Monday, June 28, 2010

Toy Story for the kids (or kids at heart)

I really love Pixar movies, don't you? No other studio can take 10 minutes of film with no words whatsoever and still keep my 5 and 3 year olds totally glued to it. Examples being "UP" and Wall-E (practically the whole first half is wordless!). They contain good life-lessons like conservation and responsibility, etc. And every single one makes my husband cry like a baby.

I haven't seen the Toy Story 3 yet. I've heard such great things though, from adults and children alike. In fact, it has surpassed Shek 4 already as the highest grossing animated movie of the summer, taking in $229 million in 10 days. (Slice of SciFi

And because I feel like linking today, here is a nifty tutorial from Bakerella on how to make Hamm and Potato Head cake pops. Very cute. And here's an excellent article on why Pixar is so successfully amazing.

So, in honor of awesome movies, will have several items in just a couple weeks for kids and adults to share some good times.

MATTEL - N4087 -       Price = $34.95
Toy Story 3 Real Flying Buzz Quick-Change Flyer -  This power-charged Buzz Lightyear flies up to a whopping 300 total feet on his quest to defend the galaxy from alien invaders. Watch him take to the sky and zoom around!
Requires 3AA batteries (not included)
Arriving in July

MATTEL - P4836 -       Price = $17.95
HOT WHEELS® Toy Story 3 Sparks Turbo Launcher - Raise and lower powerful arms to launch two Hot Wheels® cars simultaneously.  Comes with 1 Hot Wheels® car.
Arriving in July

MATTEL - R7212 -       Price = $15.95
Toy Story 3 Jessie Fashion Doll
Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl who wins everyone's hearts is ready to wrangle up some fun!
Arriving in July

MATTEL - R4241 -       Price = $16.95
Toy Story 3 Great Shape™ Barbie® Doll
Barbie® is always working out to keep in great shape in the movie, Toy Story 3. Includes doll, gym bag, workout manual and water bottle.  Arriving in July

We have so much more, for boys and girls, young and old, at!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Motorhead Coming Soon!

We have just arranged for a restock for Motorhead Miniatures© products, and we will also have a few new items for your collection! These hand-painted resin figurines, from gangsters to mechanics, will add something special to any display.

If you know a collector of model cars, die cast cars or G & O scale railroad trains, Motorhead Miniatures© is the perfect gift idea. Help your favorite model collector complete his dioramas and displays with the collectible figurines of Motorhead Miniatures©. Your die cast or railroad enthusiast will thank you for the hours of enjoyment they will get from adding Motorhead Miniatures© to their presentations.
There is a Motorhead Miniatures© scale for all hobbyists and collectors. Choose from 18th scale for your die cast, 24th scale for your model kits and garden railroads, 32nd scale for your slot cars and 48th scale for your O scale railroads and Euro die cast.

Here are a few of what we carry at for you to choose from:

The Car Show Set - John and Joanne are enjoying a day at the Car Show, showing off their latest collectible ride. You know these two - you see them all the time! Each Car Show set includes our favorite couple, their lawn chairs (molded separately), Emmy the dog, and a two-sided sign. The sign reads 'Please Do Not Touch The Car' on one side, and 'Car Show Today' on the other.
Available in 1/18 and 1/24 beginning in July.
Available in 1/48 beginning in October.
Safety Check, 3-Piece Set - Uh oh! Make sure your seatbelt is fastened and your papers are in order! The officers of Safety Check are about to pull you over. Trooper Cheatem selects the cars for inspection. Officer Howe has her assignment to direct traffic and Officer Dewey is writing a ticket for a minor violation. Outstanding details on the guns, belts and uniforms of these authentic accessory figurines make Safety Check a must have for collectors.
Available in 1/18, 1/24, and 1/48 scales, taking pre-orders for August.

Full Service, 3-Piece Set - Bringing back memories of the days when 'Service Station' really meant service, Full Service is one of the new accessory figurine sets coming this year from the crafters at Motorhead Miniatures©. These three guys are ready to give the car at the pump the once over we used to take for granted. Chuck is ready to fill 'er up, Johnny is making sure your oil is good and Lester is checking your tires. No detail has been overlooked in this new set.
Also available in 1/18, 1/24, and 1/48 scales, taking pre-orders for August.

Many other figures and sets are available on our website, so please go to for more!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Tankers from DCP!

DCP has just announced these two new trucks, and we expect them to arrive before the end of the month.

