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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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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

Loftiest of the High Rollers Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $279 Last year I reviewed Kyosho’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, and just last issue I examined their Bentley Mulsanne Speed—exquisite 1:18 models of two of the most extravagant, exclusive conveyances known to man (or at least a very few, very rich men—and women—for whom these scions […]
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 […]

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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!
New Look for Kyosho.com

New Look for Kyosho.com

Our friends over at Kyosho have revamped their website — now its super-easy to find pix and release info on all their models and lines. Check it out HERE!

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Thanks to all those men and women who serve and sacrifice to protect us. And just like they serve for our benefit, for decades so too the venerable Willys Jeep served many of them. So we cap our salute to our soldiers with this pic of AUTOart’s 1:18 Willys Jeep. Happy Veteran’s Day!
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 […]

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Sun Star 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

Sun Star 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

The Seminal Super Sport The most celebrated badge in Chevrolet Performance history—the legendary “SS”—started as anything but. Introduced with little fanfare late in 1961 as an option kit on the Impala sport coupe, the “Super Sport” package was overshadowed by the dramatic “Bubbleback” of the new-for-’61 body style.  The package itself was a tremendous bargain: […]
Giant-scale Alfa for the well-heeled collector

Giant-scale Alfa for the well-heeled collector

This awesome 1:5 scale recreation of a 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza will cost you a cool $65,000. Unsurprisingly, that kind of money gets you a massive masterpiece that’s built just like the full-size car, and is so well-detailed that you think it is the real car until you see the scale of the […]
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