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.

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. 

12/26/14 - "I have you now!"
On December 10th, I walked into the Disney Store at my local mall and literally GASPED!  I was stunned by the assortment of die-cast vehicles from the Star Wars movies.  Individually boxed vehicles included a Landspeeder, Boba Fett's Slave I, a B-Wing, Snowspeeder and more.  A large boxed set includes EIGHT vehicles (including an exclusive Wedge Antilles X-Wing) priced at $99.  I wanted them badly, but with Christmas quickly approaching, I had to pass.  Fast forward to Christmas morning and as I unwrapped a large gift from my family, I was shocked to reveal the incredible boxed set!   Unfortunately, some of the wings on the TIE Fighters had fallen off.  When I contacted the Disney Store, they told me it was a common occurrence.  I was forced to open the box so I could reassemble the TIE Fighters.  As I held each vehicle in my hand, I was surprised by the weight.  These things are surprisingly heavy.  Some of the parts are plastic, and as you can see in the photo above, the X-Wing cannons have a tendency to bend.  Despite their minor flaws, these vehicles are incredible and I plan to go back to pick up some of the vehicles that weren't included in the boxed set.

11/19/14 - Great Scott! 
Back in April of 2008, Malibu International announced on their website their next wave of Reel Rides die-cast cars: the Cadillac El Dorado from Casino, red and blue Mini Coopers from The Italian Job, and the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future. The Cadillac and Mini Coopers were eventually found in stores, but then the Reel Rides line abruptly came to an end.  I never saw the DeLorean in stores.  For years, I searched eBay with no luck.  I never spotted one auction!  Then, in June of 2013 I received an e-mail from a fellow collector who said he owned a Reel Rides DeLorean. Photos were attached!  I couldn't believe it!  My quest began to add this Holy Grail to my collection.  I kept searching eBay, almost DAILY with no luck.  Then, on November 3rd I received a notice from eBay.  A Reel Rides DeLorean was newly listed!  To my surprise, SEVERAL of them were all listed at the same time from sellers in China!  I bid on one, then realized another seller had several available for a Buy It Now price of $9.50 (plus shipping.)   I purchased several and the first one arrived in the mail today!  I'm so glad I'm FINALLY able to add this beauty to my collection.  The wheels are accurate and I love the hook to catch the lightning bolt!  I've sent a message to the seller in China to try to find out how he came across these.  In the meantime, I think I'll just sit here and stare at the one in my hands. 

11/17/14 - HW Moto Track Stars Bat-Pod
I stopped into a local Meijer store and decided to check out the die-cast aisle for anything new.  To my surprise, I discovered this Moto Track Stars Bat-Pod.  It doesn't look much like the Bat-Pod featured in The Dark Knight Trilogy, but I had to grab one.  According to YouTube reviewer Noah Ashcraft, these vehicles work with a Hot Wheels launcher and track set. 

11/11/14 - Holy Blu-Ray, Batman!
Well, after waiting for what seemed like an ETERNITY for the 1966 Batman TV series to arrive on DVD, the day has finally come!  The complete series (three seasons - 120 episodes) can now be binge-watched at your leisure.  I saw this Limited Edition boxed set at FYE for the eye-popping price of $269.91 (on sale for $199.99.)  I'm told it can be had for $175 at most other retail outlets.  Still, that's a little too pricey for my budget, even if this set DOES include a Hot Wheels 1:50 scale replica Batmobile.  I'll wait and see if I can find it on sale.

10/25/14 - "The circle is now complete."
I walked into my nearest Toys R Us store to find this display of Star Wars Hot Wheels vehicles based on character designs from the Star Wars movies.  This initial wave includes:  Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda.  Although I love the movies, I just grabbed Darth Vader and passed on the rest.  I'd rather collect die-cast vehicles that were actually featured in the films, and from what I hear, we may be seeing those soon. 

10/18/14 - That's Entertainment! 
I don't know about you, but in my area it's very difficult to find any of the recent waves of the Hot Wheels Entertainment line.  The same peg warmers (Magnum P.I., Miami Vice, Italian Job) have been clogging the pegs for several months.  So whenever a new assortment is released, I have to get it online. The most recent wave arrived at my doorstep and, once again, I have mixed feelings.

Let's start out with the best of the bunch: the Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.  This new casting features incredible detail, including moving fins and a screen-accurate license plate.   It just might rank as one of the best Hollywood die-cast vehicles ever made!  Bravo Mattel!  My grade:  A + + +

Mattel released The Homer as part of its basic line earlier this year.  It was very hard to find in my area, but when I finally got one in the mail I was blown away by the detail.  I wondered how they would top it in the Entertainment line.  Other than some added paint and different wheels, it's not too different.  Still, this is a must-have for any fan of The Simpsons.  A +

I'd be pretty excited about this Channel 4 News Van from Anchorman if Greenlight hadn't already released it (and did a better job, in my opinion.)  The detail is great, but the van itself just doesn't look quite right.  My Grade: B

Here's another Greenlight rehash: the '67 Ford Bronco from the 2001 comedy Zoolander.  Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is about.  I didn't think it was a very funny movie, but for some reason, both Greenlight and Mattel snagged the license.  The casting is fine, complete with screen-accurate license plate, but I just don't get it.  My grade: C

When this set arrived in the mail, for some reason the Mustang from Beverly Hills 90210 was missing, so I had to borrow some pics from eBay.  But come on, this might rank among the worst offerings in the entire line.  90210?  Really?  Talk about your peg warmers.  My grade: D

10/16/14 - Hooray for Hollywood!
I wandered in to my local Meijer store to find Greenlight's new Hollywood wave (Series 7) hanging on the pegs. It's always exciting to find something new, but I have mixed feelings about this particular batch. 

Let's start off with the obvious star of this wave: Eleanor from the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds.  This is the second time an officially licensed version of this car has been produced (the first was included in a pricey Hot Wheels boxed set.)  This version is a STUNNER, right down to its movie-accurate license plate.  This is a MUST-HAVE!  A+ + +

Greenlight decided to include a second car from the 2000 movie in this particular wave.  The 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda is a great looking car, but fairly obscure.  Would anyone recognize it as being from the movie if it was out of its packaging?  I don't think so.  My grade: C

Out of its packaging, this is simply a Las Vegas Police car, but in its packaging we have a car that was featured fairly prominently in the 2009 movie The Hangover.  It's great that Greenlight was able to feature the four main actors on the packaging.  (I would've prefered the 1969 Mercedes-Benz.) My grade:  B+

Okay, this is a bit of a stretch.  I really love Greenlight's VW Beetle casting, but I only vaguely remember this car in the 1984 movie Gremlins.  All the photos on show it covered in snow.  Due to its obscurity, I have to give this one a C+. 

This 1970 Dodge Charger is the second car released by Greenlight under the Supernatural license (third, if you count an earlier, incorrect version of the Impala.)  I have to admit, I've never seen an episode of this show. gives this car 3-stars.  I dunno:  C+?

Greenlight REALLY loves finding reasons to use its 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco casting, and this may be the strangest one yet.  The police car from the original Friday the 13th?   Oooookay.  The timing on it is pretty good considering Halloween is right around the corner, and a mini-figure of Mrs. Voorhees is a nice touch, but this is such an odd choice.  C+

10/11/14 - Holy 75 Years, Batman!
As Mattel continues to celebrate 75 years of Batman, they recently released another Walmart Exclusive 8-vehicle set. I haven't seen it in stores yet, so I had to pick up a set online.  This release is similar to the set released in July of 2012, and includes many of the same vehicles, but with different card art.  However, for those who enjoy minor variations, there are a few treats in this set.

01-08: New to this set is the Batman Live Batmobile. This particular casting was originally released in September of 2012 on the green-striped Imagination cards, however, this re-releases differs slightly in that it has metallic rims instead of the original blue.

02-08: The Batcopter was included in the previous set with yellow wings, with Batman Begins card art (although it never appeared in the film.) This new version is black & grey with a blue canopy and is the FIFTH variation of this particular bat-casting. 

