May 2003 Archive

5/30/03 - 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.

5/27/03 - Miramax Looking for new Black Beauty!
Miramax Films 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.

5/27/03 - Unproduced Matchbox Star Cars
Charlie's 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 full-size.

Mike 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.

5/25/03 - 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:  Fonzie's Motorcycle
- 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.

5/22/03 - 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:

2003 Releases
Release Status
Charlie's Angels Van June
Gone in 60 Seconds Manta June
A-Team Van June
Dukes of Hazzard Boss Hogg Cadillac June

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.

5/15/03 - 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.

5/15/03 - 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

Apparently, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me is the White Lightning.  Wlpaul posted that he found ONE in a hundred boxes!

5/12/03 - HOW4 Hogan's Heroes Vehicle Revealed
Hogan's Heroes 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.

5/11/03 - 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:

5/9/03 - 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 disappointed.

5/4/03 - 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.

5/3/03 - 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.

5/2/03 - 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.

5/1/03 - 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 arcade game.
Click on the following link for more info: