May 2003 Archive
RC Charlie's Angels Van Revealed
Mike Pingel e-mailed me a pic
of Racing Champions' Charlie's Angels van, which should be hitting
stores in June. Check out Mike's website:
Thanks again Mike.
Miramax Looking for new Black Beauty!
is asking for $35 million from any car company that would like to have its
car featured in the film version of The Green Hornet, slated for
release in the summer of 2005. Miramax is searching for a car even
before a screenplay or director is in place. The car in the original
TV series was a 1966 Chrysler Imperial modified by car customizer Dean
Jeffries. Click on the link to read the full article:
Thanks to my friend Denver for the tip.
- Unproduced Matchbox Star Cars
Angels collector Mike Pingel sent me this great photo from a 1999 Mattel
catalogue, featuring the Star Cars line. Notice some of the unproduced
prototypes featured in the pic. Click on the thumbnail to see it
also confirmed that the Charlie's Angels van seen in this pic (and
also produced by Corgi Jr.) was never seen on the TV show. The custom van
only appeared at auto shows. He also said that the van being offered
by Racing Champions will be black. I'll post more info and pics as I
get them. Thanks Mike.
Full Lineup of HOW4
I received an e-mail
from Adel. He spotted this pic while visiting the Showcase Toys website:
The pic unveils the entire line of Johnny Lightning's Hollywood
on Wheels 4. Starting from the top and moving left to right, we have:
- Happy Days:
- Hogan's Heroes: Kubelwagen
- Ghostbusters: Ecto-1A
- Charlie's Angels: Jill Munroe's Cobra
- Herbie the Love Bug
- The Italian Job: Mini-Cooper Trio
- Happy Days: Ralph's Hot Rod
- Rat Race: Cadillac Eldorado (canceled!)
- Get Smart: Sunbeam
Not pictured is the
Plymouth Barracuda from The Brady Bunch.
You can find this
series in stores this June. Thanks to Adel.
Racing Champions Website Updated
ERTL has updated its Racing
Champions site to include entertainment die-cast shipping in June.
Most are re-releases, with the exception of one interesting offering:
|Gone in 60 Seconds
|Dukes of Hazzard
||Boss Hogg Cadillac
I'm going to assume
the Charlie's Angels van will be based on the original ERTL casting.
I'll post pics as soon as I have them.
Griswold Family Truckster can be YOURS!
Apparently the Griswold Family
Truckster from the film National Lampoon's Vacation is up for sale on
eBay. No, not a die-cast version, this is the actual car used for
filming. Imagine taking the family across country in THIS.
James Bond Die-Cast at Wal*Mart
If your local Wal*Mart has a
Radio Grill restaurant, you may want to pop in for a special treat.
Johnny Lightning James Bond vehicles are available there. According to
Jeff Koch of Johnny Lightning, the cars will come in sealed boxes,
concealing which car is inside. He said that one style of car will be
considered a rare White Lightning, though he hasn't said which car it is.
Good luck in your hunt.
Here is a pic posted
by Badpauls at www.hobbytalk.com:
Apparently, the Lotus
Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me is the White Lightning. Wlpaul
posted that he found ONE in a hundred boxes!
HOW4 Hogan's Heroes Vehicle Revealed
Kubelwagen was revealed in a photo shown at
The Cadillac Eldorado from the film Rat Race has been canceled.
Look for Hollywood on Wheels 4 to hit stores in June.
Misc. Mayhem Close to Making Announcement
Anthony at Miscellaneous Mayhem
Productions tells me to keep watching the Bulletin Board at
for an announcement regarding exclusive versions of Supercar.
He said that Johnny Lightning is producing these limited edition variants
exclusively for Misc. Mayhem. There will be three different versions:
Accurately detailed color version, black stealth "Condor" version, and a
black & white version (shown above). I will post the info here when
they start taking orders. Visit their website for more info and pics:
1:18 Animal House Corvette Shipping this Month
ERTL updated their website to
reveal that a 1:18 scale Corvette from the film Animal House will be
shipping this month as part of their American Muscle line. This will
make a nice companion piece to the Animal House Deathmobile,
scheduled to ship in October.
In other ERTL news, I
received a case of RC cars from my comic book store. The case was
SUPPOSED to include the car from the film The Car. It didn't.
The case included Tomb Raider, Smokey & the Bandit, xXx, Gone in 60
Seconds GTO, and James Dean's Mercury. Needless to say, I was
X-Men 2 - Mazda RX-8
X-Men 2 opened
nationwide this past weekend. I really enjoyed it, though I think I
liked the original better. The movie features the new Mazda RX-8.
Not exactly the Batmobile, but a nice looking car nevertheless. No
word on a die-cast version of this car yet. Click
here for more
info about the car.
Back to the Future III Delorean
Charawheels (Hot Wheels'
Japanese Counterpart) offers up this very cool version of the time traveling
Delorean from Back to the Future III. I discovered it today at
and on eBay. Charawheels continues to offer very high quality TV and
movie vehicles in 1:64 scale. If you haven't seen them, check out
their versions of the original BTTF Delorean, K.I.T.T., the Mach 5,
Airwolf helicopter and Lady Penelope's FAB 1 from Thunderbirds.
Rare James Bond Piece Added to Gallery
A photo of one of the most rare
and valuable pieces in the history of TV and movie die-cast has been added
to our gallery courtesy of John from the
Matchbox Community. Loose,
these pieces fetch top dollar on eBay. I can't imagine what this gift
set from On Her Majesty's Secret Service would bring in at auction.
Thanks to John for providing the pic.
Spy Hunter G-8155 Interceptor
Ain't it Cool News unveiled the
vehicle that the Rock will drive in the film Spy Hunter. Dwayne
"The Rock" Johnson stars as pilot Alec Sects in the film based on the
Click on the following link for more info: