8/29/06 - DVD +
in the wake of the die-cast dragster offered with the Heart Like a Wheel
DVD, including a die-cast vehicle with a DVD is becoming a trend.
Metro Privratsky alerted me to several more offerings, including the above
1/64 scale San Francisco Seagrave Tiller-Drawn Aerial
with the purchase of The Towering Inferno on DVD. Other
DVD/die-cast combos include Speed Racer Vol. 4 (below, left), and
Initial D which was found at
8/29/06 - Christmas
report on Hallmark's TV and movie car offerings when they hit stores in
July, but this year it kinda slipped my mind. So I popped into a local
Hallmark store yesterday to see what was being offered this year. I
immediately grabbed Lightning McQueen and Mater (above) from Cars.
Although they're made of plastic, they'll be hanging on my tree this year.
Not many famous vehicles are being offered this year. Others I spotted
included an impressive AT-AT Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back,
Thomas the Tank Engine, and the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 from the original
Star Trek TV series.
8/29/06 - "Straight'nin'
the curves. Flat'nin' the hills."
As I was
making my rounds from store to store, I stumbled across these slot cars at a
local hobby shop. Although the focus of this website is die-cast cars,
I occasionally report on TV or movie-related slot cars. There are both
clean and dirty versions of the General Lee and Rosco's Police Cruiser.
8/25/06 - Road Trip
40th birthday coming up on Saturday, I decided to take a solo road trip, as
a birthday present to myself. At the last moment, I decided my
destination was going to be Deadwood, South Dakota, since I think the HBO
series is the best thing on television right now. On Monday afternoon,
I began the 1200 mile trip to South Dakota and arrived Tuesday afternoon.
I checked into Hickok's hotel and wandered around the town. Deadwood
is a beautiful little town with an amazing history. Imagine my
surprise, though, when I peered inside the
Celebrity Hotel & Casino and
spotted Herbie the Love Bug. I went inside and found quite a nice
display of famous cars from television and film. Starting from top
left, we have the backwards-driving stunt Herbie, Burt Reynolds' Trans-Am
(sporting Burt's autograph on the interior), the Ferrari from Magnum P.I.,
a jeep from M*A*S*H, the Yenko Camaro from 2 Fast 2 Furious,
and Evel Knievel's stunt bike. Also on display was James Bond's Aston
Martin V8 from The Living Daylights, but I couldn't get a good photo
of it. I was told by some staff members that the collection rotates to
include the Batmobile from Batman Returns, and the owners are in the
process of restoring a Firebird Esprit from The Rockford Files.
For more pics and stories from my trip to Deadwood and Mount Rushmore click
8/24/06 - Heart Like a
in ... longtime contributor Metro Privratsky sent me an e-mail telling me of his find at his
local Wal*Mart. Apparently Hot Wheels has produced a 1:64 replica of
Shirley Muldowney's dragster to be packaged with the DVD Heart Like a
Wheel, the 1983 film in which Bonnie Bedlia portrays the legendary drag
racer. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for this one.
8/26 UPDATE: I found the DVD with
limited Hot Wheels dragster at a local Wal*Mart today. I've added
Heart Like a Wheel to the
of helping out a fellow collector, I wanted to share this e-mail with you:
Don't know if you remember me or not. But corresponded with you some time
ago. I'm the guy with the huge tv/movie vehicle collection from Jackson,
MI. Back then, you and I discussed you and your friend possibly coming by
to take pics of the collection for your website.
Anyways, due to circumstances beyond my control and with a lot of tears.....lol.
I am selling the entire collection. (Unless I win the lottery really soon.)
Thought you might like to know and that you might like to pass on the
information to your visitors. The items are all being listed as the
Lee Estate auction. You can find all the items at the following link. I am
putting up about 20 items per week until it is all gone. I must admit
I'd be very happy if any of the items ended up in your personal collection.
I'd know they would have a good home.
Well, here is the link:
Copy it and paste it into the address bar and you will locate the items. As
already noted, they will be coming up weekly, so keep looking. I wish
you and all the other Hollywood vehicle collectors the best.
Lee S. Kienutske
8/13/06 - Flo's V8
I know this
has been out for awhile now, but I finally got around to picking up Flo's V8
Cafe' playset from the Pixar movie Cars. What a terrific
playset and a great way to display the die-cast characters from the movie.
And, as an added bonus, the roof of the cafe' opens up to expose two
additional levels to display more cars (above right.) And with a flip
of a switch, red lights blink on and off above the gas pumps. I'm
tempted to pick up the other three playsets, but I just don't have the room
to display them all.
Oh, and thanks to my buddies Chris and Tim, I finally have the hard-to-find
Leakless, Nitroade and green Ramone. And today I couldn't resist
getting the Mack Truck playset (below) as well. I've added it to the
8/6/06 - "If
you ain't first, you're last."
I just got
back from seeing Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and on
the ride home I found myself laughing out loud as I remembered lines from
the movie, like, "The Wonder Bread car is TOAST!" This was one of the
funniest movies I've seen in a while. I almost spit out my Coke at one
point. I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing. A lot of
the movie's funniest scenes were revealed in the trailer, but the audience
still laughed out loud at lines like, "Help me, Tom Cruise!" despite being
bombarded with that line during the movie's advertising campaign. The
racing scenes were spectacular and the ending was totally unexpected.
Will Ferrell was hysterical as usual. I loved the moments when the
actors were clearly improvising, as you can see in the blooper reel during
When I heard Will Ferrell would be involved with a NASCAR comedy I
immediately thought, "Box office gold!" And I was right. I think
this film will top all of his other box office successes. With the
success of Pixar's Cars and now Talladega Nights, I'm fairly
certain we haven't seen the last of racing movies, which is fine by me.
Bring on Days of Thunder 2: Even More Thunderer!!
8/5/06 - "Bond,
several e-mails about this, so I figured I'd post the info. Kyosho has
produced an amazing set of 15 die-cast vehicles from James Bond films in
1:72 scale. Unfortunately, the set is a little too pricey for me as it
regularly sells for over $150 on eBay. Notice how some of the cars are
represented with and without weapons deployed. It's a very impressive
set. Maybe some day I'll add it to my collection.
"Mama, I'm goin' fast!"
Thanks to a
tip from long-time contributor Metro Privratsky, I've discovered that Action
Racing Collectibles will be producing 1:24 scale die-cast cars from the
movie Talladega Nights starring Will Ferrell. They are a little
pricey in the $60 range. Talladega Nights roars into theaters this
UPDATE: Cars from the movie WILL
be released in 1:64 scale by a company called Action Performance. The
haulers are 1:64 scale as well. Click
HERE for more info.