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.
- Vengeance is Mine!
I know this is old news, but its been
very difficult finding anything new in my area lately. The U.S.S.
Vengeance was released quite a while ago as part of the basic HW City line,
but I haven't seen one in stores, so I resorted to eBay to add one to my
collection. As you probably know, the U.S.S. Vengeance was featured in
2013's Star Trek Into Darkness and although not in scale, it joins
the U.S.S. Enterprise (and its battle damaged version) in the HW City line.
"Got anything faster?"
Apparently, this hit stores about a
month ago, but somehow it slipped under my radar. Mattel has included
this Lamborghini Sesto Elemento from the movie Need for Speed in its
basic line. This is the car driven by the villain Dino Brewster in the
film's final race. Expect two more cars from the movie to hit stores
soon as part of Mattel's Hot Wheels Entertainment line: 2014 Custom
Mustang and Koenigsegg Agera.
- Captain America: The Winter Solder
When I saw the first Captain America
movie in 2011, it instantly became one of my all-time favorite movies.
I loved how it was set during WWII, which made it okay to cheer for the red,
white & blue. It was chock-full of fun and humor and at times made me
want to stand up and cheer. Captain America: The Winter Solder
feels like the polar OPPOSITE of its predecessor, yet I can't get this movie
out of my head after seeing it in 3D IMAX during a Saturday matinee.
Winter Solder is a dark movie, perhaps the darkest movie in the
entire Marvel series to-date. Its darkness reflects that mood that
prevails in this post 9/11 era. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) comes from
a time when patriotism ran rampant, and is now having trouble adapting to a
modern society where distrust reigns and certain freedoms are compromised in
the name of security. As the events unfold throughout the movie, the
results will have a ripple effect on the entire Marvel universe, which makes
this movie an absolute MUST-SEE if you are a Marvel movie fan. What
this installment lacks in fun and humor, it makes up for in political
intrigue and adrenaline-pumping action, highlighted by a thrilling high
speed police pursuit (pictured above) involving Nick Fury (Samuel L.
Jackson.) If you haven't seen the first movie, you may want to get
caught up because the sequel makes numerous references to it. Then
fasten your seatbelt and enjoy this newest chapter in the Marvel universe,
which I rank among my top five favorites, behind The Avengers, the
first Iron Man movie, and the first Captain America movie.
- A Hollywood Die-Cast Exclusive Scoop!
Great news from a reliable source at
Auto World. Pictured above are photos of the tooling sample of a 1:18
scale version of the 1969 Charger from the 1974 movie Dirty Mary Crazy
Larry, starring Peter Fonda and Susan George. I'm told we can
expect to find it in stores in December of 2014. I'm excited that
we're seeing something brand new in 1:18 scale from AutoWorld's Silver
Screen Machines line. I'll try to bring you updates throughout the
- Kind of a Big Deal.
While out and about today I stopped into
my local Toys R Us store. I saw Greenlight's previous Hollywood
releases on the pegs, but as I dug deeper I spotted this re-release of the
Channel 4 News Van from Anchorman. Later, I swung into Meijer
and found it there, too. GL added a microwave dish, roof platform, and
a ladder on the back of the van. It's SUCH an improvement over the
previous release. I absolutely LOVE this thing.
- 75 Years of Batman
We're not even into April yet and Mattel
has already released all five Bat-Vehicles planned for its Hot Wheels basic
line in 2014. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman Mattel
released The Batman Batmobile (61/250) way back in November of 2013
on the blue-striped HW City cardback. Next up was a blue variation of
the "Affinity" Batmobile (62/250), followed by the Camouflage Tumbler
(63/250) and the Bat-Pod (64/250) from The Dark Knight Rises, all
hitting stores before the year's end. To complete the announced
releases for 2014, a funky version of the TV Batmobile (65/250) is now
hitting stores (above, right.) We'll have to wait and see what Mattel
has planned for 2015.
