September '04 News
9/28/04 - Cool Customs!
Here is another attempt to create the
V8 Interceptor from Mad Max using RC2's Scooby Doo 2 car, but
this time, Craig Mueller not only did the car from the first film, he also
created the car from the SECOND film: The Road Warrior.
Terrific work Craig! I'm really impressed. Nice work on the
engines. You've inspired me to create the dirty "tanks" version
myself. For those of you interested in how Craig did it, click on the
following link for a detailed explanation.
9/28/04 - Collectors'
Beat Sandhofer of Switzerland has sent
me pics of his 1:18 scale car collection displayed in his office. He
"Well, at the
moment I have 7 displays. They are all made of Acryl by a famous
German Manufacturer (www.sora.de). I really
can recommend them, as the two
big displays (with the Back to the Future Cars and the older Bond
made especially for me, the other are "Standard" displays they always have
HERE to see more photos of Beat's collection.
9/23/04 - Hollywood on
Wheels 6 REVEALED!
This is the biggest news to come down
the pike in quite some time. I picked up the latest edition of Diamond
Distributors' Previews catalog and was surprised to see Hollywood on Wheels
6 being solicited in its pages! Here is the lineup listed:
2 Fast 2
Furious: Nissan Skyline Custom
2 Fast 2 Furious: '04 Cadillac Escalade
Vanishing Point: '70 Dodge Challenger
Charlie's Angels (2000) '69 Camaro SS Convertible
Smokey & The Bandit: '77 Firebird
Dukes of Hazzard: '69 Charger, '72 Plymouth Road Runner & Daisy's
Gone in 60 Seconds: '73 Mustang Mach I
The Italian Job: '69 Yenko Nova
The Punisher: '69 Pontiac GTO
and Herbie the Love Bug
Upon posting this info
on the Hobby Talk Forum, I was notified by a Johnny Lightning rep that the
Cadillac Escalade will be replaced by a 2003 Nissan 350Z and the GTO from
The Punisher won't happen because of licensing issues.
Now, here are my
thoughts: I'm really looking forward to adding the Camaro from
Charlie's Angels (the 2000 film) and the Vanishing Point
Challenger to my collection. And my The Fast & The Furious
collection would be incomplete without Brian's Nissan Skyline. It will
be interesting to see if Johnny Lightning improves upon the inaccuracies of
RC2's Bandit Trans-Am and The Dukes of Hazzard cars,
specifically, The General Lee. If JL makes these cars more accurate
(including accurate wheels) then I'll add these to my collection as well.
I'm scratching my head over the Yenko Nova (I don't remember it in the film)
and ANOTHER Herbie? It would be cool if it split in half or something,
but do we REALLY need a Herbie re-release? I'm pretty shocked that
Christine didn't make this list. RC2 has the license AND the
perfect casting to do this car. I wonder why it wasn't included in
9/18/04 - My Piranha Custom
After tackling the Mad Max
custom, I decided to finish up another custom I've been working on:
the Piranha from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The one I owned wasn't in
the best condition, so I decided to fix it up a bit. I disassembled
it, stripped the paint, added JL rims and red line tires, repainted the body
and trim and put it all back together. It looks a lot more like the
car used on the TV series.
9/15/04 - My Mad Max
V8 Interceptor Custom
Here's my first attempt at customizing
the V8 Interceptor from the Scooby Doo 2 car. Each time I make
a custom, I learn a lot. It's not perfect, but it turned out really
nice. I disassembled the car I got on eBay (which had the Scooby
Doo tampos already removed) and swapped out the wheels. I used
Johnny Lightning black rims and BF Goodrich tires provided by Superduty455
from the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board. I used larger tires from a JL
pickup truck for the rear wheels. I added a rooftop spoiler from a Hot
Wheels plastic-body NASCAR racecar. I painted the side exhausts,
reassembled the car, then added the appropriate decals to the sides and
front of the car. Let me know what you think.
9/13/04 - Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang from SEG Toys
Click on the above thumbnail to see
the new product unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con from Stevenson
Entertainment Group. Apparently, SEG Toys has the license to do a line
of figures based on the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
including a pretty spectacular Chitty Chitty. I e-mailed the company
about the possibility of a die-cast version of this beautiful car.
Here is the response I got:
Thanks for your message...since Chitty is a 2005 product we don't have
official photos yet. I have no official word on die-cast yet...the
car you saw from Comic-Con will be plastic and there will be at least two
versions of it (can't go into the details yet, though)."
Chief Operations Officer,
Stevenson Entertainment Group, LLC
I'm going to assume the second
version of the car is going to be the "boat" version of the car. I
can't wait to add these to my toy collection.
9/12/04 - Cool Customs
Received an e-mail from "Merrill" who
shared some photos of his Magnum P.I. and Christine customs.
