11/03 News Archive
Help Restore Ecto-1A
another interesting e-mail the other day that I want to share here.
Reader Charles visited Universal Studios in Florida to find the Ecto-1A from
the film Ghostbusters II deteriorating outdoors in the elements.
First off wonderful site. I
visit every week! Now I was wondering if U can help me. You see Ecto-1a
is at Universal Studios in Orlando and its just rusting away. So can U
post a news article? Here's what's wrong with the car:
1. All the chrome
2. There's a hole in the driver's side window that they tape up with
regular tape so no rain can get it
3. The driver's side vent window is open and rain can get in, it's killing
the interior and the floorboard is rusty.
4. The roof rack is basically ruined. There are rust spots popping up
I could go on forever but here are some pics of her I took:
asking you to contact Universal Studios Orlando and ask them to give the
Ecto-1A the treatment and care it deserves. The e-mail address is:
Update: Charles received a response
from Universal Studios:
"We appreciate you taking the time to
share your concerns with us. As our
guest, your comments are very
The car that is used for the
Ghostbusters show is owned by Sony.
this we are only able to maintain the
condition of the car and not alter it
in anyway. As you know, the car and
characters of the Ghostbusters movie
are extremely popular. Unfortunately
not all guests treat the car with the
same consideration as those who are
fans and appreciate the value of the
vehicle. Due to this we only display
or use the vehicle during peak seasons
or on special events. Please be
assured that your comments will be shared
with our Entertainment management for
Once again, thank you for sharing your
HW Batmobile "Shields-Up" Arrives
The Hot Wheels
Batmobile "Shields-Up" 2-Pack arrived at my local comic book store. I
picked it up on Thursday after ordering it through Diamond Distributors'
Previews Catalog. I was wondering if the shield was hollow and fit
over the Batmobile, but to my surprise upon opening the package, the shield
actually has a chrome base and rolling wheels. Hot Wheels continues to
Barris' Supervan Being Restored
Check out this
e-mail I received today:
My name is
Theresa. I am the retail sales and promotional manager for Vampire
Performance, a subsidiary of the Guild of Automotive Restorers. We are
located in Ontario, Canada. Recently, we’ve purchased the George Barris
Super Van - its restoration is taking place in our facilities. The
process is being filmed with CCR TV., creating a series revealing the
rebirth of this classic.
would be interested in acquiring die cast models of Super Van and the Love
Machine. I have checked out your cool website and thought you could help.
For more info
on our project you can check out the Guild’s website
If you have
die casts to sell or if you could point me the right direction, that would
don't own the Super Van in 1:64 yet. I tried to bid on one on eBay
and got outbid. I'm always looking though. That's what I would
recommend to you. When it comes to finding vintage die-cast,
eBay is your best bet.
Corgi Jr. Magnum P.I. Ferrari
Just recently I
discovered that Corgi Jr. produced a Magnum P.I. Ferrari in 1:64
scale. Thanks to Bill Manzke at the Matchbox Collecting Community, I
can add info and loose pics to the gallery. Thanks Bill. Click
HERE to check it out.
New Offerings from ERTL
ERTL has updated
their website to include photos of two new products coming out soon.
Pictured top left is the Drag-U-La from The Munsters in 1:18 scale.
Interestingly, it appears to be modeled after a Dick Dean replica and NOT
the car designed and built by George Barris (notice the skull on the front
and mag tires). Pictured top right is a 1:18 scale version of the Flintmobile from The Flintstones. I didn't know ERTL was doing
this one. The tooling model is pictured. Drag-U-La should be
available in December. The Flintmobile should be available in August
2004. Visit the ERTL website for more information:
Wow! Check THIS Out!
I received yet another e-mail
from Metro Privratsky alerting me to something I didn't know about!
Here is the info he included:
"1:64 LICENSED MODELS: Special models from 22 prime time Emmy TV
shows are on the agenda for 2002 beginning in July with the Sopranos Chevy
Suburban. Later in 2002, there should be a model from the TV show
Masters of the Universe. In total Matchbox has promised 22 of these special
models. The price is set at US$4.00."
I'll try to provide
more information as I get it.
UPDATE: It appears the sample above
is a prototype that never made it into production. According to one
source: "My understanding is that the project was killed last year
and the models in the series were never produced. Or maybe some samples were
done and that is about it."
Rare Matchbox Today Show Van
Courtesy of reader Metro
Privratsky, I finally have a photo of the rare Today Show van from
Matchbox. I'll allow Metro to explain the origin of this van and why
it's so rare:
"... I found a photo of a
Today Show TV news truck that matchbox produced for a short segment
for the 50th Anniversary special about Matchbox. Since the show's 50th
anniversary was on Jan. 14, 2002 and Matchbox also celebrated their 50th
birthday, it seemed a perfect match. A specially produced TV News Truck
(limited quantity of 500) was distributed that morning to the people
outside the studio."
Thanks, Metro P.
Metro also contributed
a few photos of die-cast from an obscure 1982 film called Megaforce
starring Barry Bostwick. I've added the pics
to the gallery. Thanks again Metro.
Q&A Now Known as Talking Cars
It's time for the monthly Q&A,
but henceforth, it will be now known as Talking Cars. Get it???
It has a DOUBLE meaning! ..... ahem. This month's topics
include: Hollywood on Wheels 5, Grandpa Munster's Merc, The Fifth
Element, Forever Knight, Smokey & the Bandit and Scooby Doo.
If you'd like me to search for an answer to your questions, click on the
e-mail link in the lower left column and let's talk cars! In the
meantime, click HERE to read some questions,
comments and answers from the past month.
1:64 Scale Herbie Goes Bananas
This pic was posted by
tinywheels on the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board. It will be available in
February as part of the HOW5 line from Johnny Lightning. It's very
similar to JL's upcoming 1:18 scale version due next summer.
HOW5 Offered in Previews Catalog
Picked up the most recent
edition of Diamond Distributors' Previews Catalog. The only TV &
movie-related item offered in its pages is Hollywood on Wheels 5 from Johnny
Lightning. HOW5 consists of re-decos of cars offered in HOW4.
There are no new castings. Scheduled to ship in February of 2004 are
repainted versions of The Simpsons vehicles, Herbie as seen in the
film Herbie Goes Bananas, dirty versions of the Mini-Coopers from
The Italian Job, a chrome-green version of The Mystery Machine from
Scooby Doo, and The Mystery Machine featuring three different characters
on the roof of the van. Yawn.