March '06 News
3/30/06 - Sponsor News
Mania announces they've gotten the above 1:18 cars in stock. Click the
link at the top right column to visit the site. Check out their entire
list of MOVIE/TV SHOWS.
3/29/06 - RC2 News for
RC2 has responded to my e-mail asking for info regarding 2006.
Here's what she had to say:
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift,
we have 1:55 scale products coming out."
Wheels roster to be on shelves in Dec 2006:
- Greg's Convertible
Speed Racer - Mach V
Speed Racer - Racer X Shooting Star
Speed Racer - Assassin's Car
Speed Racer - The Fastest Car
Star Trek - Decloaking Klingon D7 Battlecruiser
Star Trek - U.S.S. Yamato
Blues Brothers - '74 Dodge Monaco
all the Speed Racer cars are all re-releases."
And in regards to rumors
concerning a 1:18 scale van from The A-Team:
"I can tell you
that we have not had the license since 2004, and currently, there are no
plans surrounding The A-Team license."
Thanks to Sarah for her quick
3/29/06 - Wish List
Hollywood Die-Cast Top 10 Wish List has now become the
Top 20 Wish List. The top ten have
remained the same, but numbers 11 through 20 now reflect the results of the
recent poll and are therefore deemed The People's Choice.
The poll will remain open and should things change, I'll reflect the changes
in the Wish List. Click on the link in the left column to view.
3/28/06 - The Stars of
Thanks to a
tip from Metro Privratsky, I'm able to share this pic found on the Hot
Wheels Collector website. Check out the new assortment of cars from the
upcoming Pixar movie Cars. The movie opens June 9th. I'm
hoping the movie is good. The
trailers look amazing.
It'll be fun searching for cars from this assortment.
other movie car news, Diamond Comics is soliciting orders in this month's
edition of Previews for die-cast cars from The Fast & The Furious:
Tokyo Drift. These 1:64 scale cars will feature opening hoods,
detailed interiors and working suspensions. Scheduled to ship in June.
I'm not sure if RC2 has the license for this third installment of the
franchise. I'll try to find out.
3/24/06 - The Big Boys
inception of this website, I've focused on 1:64 scale TV & movie cars for
several reasons. There is such a huge variety of popular and obscure cars
available in 1:64 scale and they're easy to display as well as affordable
(for the most part). But since starting my 1:64 scale collection, I
couldn't help but pick up a few 1:18 scale
cars along the way. The detail of 1:18 scale cars is awe-inspiring
(and don't forget the coolness factor). To date, I have 27 cars and
counting. I'm quickly running out of space, however.
Well, apparently, many of you are also fans of 1:18 scale cars, judging by
the e-mails I receive and the pics that have been submitted by fellow
collectors. I can't put it off any longer. It's time to create
the 1:18 scale section of Hollywood Die-Cast! It's a work-in-progress
and I'm hoping for your help. It starts with a complete checklist.
I've spent some time creating a list of over 150
1:18 scale TV and movie cars (with special thanks to Rich for helping me
create a complete list of cars from The Fast & The Furious movies).
It was far more work than I imagined. I need you to review the list
and see if there's anything I've left off. Once I feel the list is
complete, I'll start gathering photos to create the 1:18 scale gallery.
Once you've had a chance to look it over, post your comments in the forum or
send me an e-mail. Please keep in mind that I only want to include
officially-licensed 1:18 scale die-cast metal cars and vehicles.
Thanks in advance for your help. Click on the 1:18 graphic above to see the
3/22/06 - Collectors'
Burleson of Salem, Oregon submits pics of his impressive collection of
Ecto-1A variants. Looks like I'm going to have to update my
Ghostbusters page! Thanks for sharing, Bud. Click
HERE to see all of Bud's pics and all past
submissions to the Collectors' Collections Gallery.
3/15/06 - Wish List Poll -
popular demand, I've taken the top vote-getters from the Wish List Poll, and
added the write-in candidates I've received over the past week. Only
this time, vote for AS MANY cars as you want to! The top ten
vote-getters this time around will be added to the Hollywood Die-Cast Wish
List as The People's Choice Cars! (for a total of twenty cars).
Click HERE and get to voting!
3/12/06 - Talking Cars
awhile since the last edition of Talking Cars. Time to get caught up.
This time around, the subjects include: Knight Rider, The Dukes of
Hazzard, Star Trek: Voyager, Mad Max, The Fast & The Furious, West Coast
Choppers, Black Moon Rising, Batman Begins, Gone in 60 Seconds, and
M*A*S*H* (among others.) Click HERE
3/11/06 - Rock Art Review
folks over at
www.collectorsnetusa.com sent me a set of Johnny Lightning's Rock Art
Series 1 and asked me to submit a review to post on their website. I
carefully looked them over and sent them my opinion of this series.
