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.

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11/27/15 - A Blast from the Past!
I wasn't planning on doing any Black Friday shopping today, but as I was driving past a Toys R Us store, I couldn't help but stop to visit. My jaw dropped when I saw this on the shelf. Apparently, Corgi has released a modern replica of the vintage James Bond Aston Martin DB5 in 1:43 scale. This was a total surprise. I couldn't help but grab a couple. Check out the photos above! This is a must-have for that James Bond fan in your family.

11/21/15 - That's Entertainment!
I came home yesterday to find a package waiting for me at my doorstep. What we have here is the latest wave of Hot Wheels Entertainment Series, or "K-Case" and it's a good one! For the most part, this case is solid from top to bottom, with only some minor gripes. Some people are complaining that this is a hobby-only release, meaning you won't find these cars at major retail stores in the U.S. For me, it's no big deal, because I've bought the last several waves online. Another complaint people have is that the plastic blisters on this release are falling off. Luckily, I haven't had any major issues with that.

Perhaps generating the most buzz is the Ecto-1 from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon that ran from 1986 to 1991. This is an unexpected and welcome surprise. The execution is great and fans of the cartoon are going to snatch this one up. My grade: A +

Next up, we have the 1955 version of the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future III, with its white wall tires and transistor parts. Mattel has given us so many great versions of the DeLorean it was just a matter of time before they got around to this one, and they did a great job. The detail is fantastic. My grade: A+

Well, this one is a no-brainer. This casting has been part of the main line for so long it was inevitable it would find its way into the Entertainment line. The Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me is the 7th James Bond car in this series and one of the most famous. It looks great and is a must-have. My grade: A +

One of the most iconic cars in television history has FINALLY made its way into the Entertainment line. The '76 Ford Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch is a welcome addition, unfortunately, its execution is a little poor. It has great wheels, and even has the police light on top, but the white stripe looks a little funky. Still, it's pretty cool. My grade: A

And finally, we come to The Bat from The Dark Knight Rises. Again, this comes to us from the Hot Wheels main line and has been released several times in different packaging. I'm not quite sure what changes justifies us paying $5 for a 99 cents casting, but oh well. My grade: B+

11/14/15 - #1 with a Bullitt!
Over the past few years I've began to notice that while most toy retailers have reduced the amount of space dedicated to die-cast cars, Meijer had become my go-to place to find new product. I popped into my local Meijer store last night and discovered a lot of new stuff, including new Hot Wheels Entertainment and mainline cars and more. Among the items I picked up was this new Bullitt Film Reel set from GreenLight. I applaud GreenLight for making changes that now prevent people from ripping into the packaging in search of Green Machines. This particular set not only includes the iconic '68 Mustang and '68 Dodge Charger R/T (of course) but it also includes two new cars: a '67 Ford Custom and a green Volkswagen Beetle. The inclusion of the Beetle made me smile because, as any fan of the movie would know, the Beetle appears multiple times throughout the famous chase scene.

11/6/15 - SPECTRE: My Review
With great anticipation I sat down to watch the newest James Bond movie SPECTRE during an 8pm showing on Thursday night. I grinned like a child at the classic "gun barrel" shot to start the film. In classic Bond tradition, the film starts off with an action sequence that grabs you by the shirt collar. I flashed back to the opening sequence from Roger Moore's For Your Eyes Only. As SPECTRE progressed, I continuously had a feeling of dιjΰ vu. A fight scene on a train reminded me of a similar fight scene between James Bond and Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me. The car chase sequence in Rome involving Bond's new Aston Martin DB10 (above) brought back joyful memories of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger. For two and a half hours, SPECTRE felt familiar, yet entirely new. In 2012 Skyfall embraced the Bond legacy, and SPECTRE continued to acknowledge its predecessors by including all of the elements we expect and love about the Bond movies. A Bond car with gadgets? CHECK. Beautiful Bond women? CHECK. A flawed villain, complete with lair and a mute henchman? CHECK, CHECK and CHECK. SPECTRE was created to appease the loyal Bond fan, and I, for one, could not have been more pleased! I loved everything about this movie. It's almost perfect. I have only two complaints: the forgettable theme song performed by Sam Smith, and the age gap between James Bond and love interest Madeleine Swann. Daniel Craig is 17 years older than actress Lιa Seydoux. Other than those minor flaws, SPECTRE is a worthy addition to the Bond legacy, and if the series were to end with this installment, I think I would be fine with it. It was a perfect swan song should Daniel Craig decide to walk away from the franchise. Craig has given us three of the best Bond films ever made: Casino Royale, Skyfall and SPECTRE. (Quantum of Solace was a misstep) and I will be eternally grateful to his contribution.

11/5/15 - RIP The King of the Kustomizers
It is with great sadness I'm forced to say goodbye to the legendary George Barris, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 89. Of course, his most famous work is the Batmobile from the classic TV series, quite possibly the first car that made me fall in love with CARS. But not only was he responsible for so many incredible creations on the screen, he was also the car customizer to the stars. If you Google his name, you'll see him posing with the biggest stars in the history of Hollywood. I had the pleasure of first meeting George at the 2003 Detroit Autorama (pictured above.) He was so warm and friendly and easy to talk to. He shared his history with me on camera, and although those tapes are now lost to time, I did manage to transcribe the interview HERE. I first visited his shop in North Hollywood in 2005 and was surprised to find him behind the desk. He gave me the go-ahead to look around and take photos, and it was the first time I saw his enormous collection of toys and memorabilia.

He returned to the Detroit Autorama in 2009 and this time he brought along with him the Hirohata Merc, built by George and Sam in 1951, Sam's 1949 Merc, and the instantly-recognizable Ala Kart. 

He returned to Michigan the following year and was named Grand Marshal of a parade during Dream Cruise weekend. I managed to get a quick interview with him, which can be seen at the 4:30 mark in the video below.


I visited Barris Kustoms again in 2011 and got to pose with the #1 Batmobile (left) which was auctioned off in 2013 for over four millions dollars. It was one of the greatest moments of my life!  Seeing the car up close and personal was the equivalent of meeting a major Hollywood celebrity!

In April of this year I spent a week in the Los Angeles area for a much-needed vacation. On a rainy Tuesday I decided to pay another visit to his shop. Once again, I found him working behind the desk. We chatted for a little bit, then I wandered around the shop like a child at a toy store. Before I left, George graciously posed for a photo with me beside the Batmobile (this time a replica.) I had a feeling it would be the last time I would see George, and sadly, I was right. George Barris has had a huge influence on my life and I feel like I've lost a family member. My condolences go out to his friends and family, especially his daughter Joji, who I've met several times, as well. He was an artist and a visionary, and he will be greatly missed.

10/21/15 - Happy Back to the Future Day!
As many of you know, today is the day that Marty McFly traveled to the future in Back to the Future Pt. II. Although the producers got a lot of things wrong (where are the flying cars?) they did manage to make several accurate predictions. I can't believe how quickly time has gone by. 2015 seemed so far off when I sat in the movie theater as a young man of 23 living in Southern California. Over the next 25 years, Back to the Future has become such a big part of my life. In 1990, I visited Universal Studios and during the tram tour our group passed through the Hill Valley set where a DeLorean Time Machine sat on the lot. I was pulled from the group to put on a Doc Brown costume and I was placed on a replica of the clock tower ledge desperately trying to connect the conductor cable.

Back to the Future Filming Locations

In 2011 I had the opportunity to visit several other filming locations. The first was the McFly home located at 9303 Roslyndale Avenue in Arleta in the San Fernando Valley. It was an amazing experience to see that famous house up close and personal. I also visited the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry (Twin Pines Mall) and the historic Gamble House in Pasadena (Doc Brown's home in 1955.)

When I returned to L.A. in April of 2015, I was able to cross off one more location on my bucket list. I managed to weasel my way into the gymnasium of the First United Methodist Church of Hollywood, where the Enchantment Under the Sea scenes were filmed. I thought I was going to get kicked out, but instead, an employee showed me around and was so kind and generous. I hope others are able to have the same experience I did. I wish I could be in California for all the BTTF celebrations, but alas, I'm stuck here in Michigan. But I'll be there in spirit!

