Friday, December 30, 2011

New from Tonkin Replicas: the Super Rack

The Super Rack is a revolutionary flat rack container with telescoping corner posts that allow for oversized cargo transportation.

It is designed to be height-adjustable, stackable – like a normal container, and collapsible to save space when not in use. This innovation saves time and money for those transporting oversized equipment.  

Tonkin has replicated this in 1/53 scale and we carry the models below.  These are in stock now and ready to ship! 

Hyundai Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab in White and Red with Super Rack on Trailer Chassis 
Item #P0638345 - 1/53 Scale - MSRP = $75.00  

Hyundai Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab in White and Red with Super Rack on Trailer Chassis Hauling a 120-Ton Rock Crusher and Pulley Load in Resin (Chooch item #7279)
Item #P0638345-SET1 - 1/53 Scale - MSRP = $90.00 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Your Favorite Ways to Save

We had a poll up here on our blog over the past few weeks.  Looking at the results, we saw that more than 50% of you who answered prefer coupons & discount codes over sales, free shipping offers, or other ways to save your dollars. 
We were intrigued by your votes, and we are planning ways to incorporate your favorite savings opportunities into our company in 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

They Saved Joe's Bacon!

I'm gonna take this chance to brag on our awesome customer service staff a little bit!

We had a customer email us with this story over the Christmas weekend.

This particular customer ordered an item for his son for Christmas, not realizing that it was out of stock and would not be restocked until sometime early next year.  

He said, instead of letting it slide, our customer service professionals took the time to call him, explain the issue, and get it taken care of! 

They found a solution, and a perfect gift-wrapped toy was in this customer's hands on the Friday afternoon before Christmas.

Thanks to Patrick and Marti for your commitment to providing a superior level of customer service!

I loved how this customer put it: "Thank you so very much for saving my bacon."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Put Yourself on the "Nice" List and Grab Some Universal Hobbies

It is truly better to give than receive. However, no matter how much time and effort I put into a gift, there are some gifts that just miss the mark. I'm never upset when I see the forced smiles and sing-song phrases like "I love it." They do not love it. They wish I would have bought them something else. Alas. I will try better next year.

But what of your gifts that you'll soon be receiving? I'll bet there will be a sweater or a pack of socks that, while you're grateful for the thought, you still wish they had shopped at I mean, it is well known that we carry thousands of items, for kids and collectors alike. And it is practically common knowledge that we offer $7.95 flat-rate shipping for orders within the contiguous 48 states. Furthermore, I can confidently say that our customer service is top notch; you'll walk away with the item you want AND a smile on your face!

So, please, peruse these wonderful Universal Hobbies items. Look them over guilt free, knowing that if only your great-great-granny had known about us, she would have gladly bought you a quality die-cast replica. And after you order one of these beauties, maybe forward along a gentle reminder to granny that you love all of the socks, but you would really like a new model for your birthday this year.

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 4010 - 1/32 Price = $27.95
Massey Ferguson 440 Xtra Tractor

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 6053 - 1/43 Price = $18.95
Massey Ferguson 590 Tractor

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 2920 - 1/32 Price = $35.95
Massey Ferguson 3080 Tractor

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 2923 - 1/32 Price = $46.95
Massey Ferguson 6475 Tractor

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 2938 - 1/32 Price = $44.95
Massey Ferguson 6465 Communal

UNIVERSAL HOBBIES - 2785 - 1/32 Price = $24.95
Massey Ferguson 135 Tractor without cabin

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NZG's New Releases for 2012!

We'll soon be receiving more great detail and quality German models from NZG!

These below are due to arrive here in January or February.
Schnorpfeil - HBM Nobas BG190TA-3 Grader
Item #638-02 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $118.95

Geiger - Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader
Item #689-09 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $118.95 

GMS - Wirtgen W100F Cold Milling Machine
Item #763-05 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $135.95

Meichle+Mohr - MB Actros 8x4 Truck Mixer with Conveyor Belt
Item #797-04 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $101.95

Schnorpfeil - Hamm GRW280 Rubber-Wheeled Roller with Cab
Item #832-01 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $84.95

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Collectibles from DCP!

The new DCP trucks are here and ready to ship! 

These great models both include five-stop positionable front wheels, detailed tractor interior, full working suspension, and die-cast trailer with opening doors, revealing a fully detailed trailer interior. (Level 2 Details)

Hirschbach Motor Lines Freightliner Cascadia with Reefer Trailer
Item #32611 - 1/64 Scale - $69.99
Read more about Hirschbach Motor Lines here.

Fikes Trucking (FTLCustom) Peterbilt Model 379 Tractor with Refrigerated Trailer
Item #32616 - 1/64 Scale -$69.99

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Maisto, Bburago, and Welly - Perfect Gift Ideas!

Still looking for that perfect gift? Say they're a car person. A classic movies fan? Maybe they just like really cool and interesting things... Hopefully I can help you out a little!  

I'd like to point you towards manufacturers Maisto, Bburago, and Welly.  These lines offer a wide array of quality diecast vehicles at great prices.

These items below are some of our hottest sellers from these great brands, which should be a good place to start.
Welly Item #22443W - 1/24 Scale 
Back To The Future I - Delorean Time Machine 

Welly Item #22476RW - 1/24 Scale
2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T in Orange Gold
Bburago Item #22018R - 1/24 Scale
1948 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster in Red
Maisto Item #31122S - 1/18 Scale 
Porsche Cayman S in Silver - Special Edition
Bburago Item #22021SL - 1/24 Scale 
1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK in Silver

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Last Chance Fast Approaching

Like the beeping of a truck in reverse or the rumbling of an approaching train, this blog post is intended as a friendly reminder: if you want to order a Christmas gift from us (and really, I think you should), you will need to order soon!

Our shipping department has been hard at work this week getting orders out to happy customers and they want you to be a happy customer as well. That means Friday, December 16th is the last day that anyone living in the Contiguous 48 States can place an order and still get it in time for Christmas. I wasn't very strong in the math portion of my schooling, so I pulled out an abacus and that's TWO DAYS AWAY!

So now is the time to take a look at our site and see if we have anything in-stock that you might like. I would bet that we do! To help get you started, though, here are a few items from ERTL:

ERTL - 45209 - 1/16 Price = $29.99
John Deere 1010 Special Row Crop Utility Tractor

ERTL - 13745 - 1/16 Price = $24.95
Ford 650 Tractor

ERTL - 14750 - 1/16 Price = $22.99
Farmall F-20 Tractor

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Little Men Get to Work: Collection Photos

Thanks to Bill Hurd for sending in pictures of his collection!  Bill is an automotive / product designer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Model Spotlight: '09 H-D Softail Deluxe by Franklin Mint

Franklin Mint is known for their museum-quality replicas of classic vehicles. 

This beautiful 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe lives up to that reputation with its legendary looks, which, combined with the latest technology, deliver this full throttle ride with a side dish of attitude! 

This bike is the smoothest ride on the road, and this accurate 1/10 scale replica features steerable wheels, working stand and suspension, rubber tires, and an intricately detailed engine.

The collectibility of this item is only enhanced by the fact that only 1,500 of these replicas were produced. 

 Right now at, this pristine model is available at HALF OFF MSRP with Free Shipping!

2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe
Item #B11G330 - 1/10 Scale - Price $99.95 was $199.95

Friday, December 9, 2011

60% OFF? Check out our HUGE Dec. Sale!

This sale is HUGE! Nearly 350 items, some going for 60% OFF the normal price.  

Check out a few of the GREAT deals below:

Northwest Model 25 Shovel

Spec-Cast Item #CON012 - 1/50 Scale - Was $86.90 - Now $34.95

1956 Ford F-100 Limited Edition Truck in custom Burgundy - Only 1200 available to the collector market! 

GreenLight Item #50742 - 1/64 Scale - Was $3.95 - Now $1.95
Caterpillar D8R Series II MILITARY Dozer  
Movable rubber tracks and blade, multi shank ripper raises and lowers, and interior cab detail. 

Norscot Item #55110 - 1/50 Scale - Was $37.95 - Now $13.95

CDF Brush Fire Truck in Red with White top - International 7000 2-Axle
Die-Cast with plastic parts.

Boley Item #4503-71 - 1/87 Scale - Was $10.15 - Now $3.95

To go along with these fantastic deals, this weekend only we have an opportunity for you to save even more with COUPONS!

These are available on our website, which you can access by clicking on any of the coupons below.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Largest Model Railway in the World . . . Unbelievable!

This is absolutely phenomenal!!

Covering 12,380 square feet, this is the world's largest train layout.  It features nearly six miles of track and is still not complete!

Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, have been working on the 'Miniature Wunderland' since 2000.

The set covers six regions including the United States, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany, and the Austrian Alps. 

The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon...

...and Mount Rushmore.

The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn.

The Scandinavian part has a 4-foot passenger ship floating in a fjord.  Yes, that's real water they're standing in - about 8,000 gallons of it!

The Brauns plan to add parts of France, Italy, and the UK to their layout.  It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 19,376 square feet and feature almost 13 miles of track.

The work of art contains about 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons.

The longest train is 46 feet long.

The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, and 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights.

...and 160,000 individually designed figures.  Thousands of people enjoying a rock concert... why not?!

Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood were used to construct the scenery...

The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system that mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off.

The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre.

In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than 8 million Euro (currently a little more than $10,500,000 US) to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.

Gerrit said, "Our idea was to build a world that men, women, and children equally can be astonished and amazed in."
Frederik added, "Whether gambling in Las Vegas, hiking in the Alps, or paddling in Norwegian fjords - in Wunderland everything is possible!"

The coolest thing, though, is seeing it all in action!  You absolutely have to watch the video - it's unbelievable!

Also, if you're interested in finding out more about Miniatur Wunderland, click through to their website: