June '07 News
6/27/07 - My Collection
I've updated the "My Collection" page
with some new pics of my display, including a pic of the entire wall.
Keep in mind that my display is made up of my own personal favorite TV and
movie die-cast cars, and as you can see, most of them are loose. Click
HERE for more.
6/26/07 - Real Rides 1:87
Popping into a Wal*Mart recently, I
found the entire set of 1:87 scale cars from Real Rides. I know
they've been out for awhile, but it was the first time I've seen them.
I decided to pick them up and add them to the galleries. HO Scale
collectors seem to love these things and I have to admit they're pretty cool
looking. I heard the folks at Real Rides are currently planning the
next wave. As soon as I get any news, you can be sure I'll post it
6/25/07 - Recent
Y'know, despite constantly checking
eBay, websites and forums, occasionally things slip through the cracks.
But then folks like you come through to keep me informed. A big thanks
goes out to Steve, who not only brought to my attention the Target-exclusive Optimus Prime 3-pack , but he also made me aware of two Titanium motorcycles
from Nicholas Cage's Ghost Rider film. I had no idea these
existed. Dave was kind enough to offer me Optimus Prime in truck form
(above), PLUS both of the Ghost Rider cycles (below.) Thanks
In other news ... although I normally
discourage collectors from resorting to eBay unless it's a last resort, I
finally grew impatient looking for the Fabulous Hudson Hornet with red rims.
I found a good deal on eBay and couldn't pass it up. So here is a pic
of one of my favorite releases from the Cars line:
6/21/07 - Top 50 Car
Movies of All Time!
I was watching AFI's 100 Years, 100
Movies on CBS the other night, and I read Entertainment Weekly's 25
Greatest Action Movies (Die Hard was #1) and I thought, "I need to
create a list of the Greatest Car Movies of All Time!" But I need your
help. I need you to send me your Top 10 Greatest Car Movies.
Rank them from #1 to #10. Those getting a #1 rating get 10 points.
Those getting a #2 rating get 9 points. #3 gets 8 points and so on.
#10 gets 1 point. After a few weeks, I'll tally the scores and post
the 50 movies with the highest score. I came up with a list of
125 car movies to help you out. Send
me an e-mail or post your
list in the forum. I'll start thinking of MY top ten.
6/21/07 - Holy Exclusive,
My buddy Tim sent me a link to this
exciting bit of news. Apparently, Hot Wheels will be offering an
exclusive version of the 1:64 scale 1966 Batmobile at the '07 San Diego
Comic Con. Check out the pic above found at
The detail is amazing. I hope I can get my hands on one. If
anyone can help me out, let me know. The price is $20.
6/20/07 - More than meets
Steve sent me the above photo of a
Target-exclusive Titanium 3-pack that includes three versions of Optimus
Prime from the upcoming Transformers movie. I believe this is
the first Transformers Titanium release that actually includes a
vehicle and not just a robot. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If
anyone comes across any more die-cast Transformers vehicles, please
let me know.
6/19/07 - Speed Racer
A pic of the packaging for Johnny
Lightning's Speed Racer line appeared on the JL website (left.)
Senior Design Manager Tom Zahorsky says each car will have minor changes
from the previous release. In a related story, it was announced that
Mattel obtained the license to produce die-cast cars from the Speed Racer
movie. This means that we'll be seeing cars from the film under the Hot
Wheels brand. I wonder if they'll use their superior casting of the
Mach 5 from the Charawheels line. Below is a comparison of JL's
version (top) versus the Charawheels version (bottom.)
6/18/07 - Holy Bat-Cycle!
Pics of Batman's newest vehicle have
surfaced. The "Bat-Pod" will be featured in The Dark Knight,
the sequel to Batman Begins. Also, for a look at Batman's new
HERE. Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive pic from the set.
6/16/07 - Wild About Harry
In the June edition of Previews,
Diamond Distributors is soliciting three die-cast vehicles from the Harry
Potter movies. Pictured above is Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia in 1:43
scale. Below left is the Knight Bus in 1:76 scale and below right is
the Hogwarts Express in 1:100 scale. Made by Corgi these vehicles will hit
stores in October.
6/16/07 - Buck for 3
Yesterday, while spending the day with
my nephew, I was driving past a Big Lots store when I decided to stop in to
see if they had Flash Gordon vehicles in stock. I didn't find
Flash, but I did find three Buck Rogers die-cast space ships.
Based on the original comic strips, these ships make a colorful addition to
anyone's die-cast collection. They cost $3 each. I've added pics
of the Buck Rogers space ships and Flash Gordon vehicles to
the Cartoon/Comics section of this website.
6/13/07 - Yet Another
Okay, this is getting a little
ridiculous. Cam Currie sent me pics of the new Arkham Asylum Escape
playset from Hot Wheels. Included is yet another Batmobile created
from a pre-existing Hot Wheels casting. Personally, I wish they would
stick to "official" Batmobile castings.
In a related story...
a couple of weeks ago "a_spidey_fan" tipped me off to the existence of two
new Batman playsets from Hot Wheels. Pictures finally surfaced on the
Hot Wheels Collectors Forum:
6/7/07 - Say Ahhhh
Metro sent me pics of his
newly-acquired Tongue McQueen. I can't wait to find this one in
stores. It ranks up there among my favorites from the Cars line
There is yet another Lightning McQueen hitting stores now.
Bug Mouth McQueen is showing up on eBay in large quantities.
I also just found out there is yet another RAMONE hitting stores
now. Cruisin' Ramone is showing up on eBay as well. It looks
similar to Hydraulic Ramone, but it has white along the side. I
believe this version of Ramone is based on the flashback sequence in Cars.
6/5/07 - The Dukes of
Hazzard - Release 3
We already know that a more accurate
version of the General Lee will included in the third release from Johnny
Lightning. What else will be included?
has revealed the list:
Ghost of General
Enos' Race Car
General Lee Monster Truck (ugh)
Finchburg County Sheriff
Uncle Jesse's Pick Up Truck (woo hoo!)
Molly Hargrove's Race Car
Uncle Jesse's pick up
truck has been loooong overdue. If you're curious to see what some of
these cars look like, check out this awesome site I just discovered:
6/5/07 - Herbie Rides
Jason of Simi Valley, California owns
a beautiful replica of Herbie the Love Bug and brought it out for a car show
on June 2nd. Herbie had the distinction of being parked right next to
a replica of the '66 Batmobile. While there, Jason got to meet George
Barris' daughter Joji, Mad Mike from Pimp My Ride, and fellow car
enthusiast Jay Leno! What a great experience! Thanks for sharing
the pics Jason.
6/4/07 - The James Bond
Ricardo Mulder tipped me off to this
news item. MI6 is offering a subscription to The James Bond Car
Collection magazine. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! With each issue
comes a 1:43 scale diorama! There are 40 issues/dioramas planned.
Check out the pics below. Click on the magazine above for more
6/1/07 - Salute The
Metro Privratsky directed me to this
item posted on the
Johnny Lightning website:
Over the last 12
years I have worked on thousands of cars and numerous releases of the
General Lee but none excites me more than the long awaited facelift to
casting 488. The General will now have a new front push bar, interior roll
cage and accurate series 47 wheels. Look for the new General in Dukes of
Hazzard R3, due to hit retail shelves in Nov. 2007.
Senior Design Manager