10/16/15 - That's Entertainment!
The latest Hot Wheels Enterainment wave is now shipping (Case J - FYI.) Once again, it's a mixed bag. Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Let's start off with my favorite of this bunch, the '74 Checker Taxi Cab from the classic TV series Taxi. This one has been on my personal wish list since I started collecting. Cabs from various years appeared on the series, but it's the 1974 model that was featured most prominently. I love he Sunshine Cab logo. This may be one of my all time favorites from this line. My Grade: A + + +

Okay, I haven't watched Top Gun in a long time, but of all the (non-flying) vehicles featured in the 1986 film Top Gun, the Kawasaki Ninja GPZ 900R is the only one that ranks 4 stars on Comparing the Hot Wheels version to stills from the movie, it's pretty spot on, with the exception of the odd-looking front wheel. I gotta say, I wasn't expecting this, but it's a pleasant surprise. My Grade: A

This Corvette from A View to a Kill is the 6th James Bond vehicle that has been included in the Entertainment line. According to, the Corvette only ranks 2 stars. It's definitely not as memorable as the Renault 11 Taxi that gets broken in half. The tampos on the rims are a nice touch. but I wish Mattel would stick to more iconic cars. My Grade: B

During the 3rd season of The Brady Bunch, Greg is pressured by his friend Eddie to buy a '56 Chevy Bel Air that turns out to be a lemon. This is the "fixed up" version of the car. A '56 Chevy was also included in the Matchbox Star Car line. I remember the episode, but meh, I shrug my shoulders at this one. It's okay, I guess. My Grade: B

I don't know whether to be angry or sad at this one. I can understand Mattel taking liberties with Batman's Tumbler design for its basic line so the car can run on tracks, but I expect more from the higher-priced Entertainment line. Mattel REALLY needs to bring back the awesome casting from the 100% Hot Wheels line. Until then, I'll be shaking my fist. My Grade: F

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10/12/15 - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
It wasn't easy, but I finally managed to piece together a set of GreenLight's latest Hollywood series. There are actually 6 cars that make up the set, but I passed on the Gas Monkey cars. This has to win the award for the lamest series GreenLight has released to-date. The folks at GreenLight should be embarrassed! First up we have two cars from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill (Volume 2). The 1979 Pontiac Firebird (above, left) only rates 2 stars on, and was driven by Daryl Hannah's character. The '71 Charger only appears in the movie as a background car, sitting in a parking lot. Boooo!  That's just lazy! The Corvette was driven by Pamela Ewing on the classic Dallas TV series. gives this one 4 stars. Personally, if I didn't have this website, I would've passed on all of them. GreenLight's poor choices for their Hollywood line has been clogging pegs for years. Luckily, they have some interesting stuff on the horizon, including the Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation. Bring it on!

10/12/15 - Holy Hot Wheels, Batman!
There are two new Hot Wheels Batmobiles currently hit stores. Believe it or not, the Batmobile from the upcoming Batman VS Superman movie has been included in the Hot Wheels mainline. Mattel released an exclusive San Diego Comic Con version back in July. Now the 99 cents version can be had wherever Hot Wheels are sold (if you can find one!)

Also, while checking out the toy aisles I spotted a variation of the Arkham Asylum Batmobile. I wasn't positive until I got home and compared it to the others in my collection. This version has different wheels, different "headlights," and a darker windshield. Good luck finding these in your toy hunts!

9/8/15 - "What a lovely day!"
Thanks to a tip from fellow collector Jason, I learned that those who pre-ordered the new Mad Max video game received an exclusive "Ripper" die-cast vehicle, based on an original vehicle available within the game. As you can see, the design hints at the classic V8 Interceptor. I was able to buy the car on eBay for $15 without buying the game. The die-cast car was made by MadetoOrder, Inc. out of Pleasanton, CA.

9/5/15 - "Star Wars! Nothin' But STAR WARS!"
In addition to Hasbro, Mattel got in on the Force Friday fun by releasing a TON of new Hot Wheels Star Wars product. Pictured above are new singles, two-packs and playsets from the much-anticipated upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a Target-Exclusive 11 vehicle boxed set! Also, while visiting the Disney Store at my local mall, I discovered several new die-cast vehicles from the new movie. These are larger scale, and several previous classic vehicles were re-released in The Force Awakens packaging (below.)

9/4/15 - Happy Force Friday!
I left work early today and hit some stores on my way home to see what's on the shelves this Force Friday. At my local Meijer I found a complete set of new Star Wars Black Series Titanium vehicles from Hasbro. (It seems odd that Hasbro is competing with Mattel's Star Wars vehicles.) There are ten vehicles released as singles and one 4-pack, including both classic and new vehicles.

01 - The Millennium Falcon as it appears in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has the rectangular radar dish. It has some nice detail and measures approximately 3 inches long.

02 - blue & white Resistance X-Wing from the new movie.

03 - Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle.

04 - First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

05 - Rey's Speeder (Jakku) which was one of the first new vehicles we saw in the teaser trailer.

06 - First Order Star Destroyer. It's similar to the classic Star Destroyer, but doesn't have familiar bridge.

07 - X-Wing (Luke Skywalker's Red 5 from the original trilogy.)

08 - Y-Wing from the original trilogy.

09 - Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

10 - Boba Fett's Slave I from The Empire Strikes Back.

The 4-pack (below) includes Poe Dameron's X-Wing (black & gold), the Millennium Falcon (as it appears in the original trilogy), Biggs Darklighter's X-Wing, and a classic TIE Fighter.

8/26/15 - That's Entertainment!
I came home today to find a package on my doorstep. The box contained the newest wave of Mattel's Hot Wheels Entertainment line (Case "H".) Let's take a look, shall we?

Let's start with the best. Although Mattel has already released the "Hover Mode" version of the Back to the Future Time Machine in its mainline, this is a much-improved version. It has a glossy, metallic finish and great detail. This just might rank as one of the best from the entire Entertainment line. My Grade: A+ + +
Also in this wave is another version of the BTTF Time Machine, this time with Mr. Fusion. I'm a little surprised Mattel put TWO versions of the Time Machine in the same wave, but I'm not complaining. This one also has a glossy, metallic finish and nice detail. The only knock against it is the generic wheels. I really wish Mattel would do screen-accurate wheels. My Grade: B
Case H give us yet another entry from the James Bond world. Here we have 007's Toyota 2000GT Roadster from You Only Live Twice.  Although it's not the most memorable of 007's vehicles, Mattel did a very nice job on it, right down to the screen-accurate license plate. My Grade: B
If you like smashing your cars together, you now have a '67 Camaro to do battle with Christine (from the previous wave.) I guess it's kind of cool, although the wheels seem a little large. My grade: B
Okay, now this one is a bit of a head-scratcher. The '70 Dodge Charger R/T from The Fast and The Furious was already released in 2014. I compared both versions and there doesn't seem to be any difference at all between the two cars. That's very odd. Brian's Toyota Supra might have been nice, or just about ANY OTHER CAR from the movie. My Grade: D

8/26/15 - Today's Bat-Finds
Today is my birthday so I took the day off to cruise around and have dinner with family. I hit several stores while I was out and about and discovered two new Hot Wheels Bat-Items at Toys R Us. Pictured above, left, is a new variation of the Batmobile from The Brave & The Bold animated series. This is the third variation of this particular casting and has a unique red & black deco with black & chrome wheels. Then, as I got to the end of the aisle and spotted a new Batman 5-Pack on the end cap. The 5-Pack includes the Batcopter, which is slightly different than previous releases. This makes it the sixth variation of the Batcopter casting. The Batmobile that's included in the 5-Pack is similar to the "Affinity" Batmobile, only this time it has black wheels. This casting was first released in 2003, soon after Mattel obtained the Batman license. It now has been released 11 different times, if you include the "Zamac" version. The rest of the set includes a Gotham City Police car, and Joker and Penguin vehicles.

8/23/15 - "Holy Atomic Pile, Batman!"
While visiting an out-of-the-way Walmart store I discovered a dump-bin full of Hot Wheels. Mixed in with mainline vehicles was a complete set of Walmart-Exclusive Hot Wheels Bat-Vehicles. Although I was happy to find them, upon closer inspection, there isn't anything to get too excited about. These are mostly re-releases in new packaging.

1/6 - The beloved TV Batmobile is back, with pretty cool card art, and this particular version of the Batmobile is flat black, as opposed to gloss black finish on previous releases. Taking everything into account, this version can hang on  your wall as art. My grade: A

2/6 - Ugh. Here we go again. Once again, someone over at Mattel INSISTS on using the silly Hardnoze Batmobile to represent the 1989 Batman movie. I suspect some dastardly fiend like the Joker or the Riddler is behind this!  It's gloss black this time, but who cares? My grade: F

3/6 - And again, Mattel dusts off this terrible version of the Tumbler to represent Batman Begins. For the love of God, why can't they retool this to make it look more like that Batmobile in the movie? If they destroyed the dies for this casting, the world would be a better place. My grade: F

4/6 - Mattel chose the Bat-Pod to represent The Dark Knight, which, surprisingly, has never appeared in previous Walmart-Exclusive sets. This particular version has some metallic highlights to make it slightly different than previous releases. A Batman figure would have been a nice touch. My grade: B+

5/6 - The Bat from The Dark Knight Rises returns to the lineup, despite having been included in the previous lineup. There doesn't seem to be any significant changes from the mainline version. The only reason to buy this one is if you're into packaging variations. My grade: B

6/6 - And, finally, we have the Batmobile from the Arkham Asylum video game. This is the first time it's been part of the Walmart-Exclusive series, but it doesn't seem to be any different than its recent mainline release. My grade: B+

8/19/15 - RIP: Yvonne Craig
My heart broke this morning when I read the news that Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, had passed away on August 17th at the age of 78, after a long battle with breast cancer. Batgirl was quite possibly my first crush. As a child I watched the Batman TV series in reruns, and noticed that Yvonne Craig was incredibly beautiful. I got to actually meet her at the Motor City Comic Con in 2006, but instead of talking about Batman, we talked about Elvis Presley. Yvonne co-starred with Elvis in two of his films: It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964.)

Oddly, there hasn't been a lot of Batgirl merchandise over the years. In 2008, Batgirl's Batcycle was offered for the first time when it was included in Mattel's San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 3-vehicle set (above, left.) Then, just last year, I found the Eaglemoss version of Batgirl's bike while visiting a comic book store in New York. The first Yvonne Craig Batgirl figure from the new Batman line was offered at this year's San Diego Comic Con as an exclusive, and a three-pack that includes Batman & Robin is currently available from Toys R Us (above, right.)

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Yvonne Craig. She will be missed.

8/18/15 - "I never joke about my work, 007."
With the next James Bond installment slated to hit theaters in November, Mattel will be releasing a 5-car set to coincide with the release of SPECTRE. I just happened to receive a set on my doorstep today! The card art is so awesome, I have to assume this set is meant to be displayed in-package. Available only at Walmart, this set includes:

1 of 5: The Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale has already been released as part of the Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment line, but it's the card art that makes this particular release worth buying.
2 of 5: Like the Aston Martin DBS, we've already seen this one in Retro Entertainment packaging. Unfortunately, the casting is slightly inaccurate with that rear spoiler. (The Mustang Mach I in Diamonds are Forever didn't have one.) Still, you need to have this to complete the set.
3 of 5: Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time EVER, we have the '64 Lincoln Continental from Goldfinger. I believe Johnny Lightning was going to produce it but then pulled the plug on the James Bond line. The wheels are generic, but still, this is a great new addition to my collection!
4 of 5: Okay, this is repackaged release of the main line Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me, so again, the only reason to buy this one is to complete the set, and for the awesome card art.
5 of 5: Although this is another re-release, I'm pretty excited about this one. Yes, it's the main line Aston Martin DB5, but this time, it's in Skyfall packaging! Skyfall was outstanding, and in my opinion, one of the greatest 007 movies ever made. It's hard to believe this is the first time we've gotten a die-cast vehicle from that film!

8/16/15 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: My Review
2015 may be remembered as the year of terrific spy movies. So far, we've had three really great ones: Kingsman, Mission: Impossible 5 and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with James Bond hitting theaters on November 6th in SPECTRE.

You read that correctly, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is GREAT! It seems all the recent spy thrillers are set in modern times, which is fine. But occasionally I like watching the early James Bond movies, with the coolness factor that only the 60's can provide. Somehow, Director Guy Ritchie managed to authentically recreate that cool retro atmosphere with its fashions, locations, music, and cars (lots and lots of cool cars!) This movie has the look and feel of having actually been made in the 60's!

Right from the start, I was drawn to the main characters. Henry Cavill was charming and funny as Napoleon Solo. Armie Hammer's Illya had emotional depth. And Alicia Vikander was tough, yet funny and adorable. The actors had great chemistry as they bonded throughout the story. Okay, the story was simple. Yet another villain with an atom bomb threatens the world. But that's what I liked about it. It was simple and not overly complicated, but the movie was action-packed and funny and very stylish.

Unfortunately, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was overshadowed by Straight Outta Compton, but I'm hoping the movie will find an audience thanks to word-of-mouth. I really encourage you to see this movie! And hopefully, there will be a sequel, because I want to see the Piranha resurrected on the big screen!


8/8/15 - "Where we're going, we don't need roads!"
Mattel keeps cranking out cool Hollywood cars as part of their Hot Wheels mainline. Although I haven't seen them in stores yet, I did manage to snag these online for a fairly decent price.

Pictured above, left, is The Simpsons Family Car. It's a nice attempt, but I feel Johnny Lightning's version is superior. We'll see if Mattel makes major improvements for the Retro Entertainment line.

Pictured above, right, is the hovering version of the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine. This has GOT to be one of the coolest main line Hot Wheels ever made! Mattel even included rolling wheels concealed in the base of the car. Great Scott!

7/29/15 - "What did you expect, an exploding pen?"
Exciting news is coming from overseas! Mattel is releasing a set of James Bond cars similar to the sets released from The Fast & The Furious movies. Some of them are re-releases, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited. The re-releases are the Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale, Mustang Mach I from Diamonds Are Forever Mustang and Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me. Now, the Aston Martin DB5 is a re-release, BUT it's released under the Skyfall title, which is pretty awesome. A vehicle from Goldfinger is included, but it's not what you would expect. For the first time EVER, we are getting the Lincoln Continental that gets crushed into a cube by Oddjob. I'm pretty excited about this set and look forward to more in the future! 

7/27/15 - "I found them! Repeat...I found them!"
Three new vehicles are now hitting stores as part of the Hot Wheels Star Wars line. Pictured above, from left, is Luke's Red 5 X-Wing Fighter, TIE Fighter and Vulture Droid. This brings the total to 8 vehicles released so far. I found the three new vehicles at my local Toys R Us store.

7/13/15 - "That's how it starts..."
One of the many perks of attending the San Diego Comic Con is getting first crack at the many incredible exclusives available to attendees. Unfortunately, many people (like me) can't make it to San Diego, so we have to resort to paying inflated prices on eBay. I won't say how much I paid, but after receiving this in the mail today, I have to say it was totally worth it. What we have here is the very first die-cast version of the Batmobile that will be featured in the upcoming Superman VS Batman and Suicide Squad movies. It's the first NEW movie Batmobile since the introduction of the Tumbler in 2005's Batman Begins. (Wow! Has it been 10 years already?) The Batmobile is contained in a cleverly engineered package. As you open it, the car rises into view. As a Batmobile collector, this is a must-have and I was willing to pay the price to add this to my collection. Judging by the trailer that was revealed at Comic Con, the movie looks like it's going to be EPIC! 

7/11/15 - Holy Hot Wheels, Batman!
Mattel has been releasing so many cool additions to their Hot Wheels line it's been difficult to keep up! I walked into a Toys R Us store and was surprised to find a blue variation of the Batman Live Batmobile. I didn't even know this existed, but it looks great!

Not only that, but keep your eyes peeled for the HOVER version of the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine, and Homer Simpson's car, all part of the Hot Wheels main line! It's a great time to be a collector!

7/1/15 - That's Entertainment!
Whenever I get a new batch of Hot Wheels Entertainment cars in my hand, I'm a happy guy. The latest wave arrived at my doorstep today and I'm pretty excited, although it's a tad disappointing there are only 4 cars in this set. If I remember correctly, a convertible from 48 Hrs. was originally announced, but apparently has gotten canceled. Here's my take on this wave:

Last year, Auto World gave us a spectacular 1:64 scale version of Christine. Now, Mattel has taken its red '58 Plymouth Belvedere from its Hot Wheels Boulevard line and put it in Christine packaging. I'm not complaining. It's pretty darn great, too. It even has screen-accurate front and rear license plates. My grade: A +

Mattel last gave us the Rapid Responder from the TV series Emergency! back in 1999. It looks like they used the same casting to include it in the Hot Wheels Entertainment line, which is fine by me, since it's a pretty good likeness of the Dodge truck used on the TV series. I was hoping Mattel would get around to including this in the Entertainment line. My grade: A+

Normally, I sneer at obscure cars from TV and film, but this one really makes me smile. Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of my all-time favorite movies and this Ford F-250 was driven by Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) in the film, and Mattel announced it was a brand new casting. I hope you like this one as much as I do. My grade: A+

Unfortunately, I've never seen an episode of Friday Night Lights, and according to IMCDB.ORG, the Chevy Silverado only rates 2 stars. This one is a bit of a disappointment and destined to become a peg-warmer. My grade: D-

6/30/15 - Hooray for Hollywood?
I received the latest wave of GreenLight's Hollywood series in the mail today, and I have to stay, it's a real disappointment. It's become painfully obvious that GreenLight is just trying to pair up existing castings to even the most obscure car that comes up while searching IMCDB.ORG.  Instead of doing my usual car-by-car review, I'm just going to quickly run through the list:

The '73 VW Type 2 from The Field of Dreams stands out for me. The vehicle is featured fairly heavily in a pretty great film. It even has a screen-accurate rear license plate. Nice.