3/28/14 - That's
The website T-Hunted.com revealed the
list of cars slated to be released as part of the Hot Wheels Entertainment
line throughout the rest of 2014. There are some pretty exciting
entries on this list, and a few head-scratchers.
• Karate Kid - '48 Ford Super Deluxe
• Knight Rider - KITT Super Pursuit Mode
• Fast and Furious - '70 Dodge Charger R / T
• James Bond - Aston Martin DBS
• Tommy Boy - '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX
• Zoolander - '67 Ford Bronco
• James Bond - 1976 Lotus Esprit - Submarine
• Simpsons - The Homer
• Beverly Hills, 90210 - '65 Mustang
• Anchorman - Custom '77 Dodge Van
• BJ & The Bear - Thunder Roller
• James Bond - Aston Martin DB5
• Ghostbusters II - Ecto-1A
• Back To The Future - '48 Ford
• Batman Returns - Batmobile
- "The Lamborghini, then?"
Quite a while ago I learned that Mattel
would be including this Lamborghini Murcielago in its Hot Wheels Color
Shifters line. I kept waiting for it to show up in stores, but months
passed with no sign of it. I couldn't even find a single auction on
eBay. Then, within the past month or so, auctions started to pop up,
but all seemed to come from Canada. Needless to say, I'm a little
confused. I don't know if this a Canadian exclusive or if it will find
its way to the U.S. in the near future, but I purchased one on eBay from a
Canadian seller. This Lamborghini is part of a set that includes cars
representing The Joker and Bane. For the record, variations of the
Murcielago appeared in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight,
while the Aventador appeared in The Dark Knight Rises. I just
thought it would be a cool piece to add to my Batman Hot Wheels collection.
- Great Odin's Raven!
It was announced that Greenlight will be
re-releasing the Channel 4 News Van from 2004's Anchorman, but as you
can see in the photo above, they will be fixing a few things. This
time they'll be adding the microwave dish and platform to the roof of the
van, and a ladder on the rear of the van. This is fantastic news, even
though it's a little frustrating for those of us who bought MULTIPLES of the
original release. I don't know when the release date is, but since
photos of the van in packaging have surfaced, it should only be a matter of
weeks before it shows up in stores.
- Hot Wheels Entertainment: Mix C
The website T-Hunted.com posted the
first pic of the HW Entertainment Mix C assortment, and I have mixed
feelings about this batch. There are TWO, count 'em, TWO cars from the
new movie Need for Speed. At least these two cars, the 2014
Mustang and Koenigsegg Agera, are featured prominently in the film (unlike
the previously released Pontiac GTO, which had a MINOR role in the movie.)
The popularity of these cars will depend on how well the movie does at the
box office. Marty's Toyota pickup from Back to the Future is
kind of cool, but let's face it, it was BARELY featured in the movie.
Personally, I'd be more excited about Biff's Ford or even the Libyan's VW
Bus. When I have the full set in my hands, I'll post a more detailed
- Need for Speed: My Review
When a movie boasts that it's based on a
video game, one has to lower his expectations. So, heading into the
movie theater with tempered expectations, I have to say I came out of the
theater entertained. Need for Speed is what it is: a
movie for car lovers, made by car lovers. There are no surprises in
this movie. Take a little bit of The Fast & The Furious, Smokey &
The Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and Vanishing Point, throw
them into a blender, and you get Need for Speed. Sprinkle in a
few winks to movies like Bullitt and American Graffiti to add
some flavor. What elevates this movie beyond a forgettable car chase
flick is the performance of Aaron Paul, in his first major post-Breaking
Bad appearance, as Tobey Marshall. Aaron Paul is such a fine
actor, you want to ride shotgun with him.
Need for Speed starts
off with a street race that borrows a page from the early Fast & Furious
movies, but featuring classic American muscle. Marshall is behind
the wheel of a stunning blue Ford Gran Torino. To earn money to keep
his garage afloat, he enters into a deal with his rival, Dino Brewster
(Dominic Cooper) to finish building a Shelby modified Ford Mustang.
