Batmobiles

This one is for my friend and fellow-blogger, Joel, who has a nice collection of Batmobiles too.

My favorite Batmobile is the one from 1966, and I’ve had a Playart version of it since I was a kid. I was pretty excited when Hot Wheels released their version as a New Model in 2007.

IMG_3334 IMG_3340K6147 | 2007 New Models 1966 TV Series Batmobile 15/36 | black w Batman logo| 5SP

There now about 11 variations of this casting, and the only other one I have is this Faster Than Ever release from 2009.

IMG_3333 IMG_3341P2453 |  2009 Faster Than Ever 1966 Batmobile 7/10 | black w Batman logo | FTE

For me, another important Batmobile is the one created for the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie. This first came out as a Hot Wheels First Editions model in 2004. There are about 8 variations, including this HW Imagination release from 2013.

IMG_3332 IMG_3339X1709 | 2013 HW Imagination 61/250 | Batmobile | black | gray PR5

Hot Wheels now has about 10 different Batmobiles inspired by many of the different movie and cartoon creations over the years, and there are multiple variations of each. This doesn’t include the Batcopters, Batcycles and Batpods, not to mention Batmobiles produced by other brands. So, if someone wanted to get serious about collecting Batmobiles, (I admit, it is tempting) they could keep at if for a long time!

I’ll leave you with another 1989 Batmobile from my collection, this one made by Ertl Diecast.  I’ve had this one long enough that I don’t remember much about it, but I’m pretty sure I picked it up about the same time that the movie first came out.

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2013 Cool Classics ’61 Impala

I found this Hot Wheels Cool Classics ’61 Impala at WalMart the other day. I’m glad to see so many nice Chevys in the Cool Classics series. This makes the 3rd one I’ve added to my collection. Previously, I nabbed the ’64 Impala, and the ’62 Chevy. I’m pretty fond of this ’61 Impala casting - a fairly recent new model from 2012 – and I have both the aqua and dark red variations from the first release.

IMG_3331 IMG_3338Y9450 | 2013 Cool Classics 27/30 | ’61 Impala | sprectrafrost dark purple with red & silver trim | RSW

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1982 Cannonade

We spent some time the past few weekends taking in some early garage sales. Yesterday I scored my first Hot Wheels find of the season. Cannonade was first released in 1981 wearing the same paint and tampo as this, but rolling on blackwalls. My find is from 1982, when Cannonade showed up with gold Hot Ones wheels. There are a few other variations – one in red, one in maroon, and a silver version called the Snake Buster Car which was part of the Snake Mountain Challenge track set. IMG_3269IMG_3271I also have another identical Cannonade that I picked up on eBay, which is in a little better shape.

IMG_0227IMG_0228  1982 | 1691 | Cannonade | yellow with purple, red, orange trim | Hong Kong | gold Hot Ones

Here’s a shot of the Cannonade with its cockpit propped open.

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Auto World Vintage Muscle 1966 Chevy Impala SS Set B

Last week, my family and I made a Spring Break trip down to Shreveport, Louisiana to visit family. We spent the better part of one day visiting just about every thrift store we could find. Though my son and I found some Hot Wheels tracks, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t come across any old cars. But, at one point I took a break from the thrift, wandered into a Wal*Mart and found this nice blue Auto World Impala to go with the burgundy version that I found awhile back.

Now that I have both Set A and B, I only have the exclusive chase cars to find. I was interested to see that, in addition to the Ultra-Red version, Auto World is also making an Ultra-Raw version which is akin to the Zamac versions of Hot Wheels. Given the apparent rarity of either of these, I’d be curious to hear from anyone who actually found one in a store.

IMG_3235 IMG_3234Auto World Vintage Muscle Premium Series | 1966 Chevy Impala SS | blue

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Greenlight Collectibles Chevrolet Impalas

I recently found two Greenlight Chevrolet Impalas at Toys R Us. I’ll use this as an opportunity to show these new acquisitions as well as the other Greenlight Impalas that I already have in my collection.

From 1958 until 1972, Chevrolet offered 3 models in their full-size car line. The Biscayne was the low end, the Bel Air was in the middle, and the Impala was at the high end. Absent most of the interior and exterior trim options of the more expensive models, the Biscayne was produced mostly for the fleet market. It was, however, the availability of optional big-block V8 engines and performance-oriented transmissions that made these cars popular among hot-rodders as well.

So, technically, this 1967 Chevrolet Police Pursuit is not an Impala, but a Biscayne. But, the Louisiana State Police deco applied to this model makes it my favorite of the bunch. A patrol car like this would have been powered by a big-block 396 V8 engine, which had been an available option since 1965.

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The B pillar is a painted part of the clear plastic window insert, a nice detail which differentiates it from the Impala hardtop version of this Greenlight ’67 four-door casting.

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The Biscayne casting is also slightly modified to show the correct 2 taillights per side, versus three per side on the Impala casting.

IMG_3233IMG_30122013 | Hot Pursuit Series 12 | 1967 Chevrolet (Biscayne) Police Pursuit | red and white with Louisiana State Police deco

I admit I know nothing about the TV series Supernatural, upon which this next model is based. Based on a little online research, it appears that the car is a fairly faithful representation of the one driven by one of the show’s characters, Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles. Curiously, the Supernatural wiki (yes, there’s a wiki for everything) states that the car bears the Sedgwick County, Kansas license plate KAZ 2Y5. Sure enough, I looked closely at my model to find the license plate is accurately reproduced.

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This photo shows the Impala casting’s correct 3 taillights per side as well as the KAZ 2Y5 license plate from the TV show.IMG_32302013 | Hollywood Series 6 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan | black

All of the other Greenlight Impalas in my collection appear to be variations of the same 67/68 2-door hardtop casting. Even though I have quite a few of these, the Greenlight Collectors website shows at least 20 variations. By the way, each of these cars appears to have an opening hood, but I haven’t been willing to violate any of the packages to verify that.

IMG_32432009 | Black Bandit Series 5 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS | black

IMG_32452009 | Barrett-Jackson Auction Block | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | blue

IMG_32492007 | 1968 Chevy Impala Fastback | Vietnam War

IMG_32462008 | Muscle Car Garage Hobby Collection | 1968 Chevy Impala | green

IMG_32422008 | Muscle CarGarage Up In Flames | 1967 Chevy Impala | silver with yellow flames

IMG_32372006 | Muscle Car Garage Stock and Custom | Custom 1967 Chevy Impala | silver

IMG_32392006 | Muscle Car Garage Stock and Custom | 1967 Chevy Impala SS 427 | marina blue

IMG_32402005 | Muscle Car Garage Series 1 | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | tuxedo black

IMG_32382005 | Muscle Car Garage Series 1 | 1968 Chevy Impala SS | matador red

Here is a link to a good reference site for Greenlight Collectibles.

If you’re interested in other products offered by Greenlight Collectibles, check out their official website here.

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Hot Wheels 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack

I was snooping around on eBay the other day when I noticed a seller had just listed four super-clean gold chrome Hot Wheels with a “Buy It Now” price and a “Make An Offer” option. After a little negotiating, I agreed to a price and bought them all. With these four, I complete my collection of the Golden Machines 6-Pack from 1979.

The Jaguar XJS made its debut in the Flying Colors series from 1978. I have that gray one in my collection as well as a blue version from 1980. I actually already had a gold chrome XJS, but it was a beat-up garage sale find nowhere near as nice as this eBay score.

IMG_3022 IMG_30231979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with red & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Also introduced in the 1978 Flying Colors series, the Hot Bird is a collector’s favorite. In my collection, I have the original black version which has blackwalls, a blue version from 1980, and another black one from 1982 with gold Hot Ones wheels. There is also a variation of this casting from 1979 that’s called the Captain America.

IMG_3019IMG_30171979 | 2014 | Hot Bird | gold chrome with orange & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Yet another casting from the 1978 Flying Colors series, Race Bait 308 originally wore red paint. I have two of those from 1978, but neither one is as clean as this one. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975, the real Ferrari 308 was on the lower end of the company’s range, but has become one of the more iconic Ferrari models.

IMG_3020IMG_30211979 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | gold chrome with white & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Z-Whiz, based on a Datsun 280Z, first appeared in the 1977 Flying Colors series wearing similar tampo as this gold chrome version, but over grey paint. I also have a nice, clean grey version which I haven’t posted yet.

IMG_3024IMG_30251979 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gold chrome with orange, white & blue trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

The Corvette Stingray is one of my favorite Hot Wheels, mostly because I’ve had the original enamel red redline from 1976 since I was a kid. I also have a fairly clean orange version from 1980. I picked up this gold chrome version on eBay awhile back and it has a little more wear than my recent finds.

IMG_0573 IMG_05751979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | gold chrome with black, orange and white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Spoiler Sport has been around since the 1977 Flying Colors series. I scored this one on eBay along with 3 other mini-van-like Hot Wheels from the same seller. I have the original light green version as well as a variation of the casting that was released in 1979 as The Incredible Hulk. One interesting thing about Spoiler Sport is that it can be found with one large window in the back, or – like this model – with a pair of stacked horizontal slits for rear windows.

IMG_1465 IMG_14661979 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | gold chrome with black, red, orange trim, two small rear windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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1979 Flat Out 442

I’m getting pretty close in my ongoing quest to acquire all of the newly-cast Hot Wheels for 1979. I was happy to find this fairly clean Flat Out 442 on eBay. There is another orange variation from 1979 that is missing the blue pentagon on the the side. Later variations are painted yellow, metallic gold and light green.

The real-life 442 – a designation which references the combination of a four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust –  was originally an option package on the Oldmobile F-85 and Cutlass in 1964. It became a model of its own from 1968 t0 1971, then back to an option through the mid-1970s.

Of course, the original Hot Wheels Olds 442 appeared during the redline era in 1971, and was later modified into the Police Cruiser, the Maxi Taxi and the Chief’s Special. The Hot Wheels Flat Out 442 is based on a racing version of the A-body Cutlass that was introduced in 1978.

IMG_0231 IMG_02321979 | 2506 | Flat Out 442 | orange with red, blue, white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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1979 Upfront 924

Here’s another addition to my Hot Wheels first castings from 1979 that I picked up on eBay. The Upfront 924 has seen a few variations since then, including versions in orange, black and a metallic gold version from Mexico with a plastic ski rack attached.

IMG_0236 IMG_02371979 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | yellow with red orange & black trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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1981 Dixie Challenger

The Hot Wheels Dixie Challenger, based on a 1973 Dodge Charger with triple opera windows, came out in 1981 – a new casting, but similar to the Rodger Dodger from 1974.  Later variations, from 1982 and 1986 have blue stripes on the roof in place of the stars and bars.

IMG_2946 IMG_29471981 | 3364 | Dixie Challenger | orange with blue and white trim, stars on roof | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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American Graffiti ’59 Impalas

I never saw the movie American Graffiti when it came out in theaters in 1973, but I did watch it on television a few years later. While I don’t remember a lot of details from the movie, I do remember being impressed by the cars and the rock n’ roll spirit of the Southern California cruising culture depicted in the movie. I also remember listening to the soundtrack quite a bit on an 8-track player in a good friend’s basement.

So, of course I needed to add the Hot Wheels 2013 American Graffiti ’59 Impala to my collection when I came across it at Toys R Us the other day. I’ve heard some complaints about the accuracy of the cars used in the Retro Entertainment series, and that criticism certainly applies here. While the paint and wheels are fairly accurate, the movie car didn’t have fender skirts or a spare tire cover on the trunk.

IMG_2952 IMG_2951 X8930 | 2013 Retro Entertainment Series – American Graffiti | ’59 Impala | white with silver & red trim | RR

If accuracy is your thing, you’ll be glad to know you have other options. Revell made a version of the American Graffiti ’58 Impala back in 2002 which included a miniature figure of the character Toad from the movie. The car has an opening hood and has no extraneous body parts. Toad, however, is not the same scale as the car. I believe this model is more white than it looks in my photo – it appears that the clear plastic blister has discolored quite a bit over the years.

IMG_2965 IMG_2961 IMG_296486-3170 | Revell 2002 Issue #108 American Graffiti | ‘58 Chevy Impala with Toad Figure | white with silver & red trim

The other American Graffiti ’58 Impala I have in my collection was produced by Johnny Lightning in 2001. It appears to also have an opening hood (I’m not willing to violate the blister to find out for sure), but the wheels don’t quite match those on the original movie car.

IMG_2971 IMG_29722001 Johnny Lightning | American Graffiti R1 | 1958 Chevy Impala | white

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