12/29/06 - Another
Batmobile to Look For
While visiting the forums at
I discovered there is another Batmobile to be on the lookout for. This
one has a unique yellow and black design that comes with the Batman Blaster
playset, similar to a set released a few years ago. It's going to be
an interesting year for Batman fans.
12/29/06 - Spotted on eBay
Browsing around on eBay, I stumbled
onto an auction for Bachmann's Hogwarts Express train in HO scale.
What was unusual about this particular item is that it included an exclusive
Weasley Flying Car. I've never seen this set before (with the car.)
Click on the thumbnails above.
12/26/06 - Latest News
I hope everyone had a good Christmas
and found his or her stocking overflowing with cool cars. After
spending the weekend with family, I came home to find a few interesting
e-mails in my inbox announcing all sorts of new die-cast car news.
First, long time contributor Metro Privratsky sent me pics of cars from
Talladega Nights that he found at Wal*Mart. These cars are made by
Winner's Circle and, in addition to the cars pictured above, you can also
find the Wonder Bread car and the "ME" car as well.
In another e-mail,
Peter Murphy wrote to tell me about some exciting news regarding Mad Max's
Once again what a great website
you've created! I thought you might be interested in this... I sent an
email to Diecast Distributers Australia (the guys that make the 1:24 scale
Interceptor) asking if they were going to a 1:64 scale Interceptor and
their response was:
"Thank you for your comments yes we will be doing a 1:64 scale
of the second car with the twin tanks stay tuned to the web site.
So I hope they actually go
through with it. It would be very popular I'm sure.
Imagine getting the
'66 Batmobile AND Mad Max's Interceptor in 1:64 scale in 2007. It
could be an exciting year for collectors.
And finally, visiting
the HobbyTalk bulletin board, I saw a post in the Hot Wheels forum
announcing that new Batman 2-Packs are showing up in stores. These
include the new Batmobile casting from The Batman animated series and
included in Hot Wheels' Mystery line (click on thumbnail below.) Checking eBay, I did find one
auction, so keep your eyes peeled if you're interested in these.
They're called Riddler's Rampage and Joker's Last Laugh. I also
discovered that Hot Wheels has released a Batman Begins 5-Pack
(pictured at right).
12/21/06 - Holy Prototype,
I got a couple of e-mails regarding
these photos found on
eBay. Apparently, it looks like an early prototype of the Hot
Wheels 1966 Batmobile. I'm a little suspicious, though. It looks
a lot like the old Corgi Jr. version. I won't get too excited until I
see official confirmation.
Well, the general consensus is this is the real deal.
More photos were added to the eBay auction. I'm told this is one of
about 100 "test runs" and not necessarily a prototype. So what you
have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a sneak peek of what to expect from the
Hot Wheels regular release. I'm sure we can expect more detail on the
higher-end releases. Below is a comparison to artwork found on
12/16/06 - Today's Finds
While out doing some Christmas
shopping, I stumbled on a few things for myself. First up, we have
Hamm. I walked into a crowded Toys R Us, apparently, right after an
employee filled a bin with Cars. There were several Hamms, but
I still couldn't find Dirt Track McQueen.
At K-Mart, I noticed the pegs were
full of the K-Mart exclusive Shelby cars in all colors. Shockingly,
one grey Eleanor was hanging right in front. It was the first time I
had seen this car in stores. It gives me an opportunity to compare it
to the Hot Wheels version which has been in my collection for a few years.
At first glance, the biggest
difference between the two is the front of the car. The edge goes to
Shelby Collectibles' version because it more accurately represents the
actual car (above right.) The Hot Wheels version has an opening hood,
but Shelby's version has an opening hood AND opening doors. And
finally, although the Hot Wheels version has a warmer grey color to it, the
Shelby version has a more accurate gun metal grey color of the actual car.
In conclusion, the Shelby Collectibles version, although not an
officially-licensed Gone in 60 Seconds release, is the more accurate
car in all categories. The Shelby GT 500E "Eleanor" version is a
must-have for collectors.
12/16/06 - Death Proof
My buddy Tim e-mailed me this latest
image from Death Proof. For those of you who haven't heard,
Death Proof is one of two films that make up the upcoming
Tarantino/Rodriguez film Grindhouse. Death Proof
features psycho Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) who chases down beautiful women
in the car pictured above. Completing the double bill will be the
zombie flick Planet Terror. There will be an intermission of
sorts with fake b-movie trailers. Should be interesting. The
movie's scheduled release date is April 6, 2007.
Speaking of Tarantino,
NECA has produced an 8" resin replica of the Pussy Wagon from the film
Kill Bill. Strangely, it has no moving parts, not even rolling
12/10/06 - The
inspiration for Cars
Susie the Little Blue Coupe is
a 1952 Disney animated short. I've read that this particular short was
the inspiration for the look of the cars in Pixar's Cars. I
didn't think Susie existed in die-cast form, but Jason in California wrote
me about an interesting find:
Check this out, I was out today at my local Hobby Shop. I was
searching in the loose car display and then....she sat there. With my eyes
amazed, Susie-The Little Blue Coupe. I've seen a Japan Kids Meal-Toy but
this is no kids meal at all, this is a 1/64 scale. Could you post this as
a new update? Price on this die-cast is nothing. I traded a couple of Hot
Wheels to get more JL, spotted her, traded for her, and got her. I never
knew something like this existed. What do you think ?
Cheers ! - Jason, Simi Valley CA.
12/2/06 - New Finds!
My sister called me from Target at 8am
this morning while Christmas shopping to tell me she found a bunch of new
Cars releases and asked me which ones I needed. She picked up
Radiator Springs McQueen, yellow Ramone, Fabulous Hudson Hornet and the Buzz
& Woody Movie Moments 2-Pack. She spotted Hamm and Dirt Track McQueen
in the hands of another collector, but couldn't find any more of them.
Since I was up, I headed to Toys R Us, where not only did I find some of the
cars she found, but I also found blue Mater. I was also told the
Cars line is showing up at Kroger stores. If you have one near
you, check it out.
Later, while attending
a sports card show, I bought a couple of Mystery Hot Wheels hoping to get a
Batmobile, only to be disappointed. But I bumped into a guy who did
manage to get one and he offered it to me for $4. I've added it to my
Batmobile collection (above, right.)