Once the deal is done, the payment for the job is put on the line in a race
featuring three jaw-dropping Koenigseggs. Let's just say things go
horribly wrong. Two years later, Marshall plots his revenge by
entering a high-stakes race called The DeLeon, with a chance to face off
against his rival once again. Marshall manages to secure the Shelby
Mustang for the race, but the car comes with the lovely Julia Maddon (Imogen
Poots.) The two take off on a cross-country trek, not yet knowing if
they'll be invited to race in The DeLeon. Along the way, they stop off
in Detroit (my hometown) to pick up a team member. A police chase
ensues, with the streets of Detroit as the backdrop (pictured above.)
It was thrilling to see streets and landmarks that I've grown up with
featured so prominently in a major motion picture!
Believe it or not, at least
an HOUR goes by before the start of the DeLeon race! Once it starts,
it's like a brand new movie begins. I won't mention any spoilers,
other than to say it's, once again, a HIGH STAKES RACE!
In conclusion, Need for
Speed could easily be mistaken for another chapter in the Fast &
Furious franchise. It has the ethnically diverse cast, stunning
cars, and thrilling races and chases to qualify, although the Fast &
Furious movies are much more fun. Aaron Paul proves that he has
what it takes to be an action star, but with his acting talent, will add
weight to any project he chooses. Go see Need for Speed.
- Christine Comparison
Christine hit movie theaters in
1983. Directed by John Carpenter, the movie ranks among the best adaptations
of a Stephen King novel. Oddly, it took almost 15 years for collectors
to be able to add Christine to their die-cast car collection.
Unfortunately, the first official attempt, well, disappointed...
In 1997, Johnny Lightning released the first
officially licensed Christine as part of its Fright'ning
Lightning series. As you can see in the photo at left, it was
a half-hearted attempt. The car lacked any detail and looked as if
it was dunked in a can of red paint. Sadly, this version acted as
a placeholder until something better came along.
In 2003, I discovered this incredible '58 Belvedere
included in Ertl's American Muscle - Early Muscle 3-car boxed set.
Now, although the car in the movie is described as a Plymouth Fury, I'm
told that the Fury was never produced in red, and that, in fact,
Plymouth Belvederes were used during production. It was THIS
incredibly detailed car that represented Christine in my
collection for YEARS...although I still hoped someone would come along
and make a new officially licensed version.
In 2009, M2 Machines produced this stunning '58
Plymouth Belvedere as part of its Auto-Thentics line. It
was a very nice piece, but it's red lined wheels weren't exactly
movie-accurate, and let's face it, it still wasn't the officially
licensed car we were hoping for.
Here's an interesting tidbit: the first time a
'58 Plymouth Fury was ever released in red, in 1:64 scale, was THIS
offering pictured at left. Mattel released this beauty as part of
its Hot Wheels line, BUT, it was released as a Treasure Hunt.
Luckily for collectors, it can easily be purchased online for $5 or
less. Close...but no cigar.
Then, in 2013, a collective GASP could be heard
around the world when Mattel released this absolutely stunning '58
Plymouth Belvedere as part of its Boulevard line. With its popular
Retro Entertainment line hitting stores, could an officially licensed
Christine be in the works? Well, since Mattel
didn't have the license, we wouldn't see it in the Entertainment
...Auto World announced THEY had snagged the
Christine license, and after releasing her in 1:18 scale and a 1:43
resin model, we FINALLY were treated to the definitive version of
Christine in 1:64 scale in 2014. As part of the Silver
Screen Machines line, this red '58 Plymouth Fury has blacked out
windows AND a screen-accurate license plate. We can finally take
her off our wish list! She has arrived and she's BAD TO THE BONE!
- "She was born in Detroit..."
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on
this site to keep an eye out for Auto World's 1:64 scale version of
Christine. About a week later, I was told the car was being sold
on the website Milezone.com. I quickly ordered three of them at $8
apiece plus shipping. As it turned out, I was lucky to get them,
because they quickly sold out! The car arrived in the mail today
and it is indescribably beautiful! Check out this description on the
back of the card:
"Christine is finally
replicated for the first time in true 1:64 scale! We take scale
seriously at Auto World. When we say true 1:64 scale, we mean it!
Every detail of the car is scaled a perfect 1:64 scale - even the correct
wheels and tires featured in the movie. But, be careful!
Her evil is still full scale!"
This is actually the second
time Christine has been officially licensed in 1:64 scale, but the
first attempt by Johnny Lightning in 1997 was so terrible, it ended up on my
all-time WORST list. The Auto World version is absolutely stunning
with its blacked out windows, accurate license plate, and overall attention
to detail. This is a MUST-HAVE for any Hollywood die-cast collector!
- Amazing ROAK!
Occasionally, I receive really cool
gifts in the mail, or what I like to refer to as "Random Acts of Kindness."
I really appreciate everything that is sent to me, but it's hard to top when
something is made by hand. Recently, I received a message from "Optimus
Prime" through my Facebook page asking for my mailing address. A
mysterious package arrived today and when I opened it, I was blown away.
Pictured above are two custom-made Hot Wheels cars depicting Knight 4000 (in
red & black) from the 1991 TV movie Knight Rider 2000. The back
of the card says "Commissioned by Mr. Optimus Prime, Created by Mr. Keith
Smith." It looks like the base car is the Pontiac Banshee, which is
pretty accurate when compared to a still from the TV movie pictured below.
The TV movie was supposed to act as a pilot for an ongoing TV series, but
the series never panned out. I can't tell you how grateful I am to be able
to add these to my collection. A huge thank you goes out to Mr.
- The King and I
I've met dozens of legendary racecar
drivers, but somehow Richard Petty always eluded me...UNTIL TODAY!
Richard and Kyle Petty made an appearance at the 2014 Detroit Autorama
today. I had to stand in line for over 2 1/2 hours, but it was worth
it. Not only did I get a photograph with The King, but I've added two
new additions to my "Auto-Graphs" collection. It was a great night!
- Coming Soon!
The above photo was posted on Facebook
by Dave Nicholson. AutoWorld has the license to produce Christine
in various forms. To date, they've released a 1:18 scale version and a
1:43 resin model. Arriving in stores within the next month or so is an
official 1:64 scale version, and it looks spectacular. The last time we got
an officially licensed version of Christine it was produced by Johnny
Lightning as part of their Fright'ning Lightning series, and it was pretty
terrible (see below.) Ertl, Mattel and even M2 Machines have all
produced cars that resembled Christine, but I'm excited we'll FINALLY
be getting an officially licensed, screen accurate '58 Plymouth Fury!
- "Holy Sardine!"
I stopped into my local comic book store
and picked up the newest addition to my Eaglemoss 1:43 scale Batman
collection. The Bat Boat was featured in the 1966 Batman movie
and several episodes of the TV series. Of course, it comes along with
a magazine that tells the story of the boat and shows all it's hidden
weapons and features. At $20, this is a MUST-HAVE for any Bat-Fan!
also picked up the February issue of Previews and noticed that it was
soliciting orders for Batgirl's motorcycle (pictured at left,) also from the
1966 TV series. I had no idea this was on the Eaglemoss to-do list.
It should be shipping within the next month or so. Hopefully, the
Bat-Cycle (with sidecar) and the Bat-Copter won't be too far behind.
- "I owe you a ten-second car."
Two of the newest entries in
GreenLight's 1:43 scale Fast & Furious line was delivered today.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Brian's 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and
1995 Toyota Supra MK IV. Both cars were driven by the late Paul Walker
in the first movie from the blockbuster franchise. I can't help but
feel a tinge of sadness when I look at these cars, knowing that we lost Paul
far too soon, but I know his spirit will always live on when we watch these
- "Remember where you parked?"
As Mattel continues to celebrate 75
years of Batman, another version of the Batmobile is currently hitting toy
aisles as part of the HW City line. This time we have the Camouflage
Version of The Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises. I've never
been fond of this particular casting since it's such a drastic departure
from the vehicle featured in the Batman movies, but hey, I'll add it to my
- "Yabba, Dabba, Doo!"
I first learned of this variation of the
Flintmobile back in December, around the same the the HW Retro Entertainment
version hit stores. I found this gray & brown version today while at a
flea market. I haven't seen it in retail stores yet. Why gray &
brown? I have to assume Mattel wanted to produce a version that
resembled the car from The Flintstones movie from 1994. Wow,
has it been 20 years already?
- "Homer, The Car Built for Homer."
I came home today to find yet another
package on my doorstep. This time, we have "The Homer" from the Hot
Wheels basic line. I am absolutely stunned that Mattel decided to
create this casting. It is so detailed, I would expect to see
something like this in the Retro Entertainment line, but not the basic line.
This car was featured on The Simpsons (Season 2, Episode 15 - Oh
Brother, Where Art Thou?) Homer Simpson is invited to design his
dream car: "Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like
a Nerf ball." The result is "The Homer" and it forces his
half-brother into bankruptcy. If Mattel can create THIS, then they can
create just about ANYTHING. I can't wait to see what surprises Mattel
has for its Hot Wheels line in the future.
- "Holy Ripoff, Batman!"
I have good news and I have bad news.
First the good news: Mattel has released a cool new variation of their
Batman Power Attack Batmobile. This is the third variation of
this particular casting, and this one, in my opinion, is the best.
Check out that flat black body with blue accents (above, right) and silver
bat eyes. Now here's the bad news: You can only get it in a
9-car Matchbox Gift Set. The Batmobile is pictured on the box, but the
other 8 cars in the set have NO connection to Batman or even Gotham City.
That's pretty lame, forcing a collector to buy a 9-car set to get one
exclusive Batmobile. If you think the Batmobile pictured above is
worth the $10 price tag, then have at it!
"That's the fact, JACK!"
I came home from work today with a
package sitting at my doorstep. It's the latest wave (Assortment B)
from Mattel's Hot Wheels Entertainment line. How does this wave rate?
Let's take a look...
I never thought in a MILLION YEARS we would ever see
the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle in die-cast form. I am absolutely
blown away. I'm such a huge fan of the 1981 movie Stripes
and this just might rank among my all-time favorite pieces in my
collection. The casting that Mattel used, the GMC Motorhome, is
surprisingly accurate when compared to photos from the movie. And
I'm told that the side of the vehicle we can't see actually has
bullet-proof covers over the windows. Fantastic! My Grade:
Next up, we have the Capsule Car from The Jetsons
animated series. This version is a HUGE improvement over the
mainline version that includes clear wheels. This version is
spot-on, and includes a blue plastic base to support it. I really
applaud Mattel for giving collectors a screen-accurate version of this
iconic car. My Grade: A+
Hart to Hart (1979-1984) was one of those TV series
that I was aware of, but never really got into. What can I say?
I was a teenager at the time. I don't recall this particular
Ferrari, but according to IMCDB.ORG, the car rates three stars, and
judging by the photos, this die-cast version is fairly accurate.
I'll give it high marks for accuracy, but deduct a few points for being
so obscure. My Grade: B+
I've seen Old School (2003) a couple of times.
I thought it was funny, but I wouldn't describe it as a classic.
If someone was to ask me to name a vehicle from the film, Frank the
Tank's Red Dragon Pontiac Firebird would be the first one to spring to
mind. I only have a vague recollection of this Dodge Van.
IMCDB.ORG rates this van three stars and when comparing the die-cast to
photos, it's close, but no cigar. The teardrop window is a nice
touch, but the van in the movie had a rear spoiler. Eh, I'm not
blown away. My Grade: C
It's difficult to judge this '67 Pontiac GTO because
the movie Need for Speed hasn't even arrived at theaters yet!
IMCDB.ORG doesn't even have a good photo of the car yet and I have no
idea if the car is prominently featured in the film. All I can
tell you is that the movie stars Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad
fame) and features a cross country race. It arrives in theaters in
March. It sounds promising, and since the Pontiac GTO is such an
awesome car, I'll grade this one a B+...and maybe I'll adjust it after
seeing the movie.
Happy Birthday Dukes!
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the
premiere of The Dukes of Hazzard on network television. I was
just a teenager at the time and I remember gathering around the TV with the family to
enjoy some good 'ol fashioned fun. Sure the episodes were cheesy, but
they were harmless and fun. And, of course, I loved seeing the General
Lee racing along the dirt roads of Hazzard County. I never would have imagined then
that I would eventually meet most of the cast in my lifetime. I first
met James "Rosco" Best at the Detroit Autorama in 1981 and still have that
autograph. I've attended two Dukesfest events (2004 & 2006) in
Nashville, TN, where I met Catherine Bach, Sonny Shroyer and others. I
met and interviewed John Schneider at the Motor City Comic Con in 2009 (see
video below) and I finally got to meet Tom Wopat just a few weeks ago in
Monroe, MI. Over the years Ertl and Johnny Lightning held the license
to produce die-cast cars from the show, with JL producing a series
(2007-'08) that included some very obscure cars. General Lee is
represented in my 1:18 scale collection by RC2's "Authentics" version,
although AutoWorld has since created what many consider to be the DEFINITIVE
version of the beloved car. It's hard to believe the impact The
Dukes of Hazzard has had on my life over the past 35 years, and on this
anniversary, it makes me long for the days of mindless fun and cool car
chases on TV.
See my 2009 interview with John Schneider:
- "Holy Grail, Batman!"
When it comes to die-cast car
collecting, I define the term "Holy Grail" as an item that constantly eludes
you. It rarely, if ever, appears on eBay, and when it does, it's
priced beyond your budget. Well, I can say that I've added one of my
Holy Grails to my collection, thanks to a fellow collector. Pictured
above is a RARE variant of the Hot Wheels Joker's Last Laugh set that
came out in 2006. I believe it was a Canadian variant, but someone
please correct me if I'm wrong. The Cyclops vehicle is green, instead
of the more common purple, and the Batmobile has yellow stripes and blue
chrome accents. Since I first learned about this, I've had a "saved
search" on eBay hoping to get an alert when one came up for sale. It
never has...UNTIL NOW! I finally got that alert a few days ago
and contacted the seller, who, to my surprise, is a fan of my website!
He allowed me to make an offer, which he accepted, and it arrived in the
mail today! What a relief to FINALLY add this piece to my Batman
collection. Now on to the NEXT Holy Grail...!
- Just a Good Ol' Boy
On Saturday evening I had the pleasure
of catching a concert performance from Tom Wopat at the River Raisin Centre
for the Arts in Monroe, MI. As my buddy Dennis and I entered the
lobby, I was startled to see Tom sitting at a table, greeting fans as they
arrived. He graciously signed autographs and posed for photos. I
asked him to sign Johnny Lightning's online-exclusive "dirty" version of the
General Lee to add to my Auto-Graph
collection. During the concert, Tom performed many standards, jazz
tunes and some original songs. He took an intermission, where he
continued to sign autographs in the lobby. Following the second half
of the concert, he then RETURNED to the lobby for photos and autographs.
It was a very enjoyable and intimate experience, for not only myself, but
for the many Dukes of Hazzard fans in the audience. What a
- "A car for all the Homer Simpsons out there."
T-Hunted.com has once again posted an
awesome scoop! As you can see in the photos above, Mattel will be
offering "The Homer" as part of its mainline (and I assume its Entertainment
line) later this year. "The Homer" was featured in the Season 2
episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" from The Simpsons. This
has got to be one of the COOLEST things I've ever seen in the world of
die-cast cars. I never expected to see this car in die-cast
form. This will be a hot commodity when it hits shelves.