Here's what he had to say:
"I thought you may
like to see my custom Magnum P.I. Ferrari 308, Island Hoppers
Helicopter and Vanagon. I didn't like the Matchbox "Star Cars" version of
the Ferrari, so I used Hotwheels' 1977 "Racebait 308." I used Hotwheels'
1981 "Sunagon" for T.C.'s van. The Ferrari's top can be taken off and stored
behind the seats, the Vanagon has a scratch built interior with seating for
six. I also found a couple of no-name Hughes 500 helicopters and painted
them the "Island Hoppers" colors, which look way better than the
"Star Cars" version. Also, I customized my American Muscle's 1/64
Belvedere by switching the whitewall tires with the Ford Starliner from the
"Early Muscle" 3 car set, pried under the gas tank and front suspension to
reveal the screws giving me access to the interior. I then painted the whole
thing red, and the steering wheel white with red accents."
9/11/04 - Latest
Acquisition: My Holy Grail!
Yet another eBay purchase arrived in
the mail today. I guess you can call this one my latest "Holy Grail."
Majorette produced a line of vehicles based on the TV series
Dallas in 1981. When I began collecting
TV & movie die-cast cars a few years ago, most of the Dallas vehicles
didn't appeal to me, but I thought it would be cool to have the Ewing Oil
Co. tanker truck. Unfortunately, it rarely showed up on eBay, and when
it did, I always got outbid. Well, it showed up again, and this time I
won the auction. I paid $57.77 plus shipping, which is the most I've
ever paid for a die-cast vehicle. But It's a great addition to my
9/11/04 - HW Batman vs.
Thanks to a tip from Kuan Chee Hai,
this was spotted at the forum on
Hot Wheels Collector.com. Hot Wheels has another Batman 2-Pack
lined up for us. This time it's a silver version of the Hardnoze
Batmobile VS. Catwoman's Dairy Delivery van. Milk in a saucer anyone?
9/10/04 - More Cool Customs!
Here is a pic of some cool 1:64
customs created by Graham Little of the U.K. In the photo we have a
"lowered" Ecto-1A, built-from-scratch Cruiser from Space Precinct,
'66 Batmobile, Mad Max Interceptor and a Ford Taurus Police Cruiser
from Robocop. Very nice work Graham.
9/9/04 - Cool Custom!
Here is Craig Mueller's attempt at
creating Mad Max's V8 Interceptor from RC2's 1:64 Scooby Doo 2
Mobile. All it needs is that rooftop spoiler. Looks nice Craig.
If you've attempted to customize your
own Mad Max Interceptor, send me a photo of the finished product.
9/7/04 - Christine?
I received an e-mail from "Andrew" and
attached was a photo of what appears to be RC2's 1:18 scale version of
Christine! Check out the black tinted windows! I'll try to
get confirmation from my rep at RC2 that it is genuine and not an elaborate
custom. Thanks Andrew for providing the photo.
Collectors Net USA, the car in the photo above IS INDEED a 1:18 scale
die-cast Christine. I received an e-mail telling me they are
accepting pre-orders for a December shipping date. It didn't mention
the manufacturer, but I'm assuming it's RC2. This is great news!
9/6/04 - The Big Game
For those of you who haven't seen it,
I wanted to share my short film with you. In The Big Game
(2002), I play a guy who wins a 350 million dollar jackpot and tries to
become Batman. It's only 5 minutes long. Let me know what
you think. If you have a cable or DSL connection, view the 700k
version by clicking on the link above.
Talking Cars in September
Wow! Where has the summer gone?
It's time for the September edition of Talking Cars. Among the
topics included in this month's Q&A are My Favorite Martian, display
cases, Hollywood on Wheels, LXG, Speed Racer's Mach 4, National
Lampoon's Vacation, The Saint and Ghostbusters.
Click HERE and enjoy.
9/4/04 - 1:18 K.I.T.T.
I've gotten several e-mails alerting
me to the fact that RC2's 1:18 K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider has been
unveiled at the
Showcase Toys website. It looks pretty awesome! Visit Mike's
site to pre-order the car for October delivery.
9/4/04 - New Info on RC2's
"Mad Max Interceptor"
I received an e-mail from Dan Vasquez
whose keen eye noticed the RC2 car that resembles the V8 Interceptor from
Mad Max can easily be found in a 5-pack of Scooby Doo 2 cars. So
you too can have this car in your collection, if you want to go through the
trouble of removing the tampos. Usually, nail polish remover on a
Q-Tip will do the job nicely. Or you can disassemble the entire car,
soak the body in paint remover, then repaint it. This news comes as a
bit of a shock for me, considering I paid $20 for the car on eBay, and in an
earlier auction, the same car sold for $50.
Thanks Dan for the
photo and info.
9/1/04 - My New Display!
I couldn't wait to share this with
everyone! How much do you think I paid for the above display case?
$80? $100? Not even close! I built it MYSELF with less
than $40 worth of supplies from Home Depot. I'm really happy with it.
Okay, so I used too much glue in some areas and the shelves aren't
PERFECTLY straight, but I think it looks really nice. The cars show up
really nicely against the "stone" background. The vertical dividers
can be moved to create some flexibility and the top and bottom rows are a
little taller to accommodate taller vehicles, like semi-trucks.
It was a great learning experience. I'd like to thank my father-in-law
Rex Wood for cutting the acrylic sheets for me. Since I worked out the
bugs on this one, I'm thinking of making more and selling them here on my
site. Let me know what you think. Oh, and don't worry about the
empty bottom shelf. I have some things coming that will fill it up