As for the '67 Ford Custom Taxi, does anyone really remember this car from Bullitt? Ugh. Rolling my eyes.

Browsing IMCDB.ORG, I couldn't find any evidence of a yellow VW Bug in the first Friday the 13th movie...or the second. It wasn't until I got to the page for Friday the 13th Part III when I found a photo of a beat up yellow VW Bug. Really GreenLight?  Come on.

Although I've never seen an episode, I'm aware that Supernatural has a pretty loyal following, but GreenLight is really milking this license. Enough already.

Breaking Bad will be fondly remembered as one of the greatest television dramas of all time, but the TV series wasn't exactly known for its cars. I applaud GreenLight for producing the RV meth lab (see below.) That's pretty freakin' cool. But collectors don't really need a bunch of cars from Breaking Bad. There are plenty of OTHER movies and TV shows that are deserving of a die-cast car license. Let's move on.

6/27/15 - "Tread Lightly."
Whenever I visit my local mall  I usually visit a store called FYE. They sell music, movies and collectibles. I was surprised to find THIS hanging on the pegs: Greenlight's 1:64 scale 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV from the critically acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad. I read somewhere it's a hobby exclusive, so you won't find it at any of the major retail stores. This thing is incredibly detailed and I'm sure it'll be huge with collectors and fans of the TV show. I also found a 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 hanging beneath it, also from Breaking Bad.

6/27/15 - "We talkin' or we racin'?"
I stopped into my local Meijer store and discovered Greenlight's latest wave of 1:43 scale Fast & Furious cars. I had to snag all three pictured above. The blue 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera GT3 RS was driven by Brian in Fast Five. The Honda S2000 was driven by Johnny Tran in the original The Fast and The Furious (2001), and Dominic Toretto drives the red 1970 Chevelle SS at the very end of The Fast and The Furious, and again in Fast & Furious (2009.) These are all must-haves in my opinion!

6/24/15 - RIP: General Lee
In the 12 years I've been maintaining this website, I've always tried to avoid politics, but now politics have encroached on the world of Hollywood cars and I feel like I need to voice my opinion.

In the wake of the horrific tragedy that took place in Charleston, SC, the response of our politicians and media is to go after a piece of fabric, a symbol. Apparently, the rationale is, if the Confederate Flag goes away, so will rampant racism. WHAT? 

As more and more retail outlets announce they will no longer sell products that bear the Confederate Flag symbol, the inevitable has was announced that Warner Bros. will no longer license replicas of General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.  WHAT? 

Now, I'm just a white guy from the north, so my opinion on this issue really doesn't matter. I've never hung the flag in my home, and I've never been the victim of racism, but to suggest that EVERYONE who flies the Confederate Flag, wears Stars & Bars apparel, or drives a General Lee replica is a racist is just plain IGNORANT. You just can't make these kinds of broad accusations about the entire population of  the southern United States! I'm fairly confident there are plenty of people in the south who are wonderful, loving, and caring individuals who only view the Confederate Flag as a symbol of Southern pride.

As for The Dukes of Hazzard, I recall gathering around the television with my family to watch good, clean, wholesome family fun. I'm sure there are many families of various ethnicities and skin colors that will agree with me. I've never witnessed anything even REMOTELY resembling racism throughout the show's entire run. Note the image in the top left corner of this website, which has been there since 2005.

It's not my place to offer a solution to addressing the problems the country faces in regards to racism. I can only say that to go after a piece of red, white and blue fabric is a misguided effort. I can guarantee that even if you fold up every Confederate Flag, place it in a box, and bury it in your backyard, racism will continue to run rampant in this country, north and south, in all 50 states, until we, as human beings, evolve beyond the capability to hate.

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:

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. 


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, 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 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, 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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