12/03 News Archive
Belated Christmas Gifts!
I got the
Indiana Jones DVD Boxed Set, The Simpsons Season 3 DVD Boxed Set
and some action figures, but no die-cast cars for Christmas.... at least not
until my friend Dennis stopped by last night bearing gifts. He gave me
ERTL's 1:18 scale The Car (top left) and Johnny Lightning's 1:18
Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. They are really nice...and
HEAVY too. My 1:18 scale collection continues to grow!
and by the way, I hope everyone has a happy and prosperous new year.
Here's looking forward to all the great die-cast cars coming out in 2004!
1:64 Scale James Dean Porsche on eBay
If you saw my
1:64 James Dean Porsche and wished you could have one of your very own, well
now you can. Chris D'Alessandro, the same guy who made mine, has
created a duplicate using Hot Wheels' 1:64 Porsche Spyder 550. Click
on the following link to see it:
Update: The winning bid was
Items Shipping This Spring from Diamond
I just picked
up the latest edition of Diamond Distributor's Previews Catalog. There
are only a few TV & movie-related die-cast vehicles offered within its
pages. The first is ERTL's 1:18 scale version of National Lampoon's
Vacation Family Truckster. It is scheduled to ship to stores in
June of 2004.
only other movie property offered are 1:64 cars from the film Scooby Doo
2: Monsters Unleashed. Unfortunately, these don't appear to
be vehicles featured in the film. They're vehicles "emblazoned with
graphics and designs based on the upcoming sequel." Phooey!
Scheduled to ship in April.
Interesting Auction on eBay
"rare" prototype is up for grabs on eBay and it can be yours for the low,
low price of $8,530. The seller claims it is a rare wooden prototype
of Corgi's 1:43 scale Monkeemobile. My instincts are SCREAMING buyer
beware!!! Check it out for yourself:
I just want to
wish everyone a Merry Christmas. May you all get the toys and die-cast
cars you've been hoping for. By the way, the picture above was taken
around 1970. That's me in the yellow, my brother and father.
We're playing with a vibrating metal race track. As the track
vibrated, the cars would move around the track. I still remember it
like it was yesterday.
Lousy Movie, Great Custom!
over at the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board posted pics of a neat custom:
Joe Dirt's '69 Dodge Charger Daytona. I have to admit, I saw the movie
and I thought it was absolutely terrible, but I believe a die-cast version
of his car would go over very well. There are a LOT of Joe Dirt fans
out there. Click on the link for more info:
A Dumb & Dumber Christmas Present
tipped me off to an interesting eBay auction. It seems the Mutt Mobile
is up for grabs from the film Dumb & Dumber starring Jim Carrey and
Jeff Daniels. Would make an interesting Christmas present to say the
least. Check it out:
Work in Progress
I wanted to
show you my latest attempt at customizing. I'm stunned that no one has
ever done the Jurassic Park Ford Explorer in die-cast. I
decided to try to customize a 1:64 Ford Explorer from Realtoy. Please
keep in mind that it's a little rough, but I'm working out the bugs and I'm
going to try it again. I was pretty happy with the way the red stripes
turned out. I scanned the decals from the model kit, then reduced them
and printed them on decal paper in 1:64 scale. Trying to apply decals
to a 1:64 car is nerve-wracking to say the least. One tip: don't
drink caffeine while doing this. I'm also planning to add lights on
the roof and a winch on the front. I just have to find die-cast
vehicles that I can borrow these things from.
My New Batmobile Display
of 1:64 die-cast Batmobiles recently outgrew my JL Showcase, so I purchased
a new display case on eBay. It only cost about 20 bucks plus shipping.
I didn't realize until it arrived that the shelves are angled.
Unfortunately, the case didn't have any holes so that I could mount it on
the wall, so I had to drill two holes with my Dremmel. It looks great
hanging on my wall. From top left we have: 1) JL
40's Batmobile 2) Corgi Jr. 3) JL 60's Batmobile 4) ERTL's
Batman Batmobile 5) Hasbro's Batman Forever Batmobile
6) Hasbro's The New Adventures of Batman 7) Hasbro's Batman
& Robin 8) Hasbro's Batman: The Animated Series
9) Batmobile from Hot Wheels' 3-Pack 10 & 11) Hot Wheels'
"Shields Up" 2-Pack
I wanted to
hold off on announcing this until it arrived in the mail, but on November 29
I won an eBay auction for the Zee Toys Supervan. Would you
believe I got it for $7.33 plus shipping? It arrived in the mail today from
The card wasn't in the greatest shape, but that's fine since I open my cars
anyway. The decals in the windows are a little askew, but that's okay.
