Space 1999 Eagle Transporter
Picked up the latest edition of
Diamond's Previews Catalog. Two words: Slim Pickens. The
only thing listed worth mentioning is this die-cast Eagle Transporter from
the TV show Space 1999 (pictured above). Here is the
Originally aired in
1975-1978, Space 1999 was classic science fiction television.
Although live-action, it was created and produced by Gerry (Thunderbirds)
Anderson, so it contained some great models. Foremost among them was
the transporter ship Eagle. This 12" die-cast toy is a detailed
re-creation of that workhorse ship and comes complete with detachable pod.
Scheduled to ship in January 2004. $65.00
Simpsons Die-Cast on eBay
Apparently, Johnny Lightning's
The Simpsons series is hitting stores now, judging by the auctions
that have suddenly sprung up on eBay. The photo above is from one such
auction. Try to find these in stores before caving in to the scalpers.
I believe I ordered a case through my local comic book store.
Hopefully, they'll arrive soon.
OTHER Hot Wheels Batmobile
I found a nice close-up photo
on eBay of the OTHER Hot Wheels Batmobile. This one comes in a
triple-pack of cheesy Batman cars. I didn't realize until now
that these HW Batmobiles started showing up on eBay in early August. I
haven't seen them at retail stores yet.
New JL Dioramas Unveiled
Photos of Johnny Lightning's
upcoming dioramas have turned up at Hobby Talk. Tinywheels posted the
photos that includes dioramas from Ghostbusters and The Love Bug.
Interesting side note: The background depicts the Stay Puft
Marshmallow Man from the first Ghostbusters film, but the Ecto-1A in
the diorama is from the second movie. You can visit Hobby Talk by
clicking on the link located in the right column of this website.
Hot Wheels Batmobile Arrives!
Hooray! Went to my local
comic book store on Friday to pick up this week's loot, and Mike hands me the 100% Hot
Wheels Batmobile from the 1989 film. I have to tell you this thing is
beautiful. It's a must-have for any TV and movie car collector.
Unfortunately, I thought I had ordered a CASE, but it seems I only ordered
one. Click here to check out the pics.
Update: Bonus! I just found out
it actually fits in my display case. The ERTL version was too big.
Thanks Hot Wheels! You heard my prayers!
Batman "Shields Up!"
Aha! I was right. In an
earlier post, I mentioned that Diamond's Previews Catalog was soliciting a
Hot Wheels Batmobile 2-pack called "Shields Up" but showed a photo of the
Batmobile from Batman Forever. Well, I found a pic of the
"Shields Up" 2-pack and it does indeed include the Batmobile from the FIRST
film with and without shields. I found the pic at
where you can pre-order the item if you'd like.
Charlie's Angels Van in Stores
Reader Metro Privratsky sent me
pics of the Racing Champions Charlie's Angels van. It's similar
to the vintage van made by Corgi Jr., but for some reason, they decided to go
with black. It actually looks pretty cool. Metro placed the van
next to the Hazzard County Sewer Van for comparison. Thanks Metro.
Visit the Charlie's Angels page
for more pics.
James Bond Exhibit at The Henry Ford
The good folks at The Henry
Ford in Dearborn, Michigan were kind enough to let me come in to videotape
their James Bond exhibit. Greeting me at the entrance of the exhibit
were three cars from Die Another Day. I can't tell you what a
thrill it was to see the Vanquish up-close with it's weapons exposed.
Inside was an innovative walk-through exhibit showcasing props, models,
costumes and art from 40 years of Bond films. It was also neat to see
James Bond die-cast cars in the gift shop, including cars from Johnny
Lightning and Corgi. The exhibit will be at the museum through
December 31. I'll post more photos and info soon. In the
meantime, you can visit The Henry Ford's website:
Update to My Collection
I'm sure you've noticed the
display of cars pictured in the top right corner of my website. That
is my personal collection of 1:64 TV and movie cars. I've updated the
photo to include some of the new releases I've picked up. I know some
of the cars are hard to see, so now if you click on the pic, you will get an
enlarged pic followed by a list of cars in the display. Keep in mind
that the cars in my display represent cars from films or TV shows that I've
personally enjoyed from childhood through adulthood. I started out
with a display that held 24 cars. Soon, I expanded to 36. The
display you see now holds 70 cars (plus 5 along the top) and now even THAT
is getting too small. It pains me to remove a car to add a new one.
I've been looking into picking up a 100-car display. I'll post
pictures when I decide to go that route. Until then, enjoy.
ERTL/RC Munsters Koach Re-Released
I came across a new find at
Target today. It seems ERTL has re-released the Munsters Koach
as part of its Racing Champions line, but this time they've included a mini
Herman Munster figure. I also spotted a Custom Mercury with a Grandpa
Munster figure. The back of the package says to keep an eye out for
cars that include figures of Lily, Eddie and Marilyn. Click
to see pics of Herman and Grandpa and their hot rods.
An All-New Q&A for August
I have once again selected 5
questions to tackle in Q&A. This month's subjects include:
Swordfish, Grease, ERTL, Bullitt and a desperate search for Dean
Jeffries. Please keep the e-mails coming. If I don't know the
answer, I really enjoy tracking down the information for you. Check
out this month's Q&A.
Would You Believe ...
.... Maxwell Smart also drove a
VW Karman Ghia, a '69 Opel GT and a Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet??? The
red Sunbeam Tiger (shown above) was used during the opening credits of
Get Smart during the first and second seasons of the series, and the car
Johnny Lightning chose to include as part of Hollywood on Wheels 4. But
to see stills of all the other cars Agent 86 drove during the series' run,
For other interesting
Get Smart tidbits and info, visit:
Let's Compare, Shall We?
Just for fun, I decided to
compare the Johnny Lightning Ecto-1A from the Frightning Lightning series
the Ecto-1A from the Hollywood on Wheels series (bottom). As you can see, there
are not too many differences. The major difference, of course, is the
wheels. I actually preferred the original car, so that's the one that
remains in my display case.