Unproduced Star Cars NOW WITH PICS!
In response to my e-mail,
sent me some pics of 5 of the unproduced Matchbox Star Cars.
From top left:
Graffiti Thunderbird - This would be the car that Suzanne Somers drove
in the film, though I don't recall it being a convertible. If it was,
it was never shown with the top down.
2) Brady Bunch '55 Chevy Convertible - This car was eventually
released through Avon, with Pinky's Thunderbird from Happy Days,
Magnum P.I. Helicopter, and K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
3) Charlie's Angels Van - This one looks similar to the old ERTL Van,
which was based on a custom van that toured the car shows, except the ERTL
van was pink.. I'm not sure if it ever appeared on the TV series.
4) C.Hi.P.s Motorcycle - Though it's not entirely accurate, it's not
too bad. I wonder how the scale held up with the other cars.
5) Welcome Back Kotter School Bus - This one is the coolest of the
bunch, maybe the entire line. I don't recall a school bus ever being
seen on the show, but this probably would've wound up in my personal
said he didn't have a pic of the vehicle from Emergency!, so
we'll have to use our imagination. Thanks again to Robert! Be
sure to visit his website using the above link.
The Fast & The Furious Series 4
The 4th series of ERTL's The
Fast & The Furious line is now showing up on eBay. I only recently
found SERIES 3 at retail. Series 4 includes the following cars:
- 1995 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
- 1993 MAZDA RX-7
- MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO (STRAIGHT FROM JAPAN)
- 1995 TOYOTA SUPRA
- 1995 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
- 1995 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA STREET TUNER
3/31/03 - Hot Wheels Batmobile
This was found at
100% Hot Wheels
Batmobile Single (Hobby Exclusive) $9.95 & $4.95 shipping
DUE JUL. 2003
Preorder now for guaranteed delivery.
I'll post pics as soon
as I find them.
Johnny Lightning's Al Pletcher Moves on to Bigger Things
March 28 was Al Pletcher's last
day on the job at Johnny Lightning. He was kind enough to respond to a
few questions via e-mail:
what was your job responsibility at Johnny Lightning?
Al: Since Feb,1998 I have developed and researched vehicles for
the JL line. Actual title is Automotive Research Specialist.
you work on any of JL's TV or movie properties?
Al: I worked on the Black Beauty, Supercar, Mod Squad
Woody, Munsters Coach, Drag U La, James Bond, American Graffitti,
VIP,Buffy cars, and some others and redos of the Monkeemobile, and
BTF Delorean. Favorite is the Munsters Coach.
Describe your new business.
Al: I build performance cars for resale. Basically I
re-engineer the car by upgrading the engine, suspension, brakes, driveline,
there anything you'd like to say to the fans of your work at JL?
Al: I have enjoyed meeting people that have attended Lightning
Fest and people I have met in stores buying JL product. Also I appreciate
all comments that were posted about JL cars I worked on or about myself from
fellow BB members. Hope to get some of them to start collecting 1:1 cars
Later, Hot Rod AL
Thanks Al. Good
luck to you in your future endeavors.
Unproduced Matchbox Star Cars
Browsing online, I stumbled
onto some interesting information at
Matchbox produced some of the most inaccurate movie and TV-related vehicles
as part of its Star Cars line. Many of them appear on my Top Ten
Worst list. Three regular series were released, in addition to a
few special releases. One can't help but be curious about the vehicles
that appear on this list of unproduced Star Cars:
SC 19 - CHARLIE’S ANGELS - CHEVY VAN -
Orange with ‘Charlies Angels’
SC 20 - C.Hi.P.s - MOTORCYCLE - Black and
SC 21 - BRADY BUNCH - ‘55 CHEVROLET CONVERTIBLE
SC 22 - WELCOME BACK KOTTER - SCHOOL BUS -
SC 23 - AMERICAN GRAFFITI - ‘57 FORD THUNDERBIRD
- White ‘American Graffiti’
SC 24 - EMERGENCY - RESCUE TRUCK - Unknown
ERTL Racing Champions Unveils 1:64 Tomb Raider Vehicle
Tomb Raider has been one
of the few new properties included on a list of upcoming vehicles offered by
ERTL RC. The 1:64 vehicle has been unveiled on the ERTL RC website:
The site also reveals
that a 1:18 scale 1971 Cuda from the movie Phantasm will be released
New Products Shipping in June through Diamond Distributors
I picked up the most recent
issue of Previews - Diamond Distributors' catalogue. Scheduled to ship
in June is Johnny Lightning's Hollywood on Wheels Series 4 Die-Cast cars.