I've never seen the movie, but I wanted to add this to my collection because
it's yet another George Barris creation. You can see loose pictures
Special Thanks to Craig Mueller
I have to
acknowledge contributions by Craig Mueller. Without submissions from
readers like Craig, Metro Privratsky and others, this website wouldn't be as
thorough as it is. Thanks to photos from their personal collections,
this site continues to be the definitive source for collectors of 1:64 TV &
movie die-cast. Just when I thought I had it pretty much covered,
Craig demonstrates that there is SO MUCH MORE out there that I wasn't aware
of. He's been submitting pics over the last few days....SO MANY PICS,
in fact, that my e-mail mailbox gets full and I have to clear it out so he
can send more. I'm still in the process of adding the pics to the
gallery, but for now, check out some of the RARE items he has in his
B.J. & The Bear
I'll let you know when
I add more. Thanks Craig!
Custom James Dean Porsche!!!
I discovered in
the mail today the new JEWEL of my collection: a custom 1:64 scale
version of James Dean's "Little Bastard" Porsche Spyder 550. Last
week, I spotted an auction for a custom 1:18 James Dean Porsche on eBay.
I contacted the creator, Chris D'Alessandro, and asked if he could do the same for
my 1:64 scale Hot Wheels Porsche Spyder 550. He said he would and I
boxed up the car and shipped it off to Florida. In just a few short
days, it came back to me and, well, words fail me. All I can say
is look at the thumbnails above. He painted the seats, the steering
wheel, and even added Dean's license plate! WOW! The car almost
brought a tear to my eye. I asked Chris if he wanted me to post his
contact information and he was enthusiastic about it. So here goes:
again Chris! And..um... I may have some OTHER projects for you to
More HW Batmobile Variations
I stumbled across a couple of unusual Batmobile variations. First up,
an extremely rare version of the 100% Hot Wheels Batmobile. Mattel
created 200 of these for the 2003
Children Affected by AIDS
Foundation (CAAF) Dream Halloween charity event.
up is a Zamac version of the HW 2004 FE #1/100 Batmobile. What is
Zamac you ask? Well, I found out that Hot Wheels occasionally releases
UNPAINTED editions of their die-cast cars. According to sources, this
is a Toys R Us exclusive numbering 1 of 10,000. Happy hunting!
Got a Couple Thousand to Spare?
Some of the
most rare and valuable die-cast pieces come from Corgi Jr.'s James Bond
Check out some of these auctions:
Rare and Unusual Pieces Added to Gallery
adding quite a few pics to the Hollywood Die-Cast Gallery, lately.
Many were provided by readers, some were discovered online. But I want
to direct your attention to two rare and unusual additions.
to Elliot Reid of England, I've added pics of the complete set of Wacky Races (above
left). 11 plastic vehicles, approximately 4.5" in length, make up the
set. I'm told they were fast food premiums. They're not die-cast, but they're pretty neat, nonetheless.
Click HERE to see them.
Pictured above right is the Johnny Lightning Batski. BATSKI????
Yes, Batski. According to dipstick at the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board:
"The FEST Bat Ski
is the piece I personally designed and my company manufactured and gave away
as a dinner BONUS at FEST with the Dinner WLs and such. Of the 160 made -
first 10 were proto pieces, 120 were distributed at FEST Dinner with two
being Whites, I still have a few copies in my possess for reference with the
prototypes and the remaining pcs - like 27 were destroyed."
Thanks to the gang at
the HTBB for the pics and info.
Supervan Spotted in BTTF2
Metro Privratsky popped in his copy of Back to the Future 2 and was
able to get some stills of George Barris' Supervan making a cameo in the
film. It has a green paint job, but it's definitely the Supervan.
Check out this auction:
across this auction while searching for a die-cast version of James Dean's
Porsche Spyder 550. It's a 1:18 scale Maisto with custom-made details.
The work that was done on this car is amazing. Check it out for
Update: The final bid was
December Talking Cars
It's that time
again. Time for another exciting edition of Talking Cars.
This month's topics include: Back to the Future, Supervan, The
Partridge Family, James Dean's Porsche Spyder 550, and Christine.
Click HERE and enjoy.
The Simpsons from HOW5
Here is a nice,
detailed photo of The Simpsons cars included in the upcoming
Hollywood on Wheels 5 assortment. Same castings with slightly
different details. Homer's car, with the parking tickets on the windshield,
is from the episode featuring the World Trade Center. I
understand that Johnny Lightning needs to reuse castings to get the best
bang for the buck, but HOW5 sure is stirring up a lot of negative comments:
Spotted on eBay
Prompted by a
thread at the Hobby Talk forum, I did a search on eBay and found that yet
ANOTHER version of the Batmobile is hitting stores. Hot Wheels 2004
First Editions #31/100 seems to be based on the Batman/Batman Returns
Batmobile, but has the typical cartoony Hot Wheels rims. Apparently,
the car can be found with a chrome base and a black base.