Rodney from Movie Car Mania has
announced he has selected items from his personal collection to put up for
sale on his website. Many rare and hard-to-find items are available to
the TV and movie car collector. Click on the image above to see what
Rodney has pulled from his vault! He'll be adding more items over the
next few days.
Used Car for Sale!
1959 Cadillac, low mileage, previous
owners: GHOSTBUSTERS! Currently up for sale on eBay is the
Ecto-1 from the original Ghostbusters (1984.) The seller
explains that it's not the vehicle featured in the movie, but a duplicate
created by Columbia for promotional purposes. Not only did the owner
fully restore the exterior, but also added some gizmos to the interior.
Since the URL is too long to link to, just copy and paste this item # when
you visit eBay: 110401442804
As I was out and about on this
beautiful summer Saturday, I stopped into a Toys R Us and spotted the pegs
full of the new eye-changing Cars. I half-heartedly looked
through them without spotting either of the chase cars. I wandered
around the store a bit, but was drawn back to the die-cast car aisle.
I looked through the pegs again and this time I spotted Saluting Sarge.
It was nice to see ol' Sarge back on the pegs after such a long absence
following the lead paint panic. I kept searching and found the Chase
Package Ferrari. I really hope this is the LAST chase package car
Mattel throws at us. This may get my vote as the lamest release in the
Cars line so far, closely followed by Chase Package Chuki.
R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett
It's a sad day in the entertainment
world. Both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett have passed away on the
same day. I wanted to take a moment to share my memories of Farrah.
course, we were all introduced to Farrah when Charlie's Angels
premiered on television in 1976. I was 10 years old and my family
gathered around the TV set to see the girls in action. All three women
were beautiful, but there was something about Farrah as Jill Munroe that
made her stand out. That same year, Farrah reached the level of icon
when that famous poster found its way onto the bedroom walls of practically
every teenage boy in America, including mine. That smile was like a
ray of sunshine. That golden mane of hair ... wow. At the time, she ranked among the most beautiful women in the world.
In 1981, she appeared in what would
become one of my all-time favorite movies, Cannonball Run. I'll
never forget that moment when Burt spots her across the bar. In my
opinion, she had never looked lovelier. She was so soft-spoken and so
sweet in that role and stunningly beautiful. I choose to remember
Farrah at her peak, when she set the standard for beauty and sweetness.
Let's remember Farrah by enjoying this trailer for Cannonball Run I found on YouTube:
I stopped into my local K-Mart just to
see if anything was left over from the Cars Collector Event.
There were still a few cars still hanging on the pegs, but to my surprise,
the newest gift sets were on display, as well. I snatched up the Chick
Fans Gift Pack (above, left) and the Spare-O-Mint Gift Pack (above, right.)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Okay, so two years have passed since
the first live-action Transformers movie. Since then the
Autobots, lead by Optimus Prime, have been working side-by-side with the US
military defending the world against the Decepticons which have scattered
across the continents of the world. As this sequel gets underway, Sam
Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is heading off to college. Sam's girlfriend
Mikaela (Megan Fox) returns as quite possibly the most achingly-beautiful
actress to grace the silver screen in quite a long time. Then, as the
... um...story unfolds... there are...um... explosions... and yelling... and
...um... well actually, most of the time, I had absolutely no idea what was
happening on the screen. If you thought the movie's trailers were
disorienting, well, stretch that out into two and a half excruciating hours
of the movie's runtime. Transformers 2 is a long, loud,
confusing, mess of a movie. At times, it moved from scene to scene so
jarringly, it made me wonder if the projectionist in the theater had
misplaced some of the reels, or had mistakenly played them out of order.
This movie is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the movie
industry today. Instead of having a bunch of computer geeks sitting
around a computer muttering, "Wouldn't it be cool is we did THIS?" One
person needs needs to fire up his computer, launch Microsoft Word, and bang
out a freakin' STORY! I needed subtitles to explain what was
going on, and even that probably wouldn't have helped.
The few cool elements that existed in
the film were sadly wasted. When will the creators realize that the
story needs to revolve around their coolest character: Optimus Prime?
He was almost a secondary character in the first film, and SORELY
underutilized in this film. Just as we get a tantalizing glimpse of
Optimus kicking some robot BUTT, he ...um...well, let's just say he's
written out of the movie for the next hour or so.
