car won the Hollywood Die-Cast
Favorite TV Car poll in 2004 in a stunning come-from-behind victory?
Which car was named TV’s Greatest
Car in the UK (featured on a program I appeared on in 2005)?
When I visited Hollywood in 2005, which
actress did I witness receive her star on the Walk of Fame?
What souvenir did
I bring home from my trip to Graceland in 2005?
UPDATE: I've received an item in the
mail that allows me to offer a SECOND prize:
The contest has ended.