The Ultimate Bat-Collection
The latest submission to the
Collectors' Collections gallery comes from Dave
van der Heeden of The Netherlands. Dave has a Batman collection that
ranks among the most incredible collections of Batman figures and die-cast
Batmobiles I've ever seen. Head on over for a bunch of pics.
HO Scale Speed Racer
I saw this posted in the Hobby Talk
Forums. Apparently, Mattel is releasing die-cast Speed Racer
cars in 1:87 scale (HO Scale for you train enthusiasts.) The cars
pictured above were found at Wal*Mart for $3.27 each. It's encouraging
to see the Mach 5 included, since Mattel has yet to include the Mach 5 in
its 1:64 scale line of die-cast metal cars. Maybe we'll see it soon.
Another post said to expect Speed Racer on DVD in September.
- Collectors' Collections
I've added two galleries to the
Collectors' Collection section of this website. Both have heavy Batman
content. Check them out and all the past submissions by clicking
HERE. If you'd like to submit photos of
your collection, e-mail me
clear, well-lit photos and I'll add them to the gallery for all the world to
see. Be sure to include your name, city and country.
Two MORE galleries have been added!
I got a tip that fellow Bat-Enthusiast
Bill over at
www.batmobilehistory.com is inviting collectors to submit photos of
their Batmobile collections for a new Batmobile Collector Collections page.
I might as well submit some pics from my collection. Above are three
1:18 scale Batmobiles. Below, left, is my 1:64 scale collection.
Next is my display of Hot Wheels Batmobiles and Villains (and some Superman
vehicles in the mix.) Then we have the Hot Wheels 1:50 scale line
together with a couple of Corgis. And finally, just for fun, my
collection of large scale Batman figures. If you submit your photos
before August 15th you'll be eligible to win a prize. Click
HERE for more info.
Heading back to work after lunch I was
passing by a Target store and had a strong urge to pop in. I'm glad I
did. I found the Cars Race and Chase Gift Pack featuring #84
Re-Volting. Although I wasn't too excited to buy Lightning McQueen,
The King and Chick Hicks AGAIN, I was happy to find something new. I
also spotted, for the first time, the Movie Moments 2-Pack featuring Leak
Less & No Stall. The package had been ripped open, but I bought it
anyways (the cashier gave me a discount.)
And finally, my Indiana Jones
Titanium collection is finally complete (for now) with the discovery of the
German Motorcycle from The Last Crusade. This is one of my favorite
pieces in the line and a great addition to my collection. Now I can
sit back and wait to see what will be included in the next wave.
The Dark Knight - An Unstoppable Force
I saw The Dark Knight a second
time over the weekend, doing my part to help the movie shatter box office
records with a $158 million opening weekend. I liked it just as much
the second time around, picking up on little things I missed the first time
(see review below.) So where does it rank among the list of my
favorite films of all time? Click
HERE to find out.
Clint Eastwood Made My Day!
Look who's in town doing a movie.
Thanks to incentives meant to bring Hollywood productions to Michigan, more
and more movies are being filmed here. Today, I visited the set of
Gran Torino, a movie directed by and starring none other than Clint
Eastwood. In the photos above, Clint exits a barbershop and drives off
in a white Ford pickup. The movie is slated to arrive in theaters in
According to the IMDB:
Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt
Kowalski (Eastwood) sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager,
who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possesion: his 1972 Gran Torino.
I'm hoping to get permission from
Warner Bros. to get some shots of the car mentioned in the title. Stay
Put Up Your Dukes!
Johnny Lightning's 5th wave of cars
from their Dukes of Hazzard line arrived in the mail this week from
my sponsor Movie Car Mania. This line must be selling well because
they just keep coming and coming. The highlight of Release 5 is
Cooter's Tow Truck. JL went with the first version that appeared on
the series, which makes this the very first time it's been available in
die-cast form. Next up is a dirty version of the General Lee.
It's similar to the online exclusive that was offered back in December, but
with different rims. Also included in this release is The Ghost of
General Lee, from one of my favorite episodes. It would've been cool
if it glowed in the dark, but I don't even know if that's possible.
Instead, we get a unique "day-glow" paint job. We also get the second
car in the line to have the Carnival of Thrills deco. This time
it's a Ford Torino. And from the episode The Great Hazzard Hijack,
we get Rosco's camo cruiser. And finally, we have the ... um ...
General Lee ... um ... Monster Truck. Ahem. Alrighty then.
(cough cough) Pics have been added to The Dukes of
Hello Trunk Fresh!
Once again, my Cars collection
has expanded thanks to a trade in the Cars the Toys Forum. Pit
Race-Off Trunk Fresh arrived in the mail today thanks to a fellow Cars
collector. Trunk Fresh has been added to the
The Dark Knight: My Review
I just got back from seeing the
midnight showing of The Dark Knight, and although it's nearing 4am as
I write this, I feel compelled to tell the visitors to this website that not
only have I just seen what I feel is the greatest comic book movie of all
time, but quite possibly one of the best films I've ever seen ... period.
From the opening scenes to the moments just prior to the closing credits,
this movie is a carefully crafted masterpiece, unpredictable and at times
even shocking. Yes, it had amazing action. Yes, it had terrible
violence. But more importantly, this movie had more emotion than all
the comic book movies that have preceded it COMBINED. Director Christopher
Nolan deliberately created a sense of uneasiness and discomfort throughout
the film with the cinematography, frantic editing pace and the performances
of the actors, forcing the audience to try to decipher who was good and bad
and even which way was up or down. Nothing is black and white in this
movie, only varying levels of gray.
What can I say about Heath Ledger's
performance in this film that hasn't already been said? He was
brilliant. But unlike the 1989 film Batman, where Jack
Nicholson's Joker almost overshadowed Michael Keaton's Batman, The Dark
Knight very carefully depicted the Joker and Batman as two sides of the
same coin. Speaking of which, the storyline involving Harvey Dent,
which could've easily cluttered things up, only contributed to this tale of
Although most media will be writing
about Ledger's performance, I can't overlook Christian Bale's portrayal of
Batman in this film. Bale brought to this performance a sense of fury
and intensity unlike any other portrayal of Batman before this, including
his own work in Batman Begins.
Well, if you haven't figured it out by
now, I was blown away by this film and I highly recommend it, although it
may be a bit too intense and too long for the little ones. But for me,
The Dark Knight almost restores my faith in Hollywood. I'm glad
to see a comic book movie can actually have more substance than a video
game. In the future, I hope similar movies of this genre can aspire to
achieve what The Dark Knight has achieved.
Iron Man Audi R8
This falls under the category of
"unofficial" movie die-cast cars, but longtime visitor and contributor A-Spidey_Fan
sent me an e-mail alerting me to Matchbox's Audi R8. I found one at
K-Mart for a buck. It's the closest thing we currently have to Tony
Stark's Audi R8 featured in Iron Man in 1:64 scale. For
whatever reason, Matchbox skimped on the black detail behind the doors, but
I fixed that with a little black electrical tape (below, left.)
Browsing eBay, I discovered a few other castings that can help you assemble
an unofficial Tony Stark Collection. Click HERE.
I got home to find several e-mails in
my inbox alerting me to new pics that have been revealed of the San Diego
Comic Con Exclusive Batman 3-pack from Hot Wheels. It takes my breath
away. I met a contact through the Hot Wheels forums who has offered to
pick up one of these for me, so I'm hoping I'll have this in my hands by the
end of the month.
1933 - 2008
R.I.P. Dick Dean
I just found out that legendary car
customizer Dick Dean passed away on July 10. Born right here in
Michigan, Dick Dean went on to fame among the custom car circuit by working
with George Barris and Dean Jeffries, collaborating on cars such as Manta
Ray, the Monkeemobile, Green Hornet's Black Beauty, the Batmobile, The
Munsters Koach and Dragula, among others. My condolences go out to his
family and friends. I wish I would've had the chance to meet him in
HERE for a nice article on the career of Dick Dean.
Indiana Jones Titanium Line Found!
Today I found wave one of Hasbro's
Indiana Jones Titanium line. Pictured below from left to right
are: Cargo Truck and German Flying Wing from Raiders of the Lost
Ark, Vogel's Mark VII Tank and Biplane from The Last Crusade,
Hangar 51 Rocket Sled and Jungle Cutter from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
I still need to pick up both motorcycles from wave 2. My favorite of
the bunch is the Cargo Truck, dragging Indy behind. It's an iconic
image from Raiders. I'm really looking forward to future waves.
I found Mutt's Custom Motorcycle today. Now all I need is the German
motorcycle with sidecar. A look at 1994's Micro Machines set might
give you an idea of what to expect in future waves (below right.)