I was hoping this sequel would've
taken the best elements of the first film, Optimus & Bumblebee, and given us
a story that revolved around their relationship with Sam. Instead, we
get more yelling, more explosions and farting robots. Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen is an awful movie.
- "That's Frank."
Hitting several stores this afternoon,
I discovered a lone Mega Size Frank at a local WalMart store. With the
discovery of Frank, I'm getting closer to getting caught up. Still
waiting for the newest Pit Race-Off cars to hit my area, and I haven't seen
Saluting Sarge yet.
- "You ever been in a chickie-run?"
M2 Machines continues to put out
high-quality die-cast cars. I stumbled onto this beautiful black 1949
Mercury, identical to the car James Dean's character drove in Rebel
Without a Cause. I'll file this one under the unofficial category.
The second Cars Collector Event
at K-Mart was a huge success. It was another well-organized, fun,
friendly event. At 11am, 20 people (about half of them were little
kids) waited for their numbered ticket to be called. I brought my
buddy Marv with me to double my chances, but as luck would have it, neither
one of us had our number called. 12 cases were handed out and those
who had their numbers called rifled through the boxes first, each pulling
out 5 cars. After 5 minutes, those of us who didn't have our numbers
called were allowed to pick through what was left. After searching
several cases, I managed to find everything I was looking for.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Retread, Mood Springs, Lil' Torquey,
Easy Idle and Clutch Aid. With the release of these 5 race cars, that
brings the total to 32 of the 36 cars that made up the Speedway of the
South set (that have been released individually in some form, including
gift sets, launchers and mail-ins.) Click
HERE to see pics of every
race car released so far. Please let me know if I'm missing any.
As an added bonus, the cases also
included Mini, Vitoline Pitty, and Mario Andretti with the CORRECT red rims
(FINALLY!) It was a good day and it was great to see so many kids
getting first crack at new Cars stuff. A pat on the back goes
out to the staff at my local K-Mart.
Up in Smoke
Over the past week or so I've been
having my own little Cheech & Chong film festival. I hadn't seen their
movies in years so I decided to pick them up on DVD and enjoy them all over
again. I had forgotten how funny they were. All of them had
classic, laugh-out-loud moments, but the first film, Up in Smoke, was
the best of the bunch. After watching the film, I searched eBay to see
if there were any die-cast versions of Cheech's 1964 Chevy Impala. The
best version I could find comes from Racing Champions (above right) in 1:64
scale. With some minor paint modifications, I think I'll attempt a
custom version of "The Love Machine." Click
HERE for more reference photos of the 1964
Impala from Up in Smoke.
Countdown to K-Day
On Saturday, June 20th at 11am K-Mart
will be hosting its second Cars Collectors Event. Pictured
above are the cars they will be offering at the event, all with synthetic
rubber tires. Last time I took part in this event, we were all limited
to 5 cars. Since some of those pictured above are re-releases, I'm
going to focus on the cars I don't have. No Stall has been released
several times. Tow Cap was released in a 2-Pack with Gasprin.
Bumper Save has been released with a transporter. And Shifty Drug was
released in Pit Race-Off packaging. That leaves Clutch Aid, Lil'
Torquey, Easy Idle, Retread and Mood Springs as cars I don't have yet.
For those of you who haven't taken part in a K-Days event, you'll get a
numbered ticket when you arrive. At 11am, they'll start calling out
numbers and if your number is called, you'll be handed an unopened case.
You can then open the case and pull out 5 cars before passing the case over
to someone else. At least that's how they do it at my local K-Mart.
Hope to see you there!
Gran Torino on DVD
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino
was released on DVD this week. The bonus features are slim, but
include interviews with the cast and crew who talk about the bond between
men and cars. To my surprise, the shorts include footage shot at the
Woodward Dream Cruise, which takes place here in the Metro Detroit area
every summer. Since the movie was filmed here, it was a nice touch to
include footage from this local event. In celebration of the DVD
release, here is a piece I put together about the vehicles from Gran
Them There Eyes
into a WalMart, I spotted the newest wave of Cars characters, this
time with lenticular eyes. I only picked up the three you see above,
but I also saw Doc Hudson, Sheriff, Filmore, Chick Hicks and The King.
As you wiggle the car around, its eyes appear to open and close.
Hardly worth picking up all the main characters again.
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