March '05 News
3/29/05 - Coming in June
I picked up the April edition of the
Previews Catalog offering items shipping in June. Apparently
in anticipation of the release of new The Dukes of Hazzard movie, the
General Lee will be hitting stores in three different scales, including
1:18, 1:25 and a 1:64 3-Pack that also includes Boss Hogg's Caddy
Convertible and Sheriff's Cruiser. I'm assuming these are all RC2
re-releases. The 3-car set will ship in June. The other cars are
Diamond is also taking
orders for Joy Ride's 1:18 scale version of The Blues Brothers car,
scheduled to ship in July. You can see the tooling model for this car
by clicking on the following link:
3/27/05 - Wow! What
It's Easter Sunday and I'm back in
Michigan after spending a week in California with my pal Dennis. What
an amazing week! We experienced things most tourists can only HOPE to
experience. I saw things I've always wanted to see, did things I've
always wanted to do and had celebrity sightings galore! Click
HERE for more stories and photos.
3/19/05 - California, Here
Well, Dennis and I are off to
Hollywood to do our part for Movies' Greatest Cars, the follow-up to
TV's Greatest Cars. I've packed up my die-cast cars and we're
meeting up with the video crew from Ireland on Thursday. The program
will air on Sky Television later this year in the U.K. I'll be back
next weekend with photos and stories to share. See you then!
3/15/05 - Fast, Furious
and Finally Finished!
The arrival of Brian's Ford F150
Pickup Truck in the mail yesterday allows me to complete my collection of
RC2 cars that actually appeared on-screen in The Fast & The Furious
and 2 Fast 2 Furious. You'd be surprised how difficult it was
to find some of these cars. I never saw the later series (9, 10, 11 &
12) in stores and the hard-to-find cars RARELY showed up on eBay. I'm
glad Johnny Lightning released the Nissan Skyline Custom as part of HOW6 or
there would've been a gaping hole in my collection. You can view my
entire personal collection by clicking on the link in the top right corner
that says, "My Collection." For a complete list of RC2's Fast &
Furious cars, click HERE.
3/14/05 - Talking Corgi
When it comes to entertainment-related
die-cast cars, Corgi was a pioneer, and after decades, is still producing
awesome TV and movie cars today. The Batmobile, The Monkeemobile and
James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 were some of Corgi's early releases in 1:64
and 1:43 scale and are highly prized collectibles today, fetching top dollar
at auction. Bill Manzke has recently been appointed
American Corgi Collector Club Director for Corgi USA. He is also the
author of two books dedicated to Corgi toys (pictured above). Bill is
my go-to guy whenever I have a question about Corgi cars. He was kind
enough to take time out of his busy schedule to respond to a series of
questions about Corgi's entertainment-related die-cast cars. Click
HERE to read the full
3/11/05 - Faster than
Fast! Smarter than Smart!
How cool is this? If you've seen
my Top 10 Wish List, you may have noticed Wonderbug sitting in the
number 10 position. I know it's a little obscure, but I watched
Wonderbug religiously every Saturday morning when I was a kid.
Well, check out this cool custom from Louis F. He writes:
"First off, you have a great site. I pop in almost every day to see
what's new. I know this is not a die-cast but it is on your wish list. I
built this Wonderbug for racing at
It is made out of wood, brass and aluminum. The stripes are not
show-accurate but it was all I could find. It has retractable wings and
when you push down on the shifter the front fenders raise up. I hope you
Thanks for reading, Louis F."
Thanks for sharing
Louis. That is fantastic. I've been meaning to customize a 1:64
scale Wonderbug for my collection and now you've inspired me to make
sure I get that done. I have quite a few custom projects I need to
work on this spring or summer. If anyone else has customs you'd like
to share, please send me a pic. I'm thinking of creating a Cool
Customs Gallery. (Hey Louis, now how about a Schlep Car?)
3/9/05 - British Imports
Despite coming from two different
continents, two of my newest acquisitions arrived on the same day!
First, coming all the way from the UK, is a 1:64 scale rendition of the
Reliant Regal Supervan III (above left) from Only Fools and Horses.
Although it displays nicely alongside the other cars in my collection, it's
made of plastic and the wheels don't roll. Other than that, it has
Also waiting for me
when I came home today was Mr. Bean's Mini (above right). This 1:64
scale die-cast was a Fujifilm promo and is fairly scarce. It took
WEEKS to arrive from Australia. As excited as I was to finally get it
in the mail, imagine my horror when it arrived in the following package:
The package was
crushed and I could hear the car rolling around inside. Luckily, the
car came out virtually unscathed and now proudly sits in my display case.
Now if I can only find a 1:64 die-cast version of Anneka Rice's Buggy!!!
3/8/05 - Talking Cars
A new month means a new edition of
Talking Cars. Included are a few responses to the Movies' Greatest
Cars poll. Other subjects include Mad Max's V8 Interceptor,
M*A*S*H, the Batmobile, 1:18 scale cars and a follow up to ESPN's 3.
Click HERE and enjoy, and please, keep the
3/8/05 - Collectors'
Oscar Garcia of Mexico sent a photo to
add to the Collectors' Collections Gallery. Imagine coming into work
every day and have those beauties to stare at. I don't think I'd get
much work done.
Hi Joe, who says
that toy car collections are only for your house?
right at my office and at this moment is 31 cars strong.
At my office I only have 1/18's (However I have 1/64's and 1/43's at home)
and I made it a rule that only real cars from Movies and TV are included
(Cars that really exist, no from cartoons).
HERE to see previous submissions.
3/5/05 - Holy Microscope,
I received my Black Nite Crimefighter
Mobile (or whatever you want to legally call it) in the mail on Friday from
Forum member TonyMoe. It's a 1:64 scale resin model kit. It
looks like I have my work cut out for me. The kit includes tiny little
parts allowing someone with steady hands to replicate a certain car we all
know and love. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Here's what the kit will look like finished. At
least, that's what it looks like when TONY finishes it. I can't
guarantee I'll get the same results, but we'll see.