03-08: The Batmobile from The Batman animated series was included in the previous set with similar card art, but the car itself has minor variations.  Previously, the Batmobile had red stripes.  This version has yellow stripes, similar to a version that was included in a rare Joker's Last Laugh two-pack.  By my count, this is the SEVENTH variation of this casting. 

04-08: The Batmobile from the classic TV series is by far the best of the bunch.  This time, Mattel included a clear plastic canopy (as opposed to blue), with red pinstriping on the front and rear of the car, and a more accurate bat-logo on the doors.  The addition of Batman (from the animated opening credits) on the card makes this one an instant classic. 

05-08:  The biggest complaint I had about the 2012 set was the inclusion of the Hardnoze Batmobile to represent the 1989 Batman movie.  Mattel had a chance to correct their error, yet they included this silly version of the Batmobile AGAIN!  This time, however, it doesn't include those awful gray flames.  (Major eye-roll.)

06-08: Another new addition to the set is The Bat from The Dark Knight Rises. Introduced in the Hot Wheels basic line in 2012, it's pretty much the same casting, but it sure looks great on a card that features art from the movie. 

07-08: The Batmobile from the Arkham Asylum video game was also included in the previous set with similar card art, however, this version features gray wheels and accents to make it the third variation of this particular casting. 

08-08:  And finally, we have the Batmobile from The Brave and the Bold animated series.  It's the exact same casting and paint scheme, with similar card art, only the base is different. 

10/5/14 - Hot Wheels Entertainment Line in 2015
The awesome website posted photos of a slide presentation that recently took place in Los Angeles.  Mattel revealed plans for their Hot Wheels line in 2015 and presented photos of what we can expect in the Entertainment line.  Pictured above, from left, are vehicles from Christine, Emergency!, 48 Hrs., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Friday Night Lights.  I'm excited about some of them, scratching my head over some of the others, but I'm glad the line will continue into 2015. 

10/4/14 - 2014 Hallmark Ornaments - Round 2
On Saturday, Hallmark unveiled a new wave of ornaments for the 2014 holiday season.  Among the ornaments I picked up are the 1989 Batmobile and the Back to the Future DeLorean in flying mode.  My collection of cool Hollywood car ornaments just keeps growing and growing. 

10/3/14 - New Hot Wheels Finds
Here are two new Hollywood cars found in the Hot Wheels basic line now hitting stores.  Pictured above, left, is a new Batmobile based on the 1989 design, but with red pinstriping. Apparently, it showed up in cases at the most recent K-Mart Hot Wheels Collectors event, but I missed it!  I had to resort to eBay to add one to my collection.  I'm fairly confident it will show up at other stores in the near future.  Pictured above, right, is the Lotus Esprit S1 from the 1977 James Bond blockbuster The Spy Who Loved Me.  With a screen-accurate license plate and nice detail, this is a great addition to the basic line.  As cool as this is, I'm REALLY looking forward to the submarine version that will be hitting stores soon as part of the Retro Entertainment line! 

9/19/14 - Herbie Rides Again!
On Friday I called one of the few remaining hobby shops in my area that sells die-cast cars and asked if they had received a shipment of Mattel's new 1:18 scale Herbie The Love Bug.  They told me they did, but they were selling quickly.  I had them set one aside from me and raced to the store to pick it up.  Although it's a little pricey at $120, this is a MUST-HAVE.  The detail is incredible.  It looks EXACTLY like the car featured in the first movie.  I already had Johnny Lightning's 1:18 scale version in my collection, but it pales in comparison to Mattel's Elite version.  Take a look at the side-by-side comparison above, right.  I never quite understood how JL could get Herbie's #53 SO WRONG!  It always bothered me, but now this new version will replace JL's version in my 1:18 scale collection.  I can't stop staring at it!

