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Welcome to Hollywood Die-Cast.  Within this website you will find the most definitive gallery of die-cast toys based on cars and vehicles from TV and movies.  The focus of this website is 1:64 scale, though there are some exceptions.  My collection is NOT for sale.  The site is meant to be purely informational for collectors like myself.


5/24/15 - Mattel "Ups the WOW Factor."
Jurassic World is one of the most eagerly awaited movies of 2015. Until the movie hits theaters on June 12th, we have plenty of toys to pass the time. Apparently, Mattel has released a slew of die-cast vehicles under the Matchbox brand, including: 7 singles, 2 two-packs, 2 five-packs and a Mission Force five-vehicle set. Unfortunatley, I don't believe any of the above vehicles actually appear in the movie. It's just another example of Mattel slapping the Jurassic World logo on existing castings. I'm going to have to pass on these, but the little ones might enjoy them.


5/18/15 - "I have you now!"
When Mattel announced that Hot Wheels and Star Wars had joined forces, I was disappointed when the first releases turned out to be custom cars loosely based on Star Wars characters. Not really my thing. But now we finally, FINALLY, have Hot Wheels vehicles based on actual ships from the franchise. The first wave recently began showing up at Target and includes Gold Leader's Y-Wing, Rebel Snowspeeder, Boba Fett's Slave I, the Millennium Falcon, the Ghost from the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. I'm a little surprised that the first wave didn't inlcude a TIE Fighter or X-Wing, but I'm sure they'll follow soon. Good luck in your search...and may the Force Be With You!


5/18/15 - "...thank you for fast cars."
When this Hot Wheels '70 Ford Escort first hit eBay, people were paying outrageous prices. I hadn't seen anything like that in quite a while. Now that more of them are hitting stores, the prices have come back down to Earth. Since I haven't seen any here locally, I bought four of them on eBay for a total of $16 (including shipping.) Of course, this car was featured in Fast & Furious 6 and driven by Paul Walker, but that still doesn't explain the frenzy for this car. I'm just glad I've finally been able to add this to my collection at a reasonable price.


5/17/15 - Mad Max: Fury Road - My Review
After hearing great things about the new Mad Max movie (99% on Rotten Tomatoes) I was pretty excited when I finally got a chance to see it in 3D on Sunday. I guess my expectations were too high, because I came away pretty disappointed. I will say that the cars and vehicles were awesome, but the only time I felt engaged were during the car chase scenes. The rest of the time, I cringed at the poor acting, awful dialogue, odd score, and over-simplified storyline, which goes something like this: Max and the gang go from Point A to Point B, turn around and come back to Point A. The End. Tom Hardy did not impress me as Max, although he wasn't given a whole lot to do. None of the characters were fleshed out, and when allegiances changed, they seemed to happen out of the blue, with no explanation. The movie was nothing more than a series of fever-induced nightmare images. The only good to come from this will be die-cast toys, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, we'll see a 1:64 scale V8 Interceptor!


5/17/15 - Motor City Comic Con 2015
I spent all day Friday and Saturday at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI, and I had a great time. I managed to add another piece to my Hollywood "Auto-Graphs" collection when Ralph Macchio signed this Hot Wheels '48 Ford from The Karate Kid. There were SO many celebrities at the event this year, including multiple cast members from The Walking Dead. The highlight of my weekend was meeting Steven Yeun AKA Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead (pictured below.) What a nice guy!


5/15/15 - "You think they'll have that on the tour?"
We're just weeks away from the premiere of Jurassic World, and that means awesome toys are starting to hit stores. While visiting Toys R Us, a big smile stretched across my face as I picked up this Jeep Wrangler? Why? Because it's from the FIRST Jurassic Park film. It's made by Jada and, 1:43 scale, and retails for the low, low price of $7. The first movie never really got the decent die-cast treatment. I sure hope we get more (HINT: Ford Explorer!)



Photo Courtesy of Anderson Drumonix

5/5/15 - That's Entertainment!
Apparently, the latest wave from the Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment line has shown up in Brazil. Hopefully, these cars will be hitting the States any day now. I'm really excited about this wave, although I've never seen an episode of Friday Night Lights. Christine, of course, is iconic. Emergency! was a big part of childhood viewing habits, and although it's obscure, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of my all-time favorite movies!


