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Master Caster: New Line Celebrates Classic Car Design

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

Back when car design was a hands-on process, in the good old days before CGI and hyper-real “in the tube” rendering,  car stylists were faced with a reality: what looked good on the drawing board didn’t always look so great in the light of day, or in any particular color. So, most car makers had [...]

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Auto World 1:18 “Jungle Jim”: Run Through the Jungle

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

Auto World “Jungle Jim” Funny Car 1:18 | $95.99 “Jungle Jim” Liberman was an accomplished race driver, to be sure. But his true strength, and the thing that has kept his memory alive, was his uncanny knack for showmanship. From his immaculate racers to his easy-on-the-eyes burnout babe, the well-recruited Pam “Jungle Pam” Hardy, Jim [...]

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GreenLight 1:43 Jeeps: Social Climbers

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

GreenLight 2012 Jeep “Mountain” and “Arctic”   1:43 | $15.00 Cheap Jeeps are always fun to have around, and if you have a car kid on your short list – or just like the looks of the special editions that Jeep occasionally breaks out – these inexpensive, yet attractively done 1:43 models of the Jeep Wrangler [...]

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IXO 1:43 Aston Martin AMR-One: Aston’s Last?

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

IXO Aston Martin AMR-One  1:43 | $30.00 Aston Martin switched from a Lola chassis with a six-liter DBR9-GT V-12 to an in-house chassis powered by a turbocharged two-liter engine for the 2011 Le Mans Prototype (LMP) season. The new AMR-One was a dismal flop, slower than its predecessor and with a 100% failure rate. One [...]

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OTTO 1:18 Volkswagen Corrado: Go Wagen

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

OTTO Model VW Corrado G60  1:18 | $115.00 Introduced in 1990 here in the States, the Volkswagen Corrado didn’t take long to make itself known as more than a Golf on PEDs; the automotive press fairly fawned over the car, and some went so far as to call the Corrado an almost certain classic in [...]

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NEW VIDEO! GreenLight 1:18 Mustang II Cobra

Mar 27, 2013 2 Comments

Straight from the pages of Die Cast X! One of the cooler releases to see the light of day at Nuremberg and New York this year was the newly-tooled GreenLight 1:18 Ford Mustang II. We managed to borrow one for our Summer 2013 edition (on its way to the stores now), and we couldn’t wait [...]

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Das Zoot: Minichamps 1:43 Mercedes Streamliner

Mar 26, 2013 2 Comments

Minichamps 1938 Mercedes-Benz “Rekordwagen”  1:43 | $72.00  The Mercedes-Benz W-125 “Rekordwagen” epitomized streamlining when it first saw the light of day in late 1937, and in early 1938 the incredibly swoopy one-off machine set a world record for top speed on a public road – a heart-stopping 268 miles per hour, a record that it [...]

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Test Pattern: Hot Wheels Elite 1:43 Enzo “Monza”

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari Enzo “Monza Test”  1:43 | $55.99 Only two Ferraris have been officially named for a person: the 1968 246GT, for Enzo’s son Dino, and the code-named F60 supercar that became the “Enzo” after Senor Ferrari’s passing in 1988. Based heavily on Formula One technology with the addition of active aerodynamics and [...]

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Along Came a Spyder: Hot Wheels Elite’s 1:43 458 Italia

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder  1:43 | $44.99  Ferrari needed two years to develop a topless version of their 458 Italia, but fortunately for those of us who can’t afford a copy of the $257,000.00 car (magnificent though it may be), Hot Wheels Elite has created this beautifully made diecast model in [...]

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Road Rave: GreenLight 1:64 “Road Race” Series 3

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

 GreenLight Collectibles Road Race Series 3  1:64|$5.99 each Trying to follow the many twists and turns of a road course takes a certain level of skill – and so does following the incredible pace at which GreenLight can make a series of cars appear, then disappear. No, it’s not magic – it’s savvy marketing and [...]

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