5/31/08 - The Dark
Although The Dark Knight won't
be in theaters until July 18th, the toys have been in stores for weeks.
Apparently, Mattel will continue to offer new 1:64 scale die-cast cars
representing the sequel to Batman Begins. Visiting the Hot
Wheels Collectors Forums, I spotted the above pics posted by
mcmtanyel who found
these "Action Duos" at Toys R Us.
I found both sets of Action Duos at Toys R Us today. I've created a
new page for The Dark Knight.
5/29/08 - "Where does he
get those wonderful toys?"
Well, I nabbed three of the new Hot
Wheels 1:50 scale Bat-Vehicles in a trade at a local comic book store.
These things have been IMPOSSIBLE to find at the big retail stores here in
Michigan. I consider myself lucky to have found these three:
Comic Book Batmobile, Animated Series Batmobile and '66 Batcycle. All
three are great, but I especially love the Batcycle. It's so cool to
FINALLY have this in die-cast. The '66 Batmobile was sold out, so I'm
still looking for that one. Apparently, The Dark Knight
Batmobile is shipping in current assortments, so I'll have to be on the
lookout for that one, too. For those of you who don't feel like
driving from store to store searching for these things, Rodney at Movie
Car Mania told me he recently got a shipment in. Click on the link
in the top right column.
5/29/08 - Legendary
I haven't seen this movie yet, but I
got an e-mail from Oz Jansen suggesting that I add the 2007 movie I am
Legend to the Hollywood Die-Cast Gallery. The red 2007 Shelby
GT-500 featured in the movie has been produced in die-cast form by Shelby
Collectibles in both 1:64 scale and 1:18 scale. Browsing eBay, I
noticed Hot Wheels offers this car in both 1:64 and 1:18 scale as well.
Although I wouldn't call them OFFICIALLY licensed movie die-cast, they do
fall under the unofficial list of TV and movie cars and a good catch by Oz.
I've added an I am Legend page to the
Movie Gallery. For a short list of other unofficial TV & movie
die-cast cars, click HERE. Send me
an e-mail if you know of any
others that should be added to the TV & movie car galleries.
5/25/08 - 50 Most
Memorable Movie Cars
With 2008 shaping up to be a memorable
year of car movies, the website Rotten Tomatoes has announced the
50 Most Memorable Movie Cars. It's a really great list with pics
of every single car on the list. There are a lot of cars on the list
that wouldn't have occurred to me, and some of my favorite movie cars rank a
little low, such as Bulllit's Mustang at #25 and the '66 Batmobile at #13.
At least James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is on this list! Click on the
link above and enjoy.
5/25/08 - Cars
Motor Speedway of the South
My friend from the Cars the Toys
Forum, crazycarsmommyto2, was one of the lucky recipients of the Cars
Motor Speedway of the South set. A Hot Wheels Red Line Club
exclusive, this amazing collection of cars was limited to 1000 sets and has
been arriving in the mail just a few days after selling out. I passed
on this set because I thought the asking price of $300 was too steep, but
now these sets are regularly fetching well over $500 on eBay and individual
cars are going for $25 per car. Thanks for the photos
crazycarsmommyto2. I've added a pic to the
UPDATE: As of today, prices on eBay have soared into the
5/23/08 - Indiana Jones:
I just got back from seeing Indiana
Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I felt like I was 15
years old again as the Paramount logo appeared on the screen. As a
huge fan of the Indiana Jones trilogy, I was giddy with excitement to
see a brand new, fresh Indiana Jones movie unfold before my eyes.
As Harrison Ford donned his fedora one more time, in my mind I proclaimed
him the greatest living movie star today. Within the first 30 minutes
of the movie, I laughed out loud, clenched the arms of my chair and marveled
at the screen as Indy got himself in and out of trouble. If any of my
friends there with me had turned to glance at me, they would've seen me
grinning from ear to ear, my eyes wide open. There was even an early
moment that had me spontaneously applaud! Indiana Jones was BACK!
But as the movie
progressed, and I settled down to watch the story unfold, the enthusiasm
began to fade. While there were some moments deliberately included to
appease the Indy fans in the audience, other moments seemed to be made to
alienate the audience (pun intended.) At some point, I began to feel
like I was watching a theme park attraction, or more appropriately, a video
game BASED on the adventures of Indiana Jones. The heavy use of CGI
during some of the action sequences had me longing for the exciting stunt
work of the first three movies. I knew it was a stuntman dragging
behind that truck in Raiders, but it was still DAMN thrilling!
With CGI, it feels like there is nothing at stake. Nothing feels real.
I'll try not to give
away any major plot points here, but halfway through the film, I fully
expected Agents Mulder and Scully to step in and say, "We'll take it from
here." Story elements that seemed unworthy of an Indiana Jones
movie would've made a pretty darn good X-Files movie. As I
drove home from the movie theater, believe it or not, I was filled with a
twinge of sadness. A sadness that we may never again see Harrison Ford
in an action/adventure movie again. A sadness that I may never again
see a movie that instills in me the sense of wonder and awe I felt watching
the movies of my youth. A sadness that today's action/adventure/sci-fi
movies have the shallow look and substance of a video game.
Thank God for my DVD
5/20/08 - Holy Bat Boat,
I was browsing around Entertainment
Earth when I saw they were soliciting orders for future waves of Mattel's
1:50 scale Bat-Vehicles. Slated to be included in Wave 3 is none other
than the famed Bat Boat! Though no pics of the boat were revealed,
this is exciting news for die-cast collectors. The wave will also include a
'66 Batmobile with trailer hitch. How cool is that? Wave 4 will
include the '89 movie Batmobile as well as the SUPERFRIENDS Batmobile!
It just keeps getting better and better. Click on the pic above for
5/17/08 - Keeping Up with
I was watching the Indiana Jones
marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel when I decided to search for info on Hasbro's
Entertainment Earth had a pic of the entire Wave 2 (above), slated to
ship in June. Watching the movies, I spotted so many vehicles that
could be included in future waves of this line. My friends and I are
pretty fired up about new movie coming out this week!
5/17/08 - Crossing the
finish line... for now.
Well, I caved (again) and went the
eBay route to get me all caught up with my Cars collection (for now.)
Gaspirin & Tow Cap arrived in the mail today (Saturday). I got it for
a fairly reasonable price, especially considering it saves me the gas and
frustration of driving from store to store to store and finding nothing new
in my area. Actually, I did find the Bob Cutlass & Darrell Cartrip
Movie Moments 2-Pack, and even though I already have each one on a single
card, it's nice to see these two packaged together. I've updated the
5/16/08 - Reunited...and
it feels so good.
The Motor City Comic Con kicked off
today (Friday) and continues through Sunday. It was the first time The
Monkeemobile was displayed in public since Mel purchased the car at the
Barrett-Jackson Auction in January and brought it to southeastern Michigan.
The car was parked just a few feet away from one of the original Monkees,
Micky Dolenz. During a pause in his autographing duties, Micky came
over to get reunited with the car and chat with its new owner. It was
great to see Mel with a huge grin on his face as he met one of his idols.
Michael Serrico was instrumental in
making this reunion possible after he spotted pics posted right here on this
website back in February. Mike heads up a group of owners with movie &
TV car replicas in the Metro Detroit area. He had his KITT replica on
display at the Comic Con.
Also in attendance was Erik Estrada of
CHiPs fame. I had the pleasure of meeting him and having him
sign my CHiPs Motorcyle. He really seemed like a super-nice
And finally, I had a chance to chat
with Paul Harrington of
On display was a replica of the General Lee, as well as other vehicles,
props and collectibles from The Dukes of Hazzard. I promised
Paul I'd mention the upcoming Hair Dare Dukes Weekend, scheduled to take
place on August 22, 2008 in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. I'm told the
event benefits a good cause and features celebrities and cars from the TV
www.canadiandukes.com for more information.
5/14/08 - Race Day is
After months of anticipation, Mattel
has announced May 20th as the day they will begin taking orders on their Hot
Wheels Red Line Club Exclusive Cars Motor Speedway of the South.
I count 36 cars included in this boxed set. 12 of those cars, however,
have been previously released. Still, it's a very impressive package
and very tempting to order. No official price has been announced but
speculation puts it around the $150 range.
Mattel revealed the cost of the boxed set: a whopping
$299.99 + $12.95 for shipping and processing. HOLY MOLY! Too
rich for my blood.
5/13/08 - Holy Red Line,
Today (Tuesday) was the first day
members of the Hot Wheels Red Line Club were able to place an order for the
exclusive RLC '66 TV Series Batmobile. Here are features of this new
- Spectraflame® true black finish
- Red pinstripes and Batman™ logo tampo
- Neo-Classics™ Redline® wheels
- Full-metal chassis
- Clear windshield
- Black interior
The window of
opportunity closes on Monday, May 19. If you're already a member, the
car will cost you $14.99. If you're not a member, you'll have to
purchase membership along with the car. The Batmobile will ship in
www.hotwheelscollectors.com for more information.