9/17/14 - Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Update
Auto World's Gregg Lacarte was kind enough to give me an update on their upcoming 1:18 scale 1969 Charger from the cult film Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Gregg has teamed up with Dave Nicholson and John Rosa to create the spectacular rendition you see pictured at left.  Here is a statement from Auto World:

"We bring you latest photos of the final pre-production sample of this awesome new release coming from Auto World around Christmas this year. If you haven't been dropping hints to your wife all year, now is the time!! If you haven't already pre-ordered, you should seriously consider it as this is gonna be a HUGE hit and fast seller. After countless eMails and wishes and tweaks and corrections, the attached images are what we three and the great guys at Auto World have finally approved for production in the next 2 months. Beyond what is normally included on these beautiful Authentics Charger releases, the DMCL car will include the following: Fully licensed box art, Film-correct features include the custom paint, stripes and engine call-outs, US INDY aluminum wheels and fat blackwall tires (including a full-sized front spare in the trunk... in case yours happens to hit a red pickup and gets a flat). Film-correct license plates (the rear having proper California registration decals for 1972 and 1973 in the top corners. Look really hard at those sticker- the detail is amazing!). Film-correct gutter-mounted CB antenna. Tampo-printed AC vents in the center of the dashboard. Deleted headrests. Custom blackened engine compartment with a modified 440 big block wearing yellow wires, aluminum intake manifold, chrome valve covers and a new open-element chrome air cleaner- a totally 70s street machine look! All the delays and frustration with exacting detail requirements have finally paid off. We all think it's simply stunning (we're gushing like proud papas) and destined to be the centerpiece of many collections- it certainly will be for mine! (It looks like it's moving 100 mph even in these still shots!) We hope this end result is what you hoped for, we're all beyond over-joyed with how it has turned out."

7/20/14 - Ghostbusters HQ!
During a recent trip to NYC I managed to squeeze in a visit to Hook & Ladder 8, also known as Ghostbusters Headquarters!  I'm so glad I finally got to visit this iconic movie location 30 years after the movie's premiere. Of course, I brought my Hot Wheels Ecto-1.  More photos below. 

On a side note, the reason I went to NYC was to sit in the audience for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  On show #99 the guests were Martin Lawrence, Jenny Slate and Aloe Blacc.  Here's an image of me interacting with Jimmy himself as the credits rolled! 

8/4/14 - My Eaglemoss Bat-Vehicle Collection Grows!
I've recently added two more Bat-Vehicles to my 1:43 scale Eaglemoss collection.  Pictured above, left, is the Batmobile from the Arkham Asylum video game.  I found it at my local comic book store.  Pictured above, right, is Batgirl's bike from the classic 1966 TV series.  I found it at Midtown Comics in Times Square during my recent trip to New York City.  That brings my collection up to 13 vehicles from primarily the Batman movies and TV series. 

7/20/14 - RIP: James Garner (1928-2014)
My condolences go out to the friends and family of James Garner, one of the coolest guys in Hollywood.  Included among his film credits are The Great Escape (1963) alongside Steve McQueen, and, in my opinion, one of the greatest racing movies ever made, Grand Prix in 1966.  Of course, he became a household name while starring in the TV series The Rockford Files that aired from 1974 to 1980.  During the first four years of the series' run, Rockford drove a new Firebird Esprit (1974-1978) painted "copper mist" which became one of the most iconic cars in TV history.  Garner was also an avid racer.  He will be missed. 

7/12/14 - It's Christmas in July!
Today marks the official launch of Hallmark's 2014 Ornaments at its stores across the country.  I stopped into a local store and found some really cool stuff to hang on my tree this year, including the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.  The car is approximately 1:43 scale and is made of plastic and, sadly, Hallmark went to great lengths to conceal the Dixie flag on the car's roof.  The wheels don't spin and there are no sound effects, but it will still look great hanging on the tree with the other cars that have been released over the past several years.  Look for the '89 Batmobile and flying DeLorean Time Machine to arrive in stores in October. 

7/3/14 - Oh, Canada!
My gratitude goes out to my friend from the north, Eric Primeau, who went out of his way to send me the '72 Ford Gran Torino Sport and '69 Dodge Charger Daytona from Mattel's second release of its Hot Wheels Fast & Furious set.  At the time of this post, this particular release was only hitting stores in Canada, although I'm told they should eventually make their way to Walmart stores in the U.S.  Eight cars make up the 2014 set, but six of the cars are re-releases.  Only the two pictured above are new to this set.  Thanks again Eric and I hope I can return the favor. 

