4/23/10 - Two New Haulers
While having a nice conversation with a
grandfather at a Target store who was buying Cars for his grandson, I
glanced down to see two new haulers sitting on the shelf: Vinyl Toupee
(above, left) and Shifty Drug (above, right.) The Shifty Drug hauler
really stood out because its color scheme is quite a bit different than the
Shifty Drug racecar that has been released by Mattel. Look at the
comparison at right. The car is red and gold. The hauler is
MAGENTA and gold. Believe it or not, the hauler is CORRECT and more
accurately reflects the car's color scheme in the movie. The question
is, will Mattel correct their error on the racecar? Maybe it
will be one of the cars to be included in the next K-Mart Cars
Collector Event on June 12th. Only time will tell.
4/23/10 - Diamonds are a
Guy's Best Friend
There are only a few days left on an eBay
auction for one of the most amazing custom Hot Wheels cars I've ever seen:
A Diamond-Encrusted Bugatti Veyron. Check out an excerpt from the
The materials used in my
secret process consists of diamond dust, stainless steel and genuine
Swarovski crystals. I contracted a master jeweler to set each tiny stainless
steel diamond reflector before I took over and finished the process. The
time to create this beauty was very slow and very tedious but the end result
is absolutely stunning! To
have the car in front of you with proper lighting shining down on its
surface makes the car resemble a very expensive piece of jewelery rather
than a one of a kind Hot Wheels. Its the best of both worlds really.
HERE to see the auction!
4/22/10 - Cars Needed!
If you are anywhere near the Metro Detroit area
and have a classic car or Hollywood replica, you're invited to take part in
a Classic Car Show to benefit a fantastic organization.
Services helps those living with special needs and they're looking for
cars to take part in their Classic Car Show set to take place on Saturday,
June 12 in Wayne, MI. If you're interested and available to help out
send me an e-mail and I'll
reply with the necessary contact info.
4/21/10 - Gold Rush!
I stopped into a Meijer store this afternoon
and found the gold Delorean from the Hot Wheels line. Now, some people
can't understand why Mattel would produce a Delorean in any color other than
the stainless steel version we're all used to seeing. Well, would you
believe that THREE 24-karat gold-plated Deloreans were actually produced?
One of them sat in a bank lobby in Snyder, Texas for 20 years before being
loaned out to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. I saw it at the
museum in 2005 and snapped the picture at right. Below are more photos
of the Hot Wheels gold Delorean with its stainless steel sibling.
4/20/10 - Diorama-rama!
It seems 1:64 scale dioramas are all the rage
lately. I've been seeing some pretty awesome dioramas from Greenlight
and Motor Max in stores. One that caught my eye was a Barrett-Jackson
auction diorama from Greenlight. The diorama originally included a
2010 Camaro, but I decided to have some fun and showcase some Hollywood cars
that have recently gone up on the auction block, including the Monkeemobile,
which my friend Mel might get a kick out of (wink, wink.) Here are a
Another diorama that caught my eye was a very detailed scene
of New York City from Motor Max. The diorama originally included a
generic "city taxi" but I decided to goof around with some other appropriate
Of course Ecto-1 looks right at home in NYC although it's a
bit too large for the diorama. The NYC taxi pictured above isn't
necessarily a movie car, but it is the 70's style cab that you see in movies
like Taxi Driver and on TV series like Taxi. And
finally, I took the Manhattan armored truck from Spider-Man 3 and
Superglued a Heroclix Spidey on its roof to complete the scene. If
you've had some fun with dioramas, I'd love to see the photos.
4/20/10 - Collectors'
Well whaddya know? Another submission for
the Collectors' Collections Gallery. This submission comes from
Silvio Neuendorf from Germany, whose collection ranges from James Bond to
Batman to Disney's Cars. Here's what Silvio had to say:
I have visited Your great website for a few years now and
I love it! It's entertaining and very informativ and it's nice to see that
there are people out there, who are as crazy as I am. I often get this
"look" from friends, when I show them my little "movie museum", but I don't
care, it's nice to feel like a kid now and then, even if you're over 40.
