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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 […]
Farewell to a King

Farewell to a King

[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2012 when DCX’s Mike Zarnock visited with George in his custom shop in North Hollywood. We present it again here as we bid farewell to one of the greats–a brilliant designer, consummate showman, towering automotive world personality–and a man that was never too busy to share his […]

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Eaglemoss Jeep willys 600x120

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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: […]
Replicarz Indy 500 Winners: Brickyard Champions Through the Ages

Replicarz Indy 500 Winners: Brickyard Champions Through the Ages

REPLICARZ INDY 500 WINNERS 1:43 | $90EA The Fothergill brothers at Replicarz are at it again, this time in 1:43 scale resin, and bringing us some of the most delicious cars that ever raced the Indy 500. Manufactured under their own Replicarz brand name, these will be a joy for anyone who loves spending that […]

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Auto World 1:18 2015 Ford Mustang GT

Auto World 1:18 2015 Ford Mustang GT

A Five-Liter Fountain of Youth   The automotive media is all aflutter these days with the news of the forthcoming 2016 6th-generation Camaro. The announcement has overshadowed the 6th iteration of the Mustang—which beat the Chevy to market by nearly two years. After all, the pony-car paparazzi are perpetually a “what have you done for […]
Kyosho Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Kyosho Bentley Mulsanne Speed

A Soaring Scion of British Luxury Bentley motorcars have always been a study in contradiction. As a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce for most of the 20th century, stately British luxury and prestige have been central to Bentley’s identity. But the brand has roots in motorsport, having won Le Mans six times—including four consecutive events from 1927-1930—and […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]
Photo your Diecast like a Pro!

Photo your Diecast like a Pro!

Diecast models are all about scale realism—capturing the look of a full-size vehicle authentically in scale is an art. It is not unlike capturing a photo, which is why diecast lends itself so well to photography. That—and the proliferation of relatively high-quality digital cameras—is why so many collectors are moved to document their collections in […]
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