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.

4/15/14 - 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. 

4/8/14 - "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. 

4/6/14 - 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. 

3/30/14 - 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 year. 

3/30/14 - 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. 

3/28/14 - 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 Entertainment!
The website 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. 

D Lot:
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

E Lot:
Zoolander - '67 Ford Bronco
James Bond - 1976 Lotus Esprit - Submarine
Simpsons - The Homer
Beverly Hills, 90210 - '65 Mustang
Anchorman - Custom '77 Dodge Van

F Lot:
BJ & The Bear - Thunder Roller
James Bond - Aston Martin DB5
Ghostbusters II - Ecto-1A
Back To The Future - '48 Ford
Batman Returns - Batmobile

3/19/14 - "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. 

3/18/14 - 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. 

3/16/14 - Hot Wheels Entertainment:  Mix C
The website 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 review. 

3/14/14 - 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

3/12/14 - 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 line.....BUT....

...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! 

3/10/14 - "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  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!  

3/10/14 - 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. Optimus Prime! 

3/7/14 - 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! 

2/22/14 - 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! 

2/13/14 - "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! 

I 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. 

2/12/14 - "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 movies. 

2/10/14 - "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 Bat-Collection anyways. 

2/9/14 - "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? 

2/3/14 - "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. 

1/31/14 - "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! 

1/27/14 - "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:  A+

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. 

1/26/14 - 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:

1/23/14 - "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...! 

1/18/14 - 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 great night!

1/13/14 - "A car for all the Homer Simpsons out there." 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.

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