DCP - 32291 - 1/64      Price = $46.99
Warren Oil - Peterbilt 389 Day Cab Tractor with Petroleum Tanker - 300 units produced, only 175 pieces available to collector market
Level 2 Detail - Offers much of the same detail at lower cost.
Features include :
  • 5-stop positionable front wheels
  • Detailed tractor interior
  • Full working suspension
  • Die-cast trailer with opening trailer doors revealing a fully detailed trailer interior.

The Al Warren Oil Company was established in 1948. In the beginning, Al started with one truck and delivered for Warren Oil and other oil companies in the Chicagoland area. No matter how cold it was or how much snow was on the ground, Al always found a way to make the delivery. Hence their slogan, "Prompt-Dependable-Service".

In 1970, after two decades of growth, Al expanded to become a licensed jobber, supplying diesel fuel, gasoline and heating oil all over Chicago. Working hand-in-hand with his father, Tom Warren did everything from working on the trucks to driving them. As their volume rose, Tom persuaded his conservative-minded father to expand the fleet. Al realized that heating oil, his bell weather product for 26 years, was in rapid decline. With his son's encouragement, Al concentrated on transport hauling and saw the potential it offered. Subsequently, they started a transportation company, Altom, a combination of both of their names. In 1980, Altom had already grown to 15 tractors, 20 trailers and 6 straight trucks. Sadly, in 1985, Al passed away leaving the company to Tom. Under Tom's direction, the company grew even larger. Altom Transport became the dedicated carrier for Warren Oil and many other companies. By this time, Warren Oil became a familiar name in the Chicago petroleum industry. In addition to marketing heating oil, which is long past it's heyday but still in demand, the company is a major diesel and gasoline distributor licensed in Illinois and Indiana. Their special services include on-site fueling to large trucking companies, commercial contractors and marine vessels. Al Warren Oil is a licensed and Coast Guard approved supplier.

Today Warren Oil is still growing, concentrating on transport deliveries and spot-fueling, keeping to their motto of prompt dependable service with no delivery too small or too large. They are Coast Guard approved and make deliveries in quantities from 50 to 100,000 gallons. They are one of the few companies that the Chicago Park District allows to fuel cruise ships and freight liners.

Altom Transport is still Warren Oil's dedicated carrier, which services several hundred satisfied customers. Altom has authority in 48 states and Canada to haul petroleum and chemical products. Their fleet consists of 95 tractors, over 300 tank trailers, and 18 fueling straight trucks. Altom is approved by the United States Coast Guard to deliver diesel and motor oils.                                                                                                      

DCP - 32290 - 1/64      Price = $46.95
Altom Transport - Peterbilt 389 Tractor 63” Stand up with Chemical Tanker - 300 units produced, only 175 pieces available to the collector market
Level 2 Detail - Offers much of the same detail at lower cost.
Features include :
  • 5-stop positionable front wheels
  • Detailed tractor interior
  • Full working suspension
  • Die-cast trailer with opening trailer doors revealing a fully detailed trailer interior.
Throughout Altom Transport’s more than 30 years of petroleum transport and chemical transport services, including asphalts, Altom Transport Inc., has always operated on the motto of "trucking at its best ".  Today this motto is a mission that Altom's prestigious customer roster of Fortune 500 companies expect.  Throughout their history, Altom has always aspired to provide the highest level of service on every single delivery - no matter how large or small. This service standard has made them one of the Midwest's most respected tanker companies. Whether hauling across town or across the country, customers can count on Altom's service quality and consistency. Altom has authority in 48 states and Canada to haul petroleum and chemical products. Their fleet consists of 95 tractors, over 300 tank trailers, and 18 fueling straight trucks. Altom is approved by the United States Coast Guard to deliver diesel and motor oils.

Monday, June 21, 2010

TOP Sellers for 2010

I want to show you our top five sellers so far this year! These should appeal to a variety of our collectors out there as they include construction equipment, farm toys, and trucks. Here they are:

Our #1 top seller this year has been Norscot's UPS P80 Delivery Truck, item# 58008, in 1/87 scale.

Features include:
Authentic UPS color and decoration
Rolling, steerable wheels with actual tire tread design
Realistic roll-up back door
Interior shelf detail in rear of truck
Clear windows reveal detail on cabin interior

Coming in at #2 is SIKU's Massey-Ferguson 8480 Tractor, item# 1878, also in 1/87 scale.
True-to-original wheel rims with rubber tracks.
Removable cover, front loader and trailer decoupler.

