April '05 News
4/27/05 - New Stuff to
I received my e-mail newsletter from
Collectors Net USA and some
interesting things were revealed. Available for pre-order, but due
this fall, is Mattel's 1:18 scale die-cast Batmobile from Batman Begins
(above left). $24.95 + $8 shiipping.
They also have in stock K.I.T.T. and
K.A.R.R. from Hot Wheels' Charawheels line. Charawheels offers some of
the most detailed 1:64 entertainment-related cars I've ever seen.
Also, RC2 will be releasing a 1:18
scale General Lee in "dirty" version this July. Collectors Net USA is
taking pre-orders now. $29.95 + $8 shipping.
And finally, CNUSA has the second wave
of Johnny Lightning's Star Trek line, featuring "battle damaged"
ships, including a "cloaked" Klingon Battle Cruiser. $23 for the set.
Be sure to visit the
CNUSA website for more info
on these and other die-cast products.
4/23/05 - HW Batman
Begins Batmobile Unveiled!
Thanks to a tip from Vito Lebowski, I
found out that
unveiled pics of some of the vehicles from their Batman Begins line.
They're kinda cool-looking, but I don't understand how they got the front
end so wrong (top left). Compare it to the more accurate cold-cast porcelain
replica (above right). Interesting call. Click on the
following link for more pics:
4/22/05 - Shipping this
Summer from Diamond!
I picked up the latest copy of
Previews today to find out what's shipping this summer. Among the
great stuff shipping in July is RC2's 1:18 scale version of K.A.R.R. from
Knight Rider. You can also pre-order Corgi's Golden Age Boxed Set
of two 1940's Batmobiles. Included are the "Bat-Roadster" and
the classic Bat-Sedan. The set includes figures as well. The SRP
is $21 for the set.
Even though these
aren't die-cast, I thought they were worth mentioning. First, we have
The Batman Batmobile Maquette. Measuring 10 inches long, the
maquette is advance-solicited. The SRP is a whopping $89.99.
Diamond is also taking orders on the 14" Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and
figures. These look pretty spectacular. According to the
Previews Catalog, Chitty Chitty will be available in Standard Edtion for
$34.99 and "Electroplated" Edition for $49.99. I don't know
about you, but this car and these figures are on my must-have list!
4/22/05 - Say Hello to my
My buddy Tim sent me a link to a site
offering a new and unusual 1:18 scale car: Jada Toys presents a 1963
Cadillac from the movie Scarface. It even includes a figure of
Al Pacino. Click on the following link to read more:
4/10/05 - Collectors'
Holy Deja Vu Batman! I got
another submission for the Collectors' Collections Gallery, and it's another
impressive Batman collection. David, from Eastern Canada writes:
I enjoy your site, very
entertaining. I just finished building a case for my Batmobile
I started collecting about 2
years ago and picked up quite a few items. I also collected a couple
of pins and a helicopter, all associated with Batman. I could not
fit everything into the case I built, I just put in my favorite items.
Every once in a while I'll check your site to see what's new, and then go
try and find it!
Keep up the good work, enjoy the
Great collection there
David. Thanks for sharing.
4/9/05 - HW Batman VS Mr.
Although I've seen this offered on
eBay for a month or two now, I finally found it in stores today. Hot
Wheels' Batman VS Mr. Freeze 2-Pack includes a flat black w/black wheels
version of the #31/100 Batmobile and a Mr. Freeze "So Fine" Buick. If
you're looking for this 2-Pack, check your local Wal*Mart. Now I need
to find the Batman VS Scarecrow 2-Pack, which has also been popping up on
4/7/05 - Collectors'
I received a new submission to the
Collectors' Collections Gallery. Oliver Kuy of Manila, Philippines,
submitted pics of his Batmobile collection. If you have a TV & movie
car collection you'd like to show off, please
e-mail me some photos and
I'll post them here. In the meantime, check out all past submissions
by clicking HERE.
4/3/05 - Talking Cars
Spring is here! Finally!
And the start of a new month means another exciting edition of Talking Cars!
This month's Q&A touches on topics that include: Gone in 60 Seconds
(2000), Sanford & Son, The A-Team, The Fast & The Furious,
Vacation, and MORE! Also, some controversy is stirred up
regarding a "rare" version of James Bond's Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who
Loved Me. Click HERE to get the scoop.