The assortment is scheduled to include:
- Happy Days: Fonz's
- Happy Days: Ralph's Hot Rod (yellow/flames)
- Charlie's Angels: Jill Monroe's Mustang II Cobra
- Rat Race: '73 Eldorado (blue)
- Hogan's Heroes: Kubelwagen (OD Green)
- Tommy Boy: '67 Plymouth (blue)
- Get Smart: Sunbeam (red)
- Brady Bunch: Plymouth Barracuda Convertible (blue)
- Italian Job (2003): Mini-Cooper Trio (1 each red, white and
For those of you who may have
missed out on the first wave of Johnny Lighting's Batman Die-Cast Kits, they
are being offered again. So expect more on the shelves of hobby shops
and comic book stores in June.
Batman Series 2 Canceled?
Saw this posted at Hobbytalk by
"The second release of the 1:64 scale Batman Die cast
Model Kits have been cancelled for now.
Because sales of the first release have been disapointing, we have decided
to forgo investing in tooling for another release of similar kits at this
This is ridiculous.
I haven't seen series one at retail anywhere. The only time I've seen
them for sale is at the Autorama. I've ordered a case through my local
comic book store and they haven't arrived yet. If you read the other
posts at Hobbytalk, NO ONE has been able to find these at retail. I
can't believe Playing Mantis is canceling series 2.
ERTL Racing Champs Updates Website
ERTL RC recently updated their
website, and I have to say it's a bit disappointing. Take a look for
|Hardcastle & McCormick
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High
|Dukes of Hazzard
Every single one of
these, with the exception of the Tomb Raider vehicle, are
re-releases. I know in my area, some of these cars are still hanging
on the pegs from previous assortments.
Exclusive Interview with Jeff Koch of Johnny Lightning
was kind enough to respond to a list of questions I submitted regarding TV
and movie licenses. He also officially confirmed the Hollywood on
Wheels lineup for 2003. Click
here to read the interview.
Harry Potter added to Gallery
Flipping through the latest
issue of Lee's Toy Review magazine, I saw they had put together a
complete guide to Harry Potter toys. Among those listed was
Harry Potter Spider Swarm, a race track made by Hot Wheels.
It includes the Weasley Flying Car, apparently in 1:64 scale. Click
here to see the pics.
Best Movie Car Chases?
Premiere Magazine asked The
Fast & The Furious director Rob Cohen what he thought was the perfect
car chase movie. His answer:
1981's The Road Warrior
Premiere also asked
Dario Franchitti, professional race car driver and husband to Ashley Judd,
to pick the greatest chase movies of all time. Click on the thumbnail
below to see his top ten:
This has inspired me
to come up with my OWN top ten. (See left column.)
Johnny Lightning News
I saw this posted on
by Johnny Lightning rep Jeff
"To celebrate the Die Another Day DVD release,
individually boxed Johnny Lightning James Bond vehicles (in a special blue
Bond box) will be available at Radio Grille, the Wal-Mart restaurant units,
starting in May. Six different models: Vanquish, Hornet, Sunbeam Tiger,
bronze Lotus, Toyota 2000GT, and one more I can't remember right now but it
was an early JB release car. These will all come with hard wheels, not the
Real Wheels available in single blister (if you could find single blister)
except the Vanquish, which will have the approved 12-spoke wheel design in
Real Wheels form. Rumor has it that a Johnny Lightning TV commercial may
even appear on the DVD, though that is COMPLETELY uncomfirmed.
There is also a chase car, a single low-quantity model, in the Bond deal.
And I'm not telling you what it is. Go buy a corn dog and sort that one out
Batman Products from Hot Wheels?
When Mattel took over the
Batman license, I wondered if there would be any Batman-themed Hot Wheels.
saw this posted at www.hobbytalk.com
"Batman™ Three-Car Pack with Collector Book: The Hot
Wheels® brand has always been the place to look for the hottest
entertainment licenses in the die-cast world, and this year will be bigger
and better than ever. In 2003, the Caped Crusader himself, Batman™, makes an
appearance on Hot Wheels® 1:64 scale die-cast vehicles. Three exclusive cars
come packed together, featuring the new look of Batman™ and other favorite
characters from the DC Comics franchise. The cars come with a collector’s
guide so kids can keep track of all their Hot Wheels® vehicles. (Not for use
with some Hot Wheels® sets.) A.R.P.: $4.99 Age: 3 Available: August"
I don't know if this
means Batman's image will appear on existing castings, or if these will be
new castings. I'll post pics as soon as I can find them.