Unfortunately it's not easy to get all this stuff in Germany (importing the
items from eBay-sellers is often the only way...and meanwhile I know all the
folks in my customs office. I hope to enjoy Your fantastic site for the
future. It's my main source of information for my passion. I send You some
pictures of my "museum", You are welcome to add them to Your "Collectors'
Collections"-section if You like.
Have a super day,
Thanks for the kind words, Silvio. Your photos have
been added to the Collectors' Collections Gallery.
4/18/10 - Coming Up from
Mattel released a poster a couple of months ago
showing all of their new 2010 Hot Wheels releases. Up until recently,
I've only seen very low resolution images of the poster online. Well,
my thanks go out to Phil who e-mailed me a
link to a hi-res image of the poster. Here are a few cars worth
noting. Of course, we all know the Ecto-1 hit stores at the beginning
of the year, although many collectors are still having trouble locating one.
I've only found two in stores so far and I hit stores a LOT. I found a
ton of Deloreans at my local Kroger store, but I haven't seen the GOLD
version yet, although I hear it's out. I know this is the stock
version of the car and not the time machine from Back to the Future,
but it makes you wonder if Mattel has anything up their sleeve. The
poster also features an artist's rendering of the Batmobile from The
Brave & The Bold. No word yet on when this one will hit stores,
but I'm looking forward to adding this to my Batmobile collection. Two
other cars worth mentioning: If Mattel releases the Ferrari 308 GTS
(below, left) in red, it'll be a dead ringer for the Ferrari featured in the
TV series Magnum P.I. And finally, collectors' hearts began
racing when Mattel announced they'd be releasing a '73 Ford Falcon XB this
year. As many of you may know, Mad Max's car is based on the same
model. Unfortunately, upon the release of the poster, we found out the
car doesn't quite resemble Max's Interceptor. But who knows, maybe
Mattel will surprise us down the road with a few modifications.
4/18/10 - Collectors'
It's been quite some time since a collector has
submitted photos of his/her collection to this website. But here we
have a new submission by Dave in South Australia, who, as you can see above,
has a collection with a heavy emphasis on The Dukes of Hazzard.
Thanks for sharing Dave. Your photos have been added to the
Collectors' Collections Gallery. If
anyone else would like to submit photos of his or her collection, send me an
e-mail with sharp, well-lit
4/9/10 - California
Several members of my family are out enjoying
the California sun while I'm freezing here in Michigan. I wanted to
go, but the timing was bad and work keeps me here. One of their stops
during their time in Hollywood was a tour of the Warner Bros. studio before
a taping of The Ellen Degeneres Show. They told me they thought
of me when, during the tour of WB, they entered a showroom of amazing cars
from TV and movies. You'll probably recognize most of the cars
pictured above, including the Gran Torino from Gran Torino, which was
filmed right here in Michigan. One car I didn't immediately recognize
is the red and white car pictured above. Apparently, it's from the TV
show Chuck. And the Porsche pictured in the bottom row, far
right belongs to Ellen Degeneres. The WB Tour is definitely on my list
of things-to-do next time I visit California.
4/5/10 - More New Cars!
I guess I can stop complaining. I found a
few more new Cars characters at Target today. While in the
die-cast aisle I overheard a mom say to her son, "Dragon McQueen?" I
glanced over and there were Dragon McQueen and Yokoza from the Toon line.
At another Target store, I found for the first time T.J. in Mega Size
packaging, even though I believe this is the same casting found in the Toys
R Us Boot Camp boxed set. Regardless, it's nice to finally see some
new things here in my area.
4/4/10 - Chasing Cars
You can probably tell by my lack of posts that
there hasn't been much to report lately. The pegs continue to be
barren. I did, however, find evidence that the latest wave of Final
Lap cars has hit a Target store near me. Unfortunately, the only car I could
find was Wet Lightning McQueen (above, left.) I'm confident that I'll
find the rest of this wave (Jay Limo, Vern & Wrecked Mood Springs) in the
near future. I also stumbled onto a Chase King with Metallic Finish.
In other Cars news, I picked up the El
Materdor playset while at WalMart. The packaging mentioned two cars
included, but I was disappointed to discover upon opening the box that the
cars included are plastic (see below.) I was hoping they were die-cast
metal. Hopefully, Mattel will release El Materdor and the Bull-Dozer
in a future Toons wave.