Unfortunately, despite being a huge Elvis fan, I can't say my review was too
HERE to read it. Also, I added new pics of the Elvis cars to the
Elvis section of Hollywood Die-Cast. My thanks
to staff over at CollectorsNetUSA. By the way, while browsing their
website, I noticed a few announcements. Apparently, we can expect
Johnny Lightning's TV Land/Hollywood on Wheels in November, a new James Bond
series in September, Rock Art Series 2 in July, and Marvel/Halo in June.
It should be an interesting year for collectors.
3/9/06 - Collectors'
submission has been added to the Collectors' Collections Gallery. Sean
Sullivan of Maryland sent me pictures of his impressive collection of
vehicles. Click HERE to see all the
submissions to-date. If you'd like to have photos of your
collection posted in the gallery, send well-lit digital photos to me via
3/7/06 - Biggest Poll
you're all well aware of my Top 10 Wish List.
I get e-mails with suggestions all the time. My response has always
been, "It's my list, so there." Well, now is your chance to add
a new entry to that list. I've created my
biggest poll ever! Twenty,
COUNT 'EM, TWENTY cars are featured on this new poll. The car that
gets the most votes will be added to the list in the #10 spot, replacing
Wonderbug. I'll add the car when a clear-cut winner has been
determined. Remember, the focus of this site is 1:64 scale, so that's
what the wish list is referring to. Some of the cars on the new poll
have been made in 1:18 scale, but not 1:64 scale yet. Here are
thumbnails of some of the cars on the list:
Be sure to read the
existing Top 10 Wish List so I don't get angry
e-mails about cars that were left off the new poll. You can only vote
for one car. If you DON'T see a car on the list, send me an
e-mail and I will count it.
If you're wondering why Ecto-1 is on the list, it's because Johnny
Lightning's 1:64 scale version is Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters 2.
Ecto-1 has only exists in die-cast form in 1:18 scale so far.
Personally, I'd love to see ALL OF THE ABOVE made, but one can dream.
Now, click HERE and vote!
3/8 UPDATE: I've already received several e-mails
pointing out my glaring oversight regarding cars I've left off the new poll.
Those include: Thelma & Louise Thunderbird Convertible, The
Wraith Turbo Interceptor, Corvette Summer Custom Corvette and the
Phantasm Cuda (among others). Apparently, I'm due for a
follow-up poll. After a week or two, I'll take the top-ten vote
getters from this poll, and add all write-in candidates. With the
great response I've gotten so far, I'm thinking of changing my Top Ten Wish
List into a Top TWENTY Wish List. Keep those
3/6/06 - Grease is
always-keen eye of Metro Privratsky spotted an auction for this very cool
and very rare set of motorcycles from the 1982 film Grease 2.
This is the first time I've seen an actual photo of these motorcyles.
They are part of Kidco's Tough Wheels line and are 1:26 scale, considerably
larger than the cars that were included in this series. This set
recently sold on eBay for GBP 30, or $52.59 in American dollars. Visit
the Grease gallery to see more pics.
3/4/06 - Autorama 2006
I had the
opportunity to attend the Press Preview of the 2006 Autorama in Detroit
along with the host of the local TV series Art & Design, John Sauve'.
There were so many cool things to see, I hardly know where to begin.
Let's start with the amazing TV cars that were on display.
There weren't any spokespeople present to tell me about these cars, so I'm
not sure which Batmobile replica was present. I can say that the
pinstriping looked a little too orange for my taste, but the car was
beautiful to see nevertheless. The Munsters' Koach appeared to be the
one kept at George Barris' shop in North Hollywood, though I can't be
certain. If anyone can provide details about these cars, I'd
appreciate an e-mail. It was still cool to see my two favorite TV cars
sitting side by side. The General Lee was also on display to coincide with a
visit from Ben "Cooter" Jones.
The late Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was honored at Autorama this year as "Builder
of the Year." On display were many of his creations, including the
famous Beatnik Bandit, on loan from the
National Auto Museum in
Reno, Nevada. A beautiful replica of the Mysterion was also on
display, built by Dave
Above are a few cool customs that caught my eye as we wandered around the
floor of Cobo Hall.
And finally, we had the pleasure of meeting Piero DeLuca, creator of the DVD
series Mad Fabricators Society. He had such a great success
story to tell. After losing his job as an editor, Piero found success
producing documentaries about hot rods and custom cars, featuring the work
of George Barris, Ed Roth and the Alexander Brothers, among others.
Three volumes are available. Click
HERE for more
3/2/06 - "Chicks dig the
I know this
has been out for a few years now, but I just picked this up and decided to
add it to the Batman gallery.
It's not an official TV car, but I've always felt it would be cool if Batman
drove a Prowler. As a matter of fact, I tried unsuccessfully to get a
Prowler for my little Batman short film (to view, click on the link
at the bottom of the left column.) I think the Dark Knight Prowler is
a nice addition to my Batman collection.