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Diecast Beatlemania: The Yellow Submarine

Diecast Beatlemania: The Yellow Submarine

by Ron Ruelle Over the past decade, music lovers have been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of various milestones by the Beatles, and 2018 brings one that appeals to diecast collectors too. “The Yellow Submarine” movie and album were released in 1968, and the first model of it came shortly after. There have been many different […]

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Diecast Head to Head: Hemi Cudas from GreenLight and M2 Machines

Diecast Head to Head: Hemi Cudas from GreenLight and M2 Machines

Who doesn’t love a Hemi ‘Cuda or two? We’ve got a pair of Muscle Mopars in 1:64 for ya — a ’70 in Burnt Tan Metallic from GreenLight and a ’71 in custom flat black — both with black vinyl tops. ’70 vs ’71 Rally Wheels vs Dog Dishes Hockey Sticks vs Billboards Engine detail […]
Jada Throttles Up its Diecast JDM Tuners Series Collectibles

Jada Throttles Up its Diecast JDM Tuners Series Collectibles

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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]

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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.
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 […]

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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 […]
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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