June '05 News
6/30/05 - "Holy Replica,
Check out this eBay auction. I
sure wish I had 10 grand lying around:
UPDATE: The auction has been
In other Batman news,
I finally got my hands on the Hot Wheels Batman VS Scarecrow 2-pack. I
couldn't find it in stores, so I caved and bought it on eBay for 10 bucks
plus shipping. I've included it in the
Hot Wheels Batmobiles gallery.
UPDATE: It figures. After
receiving the 2-pack in the mail, I walked into a Kaybee Toy Store and there
they were, 3 for $10.
6/26/05 - "Them Dukes!
Long-time Hollywood Die-Cast follower
Metro Privratsky sent me a pic of Joy Ride's (RC2) new Dukes of Hazzard
die-cast cars. Although cast members from the new film appear on the
packaging (above left), it's the same ol' ERTL castings and wheels.
Metro said these can be found at
Thanks for the heads-up Metro.
6/22/05 - Movies'
For those of you who live in the UK,
I've just found out that Movies' Greatest Cars will premiere on
Sky One on July 27th. Dennis and I traveled to Hollywood back
in March to videotape our segments for this program. Here's what the
Brian Waddell Productions website says about it:
Movies’ Greatest Cars is a
follow-up to TV’s Greatest Cars, which was screened on Sky shortly
before Christmas 2004.
time around, some spectacular movie motoring moments will reflect the
viewers’ vote, which began immediately after the Christmas show. Tune in
for the car chases from Bullitt and Ronin, Goldfinger’s, Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang, the Mini Coopers from the original Italian Job,
Thelma and Louise’s Thunderbird, Austin Powers’ Jaguar ... on
and on they roar.
The programme was commissioned for Sky
One by Jamie Roberts, who is also executive producer. For the company, the
executive producer is David Cumming, producer is Nicola Waddell and the
director is Nigel Simpkiss.
The programme will be presented by
Jason Barlow, editor of ‘Car’ magazine and a former ‘Top Gear’ presenter,
who was also the frontman on ‘TV’s Greatest Cars’.
Batman Begins is Outstanding!
I finally found some time to see
Batman Begins and I have to say I came out of the theatre THOROUGHLY
entertained. I thought it was a great idea to wipe the slate clean and
start fresh after the debacle known as Batman & Robin (despite being
such a huge Batman fan, or maybe BECAUSE of that fact, 1997's Batman &
Robin ranks, in my opinion, as one of the WORST movies ever made.)
I found myself caught
up in the story and didn't mind the long wait to see our hero appear in
costume. I enjoyed how the movie revealed all the elements that led up
to Bruce Wayne becoming Batman: the fear, the guilt, the training.
I also enjoyed the origin of the Bat-Costume and the Bat-Toys.
I have to admit, I was
one of those who raised my eyebrows when the "Tumbler" was first revealed to
the public. I thought it looked like a cross between a Humvee and a
lawnmower. But slowly, the movie trailers began to win me over, and
when I finally got to see the "Batmobile" do its thing on the big screen, I
found myself grinning like a kid. I'm looking forward to Mattel's 1:18
scale die-cast Tumbler, which will be far more movie-accurate than its 1:64
release (and I don't think I'm ruining anything by saying that Hot Wheels'
Bat-Cycle and Bat-Copter are nowhere to be found in this film.)
My only criticism of
the film is in regard to the fight scenes. I've noticed that Hollywood
has developed the habit of shooting and editing fight scenes in flurries of
tight close-ups. I find this method totally disorienting and
confusing. I found the fight scenes in the 1989 Batman film FAR
In conclusion, I rank
Batman Begins right up there with Tim Burton's Batman.
It's not better and it's not worse. It was enormously entertaining,
funny at times, and thrilling. And the ending has me already excited
about the sequel.
By the way, for those
of you who haven't seen my 5-minute long short film The Big Game,
click on the new link in the left column to check it out. Let me know
what you think.
Better Late than Never
About a month ago, I shot video at the
Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan. Only now am I getting around
to putting the program together to air on local cable TV. I wanted to
share a few stills from the video I shot.
Among the comics,
figures and collectibles were numerous celebrities signing autographs and
posing for photos. Pictured above are Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible
Hulk), Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager), Tom Braidwood (The
X-Files) and Dirk Benedict & Dwight Schultz (The A-Team).
Also in attendance were Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard), Joyce
DeWitt & Priscilla Barnes (Three's Company) and Mark Goddard (Lost
in Space), among others.
It was a pleasure to
talk to Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas (Starsky & Hutch) who was kind
enough to give us a great interview. It was an interesting coincidence
to meet him because Antonio and I both appeared in the same segment for the
UK's TV's Greatest Cars. There were several replicas of famous
cars on display as well, including the Gran Torino (above), The General Lee,
K.I.T.T. and The A-Team van.
The highlight of my
day was meeting Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The
Next Generation). She gave us a few moments of her time when her
line of adoring fans died down a bit. Not only was she pleasant and
sweet, but I couldn't get over how beautiful she is in person. It was
an absolute pleasure to meet her.
Thanks goes out to
Motor City Conventions
for allowing us to come in with our video equipment. It was a
memorable day and I'm looking forward to putting together the TV program.
Herbie: Fully Loaded
According to several sources, die-cast
cars from the new film Herbie: Fully Loaded are hitting stores,
specifically, Wal*Mart. This has been verified by the fact that they're
hitting eBay as well. Cars can be found in 5-car sets or individually
carded (above). There are also "pull back" cars and Herbie has been
re-released in 1:18 scale with new packaging. Radio Shack is also
offering a mini radio-controlled Herbie. Good luck in your search.
I hope the movie is entertaining.
6/5/05 - Talking Cars
My apologies for not having a Q&A
column in May. I was pretty sick at the beginning of the month, and by
the time I started to feel better, I figured too much time had passed, so I
just waited until June. Now I have TWO months of e-mails to sort
through to bring you this month's edition of Talking Cars. The
wide variety of topics include: Thunderbirds, CHiPs, The Beach
Boys, The Great Race, Convoy, Top Gun, Vanishing Point, Knight Rider,
James Dean and entertainment-related TRUCKS. Whew! Click
HERE and enjoy.
By the way, I feel I need to
mention AGAIN, that NOTHING on my site is for sale. About HALF of the
e-mails I receive are from people asking me if they can purchase items shown
on this site. It says in bold red letters above that nothing is for
sale. Please try eBay or other online die-cast vendors to buy the
things you need. I'm just here to provide info. Thanks.
Upon visiting the RC2 website, I
discovered that they've posted a pic of the finished 1:18 scale Bluesmobile
from The Blues Brothers. I have to admit, the speaker mounted
to the roof is a nice touch. According to the site, it should be in
stores next month.