9/30/09 - "You made a time
machine...out of a Delorean?"
Today, I had a chance to swing by my local
comic book store to pick up this amazing little toy. The Diamond
Exclusive Delorean Time Machine from Back to the Future II is a thing
of beauty. It's not die-cast, but at 1:15 scale it's highly detailed,
lights up and features numerous sound effects ranging from engine trouble to
time travel. Even the Flux Capacitor lights up! This is a
MUST-HAVE for anyone who claims to be a Back to the Future fan!
There's also an
Entertainment Earth exclusive version that has folding wheels.
9/29/09 - Cars Toon Up!
I know I said I'll pass on the Cars Toon
line, but popping into a local WalMart store at lunchtime I found the pegs
freshly loaded. I decided to grab a few to photograph for this
website. Of course, Mater is the star of this new wave and immediately
caught my eye. The other vehicles pictured above aren't included in
the boxed sets I've seen and, get this, I've noticed the characters that ARE
in the boxed sets are slightly different on the single card releases.
So if you're a variant hunter, you're going to want to get the single cards
AND the boxed sets to have them all. Ugh. That's just too much
for me. The above pics have been added to the
- Another Auto-Graph!
Today, I had the opportunity to add another Auto-Graph
to my collection. Gene Simmons was in Detroit, not only performing
with KISS, but also taping an episode of his series Gene Simmons' Family
Jewels. The episode will feature my friend Judy Davids and her
band The Mydols. Judy invited me to attend a concert performance by
The Mydols and Gene was there with his TV crew. Not only did I get to
meet him and have him sign a Johnny Lightning die-cast car, but I got to sit
right next to him at the bar while they shot a scene. We chatted about
how great he was as the villain in the 1984 movie Runaway. We
talked about his favorite recent movie (Transformers 2) and the
incredibly hot Megan Fox. My thanks go out to Judy who made this great
night possible. I can't wait to see the finished episode!
9/23/09 - "Maybe YOU can
hire The A-Team."
The A-Team movie is in production and
photos of the van on set have sprung up on the internet. Click on the
following link to see pics.
Liam Neeson stars as Hannibal Smith. Bradley Cooper is Face. And
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is B.A. Baracus. The movie will be released
9/23/09 - "Atomic
Batteries to Power...."
Steve (AKA Skinnybird) sent me an e-mail
alerting me to yet another version of Mattel's 1:18 scale 1966 Batmobile.
This time it has a matte black finish and will be released in conjunction
with DC Comics' 75th anniversary. Since I already have the regular
release and the elite release, I think I'll have to pass on this one.
9/17/09 - Batman Returns!
I've gotten several reports that the newest
Bat-Vehicles from Mattel's 1:50 line are starting to show up on eBay.
Pictured above are the Batwing from the 1989 movie and the Bat-Pod from
The Dark Knight. I usually have good luck finding these at Toys R
Us, but I've also gotten them from my sponsor Movie Car Mania.
Is it too early for Halloween?
The stores have been gearing up for Halloween
over the past week or so. Stopping into a local Target, I wandered the
Halloween aisles to find this great set of Scary Cars from the Hot Wheels
line. This has become an annual thing for me, picking up their Fright
Cars and Scary Cars. I love the way they're displayed this year.
If you love Halloween as much as I do, then you'll want to stop by your
local Target store.
Mater to the Rescue!
Due to limited space and funds, I had made the
decision to NOT collect the Cars Toon line. I haven't seen any
of the shorts, so I decided to only collect characters from the movie.
Popping into a local Toys R Us, I spotted a few of the single releases from
the Toon line, but I remained strong and passed on them. But then... I
spotted the 4-car gift sets. They are so beautifully packaged, I just
couldn't resist adding them to my collection. Check out the pics
Then, while shopping at the
mall with family, I stopped into The Disney Store to get a glimpse of the
die-cast Frank I've heard so much about. Upon holding it in my hands,
I was very impressed. It's large, heavy and very well done. And
at under $20, it was affordable, so I picked one up. The only downside
to this piece is that it doesn't display very well in its package (above,
left) so to fully appreciate it, you have to remove Frank. Check out
the pic above, right, to see how this metal Frank compares to Mattel's
Lightning McQueen and Mater. Obviously, this piece blows away the Mega
Size Frank in size and scope. This is a MUST-HAVE for Cars
Stopping into a local Toys R Us during lunch I
was STUNNED to find this beautiful 1:12 die-cast version of the famed
Batcycle & Sidecar from the 1966 movie Batman. It was a little
pricey at $40, but I had to have it. Also, if you're still looking for
the 1:18 scale Batmobile, there was more than a dozen on the shelf.
HERE for an interesting history of the Batcycle.
More Transformers RPMs News
I discovered two new 2-packs from
Hasbro's Transformers RPMs line at my local WalMart store. In
the first set, Autobot Landmine goes up agains Decepticon Rampage (above,
left.) The second 2-pack features previously released Ratchet and
Megatron in alternate color schemes. And finally, thanks to a heads-up
from frequent contributor Patrick, if you're into variants, I noticed all
Autobots now sport Autobot logos. This includes the Skids & Mudflap
2-pack, as well as the Bumblebee ('77 Camaro version) VS Barricade 2-pack
(below.) This now makes FIVE different versions of Bumblebee that can
be found in stores. New pics have been added to the
Transformers Movie Gallery.
9/1/09 - A
Response from Motor Max
Discovering that Motor Max recently
updated their website, I decided to fire off an e-mail to try to get some
info about their new Reel Rides line of 1:43 scale TV and movie cars.
I was surprised to get a quick reply. Unfortunately, there are no
current plans to release these cars in 1:64 scale. However, there are
some exciting announcements. In addition to cars from Grease, Rain
Man and The Usual Suspects, Motor Max will be releasing the 1986
Ford Taurus from Robocop (above, left) and the 1977 Firebird from
Old School (see artist's rendering above, right) before the end of the