4/26/15 - "Unleash the Beast."
As Furious 7 shatters box office records and climbs the list of highest-grossing movies EVER, I walked into my local Target store to find several vehicles from the movie. I settled on these two cars made by Jada. Above, left, is the off-road version of Dom's '70 Dodge Charger R/T. Pictured above, right, is Brian's Nissan GT-R. Made of die-cast metal, the cars seem to be slightly larger than 1:43 scale. Possibly 1:32 scale? Shockingly, the retail price of each car is $6.99. I'm glad I'm able to add a couple of vehicles from this blockbuster to my collection.


4/25/15 - "I owe you a ten-second car."
A few days ago I read an online article that said Mecum Auctions will be auctioning off the 1993 Toyota Supra featured in The Fast and The Furious. I wondered if it was the same car that currently resides here in Southeastern Michigan and after a quick text I found out that, yes, it is the same car! I asked if I could come see it before it gets sold to the highest bidder. It was a genuine thrill and an honor to see this car up close and personal. It was built for the movie by Eddie Paul in El Segundo, CA, and it was actually driven by the late star of the franchise, Paul Walker. It's estimated the car will fetch between $100,000 and $200,000. The auction will take place May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.



4/24/15 - "This time it ain't just about being fast."
Apparently, the latest Hot Wheels Fast & Furious 8-car set is hitting Walmart stores in decent quantities because prices have dropped significantly on eBay. I picked up this set of 8 for $20 (free shipping) online. This set includes cars from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. My favorite of this set is the Buick Grand National from Fast & Furious, since it has never been officially produced in die-cast form. I'm going to hit the Walmart stores in my area this weekend to see if I can find a few duplicates.


4/22/15 - GL Hollywood Film Reels - Take 2
While visiting Toys R Us today I discovered two new sets from GreenLight's Hollywood Film Reels series. Pictured above, left, is the Gone in 60 Seconds 4-car set. Curiously, the set is made up of two cars from the original film, and two cars from the 2000 remake. Pictured above, right, is the 4-car set from Supernatural. To my horror, every Gone in 60 Seconds film canister had been opened. I assume someone was searching for Green Machines. Luckily, the set I purchased contained all four cars. At a retail price of $24.99, the sets are a little pricey, considering they mostly contain fairly obscure cars.



Leo Carrillo State Beach, CA, where several famous movie scenes were filmed.

4/15/15 - Hooray for Hollywood!
25 years after I spent a year living in California I decided to celebrate the anniversary by spending a week in the Los Angeles area. It was my 5th trip since moving back to Michigan in 1990, but this one was pretty special. Here are some of the highlights:

My first full day in California was Friday, April 3rd. I decided to schedule a visit to Paramount Studios. I've been there before and I've always had a great experience. This time was no exception. I spotted two movie cars: the 1970 Chevy Chevelle from Jack Reacher, and the 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille from Dreamgirls. I also saw a life-size promotional Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime's head from Transformers 4. Oh yeah, and I happen to bump into Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele. How cool is THAT?

Also on Friday, I tracked down the house used on the Comedy Central series Workaholics. My nephew introduced me to the show and now I'm hooked. The house is located at 15020 Hamlin in Los Angeles. By sheer coincidence, I got to meet star Adam DeVine during an appearance at the Hollywood Improv a few days later. What an incredibly funny and super nice guy!

On Saturday, April 4th, I took in a matinee showing of Furious 7 at TCL (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre. It was a pretty emotional experience. After wiping away the tears, I took a long drive to the scene of Paul Walker's fatal accident in Santa Clarita. Located on Hercules St. near Kelly Johnson Parkway, the site has become a moving memorial for the Fast & Furious star. Messages are inscribed along the curb, and rosaries and crosses hang from a nearby tree. The tree that the Porsche struck is no longer there, so visitors leave tokens of affection on the remaining stump.

As some of you may know, I enjoy tracking down famous locations from television and film. On Monday, April 6th, I visited Venice Beach and decided to try to locate the area shown during the opening credits of Three's Company. Using some detective work, I spotted some key features to positively identify a stretch of the Venice Boardwalk near Paloma Ave. The management of a small hotel gave me access to the rooftop to take a photo from high above the beach. As you can see in the photos, everything matches perfectly, except the trees have grown pretty tall in almost 40 years since the show premiered.

Just a short drive from the beach is Venice High School, featured prominently in the 1978 movie Grease. Luckily, I discovered an open gate that gave me access to the football field where many scenes were filmed, including the T-Birds singing Summer Nights in the bleachers, and the track scenes. As you can see in the photos, the dirt track hasn't changed much since the movie was filmed there!

Later that same day, I drove to the Los Angeles River where the "Thunder Road" race was filmed. The race starts under the 6th St. Bridge, passes the 4th St. Bridge to the 1st St. Bridge, where the cars turn around and race back. I took photos from the 4th St. Bridge, looking toward 6th St. in the top, left photo, and looking toward 1st St. in the bottom, left photo.

On a rainy Tuesday, I decided to visit Barris Kustoms where I had a nice chat with the legendary George Barris. Scroll down for more details about my visit...

Later that same day, my friend Jason gave me the address to the home featured in the Fast & Furious franchise. SPOILER ALERT: Thankfully it's still standing, despite the events depicted in Furious 7. It's located at 722 N. East Kensington in the Echo Park area of L.A.

On Wednesday, I got to sit in the front row for a taping of Late Night with Conan O'Brien with my friend Miranda. Conan's main guest was Kristen Stewart (of the Twilight movies) and his musical guest was Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. I had an amazing time!

In 2011 I visited several locations from Back to the Future, but I was always denied access to the gymnasium where the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance was filmed. On Thursday, I managed to weasel my way inside the gym located at the Hollywood United Methodist Church on Highland north of Hollywood Blvd. I can FINALLY cross that off my bucket list!

On Friday, I visited the Hollywood Museum for the first time. Located on Highland, south of Hollywood Blvd., the museum blew me away. There were four floors of props from television and film, including Pee Wee Herman's bike (left), Indiana Jones hat and whip, and several Hollywood cars. Next time you're in Hollywood, pay a visit to the museum!

On my last full day in Los Angeles, Saturday, I spent the day in Malibu. It was at the Leo Carrillo State Beach where scenes from the original The Karate Kid were filmed. The identifying landmark was the bumpy hill in the background. The wooden posts are no longer there. To replicate the shot of Mr. Miyagi, I had to move to the southern part of the beach, where I accidentally discovered ANOTHER famous movie location...

The rocky area at the southern end of Leo Carrillo State Beach looked familiar to me, so I pulled out my phone and Googled Grease.  And sure enough, I discovered the location where they filmed the beach scenes at the beginning of Grease. Pretty cool! I also recently learned that the final scenes in Furious 7 were filmed here, as well.

I hope you enjoyed my look back at my Hollywood vacation.  Oh yeah, one more thing, I got to wave at Will Ferrell, who was filming an episode of Drunk History. He waved back. I was happy!


4/15/15 - GL Hollywood Film Reels
GreenLight has come up with a brilliant method of repackaging previous releases, while including  a new casting or two. While visiting Los Angeles, I finally found GreenLight's two 4-car sets packaged in film canisters. The Blues Brothers set contains more of the same, two versions of the Bluesmobile and two police cars. The Smokey & The Bandit set contains the Pontiac Trans-Am from both I and II, a police car, and an obscure green 1970 Ford Bronco that ran interference for Bandit in the first film. Each canister retails for approximately $25.


4/07/15 - My Visit to Barris Kustoms
While visiting Los Angeles, I decided to pay a visit to George Barris on a rainy Tuesday. (My third visit in ten years.) George was at the shop and could not have been more friendly. He stopped what he was doing to chat about a wide variety of topics, from the auction of the #1 Batmobile to his plans to see Furious 7. He allowed me to roam around the shop taking photos. There were only a few Hollywood cars on display, including a Munsters Koach replica, and a 1966 Batmobile replica. George was kind enough to pose for a photo with me near the Batmobile (above, left.) Before leaving, I purchased a Hot Wheels 1:24 scale Batmobile with George's signature on the right fin. It was great to see George again.


