7/31/10 - Officially
Johnny Lightning's Tom Z. tipped me off to a
couple more "unofficial" star cars. Above, left, this 1950 Chevy Panel
Delivery Van bears the familiar Cooter's logo. Ben Jones, who played
Cooter on The Dukes of Hazzard, has stores in Nashville, Gatlinburg
and Branson, MO. This would make an interesting addition to your
Dukes of Hazzard die-cast collection. The car above, right, put a
huge grin on my face when I figured out what it was. All Tom Z. said
in his e-mail was that it's "from one of your favorite TV shows."
After doing a little Googling, I DISCOVERED that this was one of the many
cars abused by the cast of Mythbusters! This particular car is
known for crashing through a fence while being driven by remote control ...
with Adam in the back seat!
7/30/10 - "Bustin' makes
me feel good."
A special package arrived in the mail today
(amazing, considering I've had three packages stolen since I've moved into
my new apartment.) I'm glad I was home to intercept this one.
The 2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Ecto-1 from Mattel has materialized.
Actually, I got it on eBay since I couldn't get anyone to pick one up for me
who was going to Comic Con. The packaging is amazing. Once you
take it out of the white box, the inner box is a replica of the trap from
the movie. Nice touch! I love everything about this version:
the painted details, the clear windows and ESPECIALLY the white wall tires!
I'm a little upset at Mattel for making this
such a hard-to-get exclusive. The demand was strong since it sold out
quickly at Comic Con. Now it's the eBay sellers and scalpers who are
reaping the rewards. I read one post in the Hot Wheels Collectors
Forum from a guy who somehow bought a BUNCH of them. It's just not
fair. I paid quite a bit for mine, but at least I have one now.
This version of Ecto-1 replaces Johnny Lighting's version of Ecto-1A on the
Top Ten Best list.
7/28/10 - Back to the
Future - Japan!
My thanks go out to Jesper Juhl, who alerted me
to this eBay auction. Apparently, the 1:64 scale Delorean Time Machine
seen above is available at Universal Studios Japan in conjunction with
Back to the Future: The Ride. With the exception of the wheels, it
looks fairly well done. Hopefully, these will become common on eBay
and I'll try to add one to my collection. In the meantime, check out
7/25/10 - 2010 Concours
d'Elegance of America
Earlier today I had the privilege of shooting
video at the 31st Annual Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook.
The event is one of the largest in the U.S. and boasts a gathering of the
most exotic, rare, valuable and beautiful automobiles you will
ever see, including one-of-a-kind marvels.
for example, the car pictured at left. The 1960 DiDia 150 was built exclusively for
singer/actor Bobby Darin who arrived at the 1960 Academy Awards in STYLE!
Little did I know, however, that I would come face to face with a Hollywood
car with an impressive list of credentials. Pictured below is a 1953
Nash Healey Convertible once owned by Dick Powell, the crooner who starred
in several Busby Berkeley musicals (pictured below, left, with frequent
co-star Ruby Keeler.) The same car was driven by William Holden in the 1954
movie Sabrina. It also appeared in the 1955 movie The Fast
and The Furious. And, if you look closely at the image below,
right, you'll see Superman himself, George Reeves behind the wheel of the
car. It appeared in several episodes of The Adventures of Superman.
7/19/10 - Next K-Mart Cars
Several keen-eyed observers at the Cars the
Toys Forum noticed some interesting auctions springing up on eBay.
Faux Wheel Drive, Gask-Its and Tach-O-Mint are being offered with rubber
tires. So what does this mean? Well, those three cars (along
with the Apple car) are the remaining race cars yet to be released at retail
stores. Showing up with rubber tires on eBay is fairly good evidence
these cars will be included in the next K-Mart Cars Collectors Event.
If it's true, this is GREAT news, considering the last two K-Mart events
offered nothing new. The next event will probably take place in
October and if these cars are included, that will leave only the Apple car
from the Speedway of the South set not to be released at retail
7/18/10 - Garage Sale
While hitting various garage sales over the
weekend I found the above gem. Jill Munroe's '76 Ford Mustang Cobra II
from Charlie's Angels is a tough find. If and when it does show
up on eBay it usually sells for $25 or more. I snagged it for a mere
$5. I used to have one when this wave of Hollywood on Wheels
first hit stores in 2003 but I gave it to a friend. After Farrah
Fawcett's passing I tried to get one for my collection but the prices had
skyrocketed. Sometimes patience pays off.
On the TV series each Angel drove a Ford. Of course,
Farrah Fawcett's character Jill Munroe drove the Mustang Cobra, but did you
know Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) drove a '76 Ford Mustang II Ghia?
And poor Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson) got stuck with an orange '77 Ford
Pinto. I would love to see a die-cast car company release all three of
these as a boxed set.
- Batmobile Shipping!
Several auctions have sprung up on eBay
indicating the Hot Wheels The Brave & The Bold Batmobile is now
hitting stores around the country. Nowhere does it mention The
Brave & The Bold on the packaging. Instead, just scan the pegs for
a yellow-striped card sporting the #49 in the top right corner. On
eBay the car is being listed as 2010 HW Premiere Batmobile. I hope
these are easier to find in stores than the now-legendary Ghostbusters
7/14/10 - Comic Con
Wow, I just found out today that some amazing
exclusives will be available at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con July 22-25.
First up, we have a highly detailed 1:64 scale version of Ecto-1 from
Mattel's Hot Wheels line (above.) Check out those beautiful white
walls! Incredible! Next, we have Tokyo Mater with flames
(below, left.) And finally, I don't know where this one came from, but
I LOVE it, we have Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet! Check it out, it's
just a clear piece of plastic, but it's brilliant! I'm not able to
attend Comic Con, so I'm hoping any of my friends out there who will be
attending will be able to pick these up for me. I'm dying to add these
to my collection. Send me an e-mail and I'll be able to PayPal you the
funds if you have an account.
7/14/10 - Just Add Water!
This was posted in the Hot Wheels Collector
Forum. Mattel has released The Dark Knight Batmobile as part of
its Hot Wheels Color Shifters line. Apparently, when you add water, the car
changes from Camo to Black. I'll be on the lookout for this one during
my toy runs. And don't forget, the die-cast Batmobile from The
Brave & The Bold will be hitting stores in the next couple of weeks.
- Diamonds are Forever
My friend Chris D'Alessandro has done it again.
He took a Hot Wheels Bugatti Veyron and created something you might want to
keep in a safe deposit box. Check out his
eBay page. The video really shows the car sparkle. Chris
does amazing custom work and has created a couple of great cars for me.
- Down Under
I haven't posted much in the past week for two
reasons: One, I've recently moved, and two, I haven't found much new
stuff at the stores. The only thing I've found over the past week was
the '73 Ford Falcon XB from Hot Wheels. The cardback reads:
With fat muscular lines, Ford v8 engine and front spoiler and hood
scoops, this Australian muscle car was made for down under duels.
Of course, this car is famous for being the base car of Mad Max's Pursuit
Special. Check out
this thread in the forum that shows with a few modifications, and some
hand-crafted metal parts, you too can create Max's ride.