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Out of the Box Online Exclusive! – Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 Speciale

Mar 17, 2015 No Comments

Arrivederci Bella! By: Matt Boyd 1:43 & 1:18 | $65 & $130 It seems only yesterday that the 458 Italia stormed onto the supercar scene, but believe it or not it has actually been six years! Ferrari has announced its replacement—the forthcoming 488 GTB—so it’s time to say ‘arrivederci!’ to the 458. It’s not going [...]

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3D-Printed Precision Replicas — The Future is NOW!

Mar 16, 2015 No Comments

What we are looking at here may well be the future of models. If so, the future is going to be PRETTY FREAKING AWESOME! As this functioning 3D-printed Toyota engine/transmission demonstrates, the precision available from the technology is already astounding, and its getting better by the day! Just imagine the possibilities for micro-specialized runs of [...]

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5 Geneva Show Cars that WILL be Diecast, 5 that Could, and 5 that Should

Mar 16, 2015 No Comments

GENEVA CONVENTION The 85th annual Geneva International Motor Show went on this past week, and the event is chock full of headline-making, late-breaking, spectacular, lustworthy and sometimes controversial new cars and trucks. Many of these will be impacting the diecast world in the coming year. Some will definitely be made in model form. For others there [...]

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Mar 13, 2015 No Comments

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 [...]

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High-Caliber Bullitts: GreenLight’s 1:43 Mustang and Charger

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments

We just received the press release on GreenLight’s new 1:43 Bullitt duo — the 1968 Mustang GT fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. Updated tooling, authentic movie decoration and movie-themed packaging are part of the deal, and each comes in an acrylic case. We’ve only seen photos so far, and these are pre-production (they’re [...]

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Elgin Park – a scale slice of Americana! Taking diecast dioramas to a new level.

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments

With his creation of Elgin Park Michael Paul Smith has gone far, far beyond mere diorama displays of diecast cars. His miniature town is its own stylized world, complete with vignetted  stories told in magical photographic images that combine master-level model making, forced perspective and other optical illusion techniques to create the ultimate in scale [...]

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1:64 American Classics Sneak Peek: M2 Auto-Thentics Series 31

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

M2 Machines released this preview sheet of their forthcoming  31st release in the Auto-Thentics series of 1:64 American classics. Included in Series 31  are two color combos each of a 1957 DeSoto Fireflite, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, and a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. Here are pics of the prototypes: The DeSoto comes in Gloss [...]

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GreenLight’s Great Gatsby roadster is a Duesy!

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

GreenLight? Yep. The company best known for its muscle cars has come out with a 1:18 Duesenberg II SJ from the 2013 release of The Great Gatsby. It too was plenty muscular–the ‘S’ in SJ denoted the presence of a supercharger, taking the 6.9L straight-8 engine output up to 320 horses–good for nearly 140mph! That’s [...]

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GreenLight Country Roads Series 13

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

Dig the ’70s theme of GreenLight’s latest Country Roads release — Series 13! The crazy ‘Eagle’-theme paint on the 1972 Chevy C-10 Camper and groovy custom 1976 Dodge Van grab most of the attention, but the ’77 Dodge Royal Monaco two-tone with the maroon simulated vinyl top over Cloud silver really symbolizes the decade for [...]

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Minichamps Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

With all those post-nominal letters and numbers, it doesn’t take much to figure that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 is a special car, before you even see it. Once you do, it’s apparent that this hairy variant of the retro supercar was made for track antics, with a racing 6-speed transmission mounted to the rear [...]

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