November'06 News Archive

11/28/06 - Yet Another Batmobile Update!
Joe Dieter from Baltimore sent me a link to a Hot Wheels press release regarding the 1966 Batmobile.  Check out the photos at the bottom.  Apparently they measured the real-deal to get the appropriate dimensions.  Click HERE to check it out.

11/28/06 - "YOU ARE A TOY...CAR!"
Mike Lehman and his son spotted Buzz & Woody on  Something else to look for.
Thanks for the heads-up Mike. 

UPDATE:  Pammie spotted a few more:  Luigi & Guido in Ferrari Gear and Mike & Sully.

Eleanor Gone In 60 Seconds - 2000 1967 Shelby Ford Mustang GT500 1/18 Shelby Collectibles DC500EEleanor Gone In 60 Seconds - 2000 Signed Edition 1967 Shelby Ford Mustang GT500 1/18 Shelby Collectibles SHE500ESKnight Rider Kitt Pontiac Firebird Special Edition Chrome Chase car Ertl 1:18 scale 33844c die castSpeed Racer Mach 5 Special Edition Chrome Chase Car 1:18 scale Ertl 33141c die cast modelJames Bond 007 - Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale 1:18 scale Ertl 33858 die cast movie car

11/27/06 - Sponsor News
I received an e-mail from Movie Car Mania alerting me to new arrivals.  Rodney received another supply of 1:18 scale Shelby "Eleanor" die-cast cars, including the signed edition.  They also have a limited supply of chrome versions of K.I.T.T. and the Mach 5 in 1:18 scale.  And finally, make that James Bond fan in your family happy with a 1:18 scale version of the Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale.  Click on the link in the right column before they sell out.

11/26/06 - Dirt Track McQueen
I spotted another "new" Cars release showing up on eBay.  This time it's Dirt Track McQueen, a carded version of the car that was included in the Radiator Springs Mountain Challenge.  I don't know about you, but I'm having a heckuva time finding these new releases in my area.  As soon as stores fill their pegs, the cars disappear.  I hope Hot Wheels meets the demand for these cars.

11/25/06 - Mystery Batmobile
Apparently, the Hot Wheels Batmobile from the animated series The Batman is now hitting stores and showing up on eBay.  Because it's sealed in "Mystery" packaging, you don't know what you're going to get until you open it.  I went to Target yesterday where they had a TON of new Hot Wheels product on the pegs.  I found two Mystery cars, only to discover when I got home they were from the previous wave.  Happy hunting.

11/25/06 - Nobody Does It Better...than who?
After hearing Chris Cornell's forgettable theme song in Casino Royale, I got to thinking, which film features the best James Bond theme?  Not counting John Barry's theme from Dr. No, which went on to become Bond's signature theme song, I created a poll to let you decide which is the best theme.  Take into account the vocals, the lyrics, the appropriateness for the film, the images it conjures up (like, say, floating nekkid ladies) and whether or not it stands on its own as a good song.  Click HERE to vote and you can only vote once, so choose wisely.

11/24/06 - Casino Royale:  My Review
I just got back from seeing Casino Royale.  Any time a new Bond film comes to theaters, it's a pretty big deal for me.  The first Bond film I remember seeing (at the drive-in) was Diamonds are Forever, and I've been there for each subsequent release.  First of all, let me start off by saying it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  My main concern going in was that I would have trouble accepting Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond.  I thought Pierce Brosnan did such a great job with the character.  I was disappointed when I heard he wouldn't be returning.  However, right off the bat, I thought Daniel Craig fit well into the role.  He definitely is the most rugged of the actors to play the role, and projected a steely coldness, but still retained the sense of humor I enjoy about the character.  He seemed a bit uncomfortable in a tuxedo, in contrast to his predecessors, and this particular Bond showed the cuts and bruises of the well-choreographed fight scenes, as opposed to past Bonds, whose hair barely got mussed.  I was also afraid this particular Bond outing would stray too far from the formula I've come to enjoy, but most of the elements were there:  the car (or cars), the Bond girls and the villain.  It was awesome to see the '64 Aston Martin (above left) make a cameo appearance, but unfortunately, though beautiful to look at, the new Aston Martin DBS (above right) was all show and no go.  It wasn't used very creatively before meeting its untimely end in the film. 

I guess my biggest complaint about the film was the decision to go back to Bond's origins.  Why not just pick up where the last one left off?  By establishing that James Bond had recently been assigned his double-o status, it was odd to see the story set in modern times, with modern technology.  If you're going to insist on retelling Bond's origin, I think it would've been more interesting and stylish to place the film in the sixties.  It was also an interesting decision to pit Bond against the villain in a high-stakes game of ... Texas Hold 'Em?  Not exactly the most elegant game, but I guess the producers decided that with the game's popularity of late, the audience would be able to relate to the game.

In summary, Craig was likable in the role, the Bond women were lovely, the cars were cool, the villain was quirky, the action was intense, and there were some interesting twists and turns.  I would've liked to have seen a more exciting car chase, a few more goofy gadgets, and the Bond theme entitled "You Know My Name" performed by Chris Cornell was, well, forgettable. 

I'm already looking forward to Daniel Craig's next outing as Bond, James Bond.  Click HERE to visit the official site.

11/24/06 - Aston Martin DBS
In conjunction with the release of the latest Bond flick Casino Royale, Joy Ride has released this 1:18 scale replica of the Aston Martin DBS featured in the film.  The above image was sent to me by Pro-Models, Inc. who has gotten a supply of them in stock.  Click on the link at the right for more info.

11/20/06 - Sponsor News
With the holidays quickly approaching (hard to believe, wow) help support Hollywood Die-Cast by shopping with our sponsors.  Movie Car Mania has many TV and movie-related products, including Joy Ride 3-Packs from The Dukes of Hazzard (above.)  If 1:18 scale cars are your thing, check out the 1:18 scale Challenger from Vanishing Point (below.)  Though it's not an officially-licensed release, Rodney of Movie Car Mania says it's more accurate than ERTL's release.  Read his review HERE.  Click on the links to the right to begin your holiday shopping today!

11/20/06 - Collectors' Collections
Collector Tim Masterson sent me some very nice photos of his 1:18 scale collection.  Visit the Collectors' Collections section of my site to see all of them.  I may also used them to enhance the 1:18 scale checklist, too.  Thanks for sharing Tim. 

11/18/06 - Hamm & Mater on Rye, Hold the Mayo
Supercharged Hamm and blue Mater are showing up on eBay and going for astronomical prices.  Current auction values fall around $50 - $60.  If you remember, Leakless, Nitroade, Sarge and others went for a ton of money at one time, but became more common after awhile.  I'm going to be patient and see if I can find these at retail. 

11/9/06 - Robocop Vehicles?
Scott tipped me off about these vehicles that appeared on eBay.  Made by Majorette, these 1:64 scale vehicles are from the Robocop TV series.  Does anyone have more info about them?  How many were in the entire line?  Send me an e-mail if you can provide more info and photos.

UPDATE:  I've added Robocop: The Series to the TV gallery.  Click HERE to see more vehicles.

11/8/06 - A "Mystery" No More!
The above photo was posted in the forums at which apparently reveals the Batmobile from The Batman animated series, which is slated to be included in an upcoming Hot Wheels Mystery Cars wave.  I'm a little underwhelmed.  I was expecting something a little more exciting.  Of course, it'll still end up in my Batmobile collection.

11/8/06 - Coming Up from Cars!
The following list was found on Wikipedia.  Here's what you can expect from Hot Wheels' Cars line in the near future.  Very cool stuff.  It's going to be difficult to keep up.  Check out Lightning's white wall tires in the pic above.  I found the 2-pack at Target.

Single Packs

  • Radiator Springs McQueen
  • Dirt Track McQueen (Previously only available in Mountain Challenge Playset)
  • Brand New Mater
  • Fabulous Hudson Hornet
  • Yellow Ramone
  • Purple Ramone (Previously only available in Movie Moments)
  • Boost (Previously only available in Movie Moments)

Movie Moments

  • Sarge and Fillmore
  • Sally and Cruising McQueen
  • Buzz & Woody

Character Packs

  • Cruising Couples - Sally and Lightning McQueen, Flo and Purple Ramone
  • Shopkeepers - Mater, Sarge, Fillmore and Green Ramone

Wave Four (Tentatively January 2007), and Other Reported Cars

Single Packs

These cars are now official to come out in 5-6 waves in 2007

Movie Moments

11/6/06 - Holy Sneak Peek, Batman!
I've gotten several e-mails on this.  Check out the artwork displayed above. 

11/6/06 - This just in!
My computer was down for a little while, but thanks to my brother Ray, Hollywood Die-Cast is back to normal.  Thanks Ray! 

While my computer was down, the new series of Cars hit the pegs.  Most are re-releases on new cardbacks, but there are three new repaints to look for in the current assortment:  Lightning McQueen in his candy apple red paint job, a yellow version of Ramone, and (my favorite) Doc Hudson in his Fabulous Hudson Hornet appearance.  I haven't seen them in stores yet, but they're all over eBay.

In other news, last Thursday I came home to find a note from UPS, so I made arrangements to pick up the package this morning.  A grin stretched across my face when I opened the package to find a boxed set of race cars from Talladega Nights.  Made by Motorsports Authentics, the five 1:64 scale cars look like they drove right off the screen.  The detail is amazing.  Check out the pics below: