September 2009
News Archive





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 Cars Gallery.



9/27/09 - 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 in 2010.



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.




9/17/09 - 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.




9/7/09 - 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 above. 



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 collectors.




9/3/09 - "Disengage Go-Kart!"
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.  Click HERE for an interesting history of the Batcycle.




9/2/09 - 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 year.