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November '04 News Archive

11/30/04 - Hollywood on Wheels 6 Revealed!
I received my e-mail newsletter from Collectors Net USA which included some exciting news.  The newsletter included a photo of Hollywood on Wheels 6 from Johnny Lightning.  The set is due in January 2005.  The cars that make up this assortment include:

2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline Custom
2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan 350Z
Vanishing Point 1970 Dodge Challenger
Charlie's Angels 1969 Camaro SS Convertible
Smokey & The Bandit 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger
Dukes of Hazzard 1972 Plymouth Road Runner
Dukes of Hazzard Daisy's Jeep CJ-5
Gone in 60 Seconds 1973 Mustang Mach 1
The Italian Job 1969 Yenko Nova
and Herbie The Love Bug (x 2)

The newsletter also included a photo and info about Johnny Lightning's Star Trek line.  The set is due in November, which means it's behind schedule, but due any day now.  Collectors Net USA is taking pre-orders on three different releases of Star Trek vehicles.  The vehicles are plastic, but the display stands are die-cast.  Release one (pictured above) will include:

U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01™
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701
Romulan Bird of Prey
Galileo Shuttlecraft
Klingon™ D7 Battlecruiser
U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864


11/23/04 - JL Bond Prototypes
I saw these over at the Hobby Talk BB.  Gold versions of 8 different Johnny Lightning cars from the James Bond films.  According to one post by Scott:

"I've only seen one other set like these. They were on the wall in display cases at PM Headquarters. I saw them back in 2003 the day before LF. I asked about them and was told that there were three sets made to display at some of the trade shows and that they were not mass produced. Darn ! I really wanted the Mustangs. Hope this info helps."

And then Phil posted:

"I remember a guy on Ebay, who was gold plating JL. He wanted me to send him the cars, then we would spilt the profit. I never did, but they looks just like his work."

Whatever the story is, they sure are pretty to look at.  Check out the full set at:

http://www.dansdiecast.com/wyatt/bondg.html


11/12/04 - E-Mail Problems
Lately, I've been having major problems with my server One2Host.  For anyone looking for a web host, avoid these guys at all costs.  Whenever there are problems, they are totally unresponsive.  That is why you haven't seen many updates lately.  Not only has my site been down a LOT, now I'm having trouble receiving e-mails addressed to joe@hollywood-diecast.com I am going to temporarily accept e-mails sent to jage750@comcast.net until I get this problem resolved.  I apologize for not being able to respond to any e-mails sent during the past few weeks.

UPDATE:  It seems the problem has been fixed.  Feel free to use my normal e-mail:  joe@hollywood-diecast.com


11/11/04 - Shipping in 2005 from Diamond
I picked up the latest edition of Previews, offering items to be shipped in the early part of 2005.  Here are a few interesting items:

- Hot Wheels Limited Edition Battle Damaged Movie Batmobile
A re-release of their earlier 1:18 scale offering, but this time, it apparently has some street grime.  Shipping in Feb. at a SRP of $59.99

- James Bond 1:18 Scale Die-Casts (RC2)
Two cars from the film Die Another Day:  The Aston Martin Vanquish V-12 and the Jaguar XKR Roadster.  Shipping in Feb. at a SRP of $42.00 each. 

- Christine 1:18 Scale Die-Cast (RC2)
The much-anticipated 1:18 '58 Plymouth "Fury" with black tinted windows will ship in January at a SRP of $42.00.  I am really looking forward to adding this one to my collection!