6/29/14 - Transformers 4:  My Review
The reviews for Transformers: Age of Extinction have been brutal.  So bad, I almost passed on seeing it.  But then I remembered my obligation to you, the reader, to see and review car movies, good or bad.  So I forced myself to sit down and catch a Sunday matinee with Coke and popcorn in hand.  And you know what?  I'm glad I did.  The movie isn't THAT bad!  It's actually a lot of fun!

Transformers 4 picks up where the previous movie ended, with the United States reeling from the epic battle in Chicago.  A secret organization has vowed to hunt down Transformers on behalf of the US government.  They claim to only hunt Decepticons, but in reality, all Transformers are fair game.  The Autobots have gone into hiding and have been reduced to a small band of warriors.  This secret organization is capturing Transformers to study and replicate the technology that makes their abilities possible.  The goal is to weaponize what's referred to as "Transformium" for military, purposes. 

Enter Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) who stumbles onto a heavily damaged Optimus Prime and nurses him back to health, putting himself and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) in danger.  Wahlberg seems to be having an absolute blast in the movie, as does his supporting cast.  In addition to incredible action and car chases, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments throughout the movie's 160-minute run time.  The special effects are eye-popping and even thrilling in 3D.  The cars are a collection of some of the most beautiful vehicles you will ever see on a movie screen, in a rainbow of colors (as you can see in the above photo.)  Yes, the movie feels a little bloated.  I started to get a little impatient at the 2-hour mark, and the whole Dinobots storyline seemed tacked on as a treat for the little ones, but honestly, I didn't mind.  I kept thinking about how this would be a fun experience for the whole family.  So don't listen to the critics (except me, of course.)  If you were a fan of the previous trilogy, you will enjoy this movie that kicks off the NEXT trilogy.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 

6/29/14 - Dirty Mary Crazy Larry AW Prototype
AutoWorld's 1:18 scale version of the '69 Charger from 1974 cult movie Dirty Mary Crazy Larry seems to be coming along nicely.  AW's Gregg Lacarte sent me this photo of the prototype (above.)  He also shared a Photoshopped version of the image to give you an idea of what the final project will look like:

I think it's going to be a big hit with collectors and I'm excited to see AutoWorld producing new, never-before-seen Hollywood cars.  Keep 'em coming AW! 

6/20/14 - "I must be dreaming."
James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger is currently hitting stores as part of the Hot Wheels basic line.  Mine arrived in the mail today, and I expect it to be a tough find on the pegs.  Not only does this car rank among the greatest of all screen cars, but Mattel did an amazing job on this, even adding a screen-accurate rear license plate.  I can't imagine how Mattel will top this when the pricier version hits stores later this year as part of the Entertainment line, but I can't wait to find out. 

6/18/14 - That's Entertainment! 
I arrived home from work to find a package sitting at my doorstep.  It's the latest wave of the Hot Wheels Entertainment series, or "D Case."  Read on for my review...

As for my favorite of this wave, it's a toss-up, but ya gotta love a car from a James Bond movie that's never been done before in 1:64 scale.  Pictured at left is the Aston Martin DBS from Daniel Craig's first outing as James Bond:  Casino Royale.  Although it wasn't featured very prominently in the movie (it was wrecked in a spectacular crash), it's still a significant Bond car and I'm surprised it was never produced before in this scale.  And the detail is fantastic, right down to the rear license plate.  My grade:  A

Next up, we have the '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX from one of my all-time favorite comedies:  Tommy Boy.  This car has been done once before (in Malibu's Reel Rides line) but it was terribly out of scale (oh, and Johnny Lightning did an unofficial version.)  On the plus side:  it's an awesome car featured prominently in a hilarious road trip movie!  On the negative side, the wheels are kind of generic, and the convertible top is just painted black.  Bonus points, though, for the accurate plates on the front and rear.  My grade:  A 

