10/25/06 - An Offer You
Adam Hintz sent me a heads-up
regarding Jada Toys' upcoming
1:18 scale '40 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 from The Godfather.
First Scarface, now The Godfather. Jada is becoming a
major force in TV and movie die-cast cars. Let's hope they follow up
their 1:18 scale offering with a 1:64 scale version, like they did with cars
10/24/06 - Cool Customs!
Wow, check out these cool customs made
by Tsunoda Junichi. RC2/Johnny Lightning is really missing the boat by
not offering Snowman's Semi from Smokey & The Bandit, or how about a
damaged version of Buford T. Justice's cruiser? I love it!
As you know from my
wish list, the ambulance from The Cannonball Run ranks pretty highly
on my list of cars I would love to see produced. Look what Tsunoda did
with the Johnny Lightning's '78 Dodge Van. This really looks
like something you'd see hanging on the toy store pegs. He writes:
Dear Mr. Joe
My name is Jun Tsunoda, I'm Japanese. I e-mail you from Japan. I'm
sorry in my poor English. I love a car coming out to a movie & TV show.
I love your homepage so much.
I have collection of a lot of movie & TV cars die-cast, too, but I am a
disease of a brain tumor. Therefore I cannot readily go to see in U.S.A.
I am good at making a plastic model & die-cast. I make the die-cast
which sometimes appears for a movie & TV. I send a photograph of my
work. Please look.
This is "Smokey and the Bandit" This Trans Am is a made by Racing
Champions 1/64 scale. So I made a Bandit Trailer & junk police car.
Today, I want to
show you another custom die-cast cars. I looked at your homepage.
About WORST top 10. "Cannonball Run Ambulance" You chose this as the
I am agreeable in your opinion, too. Therefore I made "Cannonball Run
Ambulance" with 1/64 scale Johnny Lightning Van. I made a package too.
Cannonball Run is very old movie, But I love this movie.
I want to show you die-cast collection of me soon, too
JUN (^ ^)/
Thank you for sharing
your work with us. Maybe RC2 and Johnny Lightning will be inspired by
10/22/06 - Dukes
A photo (above) was posted on the
Bulletin Board by Ricky2400. The packaging has been unveiled for
the upcoming The Dukes of Hazzard series by Johnny Lightning.
The assortment is slated to include:
Three of the
1969 Charger General Lee
Two each of the following:
Daisy's Jeep CJ
Daisy's 1972 Roadrunner
General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger Dirty Version
Cooter's 1970 Camaro
One each of the following:
Dodge 1977 Monaco Police Car
I'm hoping the car
used in the above sample is just for mock-up purposes. I'd be
disappointed if they used RC2's lame General Lee casting and not JL's
10/25 UPDATE: I saw this posted on
the HTBB by Mac Ragan:
Mock-ups for Toy
Fair usually do not contain the production car. The Johnny Lightning
General Lee will be the JL
casting of the '69 Charger. In addition, we made sure to change a
couple of features on the "new" General Lee so that it will be different
from the first one we made. If I remember correctly, the new General Lee
will have a black chassis and I think, different wheels.
10/18/06 - Just in Time
I'm jealous! My buddy Dennis
just sent me an e-mail telling me he nabbed a 1:64 scale van made by Maisto
to promote the show Ghost Hunters, which is currently my favorite
show on TV. He got it through an eBay auction, which offered the
This is a promotional
die-cast that was available at last year's San Diego Comic Con. It was only
available at the Sci-fi Channel's booth. This 1/64th scale van based on the
one used in Sci-fi Channel's show "Ghost Hunters" it's made by Maisto. It
has never been removed and is still in it's factory packaging.
I didn't even know these existed.
I'm not a big fan of the bling bling wheels, but I'm going to have to find
one for myself. The van sells for about $10 on eBay. I've added
the Ghost Hunters van to the TV Cars
Halloween has always been my favorite
time of the year. In honor of this most spooky season, I've created a
poll asking you to vote for your favorite "scary" movie featuring a car.
Click HERE to vote for one of
the ten choices, or e-mail me
with your write-in vote. I'll announce the winner in two weeks.
Christine ROLLED over the competition getting 56% of the
votes, followed by The Car and Ghostbusters, each with 13% of
10/14/06 - '66 Batmobile
Ernie Renn of
forwarded a message to me that was
posted in the Hot Wheels Collectors Forum:
"Originally posted by HWC
We will be releasing several different versions of the 1966 Batmobile in
Hot Wheels, both in the basic car line as well as other lines and other
scales. This is the only place you can get the official '66 TV series
Batmobile. The team is working with Warner Bros., DC Comics and of course,
George Barris on these. Look for an official press release the beginning
of November at SEMA and we may have some sneak peak info Saturday night at
the 20th Collector's Convention in Anaheim.
Trust me - it all looks a lot better than the Corgi stuff ever did."
With the imminent
release of the '66 Batmobile, I'm going to need a new entry in the #1 spot
of the Wish List. I'll be posting a poll
soon so you can help me decide what should be at the top. I'll also
have to replace the Dodge Monaco Police Cruiser from The Dukes of Hazzard
since it's scheduled to be included in an upcoming Dukes series from
10/14/06 - Sponsor News
Movie Car Mania has gotten some new
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are available in both clean and dirty versions. Choose from The
General Lee or Rosco's Cruiser. Movie Car Mania has also gotten in a
supply of the 1:18 scale '67 Shelby GT500E, better known as "Eleanor"
(below.) Click on the link in the top right column for more info.
10/13/06 - Too Much Time
on My Hands
Goofing around with the camera on a
Friday night. I keep hitting stores looking for the next Cars
wave with no luck. I'll pass along news if I come across any.
10/13/06 - Holy Grail,
Turns out Friday the 13th wasn't so
bad. I came home to find my Holy Grail waiting for me in the mailbox.
I've been trying to get the Hot Wheels Zamac Batmobile for quite a while
now. Every time I bid on one on eBay I'd get outbid. Finally, I
won an auction at a reasonable price and now I can add it to my collection.
10/12/06 - "First you get
da money, den you get the Caddy."
I got an e-mail from Jada Toys asking
if I wanted to buy their full-size replica of the '63 Caddy from the film
Scarface. Unfortunately, I can't quite afford it, but maybe
someone out there would be interested. Click
HERE for more information.
Personally, I'm more of a Batmobile or Delorean Time Machine kind-of-guy.
10/12/06 - Collectors'
Phil Santo of Toronto sent me updated
pics of his collection to add to the Collectors' Collections section of this
website. Click HERE to see them and all
the others I've received. If you'd like to have pics of YOUR
collection posted in the Collectors' Collections gallery, send well-lit,
clear digital pics along with an e-mail to
10/12/06 - That's One Big
Imran sent me an e-mail to tell
me about the 1:15 scale remote contol KITT he picked up on eBay. He
Just want to let you know
about the new 1/15 scale KITT R/C from Hitari. It is a UK based company. I
already have the KITT R/C and I must say that it is the best KITT R/C
ever... I bought it at Ebay. The detailing is an exact mould of the ERTL
1/18 KITT except that this is bigger in 1/15 scale. Scanner moves and it
talks with William Daniels original voice from the series!!! I have
attached a couple of pics of it in its packaging and I hope you will share
it at your website... Thanks!
For more info visit the Hitari website
10/9/06 - 50 Cars in Four
come up with a cool idea of trying to find all 50 cars listed in Gone in
60 Seconds (2000) in die-cast form. The cars can be any scale, but
must be die-cast metal and must match the color of the cars featured in the
film. All you have to do is send him a link to the photo featuring the
correct car. Click
HERE for a
complete list of cars needed.
10/8/06 - Talking Cars
I've gone through e-mails I've
received over the past couple of months and selected a few to share with
you. Topics include: Pixar's Cars, Herbie Goes to Monte
Carlo, The Fast & The Furious, Supercar, National Lampoon's Vacation,
Batman, Gone in 60 Seconds, Chicken Little (?) and MORE. Click
HERE and enjoy. As always, I encourage
you to send me e-mails (including photos of your collection.)
For a more immediate response, join the Hollywood Die-Cast Forum and
post your message there! Click on the link in the left column.
10/7/06 - Sponsor News
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10/4/06 - A Nice
It's always cool in this hobby to
stumble upon something totally unexpected. On my way home from work
tonight I stopped into K-Mart to pick up some snacks. Of course, I
browsed the die-cast car section and hanging on the pegs was a brand-new Hot
Wheels Batmobile (numbered 207.) Check out the gold accents (above.)
I rummaged through the cars on the pegs to find another, and to my surprise,
I did find a second Batmobile, but this one was on a totally different
card-back (see pic below). I don't know if one is more rare than the
other, but I bought both.
I'm glad Hot Wheels is
allowing us to continue the hunt for Batmobile variants. I enjoyed
looking for each new variant and I'm looking forward to finding the
Batmobile from The Batman animated series, and, of course, the 1966
Batmobile. Thanks Hot Wheels!
Check out ALL the
Hot Wheels Batmobile variants by clicking
10/6 UPDATE: I noticed this little
blurb on the back of the card:
"Look for the brand new Batmobile from the animated TV show in our 2007
Mystery car series!"
10/3/06 - Welcome!
Please help me welcome
www.pro-models.com as the newest
sponsor of Hollywood Die-Cast.com. Pro-Models offers a nice variety of 1:18
scale die-cast cars, including cars from television and film. Check
out the beautiful version of "Eleanor" pictured below. Please click on
the link in the right column to see what else they have to offer.
10/2/06 - Holy
I finally have confirmation that Hot
Wheels will INDEED be producing the 1966 Barris Batmobile in 1:64 scale!
Here is an excerpt from an item posted on HotWheelsCollectors.com:
case you haven’t heard, the 1966 Batmobile™ is making its triumphant return
to mainstream culture as a new Hot Wheels® 1:64th scale car."
The above graphic was found on
HotWheels.com. This is exciting news, probably the most exciting news
since I first started collecting TV and movie die-cast cars. One can
only hope they'll follow up their 1:64 scale offering with a 1:18 scale
Batmobile. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Thanks to Graham Little for
10/1/06 - Disappointing
According to a press release posted on
Collector's Net USA, it seems RC2 has canceled several series due this year,
including TV Land/Hollywood on Wheels and the proposed James Bond release.
This is sad news. I really liked some of the castings that were being
proposed in the James Bond line. Make sure to let your voice be heard
and contact RC2. I know I will.