April '07 News
4/30/07 - Death Proof
This idea popped into my head this
morning when I stumbled onto this black Charger when I was cleaning out my
closet. Grabbing my JL Vanishing Point Challenger, and a little
creative photography, I recreated the climactic chase scene from Death
Proof. I'm still hoping we'll get die-cast cars from this flick.
Until then, these will have to do.
4/25/07 - Back in a Flash!
Steven Yuen sent me an e-mail telling
me of a discovery he came across at Big Lots. He found three Flash
Gordon die-cast vehicles made by Gearbox in 1:64 scale. At $3
apiece, the vehicles are based on the comic strips and include a space
rocket, a space car from The Doll Man, and a space car from
Discovery. Thanks for the heads-up Steven. I'll look for a
Big Lots store in my area.
4/23/07 - New Cars
Arriving in Stores!
I've gotten confirmation that new
Cars are arriving in stores. Be on the lookout for Dinoco Chick
Hicks, Ferrari F430, Hydraulic Ramone (red) and check out the Fabulous
Hudson Hornet with red rims (right.) Gentleman ... (and ladies) ...
START YOUR SHOPPING! Try to find them at retail before you cave in to
the outrageous eBay prices.
4/15/07 - Sponsor News
Sponsor Pro-Models.com has informed me
they have received the 1:18 scale '65 Aston Martin DB5 from Casino Royale.
The car made famous in Goldfinger made a cameo appearance in last
year's Casino Royale. Personally, I think it ranks pretty
highly as one of the all-time greatest movie cars. Click on the photo
above to be taken to the website for ordering info.
4/11/07 - Cool Custom!
Check out the above pics sent to me by
Trent Wolf. Very cool custom work Twolf! Let's hope a die-cast
manufacturer goes after the license. A Stuntman Mike figure will come
out later this year, why not his car?
I was stunned when I
heard that Grindhouse only grossed 11 million dollars over the Easter
weekend. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE WAITING FOR?! Go see this movie!
My friend Mike sent me this disturbing info:
Movie mogul Harvey
Weinstein is planning to re-release Grindhouse as two separate films - after
the double-bill flopped at the box office. The film, a double-feature
directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made just $11.6 million
in its opening weekend in the US. Producer Weinstein is disappointed - and
thinks Tarantino's Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell, and Rodriguez' Planet
Terror, with Rose McGowan, will perform better on their own. He tells
PageSix.com, "I don't think people understood what we were doing. The
audience didn't get the idea that it is two movies for the price of one. I
don't understand the math, but I want to accommodate the audience."
Folks, go see this
movie as it was intended to be seen, as a double-feature, with the fake
trailers and "missing reels." It was the most fun I've had in a movie
theater in a long time. I'll probably go see it again this weekend.
Visit the fun
GRINDHOUSE website and check out the trailers if you're on the fence.
I've added Death Proof to my list of
Top 10 Best Car Chases. It
debuts at #5 behind the original Gone in 60 Seconds, Smokey & The Bandit,
The Blues Brothers and Bullitt.
4/7/07 - Holy 2-Packs,
Walked into a Target yesterday and
discovered two new 2-packs from The Batman animated series. One
I knew about, the other was a surprise. Temblor Getaway (above left)
includes an unusual Batmobile and Temblor's Hummer. I was unaware of
Mr. Freeze Escapes until I saw it on the pegs. It includes a variation
of the Batmobile with GREEN highlights and a suped-up van identified as Cool
One. I've read more of these 2-packs are coming our way. These
new pics have been added to both the
Batman: Cartoons & Comics
gallery and the Hot Wheels Batmobiles
4/6/07 - Grindhouse:
Saw Grindhouse tonight.
My first reaction to the film was a feeling of being transported back in
time to my early teens, sitting in a little movie theatre called the Martha
Washington, where I saw martial arts flicks and B-movies such as Squirm,
Orca and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Grindhouse
was a lot of fun, with its scratchy, jittery images, awkward film splices,
fake coming attractions (my favorite was Thanksgiving) and more.
For those of you who may not know, Grindhouse is a double-feature of
sorts. The first film is Planet Terror, directed by Robert
Rodriguez. It was your typical zombie flick, at times fun and silly,
and at other times, a little too over-the-top for my tastes. When I
wasn't laughing out loud, I was looking away in disgust. I found
myself getting impatient waiting for Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof
to start. And when it did, I wasn't disappointed.
stars Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike, who starts out as a very likable
character. Russell was at his best, with great lines and charisma I
haven't seen since his action flicks of the 80's. Well, it turns out
Stuntman Mike has a dark side, and reveals that he has a thing against
women. He uses his '71 Chevy Nova SS as a weapon to carry out his
vengeance. The Nova has been modified and reinforced for stunt work, and
therefore "death proof." Much of the film allows the female characters
to perform the signature Tarantino dialogue, which we've come to expect
after films like Pulp Fiction, and allows for some character
development. Death Proof really takes off, however, during the
second half of the film. I don't want to ruin the movie for you by
revealing too much, but Death Proof features one of the greatest car
chases I've ever seen. I'm thinking of adding it to my Top Ten List,
it was THAT GOOD. It ranks among the greatest because it features a
twist unlike anything I've ever seen. I said, out loud, "YOU HAVE GOT
TO BE KIDDING ME!!! NO WAY!!!" For the first time in a LONG time, I
found myself cringing, yelping, cheering and clapping in a movie theater.
You'll know what I mean when you see it. And if you're a fan of car
chase movies, you HAVE to see this film.
I had no idea
Tarantino was such a movie car buff. Death Proof was chock-full
of references to movies like Vanishing Point, Gone in 60 Seconds and
even Cannonball Run. And see if you can spot the nod to the
movie Convoy. Mr. Tarantino, if you're reading this, please,
please, PLEASE work out a deal with some die-cast car manufacturer to give
us cars from Death Proof. Give us Stuntman Mike's Nova and '69 Dodge Charger as well as the yellow Mustang driven by the girls.
Johnny Lightning has already given us the white '70 Dodge Challenger (wink,
4/5/07 - Today's Finds
Hitting stores before work, I came
across two shocking finds. First, while perusing the Hot Wheels pegs
at Target with a fellow collector, I spotted the number 15 on the yellow
stripe. I couldn't believe my eyes, but reached in and actually found
my first, EVER Hot Wheels Batmobile. More than two months have passed
since the first auction for a HW Batmobile appeared on eBay. I began
to wonder if I ever would find one in stores. It really made my day.
After Target, I swung by Wal*Mart and my jaw hung open when I saw SEVERAL
Cruisin' McQueens hanging on the pegs. These haven't been in stores
since Christmas, and have recently passed the hundred dollar mark on eBay.
Well, unfortunately for those who shelled out big bucks for this car, it
looks like Mattel is including them in current shipments. It just goes
to show: PATIENCE is a virtue.
- CMT DUKESFEST RETURNS TO NASHVILLE
NASHVILLE, TN (April 4, 2007)
CMT DukesFest 2007 returns to Nashville’s
Music City Motorplex on
Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 for what event promoters say is “the
biggest gathering of Hazzard Nation ever.”
Last year the event drew more than 70,000 folks during two days,” says Ben
“Cooter” Jones. “And it looks like we might top that this time.”
Once again the entire
cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard” will be on hand for the festivities. CMT
DukesFest presents two days of personal appearances, country music concerts,
car action, and children’s activities.
Jones, whose character
“Cooter” was the sidekick to “Bo and Luke Duke,” produces the get-together
along with his wife Alma Viator. “We are especially excited that this
year’s profits will go to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital,” says Viator.
“Kids love "The Dukes of Hazzard," and the cast of the “Dukes” loves kids.
This way everyone can have a great time for a great cause!”
According to Jones,
“last year’s event was the largest gathering of fans for any TV show ever.
And, we were told it was the biggest single fan event ever in Nashville. I
think that reflects the respect and loyalty we’ve gained with America’s
families since 1979. Did I just say 1979? That proves that time flies when
you are having fun.”
In addition to Jones,
there will be appearances by John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke
Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), James Best (Rosco P. Coltrane), Sonny
Shroyer (Deputy Enos) and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus).
There will also be appearances and a stunt show featuring The Original Dukes
Stunt Team. “We always end the weekend with a General Lee Jump on Sunday
afternoon,” says Jones. “Last year the General cleared 200 feet!”
Also attending will be
approximately 150 “General Lees,” the 1969 orange Dodge Charger, which has
been voted “the most popular car in the history of television and film.”
A special tribute is
planned for the show’s narrator, the late country legend Waylon Jennings.
Performing will be members of the Waylors, the Waymore Blues Band, and Tommy
Jennings. “Waylon’s Army,” his unofficial fan club, will be in attendance as
“CMT DukesFest 2007 is
a family event honoring America’s favorite family show,” says “Cooter”. “It
is affordable fun. Last year we drew folks from every state in the union and
from more than twenty foreign countries. And, we are delighted to be
bringing this great shindig back to Music City.”
CMT DukesFest is
Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. on
Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Advance sale tickets for the two-day event
are $35, and one-day passes are $25. Children 10 and under are free, and
military service men and women are free with proper ID. Weekend passes are
$40 at the gate and $30 for the day. Advance tickets are on sale now
at all Ticketmaster outlets in the Nashville area. Customers can charge by
phone by calling Ticketmaster at (615) 255-9600. Tickets are also available
on line at
www.cootersplace.com, at Cooter's Place stores in Nashville and
Gatlinburg, at The Music City Motorplex or by calling Cooter's Place at
4/3/07 - A Bigger, Better
This photo is circulating online,
including our own forum, of what is described as a 1:24 scale Batmobile from
Hot Wheels. Is this the 1:18 scale Batmobile? Or another release
entirely? We'll have to wait and see. But check out the amazing