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Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Johnny Lightning (JL) is a brand name with which all fans of 1:64 diecast will be instantly familiar. Introduced originally by Topper Toys in 1969, quick on the heels of Hot Wheels’ launch, JL focused from the outset on speed above all. To raise brand awareness and further emphasize its association with speed, JL sponsored […]
Mocking Up the Mach 5

Mocking Up the Mach 5

by Ron Ruelle As diecast collectors, we seldom consider the amount of effort that goes into creating a miniature version of a real car, especially one with working features. Rolling wheels are a bare minimum, but when a vehicle also features opening doors and hood, working steering and even suspension, it’s really a miniature marvel […]

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5 Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

5 Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

Dozens — even hundreds — of great diecast replicas get released each year, and which ones you cannot live without is largely a matter of taste…and budget. But as the holidays approach, we figured the time was right to narrow down a short list of our very favorites for this year. So hear it is […]
GreenLight is Back in Black

GreenLight is Back in Black

GreenLight Toys is fantastic about sharing advanced info on their forthcoming releases, but sometimes — like with these illustrations of the next release in Black Bandit series — its just more of a tease. So we’re passing the torture on to you. You’re welcome!

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Lightning Strikes Again – The Return of Johnny Lightning!

Lightning Strikes Again – The Return of Johnny Lightning!

Fans and collectors of 1:64 will be very familiar with Johnny Lightning. The classic brand has ridden a rollercoaster of fortunes, having disappeared from the market in the early ‘70s only to be resurrected by Tom Lowe’s Playing Mantis Group in the 1990s, during which time it established itself as a source for scale accuracy […]
Star-Struck or Star-Crossed: 5 Controversial Movie and TV Diecasts

Star-Struck or Star-Crossed: 5 Controversial Movie and TV Diecasts

An interesting news item showed up in our inbox this week: an announcement that the ’71 Chevy Monte Carlo that made such an impact (literally!) in the opening scene of the third Fast and Furious film — Tokyo Drift —  is coming up for auction this weekend. According to Hemmings, one of the 5 surviving (of […]

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Mini Muscle, Max Detail

Mini Muscle, Max Detail

M2 MACHINES DETROIT MUSCLE SERIES 26 1:64 | $6 Contrary to popular assumption, the importance of presentation does not diminish with size. • is is a principle that the folks at Castline clearly understand, and take full advantage of with their line of 1:64-scale Detroit-Muscle M2 Machines. Given that each comes with a molded diamond […]
GL Has The Hookup!

GL Has The Hookup!

GreenLight Hitch & Tow Series 1:64 | Price to be Announced The guys at GreenLight have a cool new series of trailers paired up with tow vehicles in 1:64, and they sent us a few prototypes to check out. The red Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab will come with the enclosed car hauler — […]

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th!

GreenLight made a timely announcement of its next Hollywood 1:64 scale release today — which includes this yellow ’63 Volkswagen Beetle from the cult classic Friday the 13th series of horror films. Movie fans and collectors will both appreciate GL’s attention to accuracy. It pairs well with their previous release of the Crystal Lake PD […]
Dodge, Jeep and Mustang Anniversary Specials in 1:64

Dodge, Jeep and Mustang Anniversary Specials in 1:64

It seems like just about every automotive brand under the sun is celebrating an anniversary right now. Three of the biggies are Ford’s Mustang (50th Anniversary), Jeep (70th Anniversary), and Dodge (100th Anniversary), and GreenLight is celebrating all three in 1:64. Anniversary Collection Series 2 features a pair of 2011 Jeep Wranglers — one in […]
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