This one came as a bit of a surprise.  Did anyone really expect Mattel to offer a "Super Pursuit Mode" version of KITT from Knight Rider?  Personally, I always thought the SPM version of KITT, introduced during the 1985 season, was sort of silly-looking.  But I have to give credit to Mattel for pulling this off.  This one will definitely be popular with fans of the show.  My grade:  A

In the 1984 version of The Karate Kid, apparently Miyagi (Pat Morita) drove a '48 Ford Super De Luxe.  It's been a while since I last watched the film, so I don't really remember the car. gives the car a 3-star rating, and looking at the photos, the car is pretty spot-on, with the exception of the wheels.  Factoring in the car's obscurity, my final grade is:  B

And finally, we have the '70 Dodge Charger R/T from the Fast & Furious franchise.  Judging by its flat black finish, I'm assuming this car is meant to represent the version featured in the 4th installment of the series.  There's nothing to criticize here, other than to say that I would've preferred to get a car that hasn't been done yet.  I'm sure it will be popular with fans of the movie franchise.  My grade:  B

6/18/14 - Max Steel Motorcycle Variants
While visiting Walmart I spotted a Max Steel Motorcycle that looked a little different than the ones that have already been released by Mattel as part of the Hot Wheels line.  Sure enough, when I got home and compared it to the others, I discovered it was the FOURTH variant (pictured above, right) released since last year.  Mattel seems to be getting their money's worth with this particular casting. 

6/17/14 - "The Force is strong with this one."
It was recently announced that Mattel would have another exclusive at this year's San Diego Comic Con.  Mattel will kick off its Hot Wheels Star Wars line by offering Darth Vader in a beautiful lightsaber package.  If you plan on attending Comic Con, you have to pre-order at  If you can't attend, some quantities will be sold through 

6/11/14 - "Good Grief!"
I know this hit stores a while ago, but I just found it for the first time at my local Meijer yesterday.  We have Snoopy sitting atop his souped up doghouse.  Notice in the picture at left Snoopy is on a short card.  Oddly, every single Hot Wheels car on the pegs was on a short card at my local Meijer store.  I've never seen that before.  Snoopy has been added to the Peanuts Gallery.

6/05/14 - Comic Con Exclusives
Mattel has announced two Hot Wheels exclusives for the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.  Pictured above is James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger with a metallic finish and special packaging ($20).  At left is "The Homer" from The Simpsons with a metallic finish and special packaging ($30). If you can't make it to Comic Con, a limited supply will be available through the Hot Wheels Collectors website at a later date.  SDCC will take place July 24-27.

5/30/14 - The Midas Touch
Apparently, Mattel has included James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger in its basic line which should be hitting stores very soon.  The image above was found on eBay from a seller in Malaysia.  I have a feeling collectors will treat these like GOLD, even though Mattel will be including a more detailed version in its Hollywood line.  I can't wait to get a few of these in my vault. 

5/30/14 - Hooray for Hollywood?
GreenLight has revealed the 7th wave of its Hollywood series and, once again, some odd choices were made.  The best of the bunch is Eleanor from the remake of Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).  This will be the first time Eleanor has been officially licensed from the Nicholas Cage classic and I'll be buying MULTIPLES to put away.  The rest are head-scratchers.  I'll post my review when I have the set in-hand. 

5/28/14 - Fast & Furious Hot Wheels: The Sequel
Here's another scoop from  Apparently, Mattel is releasing a second round of Hot Wheels based on cars from the Fast & Furious franchise.  One year ago, an 8-car set began showing up at Walmart stores across the country.  They were VERY popular and were tough to find in stores. reports that a new wave has been recently found in Brazil.  There's good news and bad news.  The good news is that there are TWO new cars in the set, pictured above left and center.  The BAD news is that all the other cars in the set were available in LAST YEAR'S set.  Now that might be GOOD news for those of us who had a tough time finding the Mustang from Tokyo Drift (above,right.)  Hopefully, these cars will appear in U.S. stores in the near future. 

5/27/14 - Sneak Peek
Once again, scoops everyone with carded pics of the next wave from the Hot Wheels Entertainment series.  Pictured above, from left, are the '70 Charger from The Fast & The Furious, '57 Plymouth Belvedere GTX from the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy, KITT in Super Pursuit Mode, '48 Ford from 1984's The Karate Kid, and James Bond's Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale.  Hopefully, we'll see these in stores within the next few weeks.  I'll post my review when I have them in-hand. 

5/26/14 - A Little Help from my "Friends"
While browsing online for new die-cast cars I discovered this and ordered it.  The 1:43 scale 1977 Checker Taxi from Friends arrived in the mail yesterday.  Apparently, it was featured in several episodes of the beloved TV series, although I don't recall ever seeing it.  This is such an odd license for GreenLight to pursue.  I think a taxi from the Robert De Niro film Taxi Driver, or a Sunshine Cab from the TV series Taxi would have been MUCH more popular.  It remains to be seen if fans of the Friends TV series will snatch this one up.  It retails for $15.00. 

5/18/14 - Motor City Comic Con 2014
The Motor City Comic Con comes to an end today.  I spent some time there on Friday and Saturday shooting video, meeting great people, and having a ton of fun.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year's Con was quite possibly the best ever.  It expanded to more floor space, which was nice, and offered an incredible array of comics, toys, art, and, of course, celebs.  I managed to add three more signatures to my "Auto-Graphs" collection.  Picture below, from left, are Lee Majors, Chris Sarandon (who signed my Mustang from Fright Night), and William Shatner! 


4/23/14 - Hot Wheels Entertainment: Mix C - My Review
It's been nearly THREE long months since the last Hot Wheels Entertainment wave shipped.  That's brutal!  But when I arrived home tonight I found a package waiting at my doorstep.  The newest assortment is finally here!  Let's take a look:

Let's start with the most eagerly anticipated release of the bunch:  Marty's 1987 Toyota Pickup from Back to the Future.  Although we only get brief glimpses of the truck in the movie, it's exciting that we collectors can add another BTTF vehicle to our collection BESIDES the DeLorean Time Machine.  Some collectors are complaining that this model isn't exactly movie-accurate.  Notice the 1987 model year, and Back to the Future takes place in 1985.  But it's such a minor vehicle, I'll let it slide.   My grade:  B

Next up we have the '71 Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds Are Forever.  I think it's awesome that Mattel has the rights to do James Bond vehicles and I'm looking forward to what they have in store for the future.  This release is nice except for one minor flaw.  The car in the movie didn't have a rear spoiler.  I'm experiencing Deja Vu.  We went through this exact same issue when Johnny Lightning first released ITS version of the same car back in 1998.  Eventually, JL corrected the problem, but I doubt Mattel will do the same.  My grade:  B

Corgi released a '57 Chevy Bel Air Convertible from Simon & Simon way back in 1982.  That version PALES in comparison to this new release.  It is really stunning.  I was only vaguely aware of the show when it was on the air, but according to, this car rates 4 stars.  It should display nicely with the the two other vehicles released in 2013.  My grade:  A

Need for Speed was released in March of this year and to-date has only grossed $42 million dollars ($66 million budget) domestically.  However, it HAS grossed over $143 million overseas.  I don't think anyone is calling this movie a HIT, but it did turn a profit.  The 2014 Custom Mustang was the car star of the movie and Mattel did a really great job of rendering this 1:64 scale version.  Will it sell or clog the pegs?  It's difficult to say.  It'll be a hit with Mustang collectors and hardcore car guys, but I think casual collectors will pass.  Personally, I really like it.  My grade:  A

The Koenigsegg Agera R was also featured prominently in the movie Need for Speed.  It was driven by the villain earlier in the film, then appeared again during the final race driven by the hero (Aaron Paul.)  The accuracy of this casting is spot on.  I just wish Mattel would've pushed this one back to a later wave, instead of giving us two cars from the same movie in the same wave.  But MAN it's a great looking car.  My grade:  A 

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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