02/04 News Archive

2/29/04 - "All systems go, Michael."
I received an e-mail from Wayne Chandley today telling me he found a website that shows a 1:18 scale K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.  The site says it will be coming sometime this year as part of RC2's American Muscle line.  This would be a must-have for my 1:18 scale collection.  I'll try to get confirmation from RC2.  Until then, check out the site:

Update:  Wayne e-mailed me again to say he's received confirmation K.I.T.T. will be shipping in March.

3/14 Update: The website has removed the image of K.I.T.T. casting doubt on the whole thing.  I've sent an e-mail to RC2.  I'll post the response when I get it.

2/28/04 - 2 New Cars Added to My 1:18 Display
While at the Autorama (see below) I picked up a new addition to my 1:18 scale car display.  I found JoyRide's Greased Lightning for the first time (above left).  This thing is absolutely spectacular.  I commend ERTL/RC2/JoyRide on the effort put into this one.  Then, on a tip from one of the vendors at the Autorama, I visited a hobby store not too far from my apartment.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Great Lakes Hobby and Trains had more 1:18 scale die-cast than I had ever seen in a store.  I picked up JoyRide's Shaguar from Austin Powers.  It is now proudly on display with my other 1:18 TV & movie cars.  Click HERE to see all the cars in my display.

2/28/04 - Detroit Autorama 2004
I went to the Detroit Autorama today with my nephew.  We had a pretty good time.  While there we met Paul Le Mat (above left) of American Graffiti and and I took some great photos of the two cars featured in the film:  John Milner's 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe and Bob Falfa's '55 Chevy.  Click on a thumbnail to see the photos.

2/27/04 - Collectors' Collections
Are you sitting down?  You are about to see one of the most impressive TV & movie die-cast collections I've ever seen.  Metro Privratsky sent me photos of his collection.  Most are mint-on-card.  Wow!  You've never seen anything like it.  Metro says he's been collecting since 1997 and has 370 cars displayed on 9 cork-boards.  Amazing!  Thanks to Metro for sharing his photos.  Click on his name to see the pics.

2/27/04 - Hollywood Die-Cast Forum Up and Going!
Thanks to the effort of TonyMoe a Hollywood Die-Cast forum has been created.  If you are an EZBoard Global member all you need to do is click the link on the right and log in.  If you're not a member, then all you have to do is click the link and register.  It's free and easy.  Of course, you're still encouraged to e-mail me, but it's fun to become part of a community where we can all talk TV & movie die-cast.  Thanks again Tony!

2/25/04 - R.I.P. Herbie
Numerous Herbies were used over the course of filming The Love Bug and its sequels.  Many of these cars fell into the hands of collectors who have treated them with love and kindness.  Sadly, many cars were forgotten and left out in the elements to rust away.  I've seen photos of what I can only describe as a Herbie graveyard.  Hobby Talk BB member rlyoung1 used a 1:18 scale Herbie to create a diorama he calls Neglected Herbie.  Yes, it's kind of sad, but it's really well done.

2/24/04 - A Note of Thanks.
I'd like to thank TonyMoe for sending me a couple of awesome custom decals, including door logos for the 1:64 Monkeemobile.  I applied them to the Monkeemobile included in Johnny Lightning's 2-pack diorama.  The regular HOW version has a white top and interior.  The car included in the 2-pack has the correct beige top and interior.  Check out the improvement by clicking on the thumbnail above.  Thanks again Tony!

Also, Tony's collection continues to grow.  Click HERE to see his display.

2/22/04 - Cool Custom!
Check out this cool custom unveiled at the Hobby Talk BB by Pablodragon.  He used a '69 Camaro from Johnny Lightning's Official Pace Cars line.  Click on the following link for an explanation of how he created it:

2/18/04 - NY Toy Fair Comes to an End
As the 2004 NY Toy Fair comes to an end, I've scoured the internet for TV & movie die-cast news.  Sadly, I haven't found much at all.  The Johnny Lightning Star Trek line has generated the most excitement.  The best die-cast coverage I've found so far has come from Dale Fan at the Matchbox Collectors Community.  Click HERE to read his report and to see some photos.

2/17/04 - RC2 Offers Hollywood Cars in 1:24 Scale
NovaSS posted some pictures on the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board.  He said RC2 is offering a line of weird TV & movie cars in 1:24 scale.  Looking at the photos above, you can see that these were all cars offered by RC2 in 1:18 scale at one time or another.  I don't think I care for the "Rat Fink" style.  I'll have to pass on these. 

2/15/04 - Talking Cars in February
Well, it's a bit late, but it's time for another exciting edition of Talking Cars.  Once again, I've sifted through the TONS of e-mails I receive each month and share a few with you.  This month's topics include Knight Rider, Starsky & Hutch, The Green Hornet, V, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, HW Crooze Batmobile, The Waltons, Jurassic Park and Gone in 60 Seconds.  Click HERE and enjoy.

2/15/04 - Cool Custom!
Metro Privratsky sent me a photo of his attempt at a 1:64 Ford Explorer from the film Jurassic Park (above left).  I thought Metro did a very nice job at blending the green paint into the yellow paint.  He said he used an airbrush to complete the effect.  I had a tough time trying to do that on my own custom.   You may remember that I tried to make one in December (above right).  I'm going to try it again when the weather warms up so I can paint outside.  My plan is to paint the vehicle yellow and add the green as a decal.  We'll see.

If you have a custom TV or movie car you'd like to share, send pics to me using the e-mail link located at the bottom of the left column.

2/15/04 - New Batmobiles by Corgi
Thanks to an e-mail from Ian Parmeter, I found out Corgi is releasing a bunch of Batmobiles in 1:18, 1:24 & 1:43 scales.  The website shows EIGHT different Batmobiles, a Batcycle and a Batplane.  Some pretty wild stuff.  Visit the site and check it out for yourself.

2/15/04 - NY Toy Fair
Photos are starting to trickle out of the New York Toy Fair, which is taking place this weekend.  Click on the following link to see a packaging mock-up of Johnny Lightning's Star Trek line:

2/13/04 - Batman's New Wheels
A new animated series called The Batman will debut on the WB Network this fall.  Batman will sport a new short-eared look.  Mattel will be producing toys based on the series, including a sporty new Batmobile.  Click on the thumbnail above to see it full-size.  Though it hasn't been confirmed, I'm sure Mattel will include this Batmobile as part of its Hot Wheels line.  For more info on the series, click on the following link:

UPDATE:  According to ToyFare Magazine, Batman will have a FLEET of Batmobiles in the new animated series.

2/12/04 - Cool Custom
Check out this great custom made by RobDog of the Hobby Talk Bulletin Board.  It's a 1:64 scale Mirthmobile from the film Wayne's World.  It was made from an RC '77 AMC Pacer.  Party on RobDog!

2/8/04 - The Incredomobile!
The much-anticipated Disney/Pixar film The Incredibles will be released in December.  Action figures were unveiled at UK Toy Fair as well as The Incredomobile.  The car features quick-change action to transform into battle mode.  Here's hoping we'll see this car in die-cast form.  Click HERE  for more info and photos:

2/8/04 - Hey! Hey! It's The Monkees Logo
Through the years, the logo on the doors of the Monkeemobile has gone through radical changes.  The Monkeemobile website has posted a gallery showing all the logos that have appeared on the #1 car and the Barris replica.  I was surprised to discover that there actually is a "backwards" version of the logo (above) which I thought was an error on ERTL's 1:18 scale version of the car.  Click on the following link to see the gallery:

2/7/04 - Collectors' Collections
The latest collection to be submitted belongs to Grant Wood, who happens to be my nephew and best buddy.  Grant celebrated his 7th birthday in January.  He likes comic book-related Hot Wheels and has a growing collection of Hot Wheels Batmobiles.  Click HERE to see his wall-mounted displays.

2/7/04 - Slave I from Code 3
Code 3 has revealed the third die-cast vehicle to be released as part of its Star Wars line.  It's Boba Fett's Slave I as featured in The Empire Strikes Back.  Like the Millennium Falcon and Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter, the Slave I will set you back a few hundred dollars.  The ship in the photo above is a pre-production prototype.  Click on the following link for more pics and info:

2/3/04 - Fright'ning Lightnings '04
Hobby Talk's RobDog posted what appears to be the lineup for Johnny Lightning's next wave of Fright'ning Lightnings.  It doesn't look like there will be any original castings in this lineup:

‘60s Cadillac Hearse- Dracula
Corvette Sting Ray III - Creature from the Black Lagoon
Frankenstude - Frankenstein
’57 Studebaker Hawk - Bride of Frankenstein
WC 54 Ambulance - King Kong
Haulin’ Hearse - Mummy
Topper Custom Turbine - War of the Worlds
’65 VW Beetle - Them! (ants)
’49 Barris Mercury- Phantom of the Opera
’00 Honda Accord - Godzilla
T’rantula - Tarantula
Ecto 1A - Ghostbusters

Release Date August 2004