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July '07 News Archive


7/30/07 - The Simpsons Movie:  My Review
I debated whether or not I wanted to post my review of The Simpsons Movie here on my site, wondering how car-related it was.  But then I thought about the motorcycle stunts, the cross-country road trip, and of course Homer's crumpled pink car and I thought, "Why not?"  The Simpsons Movie is hands-down my favorite movie of the year so far.  Which is saying a lot, because I went in with high expectations and was NOT disappointed.  If the movie was an episode on TV, I would rank it among my top ten favorite episodes.  To be honest, I haven't laughed out loud at an episode of The Simpsons over the past several years.  I feel the end is near.  But the movie reminded me of what I loved about the first ten seasons.  The jokes were fast and furious and laugh-out-loud funny.  It was great to hear everyone in the theater laughing right along with me.  The movie started out with a bang, and never had a dull moment until the fade-to-black after the credits rolled (and be sure to sit through the credits.)  The thing I remember most about the movie, which I keep laughing about, are the things they would NEVER have gotten away with on TV.  I won't ruin it for those of you haven't seen the movie, but there were things that made me laugh out of pure shock.  In conclusion, I've been waiting for this movie to come out for years, and when it was finally announced, I wondered how it could ever live up to my expectations.  Well, to say that it EXCEEDED my expectations, and I walked out of that theater THOROUGHLY entertained, is the biggest compliment I can pay to the filmmakers.  I can't wait to see it again, and I'm already thinking about the DVD release, which should be chock-full of deleted scenes and great commentary from the usual gang who entertain us throughout the boxed sets. 


7/29/07 - Start Saving Up Your Pennies
It was revealed at Comic Con that practically every Cars car on your wishlist will be hitting stores eventually.  Looking at pictures posted on Figures.com, some of the cars on display included Ghostlight (blue) Ramone, VW Bug, Dinoco Helicopter (die-cast), Darrel Cartrip, more than twenty different race cars, and, oh heck, just about every secondary character you can imagine.  I did notice a sign that read: "Wal*Mart Exclusives" which means some of these will be even more difficult to find than the other difficult-to-find cars.   Click HERE to see the jaw-dropping pics.


7/26/07 - Dale:  The Movie

Spencer184 posted this nugget in the forum.  Motorsports Authentics offers a 12-car set of 1:64 scale cars featured in the documentary Dale. The set is offered on the QVC website for less than $60.


7/24/07 - Holy Sand Crab, Batman!

I received the following e-mail today from www.hotwheelcollectors.com:

"One of the classic designs by creative genius Tom Daniel, the Sand Crab™ is back! The original fun-time vacation vehicle has been retooled for this HWC™ Series Six Neo-Classics™ release -- AND it earns you two Rewards Points! Then crawl over and pick up the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con commemorative 1966 TV Series Batmobile™! Or get both with the "clutch kit" option! These beauties will be offered at HWC™ beginning at 9:00 AM PT on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Dig that!"


7/22/07 - Monkeemobile in Action!
Have you ever wanted to see the Monkeemobile in action?  Well, there's a really cool clip on YouTube from the second season episode Monkees Race Again.  I grew up watching The Monkees in syndication and I don't recall ever seeing this.  Davy drives the Monkeemobile against a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.  Click on the image above to view the clip.


7/19/07 - Bumblebee Man
I stopped into Target on the way home from work.  Didn't find much, but I did notice some new Titanium Transformers figures based on the movie.  I picked up Bumblebee, since he was my favorite character in the movie.  I hope they come out with him in Camaro mode.  Up until now, I had only seen Titanium figures based on the animated characters, with the exception of the Target-Exclusive Optimus Prime 3-Pack, which, by the way, is currently on clearance if you're still looking for yours. 


7/19/07 - Zoiks Scoob!!!
I wonder if my apartment complex is HAUNTED!!!  I came home from work tonight to find THIS parked in the lot.  Fortunately, the ghost turned out to be the landlord, Old Man Peabody.  And he would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids and that dog!!!


7/18/07 - Get Flocked!
My buddy Tim sent me an e-mail with a link to an update from Toy News International regarding the '66 Batmobile exclusives available at this year's San Diego Comic Con. In addition to the 1:64 scale Batmobile, fans will get their first crack at a 1:18 scale Batmobile from Hot Wheels.  This car, limited to 450 pieces, will be "flocked" and can be yours for a mere $300.   Click HERE for more information.


7/17/07 - Scored a Cruisin' Ramone
Stopping for milk at K-Mart on my way home from work, I popped into the toy aisles (as usual.)  Hidden among the five or so Cars on the pegs was one lone Cruisin' Ramone. Check off one more on my want list.  I still need Tongue McQueen, Bug McQueen and Yeti. 


7/11/07 - Collectors' Collections
Odilon Rodrigues of Marlboro, MA owns over 700 die-cast cars from TV and movies.  He sent me a pic of a portion of his collection and it's quite impressive.  Odilon joins two dozen other collectors in the Collectors' Collections section of this website.  To have your collection featured, send me an e-mail and attach a few clear, well-lit pics. 

UPDATE:  More pics have been added.


7/11/07 - Cool Custom
Jonas Sevilla of Diamond Bar, CA e-mailed me with pics of his awesome 1:24 scale custom of Stuntman Mike's Nova from Death Proof.  The detail is amazing, even down to the Rubber Ducky hood ornament.  Nice work Jonas!  If you're interested in this custom, send me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch with Jonas.


7/11/07 - Today's Finds
Stopping into Target on my way into work today, I stumbled onto a few new finds.  First, I found a Hot Wheels 10-Pack that includes the '66 Batmobile.  Actually, I found three of them, but the paint job on two of them was pretty bad.  Then, turning around, I found a few new Cars to add to my collection.  Pictured below are Tex Dinoco, RPM 64 and Bling Bling McQueen.  Now I just need Tongue McQueen, Bug Mouth McQueen, Cruisin' Ramone (and Yeti has sprung up on eBay) to be all caught up.


1966 Batman Batmobile 2007 Hot Wheels Series L2593 1:64 scale die cast George Barris TV car

7/8/07 - Sponsor NewsJames Bond 007 Casino Royale 1965 Aston Martin DB5 & Aston Martin DBS 2 car Ltd Ed set MiniChamps 1:43 402-137600
Rodney at Movie Car Mania sent me an e-mail alerting me to some new arrivals.  Visit his site (click on the link in the top right column) if you still haven't found a Hot Wheels 1966 Batmobile.  Picture at right is MiniChamps' 1:43 scale Aston Martin 2-Pack from Casino Royale.  I may be picking that up myself.  Also, Movie Car Mania has received Johnny Lightning's new Speed Racer assortment (below.) 

Speed Racer Complete Six Car Set Johnny Lightning 1:64 scale 50999G die cast TV cars

 


7/6/07 - Flight of the Bumblebee
Okay, so I wasn't a huge fan of Transformers, but I did think Bumblebee was pretty awesome.  My friend Tim sent me a link to one of the coolest toys I've seen in a long time.  Although it's not die-cast, this animatronic Bumblebee actually transforms from robot to car with the push of a button.  It also features lights, sounds, 9 songs and 17 phrases.  It's a little pricey at almost $80, but it ships in September.  Click HERE for more information.


7/4/07 - Transformers:  My Review
I saw Transformers today and I went in really, really wanting to like this movie.  I mean, Steven Spielberg's name is attached, so how bad could it be?  Well, it was pretty bad. 

Actually, it started out pretty good.  I found myself enjoying the relationship that developed between Bumblebee (the yellow Camaro) and Sam (Shia LaBeouf.)  What guy can't relate to a good boy-girl-car story?  Things got pretty exciting during an awesome car chase sequence between Bumblebee and Barricade (an evil Saleen-modified Ford Mustang police car.)  Soon afterwards, Bumblebee's fellow Autobots arrive and that's when ... well, when things started going downhill.  The movie degenerated into a silly, confusing mess of bad dialogue, unnecessary characters, explosions, shaky camerawork and a nonsense storyline involving a pair of glasses and a giant cube that turned into little cube.  During the span of two hours (or so) I went from enjoying the movie, to confusion, to hating the movie.  They had me, then they lost me. Not enough time was devoted to developing the character of Optimus Prime, so it was difficult to care about the character.  The movie did have some good qualities, however.  Shia LaBeouf was likable and believable in the lead role.  The effects were, of course, absolutely amazing.  And Bumblebee was a pretty darn cool movie car.  But any good movie starts with a good script, and that's what this movie was lacking.  Great effects and action sequences can't make up for a confusing and meandering storyline.  Too bad.  I SO wanted to like this film. 


7/1/07 - Reel Rides - Good News and Bad News
Well, the good news is Reel Rides revealed the list of cars to expect in the next wave, due in the fall.  The bad news is, with the exception of Casino, they are all cars that have been tackled before.  It will be tough to improve on Charawheels' version of the Back to the Future Delorean and KITT from Knight Rider, and Johnny Lightning has already released top notch versions of the Bluesmobile and the Mini Coopers from The Italian Job.  I wish Reel Rides would venture into unexplored territory.  Here's what Reel Rides said in their latest e-mail newsletter:

Based on the great response we've received, we are excited to inform you that the cars will be sold in more U.S. Wal-Mart stores this Fall! You will find the 1:87 and 1:64 scale in roughly 3 times as many stores and the 1:24 scale in nearly double the number of stores. We'll send you the new store list when it's ready.

We know you're all excited to find out what's in the next release. We have a slight change in timing with the cars expected to be on-shelf in early Fall. The cars come from the following action-packed movies:

  • Back to the Future
  • Knight Rider
  • Blues Brothers
  • Casino
  • Italian Job