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Jada Throttles Up its JDM Tuners Series

Jada Throttles Up its JDM Tuners Series

Its latest creation — JDM Tuners — proves once again that Jada is a champion of the modified car aesthetic in diecast. In the past they’ve served up cool collectibles showcasing classic muscle with a pro-touring twist, Cali-style VW culture, lowriders, and import tuners. With JDM Tuners they take it to another level of realism. Once […]
Oh HELL YES! Chevy builds a Hot Wheels Camaro anyone can buy!

Oh HELL YES! Chevy builds a Hot Wheels Camaro anyone can buy!

Coming this spring you will be able to walk into any Chevy dealership and order yourself an authentic Hot Wheels Special Edition Camaro you can drive every day! The thing so many Hot Wheels fans have been dreaming about since they could hold a diecast car and make racing engine and squealing tire noises (oh […]

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The Beatnik Bandit: Big Daddy’s Oldsmobile

The Beatnik Bandit: Big Daddy’s Oldsmobile

When Hot Wheels released their first 16 cars in 1968, it was clear that most of them were based on customized versions of recognizable street cars, but one of the most popular was a modified 1950 Oldsmobile. In 1961, customizer/cartoonist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth took an Olds frame, shortened it a bit, and added some […]
Hot Wheels Stunt Action

Hot Wheels Stunt Action

And after watching this video of POV action (via a custom Hot-Wheel’d GoPro), you’re gonna want to bust open a few of the blister cards on some HW Race Team cars, lay down some track and try some of these stunts yourself. Hat-tip to Gizmodo for link to the clip.

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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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