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Quick Look: Auto World 1961 Corvette Hardtop

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Quick Look: Auto World 1961 Corvette Hardtop

Quick Look: Auto World 1961 Corvette Hardtop

By Matt Boyd 1:18 | $100 Though few fans knew it at the time, when Chevrolet pulled the wraps off the 1961 Corvette with its thoroughly redesigned squared off tail section and four round taillights, they were getting a first look at design language that would define America’s sports car decades to follow.  The look […]
Vintage Commercials: How Hot Wheels Got Hot! [VIDEO]

Vintage Commercials: How Hot Wheels Got Hot! [VIDEO]

As Hot Wheels’ 50th Anniversary year comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back at what made the brand so successful right from the start. A big part of it was the commercials! If you were a kid growing up in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s you know that those ads made Hot […]

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Palmer’s book 
is chock-full of fantastic archival 
photography—like the vintage 
drag-racing pics depicting the 
Snake/Mongoose rivalry.

Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale

As Hot Wheels’ 50th-anniversary year draws to a close, it’s no surprise that retrospectives are the order of the day. Fans and collectors are primed for that type of material, and publishers are all too happy to oblige. But if you’re inclined to spring for one of these golden-anniversary anthologies, make sure it has the […]
Replicarz 1957 Vanwall VW57 Special [REVIEW]

Replicarz 1957 Vanwall VW57 Special [REVIEW]

Sterling recreation of Sir Stirling Moss’s British GP Winner By Matt Boyd   [SPECS] Model: 1957 Vanwall VW57 Special Mfr: Replicarz Genre: Classic Grand Prix Racer Scale: 1:18 Price: $200 What We Like: Rolling Piece of British Racing History Elegant and efficient design with Lotus DNA Beautiful Borrani wire-spoke wheels and tires Vanwall holds the […]

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Old-School Cool: Jada Goes Retro with JDM Tuners

Old-School Cool: Jada Goes Retro with JDM Tuners

  Jada’s JDM Tuners series has risen to become one of the brand’s signature lines in a relatively short period of time. Comprised of offerings in 1:64, 1:32, and 1:24, it has a little something for everyone, though being fans of detail we naturally gravitate toward the big scale cars. The 1:24 lineup has included […]
Tonka Crater Crawler [REAR VIEW]

Tonka Crater Crawler [REAR VIEW]

Recalling a space-age tough truck By Ron Ruelle In the 1960s and ‘70s there was perhaps no toy more ubiquitous than the Tonka Mighty Dump tipper truck. Inexpensive and indestructible, these things were meant to be played with in back yards and sandboxes. The giant yellow truck had plenty of company, as Tonka made similarly […]

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Minichamps 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 [Out of the Box Review]

Minichamps 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 [Out of the Box Review]

Zuffenhausen zeroes in on sporting perfection by Matt Boyd   [SPECS] Model: 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Manufacturer: Minichamps Genre: Modern Sports Car Scale: 1:18 Price: $160 What We Like: The latest in the prized GT3 line may be the best yet Meticulous care in replicating the 991.2 updates Gorgeous wheels give a great look at […]
Diecast Masters Caterpillar  349F L XE 1:50 Scale die cast

Diecast Masters Caterpillar 349F L XE 1:50 Scale die cast

Brains and Brawn in a Futuristic Hydraulic Loader The selection of machines manufactured under the Caterpillar brand seems limitless: industrial equipment of nearly every size and description serving functions so diverse they would be impossible to list. That is how a company like Diecast Masters can devote itself to modeling Cat products and be constantly […]

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Maisto 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

Maisto 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

It’s no secret that Maisto has become the benchmark for entry-level 1:18 diecast. We regularly applaud the brand’s high content-to-value ratio and the tiered structure of its product lines, which allows novice collectors to gradually move up in price and detail within the brand they know and trust. The company has an extensive library of […]
Johnny Lightning Greatest Generation Dioramas

Johnny Lightning Greatest Generation Dioramas

At its core, a diecast collectible is a sort of time machine—one that connects us to a time or a place when its subject vehicle played an essential role. That can be a moment from the collector’s own past triggering nostalgia. But it can also be a moment of cultural significance: a historic event, a […]
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