- Chasing Cars
I hit quite a few stores this
afternoon, and for the most part, came up empty. I did, however, see
the second wave of the blinky-eyes Cars at several Wal-Mart stores.
Some of the new characters with blinky-eyes include Sarge, Fabulous Hudson
Hornet, Hydraulic Ramone and Guido, among others. Unfortunately,
someone beat me to the chase car, which I believe is the Dinoco McQueen
pictured at left (pic found on eBay.)
Fastest & Furiousest
The fourth entry in the Fast &
Furious series arrives on DVD on Tuesday. So what are the final
numbers on this blockbuster? According to the website Box Office Mojo:
Domestic Gross: $155,000, 000
Foreign Gross: $194,000,000
For a grand total of almost $350,000,000
How do these numbers compare with the
previous entries of this series? It easily topped all three of its
predecessors. The first offering, 2001's The Fast & The Furious,
ranks second with a domestic take of $144 million. Without any
of the stars of the franchise, Tokyo Drift ranks at the bottom with
Go Greased Lightning!
Thanks to a tip from Steve AKA "Skinnybird,"
I found these pics posted by "GLH Turbo" in the HobbyTalk Forums.
Motor Max has released two dioramas under the Reel Rides brand in 1:43
scale. First up is a scene from the 1978 classic film Grease
(above, left.) Next, is a scene from the 1988 film Rain Man
(above, right.) Although I don't normally collect 1:43 scale, I won't
be able to resist these when I find them. "GLH Turbo" says he found
them at WalMart. I hope Motor Max follows these up with 1:64 scale
releases, but I won't hold my breath.
More News from SDCC '09
Visiting the Cars the Toys
forum, I discovered more great news from San Diego Comic Con. Forum
member JP had a chance to attend preview night at the Comic Con and provided
some great pics of upcoming Cars releases from Mattel. It looks
like there's SO much stuff coming out over the next several months,
including the long-awaited Bessie (above.) Click
to visit the Cars the Toys forum and see more pics and info.
San Diego Comic Con 2009
Exciting news is trickling out of San
Diego Comic Con. First up, Seth Rogen was on hand to unveil the Black
Beauty from his upcoming Green Hornet movie. It's great to see
they are sticking with the Chrysler Imperial similar to the one used on the
old TV series, only with many more gadgets, it appears. Maybe this
means we'll finally get to see this car in 1:18 scale die-cast. One
can only hope. Thanks to Fernando for providing the photo above. More
photos and info can be found
In other news, Mattel has a display at
SDCC featuring all sorts of Batman toys. If you click on the link
below, you'll see that Mattel plans on covering EVERYTHING in its 1:50 scale
Bat-Vehicle line. In the photo, you'll see vehicles from Batman
Forever, Batman & Robin, a "shields-up" Batmobile, and MORE.
There's even a Bat-Cycle I don't quite recognize. Maybe someone can
help me out on that one. Thanks to Steve AKA Skinnybird for the tip.
I've confirmed through several sources the cycle pictured at SDCC is indeed
Batgirl's cycle from 1997's awful Batman & Robin (below.)
More Than Meets the Eye
I haven't spotted them here yet, but
Patrick Mallette reports finding Transformers RPM singles at his
local Toys R Us store. Pictured above, from left to right, are Optimus
Prime, Bumblebee (2010 Camaro), Megatron and Ratchet. Thanks for the
pics and info Patrick. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
I found the same four singles at my local Toys R Us. Optimus Prime
seems to be the exact same vehicle included in the 2-pack, but the other
three are new. I've added the following pics to the
Transformers Movie Gallery.
I stumbled onto this fantastic Cars
gift set at WalMart today. An angry-looking Lightning McQueen has been
packaged up with two lovely Dinoco Showgirls. Personally, I wouldn't
be so angry surrounded by such beauty, but hey, that's me. It was a
nice surprise to find this today.
"Say hello to my 'lil fren."
I know the '63 Cadillac Series 62
pictured above was released by Jada in 2006. But recently I bought
Scarface on DVD and sat down to watch it for the first time in a LONG
time. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, but it almost
came across as a comedy with Al Pacino's over-the-top performance as Tony
Montana. Tony's Caddy with its tiger skin seat covers was featured so
prominently in the film, I decided to add this 1:64 scale version to my
collection. Jada also produced a '68 Chevy Impala, but I prefer the
Caddy myself. Would you believe I got it on eBay for $2 plus shipping?
1:50 Scale Bat-Vehicles
A couple of days ago, I found the 1:50
scale camo Batmobile from Batman Begins at Toys R Us. Today, I
received the Super Friends Batmobile from sponsor Movie Car Mania in
the mail. The Super Friends Batmobile is great, but I was
expecting it to be a much-lighter blue. It's fairly dark compared to
the image on the back of the packaging (above, right.) Still, Mattel's
line of 1:50 Bat-Vehicles continues to impress and I'm looking forward to
more upcoming releases, such as the Batwing and Bat-Pod. I'm going to
have to buy a new display case to show off this great collection.
Transformers, Let's Roll!
A few months ago, I noticed a
solicitation in the toys section of the Previews catalog that showed
vehicles from the Transformers movies in vehicle mode. There
wasn't much info. I didn't know what scale they were and whether they
were die-cast or plastic. Well, thanks to a tip from Daniel Vasquez, I
found out they finally hit stores, Toys R Us, to be specific. I found
four sets of Transformers RPMs (Robot Powered Machines) and it looks
like four more sets will follow. Apparently, they're very close to
1:64 scale, but sadly, they're made of plastic. Disappointing
considering the price of $8 per set. Here's what I found:
01 of 08 - Bumblebee VS Barricade
02 of 08 - Jazz VS Brawl
03 of 08 - Optimus Prime VS Bonecrusher
04 of 08 - Mudflap VS Skidz
each vehicle is an image of the character in robot form (left.) It's
interesting that Hasbro included vehicles from BOTH films. Bumblebee
appears as the '77 Camaro from the first film, instead of the 2010 Camaro
from the sequel. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe these
are the first OFFICIALLY-LICENSED 1:64 scale vehicles released by Hasbro
from the Transformers movies, unless you count the Target-exclusive
Optimus Prime that was included in Hasbro's Titanium line. The above
photos have been added to the Transformers
Gallery of this website.
- Holy Half-Off, Batman!
Making the usual toy rounds, I popped
into a local Toys R Us and noticed Mattel's 1:18 scale Batmobile was on sale
for $14.99. That's half off! If you've held off on picking one
up, now is the time to snatch one up! For that price, I grabbed an
1:50 Scale Bat-Vehicles
I got an e-mail from sponsor Movie Car
Mania alerting me to the arrival of the latest shipment of Mattel's 1:50
scale Batman line. Included in the newest case are a camo
version of the Tumbler from Batman Begins and the Batmobile from the
animated Superfriends TV series. I can't wait to add these to
my collection. Click on the link in the right column to purchase these
newest offerings from Movie Car Mania.
Christmas in July!
The sun may be shining and the kids
are at camp, but Hallmark unveiled its line of holiday ornaments this past
weekend. I stopped into one of my nearby Hallmark stores and spotted
Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and the Landspeeder from Star Wars.
Both are approximately 1:43 scale and made of plastic. The other three
that you see above won't be released until October. I'm looking
forward to finding Cousin Eddie's RV from National Lampoon's Christmas
Vacation. Like Cousin Eddie said, "It's the gift that keeps on
giving all year long." Click
HERE to see other great ornaments from TV and film.
Fast & Fury-ous
This Hot Wheels red '57 Plymouth Fury
caught my eye, but since it's a Treasure Hunt, and I've NEVER seen a
Treasure Hunt in stores, I had to resort to eBay to add this to my
collection. The reason it caught my eye is that I believe this is the
first red '57 Fury ever made in 1:64 scale. (I know, I know, Johnny
Lightning did one as part of its Fright'ning Lightning line, but it was
terrible.) As we all know, Christine was a red '57 Fury, even
though I'm told by several sources that Plymouth never released a '57 Fury
in red. (They used many Plymouth Belvederes in the movie.) Anyhoo, I
thought this would be a fun addition to my collection. And despite
being a T-Hunt, I only paid a couple of bucks to get it.
"Top of the world, Ma!"
After seeing Public Enemies I
got to wondering why no one has ever done a line of gangster-era automobiles
in 1:64 scale. It sounds like something that would be right up the
alley of M2 Machines. I sent an e-mail to M2 Machines and here is the
response I got:
Thanks for your email and for the compliment as everyone at M2 Machines
will say "THANK YOU". I personally would love to do that era of cars
and I hope that within the next couple of years that will happen.
Remember The Untouchables TV series? Just like the movie Public Enemies
the cars would be fantastic. There is a lot of money that would have
to be invested in new tooling so we need to do our homework and see if it
does make sense. Hope that there will be enough collectors that will buy
them. Thank you for your support and have a great 4th of July!!!"
So, my question to you the collector
is, "Would you support a line of gangster-era die-cast automobiles?"
Pictured above is the 1934 Ford V8 from the movie Bonnie & Clyde.
The real-life car is more olive-gray in color. With enough support,
this may be our best chance to have this car and others from that era (like
police cars) done in 1:64 scale. Vote in the poll below and I'll pass
along the results. In the meantime, show your support by e-mailing the
company directly at
Public Enemies: My Review
Since I took some time off this week,
I decided to catch a matinee this afternoon. Being a huge Johnny Depp
fan, I was looking forward to seeing Public Enemies, which opened
today. Public Enemies is easily the best movie I've seen this
year. In a summer filled with explosions and yelling, it was
refreshing to enjoy a movie that was subtle and authentic, with little or no
apparent special effects. Johnny Depp is practically guaranteed an
Oscar nomination for his understated approach to portraying Public Enemy #1
John Dillinger. Only Depp can evoke charisma and garner sympathy as a
murderous, bank-robbing folk hero like Dillinger. Depp's subdued
performance only made the film's moments of gunfire and car chases that much
more thrilling. This movie will rank among Bonnie & Clyde and
The Untouchables as one of the greatest gangster films ever made.
1930's-era cars were featured
prominently in this movie, especially the Ford V8 (which was also a favorite
of Clyde Barrow of Bonnie & Clyde fame.) It would be great if a
die-cast car company, like M2, would give us a line of classic gangster-era
cars, complete with bullet holes.
Holy Heart Attack, Batman!
I popped into a Toys R Us this
afternoon intending to pick up Hasbro's TRU exclusive 12" Joker figure
(which is spectacular, by the way.) But while browsing the die-cast
aisle, I almost had a heart attack when I spotted the 1:87 scale 1966 TV
Batmobile! There was only one amongst the other scattered 1:87 Hot
Wheels cars, but somehow, whoever had rifled through them earlier must've
missed this. The reason my adrenaline was pumping is because this car
has been routinely selling for $20 or more on eBay. I've put in bids
and have been consistently outbid, so to find this car at retail for $3.99
was startling. Examining it up close, it's amazing how much detail
Mattel put into this tiny creation. Check out the pics above. What a
UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of e-mails regarding the Joker
figure I mentioned above. For those of you who haven't seen it, here's
a pic (left.) Like I said, it's spectacular. Personally, I feel
it's the best likeness of Heath Ledger's character from The Dark Knight
that I've seen. Apparently, the version that includes a knife ships
one per case.