5/10/08 - Not Quite KITT
Robert Russell of Shelby Collectibles
was kind enough to respond to an e-mail I had sent regarding the upcoming
1:18 scale KITT die-cast car. He cleared up a misconception caused by
online vendors using an image of KITT to solicit orders:
"We are making a
'08 GT 500KR black/black which is used as the Knight Rider car. We
don’t call it KITT or Knight Rider, but are making that exact car,
the non-pursuit model, the standard Shelby."
5/10/08 - Speed Racer
- My Review
I saw Speed Racer on Friday,
May 9 after work. At least I think I did. It might have just
been a weird dream. If the Wachowski brothers set out to create
something unlike anything you've ever seen in a movie, well then, they
succeeded. It DEFINITELY was a unique experience. Take a little
Dick Tracy, sprinkle in a little Willy Wonka, and add a touch
of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and you begin to get the idea. I
really enjoyed the eye-popping color palette, the transitions and
backgrounds. The aspect I enjoyed most about the movie was the casting
choices. Emile Hirsch at times reminded me of a young Elvis Presley,
which isn't that much of a stretch, because I read that Elvis partly
inspired the original Speed Racer. Christina Ricci was stunning
as Trixie. Matthew Fox was terrific as Racer X. But rising above
all else was John Goodman as Pops. Whenever he was on the screen I
forgot, for a moment, about all the cartoony stuff, and thoroughly enjoyed
his performance. Personally, I feel he was the best thing about this
Now the bad: In
a movie that was supposed to get you all fired up about the racing
sequences, I was shocked at the quality of those racing sequences. If
I didn't know better, I'd say Mattel was allowed to design the tracks and
cars in addition to producing the toys. There were no real-world
physics to the racing. Nothing looked believable. The animation
felt flat and at times, disorienting and confusing. The animation in
Pixar's Cars was one hundred times more realistic and exciting.
Just as I would find myself enjoying Speed Racer, I would cringe and
roll my eyes as the racing sequences got underway.
Overall, I came away
having enjoyed the movie, but because of the actors and characters and not
the special effects. The martial arts fight scenes were a lot of fun.
And I have to admit, I got goosebumps every time I heard the sound effect as
Speed deployed the Mach 5's auto-jacks (SHA SHA SHA SHA!) and those
musical notes that had me singing "Here he comes...." I do
recommend taking the little ones to see this film and I'll definitely be
buying it on DVD down the road.
5/7/08 - Wizard of Ahhhhs!
I got my Wizard Entertainment e-mail
today and was surprised by their "Breaking News" article. In honor of
Speed Racer opening on Friday, the Wizard staff has put together a
list of The Top 25 Cars from TV & Movies. There are some
surprising inclusions and shocking OMISSIONS (where is James Bond's Aston
Martin DB5?). Judge for yourself and click
HERE to check out the list.
5/5/08 - Wal*Mart's Going
Apparently, Mattel's 1:50 scale
Bat-Vehicles are showing up at Wal*Mart stores. Several eBay auctions
have sprung up declaring these are Wal*Mart exclusives. I found the
above pics on eBay. So far, I've only seen auctions for the '66
Batmobile, Batcycle and the Batmobile from the animated series. I
believe there will be two more vehicles, the movie Batmobile and a
version based on the comic books. I'll hit all my local Wal*Mart
stores this week to see what I can find.
5/4/08 - The Cars of
I saw Iron Man last night
(Saturday) and found it to be thoroughly entertaining. Although there
were elements that were probably familiar to moviegoers my age (traces of
Robocop, Robocop 2 and The Rocketeer, to name a few) I would
still rank Iron Man in the Top 5 greatest comic book movies ever
made, right up there with Batman, Spider-Man and The X-Men.
Robert Downey, Jr. was fantastic as Tony Stark, portraying him as a very
witty and likable hero.
Now, I wouldn't call
Iron Man a CAR movie, but the movie sure did feature some beautiful
cars. The most prominent car was Tony Stark's Audi R8, pictured above
left. An Audi Q7 can be seen later in the film as Iron Man plays catch
with his nemesis Iron Monger. Also spotted in the film is a Rolls Royce Phantom, a
'32 Ford Roadster, a Saleen S7, a Tesla Roadster and a Shelby Cobra
(pictured above, right, OUCH.) Oh yeah, and let's not forget the
military Humvees. With any luck, maybe a die-cast car manufacturer
will give us the Tony Stark collection in a 1:64 scale boxed set.