4/04/15 - Furious 7: My Review
Furious 7 arrived in theaters while I was vacation in Los Angeles, so I decided to take in a matinee in Laser IMAX at TCL (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre on Saturday. Knowing that we lost Paul Walker prior to the completion of filming this installment made it a fairly emotional experience for those of us who have been fans of the franchise since the very first movie in 2001. The new movie delivers on all levels, offering all the things we have come to expect from this franchise: candy color cars, beautiful women in short-shorts, insane physics-defying action and stunts that, at times, had the audience howling with laughter, and a cast that reflects every possible shade of human skin tones. When  you throw in a knock-down-drag-out fight scene between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, well, the movie doesn't disappoint. 

But what makes this film different than all of those installments that have come before it is the presence of Paul Walker on the screen.  Like The Crow or The Dark Knight, there's something eerie and sad about a movie featuring an actor that passed away before the movie's release. There's a moment that takes place between Paul Walker's Brian and Jordana Brewster's Mia, in which Brian urges Mia to mentally prepare for the possibility that he might not survive this mission, and that's when my eyes started to tear up, knowing that this movie was, is, Paul Walker's final mission.  Of course, all the silly, high-flying action takes your mind off the sadness you're feeling, but eventually we get to the end of the film, and I applaud the filmmakers for their classy, beautiful, sad, and respectful tribute to Paul Walker.  There wasn't a dry eye in the theatre. 

Oddly, unlike the previous films, there was no mid-credits sneak peek of the next installment.  Although Vin Diesel has hinted that the next film may be set in New York, it won't be the same without Paul, but you better believe I'll be sitting in the theater on opening weekend for #8.

After walking out of the theater with tears in my eyes, I decided to pay my respect at the Paul Walker crash site. When I pulled up, there were several people standing along the curb (above, left.) The tree that the Porsche struck is no longer there.  Instead, the stump has become a memorial where visitors can leave flowers and momentos. Visitors have also written messages on the curb along the road. Hanging in a nearby tree were rosaries and crosses. It was a beautiful tribute. Later, I also visited the Los Angeles home featured in the Fast & Furious movies, located at 722 East Kensington Road, Echo Park, Los Angeles.


3/27/15 - "You sunk my Battleship!"
Here's the latest addition to my Eaglemoss 1:43 scale Bat-Vehicle collection. The Bat Boat from 1995's Batman Forever arrived at my local comic shop. This is the 19th piece in my collection, which features vehicles primarily from television and film, with a few exceptions. I absolutely love this line and I'm looking forward to adding a few more in the near future.


3/22/15 - Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Checklist
I decided to sit down and create a page dedicated exclusively to Mattel's Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment line of die-cast cars. Since January of 2013, Mattel has released 65 Hollywood cars (as of March 2015.) Many of them are SPECTACULAR.  Some, not so much. Surprisingly, some of the earlier releases are starting to fetch top dollar on eBay.  I've seen Ecto-1 (from the very first wave) consistently sell for $30-50.  Hopefully, THIS CHECKLIST will help you as you try to assemble a complete set.


3/21/15 - Michigan's Star Cars
Although we can't quite compete with Nate Truman and his Star Cars International group in Hollywood, you can find quite a few impressive Star Cars right here in Michigan, and many under one roof!  Over the past several years, some of my Hollywood car friends have amassed quite the collection of 1:1 Star Cars.  Some are screen-used, others are impressive replicas. Today, I traveled to a secret location to check out the collection, and upon entering, I felt like I was standing in a museum!

The main reason for the visit was to check out the recent arrival of this beautiful replica of the '66 Batmobile. I was told a lot of work went into applying the gloss-black paint job and red trim.  The interior still needs some work, but the car can actually shoot flames from its rear exhaust!


Other cars on display include: The original #2 Monkeemobile (which has been featured on this website many times), the General Lee that was used in those Auto Trader commercials featuring Bo & Luke Duke, a Herbie replica, a Mach 5 replica, a replica of the Mutts Cutts van from Dumb & Dumber, a replica of The A-Team Van, and a KITT replica, among others. A spectacular replica of the Munsters Koach will soon be joining the fleet! You'll be able to see many of these cars at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise event.  I might even get to drive one of them!


’58 Plymouth‘83 Chevy SilveradoFord F–250Rapid Responder

3/14/15 - Hot Wheels Entertainment Roster
Mattel has announced the next four waves of the popular Entertainment line, which takes us through October.

Mix 1 (June 2015):

  • ’58 Plymouth – Christine
  • ’83 Chevy Silverado – Friday Night Lights
  • Ford F–250 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind New Casting!
  • Rapid Responder – Emergency!

Mix 2 (August 2015):

  • ’67 Camaro – Christine
  • ’70 Dodge Charger R/T – The Fast & The Furious
  • BTTF Time Machine – Hover Mode – Back to the Future II New Casting!
  • BTTF Time Machine – Mr. Fusion – Back to the Future
  • Toyota 2000GT Roadster – James Bond “You Only Live Twice” New Casting!

Mix 3 (October 2015):

  • ’56 Chevy – The Brady Bunch New Casting!
  • ’74 Checker Taxi Cab/Checker Marathon Cab – Taxi New Casting!
  • ’80s Corvette – James Bond “A View To A Kill”
  • The Dark Knight Batmobile – The Dark Knight trilogy New Die-cast Chassis!
  • Kawasaki GPZ 900R – Top Gun New Casting!

Mix 4 (October 2015 – available only at select hobby retailers):

  • ’76 Ford Grand Torino – Starsky & Hutch New Casting!
  • Back To The Future – 1955 – Back to the Future III
  • The Bat – The Dark Knight Rises New Die-cast Chassis!
  • Ghostbusters Ecto–1 Cartoon Car – The Real Ghostbusters (animated) New Casting!
  • Lotus Esprit S1 – James Bond “The Spy Who Loved Me” New Die-cast Chassis!

I'm pretty excited about many of the cars on this list. One that jumps out at me is the '74 Taxi Cab from the TV series Taxi. This has been on my personal wish list for quite some time. I just hope it has the Sunshine Cab Co. logo on it, which looks something like this:

http://www.hollywood-diecast.com/sunshine%20cab.jpg


2/17/15 - Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile
Arriving in the mail today is a brand new Batmobile from the Hot Wheels line! This casting, based on the Batmobile that appears in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, seems to combine elements from the 1989 Batmobile, the Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy, and a few Bat-Fans noticed similarities to the Batmobile that will appear in the upcoming Batman VS Superman movie. I'm excited to add this to my Batmobile collection. Below is a photo of my display case that holds all the various versions of the Bat-Vehicles that Mattel has released since 2003. I've updated the Hot Wheels Batmobile timeline to include about a dozen releases that have hit stores over the past six months or so. Click on THIS LINK.


2/14/15 - Happy K-Day, Everyone!
Got up early, trekked out in the snow, and headed to my local K-Mart for its Hot Wheels Collectors Event.  Despite the snow, quite a few people showed up.  At 9am, as they began to draw tickets, we counted 12 people of all ages. Luckily, the K-Mart people brought out 16 inner cases! As usual, I was the very last person to be called, but I got a case and pulled out a new Batmobile with an awesome black-metallic finish and yellow highlights. Then I pulled out a Corvette Grand Sport Roadster from Fast & Furious. The staff began calling out numbers for the remaining cases and my number was called again! I opened it up and pulled out one of each of the cars above. I saw others pull out "The Homer" but I didn't get any of those. And one guy pulled out a Super T-Hunt of the Mooneyes Van. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Collectors chatted and swapped cars and everyone seemed to walk away happy. Kudos to my local K-Mart staff for a fun event. 


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2/11/15 - Holy Hot Wheels, Batman!
It seems like whenever I think I'm all caught up, I discover something new has been released. Pictured above, left, is a new variation on the Batman Live Batmobile from the Hot Wheels line. I purchased a few on eBay hoping I would be caught up. But then I discovered a brand new casting is now hitting stores. Pictured above, right, is the Batmobile from the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. I purchased several on eBay and they should arrive in the mail any day now.  I'll post photos and update my Hot Wheels Batmobile timeline when it arrives.  Including the 8-car car set that came out last fall, I need to add 12 new Batmobiles to the timeline! 


2/9/15 - "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"
My Eaglemoss Batman collection continues to grow. Over the past few weeks I've added several pieces to my collection. Pictured above, left, is the Batmobile from The New Adventures of Batman animated series, and above, right, is the Batcycle from the classic TV series and movie. My collection now numbers 18 pieces (primarily from television and film) and I've got my eye on a few more. When displayed together, these vehicles demonstrate Batman's incredible legacy.


