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


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 car's at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise event.  I might even get to drive one of them!


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

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

Mix 1 (June 2015):

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

Mix 2 (August 2015):

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

Mix 3 (October 2015):

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


 

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


 

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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