2/6/15 - "Chicks love the car."
Each year when I receive my tax refund, I like to by myself something special that otherwise might be a little too pricey. This year, I decided to splurge on Mattel's 1:18 scale Batmobile from Batman Forever.  I picked it up on eBay for $130 (free shipping.) This thing is amazing, with so much detail, including a canopy that slides open to reveal the cockpit. As you can see in the photos above, it displays nicely with my other 1:18 scale Batmobiles that I've collected over the years. 


1/31/15 - "Whoa.  This is heavy."
For the first time since Mattel started producing the Retro Entertainment series, I decided to purchase an entire case of the latest series.  It turned out to be a great deal.  Factoring in the price plus shipping, the cost broke down to about $5 per car.  This series, "Case F", is one of the best waves of the entire line.  It's a good mix of iconic cars and in-demand cars.  It will be tough to find these on the pegs. 

Let's start off with my favorte in this wave:  Biff's Ford Super De Luxe from Back to the Future.  This is one I've always wanted to see produced, but never really expected it.  Mattel not only created a fairly accurate representation of the car, but went the extra step of filling it with "manure."  I haven't opened one yet, but I assume the manure is removable.  There are a few minor inaccuracies, but the positives (accurate license plates) outweigh the negatives (incorrect wheels.)  This just might rank as one of my all-time favorites in my collection.  My Grade:  A+

Next up we have one of the most iconic movie cars of all-time:  James Bond's 1963 Aston Martin DB5 from the movie Goldfinger.  Mattel's basic line version of this car was already impressive.  The Retro Entertainment version has a few more paint applications and much better wheels, although it seems unusually darker compared to the basic version.  Overall, due to its iconic status, this car ranks among the best of the Entertainment line and will sought-after by collectors.  My Grade:  A+

When Mattel got the Ghostbusters license their (long-overdue) Ecto-1 was absolutely stunning.  Now they've followed it up with Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters II.  The detail on this version is mind-blowing, from the new roof rack down to the accurate front and rear license plates.  The only reason I would deduct any points is that this car is from the inferior sequel and bears the logo depicting the ghost holding up 2 fingers, which I detest.  But I have to admit, this is a very nice, and very logical attempt.  My Grade: A

According to IMCDB.org, B.J. McKay primarily drove a 1978 Kenworth K-100 Aerodyne on the B.J. and the Bear TV series.  Mattel calls their release "Thunder Roller" and it's a fairly accurate representation of the cab featured in the TV series.  I compared it to photos on IMCDB.org and the only major difference I see are the smoke stacks. The cab on television has the smokestacks located in the rear.  Here, they're located on the sides.  Other than that, it's pretty impressive (and heavy.)  I just wish Mattel would offer the trailers to go along with their awesome truck cabs.  My Grade:  A

I never thought I'd say this, but the only dud in this series is the Batmobile from Batman Returns.  (Gasp!)  When Mattel first obtained the Batman license, they produced some awesome versions of the '89 Batmobile.  Unfortunately, I've been told those dies were destroyed, and now they're forced to use their basic line dies.  I took one out of the packaging, and it seems to be entirely made out of metal, which is nice.  Unfortunately, it just looks too much like the cheaper basic line version.  My Grade:  B


1/31/15 - "Batcopter cleared for takeoff."
I popped into my local comic book store to see if there was anything new to pick up and the owner, Mike, handed me the newest offering from Eaglemoss.  The Batcopter was featured in the 1966 Batman movie and subsequently on the TV series.  The detail on this piece is so impressive.  I didn't quite know what that yellow thing was near the landing skid, but quickly realized it's a rolled up ladder.  I am blown away by the newest addition to my Eaglemoss collection, which now numbers 15 vehicles. 


 

1/31/15 - The Droids You're Looking For?
While visiting Toys R Us today a shiny golden object caught my eye.  Two new 2-packs have hit stores as part of Mattel's Star Wars Hot Wheels line.  Pictured above are Han Solo & Chewbacca and R2-D2 & C-3PO.  Now, I don't really collect this line, but I have to admit, R2 & C-3PO put a smile on my face, so I bought them. 


 

1/25/15 - "You got Eleanor here?"
Greenlight is going full throttle with the Gone in 60 Seconds license, with plans to release cars from both the classic and modern versions of the film in a variety of scales.  I recently spotted a 1:18 scale version of Eleanor (from the 2000 film) for a retail price of around $60.  Today I found a 1:43 scale version at Toys R Us for $19.99 (above.)  The classic version of Eleanor is currently hitting stores, too, although I haven't seen it (her?) yet.


1/25/15 - New Bat-Finds!
While out searching for new die-cast cars I stumbled onto two new Bat-cars from the Hot Wheels line.  Pictured above, left, is a blue variation of the Batmobile from The Brave & The Bold animated series, now found on a blue-striped HW City card.  Pictured above, right, was a bit of surprise.  Batman Hot Rod is part of the DC Comics line.  At first glance, I wasn't too impressed, but upon closer inspection I noticed Batman's cowl incorporated into the design.  Pretty cool.  Robin and Penguin were also found on the pegs, but I passed on them.


1/14/15 - "I wanna go fast!"
GreenLight has released its latest wave from the Hollywood series and I have to say it's a bit of a yawner.  Whenever I visit a store that carries GreenLight vehicles, the pegs are cluttered with cars that just won't sell.  And when old merchandise doesn't sell, stores don't put out NEW merchandise.  You would think GreenLight would focus on cars that collectors are demanding, but instead, they continue to release cars that no one has asked for.  I admit there are a couple of gems in this wave, but I predict most will be peg-warmers.  Here are my grades, from best to worst:

First up, we have the '69 Chevelle from the Will Ferrell movie Talladega Nights:  The Legend of Ricky Bobby.  In 2006, Motorsports Authentics released a set of 5 racecars from the movie, but never produced Reese Bobby's '69 Chevy Chevelle, which was featured fairly prominently in the movie.  GreenLight now allows me to add this car to my collection.  Not only does the car have an accurate rear-license plate, but it also has a bumper sticker that reads, "If you ain't first, you're last!"  That is freakin' awesome!   A +

I never thought I'd ever see this in die-cast form, but I'm absolutely blown away by the fact that GreenLight actually produced it.  What we have here is the Channel 9 News Team Dodge Van, belonging to Ron Burgundy's hated rivals Wes Mantooth & Company.  The graphics are fantastic and it will display nicely next to the Channel 4 News Team Van on my desk at work.  A +

Okay, I have mixed feeling about this one.  It scores some cool points for being a car driven by Steve McQueen in the 1980 film The Hunter (which happened to be the first Steve McQueen film I ever saw.)  Unfortunately, GreenLight once again uses its T-Top casting for a car that is actually a HARD TOP in the movie.  Ugh, that absolutely drives me crazy.  Why won't GreenLight just produce a hard top Trans-Am already?    I'm going to give this one a middling C+ grade. 

This is where the eye-rolls begin.  GreenLight included this particular car in a pricey boxed set in 2013.  I'm not quite sure why they decided to give it a solo release.  The packaging is kind of cool, but nobody was demanding this car in the first place.  I fully expect this one to clog pegs when it hits stores.  My Grade: D

It's hard to believe the TV series Supernatural has been on television for 10 years now, and I haven't watched a single episode.  So forgive me for not getting too excited about this release.  I thought the '67 Chevy Impala was cool, but GreenLight seems to be going a little overboard with this license.  This project-in-progress '70 Challenger only merits 3 stars on IMCDB.org, so I'm giving it a D.

A Sioux Falls Sheriff's Department patrol car from Supernatural.  Two minor vehicles from the same TV series in the same Hollywood wave? Yawn.  F

1/6/15 - "No one's faster than Crazy Larry, except Dirty Mary!"
Today, I stopped into a nearby Meijer store to look for new die-cast cars.  This 1:64 scale beauty caught my eye.  I instantly recognized it as the '69 Charger from the 1974 cult classic Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.  Made by GreenLight, it doesn't seem to be officially licensed, but it's unmistakable.  This is a fantastic addition to my 1:64 Hollywood car collection! Look for it where GreenLight products are sold. 




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