Next is ERTL's Hitachi Z-axis 450LC Excavator, item# 15864, in 1/50 scale.

Length of Cab: 4 inches; Length of Tracks: 4 inches; Length of Total "Body" (cab overhanging tracks): 4.75 inches; Length including arm (and scoop): 9-13 inches; Width: 3 inches; Height 2.5 inches

Seller #4 is SIKU's JCB 8250 Tractor, item# 1881, 1/87 scale. True-to-original wheel rims with rubber tracks. Removable cover, front loader and trailer decoupler. Highly detailed model.

Our #5 seller for so far this year is NORSCOT's Caterpillar Kenworth W900 Tri-Axle Day Cab with Trail King Lowboy Trailer, item# 55208-S, in 1/50 scale. This tractor-trailer is ready for you to add your favorite Cat construction piece!

You can click on any of the pictures or links above to go to our site at, and while you're there, you can check out more hot sellers and great products.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Arrivals from NZG!

Last week we received nine new items from NZG. These are in our warehouse and ready to ship out now! They are all 1/50 scale and continue to exhibit NZG's great detail and quality. Here's a look at a few of them:

NZG - 583-05 Price = $166.95
Scania LT110 Nooteboom ODU33VV

NZG - 660 Price = $206.95
Link Belt RTC80100 Series 2, Mobikran

NZG - 799 Price = $119.95
Liebherr RL64 Litronic Pipe Layer

Make sure to check out our website for all the new NZG arrivals or click on the pictures above.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New from First Gear!

Take a look at these new arrivals from First Gear. They are in stock and ready to ship now!

FIRST GEAR - 40-0222 - 1/25      Price = $35.95
Features Include:
  • Opening hood with complete engine detail
  • Opening doors with fully detailed interior
  • Poseable front wheels
  • Opening tailgate
  • 9.25"L x 4"W x 3.75"H - Weighs 0.85 lb.                                                                                                                                      

FIRST GEAR - 50-3175 - 1/50      Price = $73.95
US Forestry Service - Allis-Chalmers HD-21 Dozer with Straight Blade, Drawbar & Cable Winch
Features Include:
  • Adjustable blade
  • Working segmented metal tracks
  • Fully detailed operator control center
  • Poseable ripper
  • 5.5"L x 3"W x 2"H - Weighs 0.75 lbs.                                                                                           

Monday, June 14, 2010

4 Styles of Asphalt Pavers to Choose From

Summer has officially arrived; am I right? I have my first sunburn from a weekend canoe trip down one of our beautiful Missouri rivers! I really should have taken Flat Fred with me, but I don't think I could compete with all of your creative submissions.... Besides, he probably wouldn't like getting quite so wet as I did. Is anyone else doing some awesome summer activities?

We received our first summer shipment of Norscot while I was on a boat somewhere. We'll have more soon, but here are the new items that came in! We have 4 new styles as asphalt pavers for you to choose from!

NORSCOT - 55227 - 1/50      Price = $47.95
Caterpillar AP655D Asphalt Paver

NORSCOT - 55258 - 1/50      Price = $49.95
Caterpillar AP665D Asphalt Paver with Canopy

NORSCOT - 55259 - 1/50      Price = $47.95
Caterpillar AP600D Asphalt Paver

NORSCOT - 55260 - 1/50      Price = $49.95
Caterpillar AP600D Asphalt Paver with Canopy

Friday, June 11, 2010

New From Maisto - MotoGP Racing Bikes

MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grands Prix in 14 countries bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, Aprilia and KTM - plus an elite crop of riders from every corner of the globe. The motorcycles used for MotoGP are purpose-built racing prototypes which are unavailable for purchase by the general public and cannot be legally ridden on public roads. It is the oldest motor-sport World Championship in existence.

These models replicate each rider’s machine including the number on the front. They feature a working rear suspension and steerable front wheel and handlebars. Each model also comes with a jack stand that holds the bike upright but is easily removable. These 1/18 scale replicas are sure to be a welcome addition to any racing fans collection. Find these and more at!!!

Item #34566-2, $6.95
2008 Yamaha Fiat Racing
ridden by #48 Jorge Lorenzo

Item #34567-2, $6.95
2008 Ducati Desmosedici Racing
ridden by #33 Marco Melandri

Item #34571-2, $6.95
2009 Repsol Honda Racing
ridden by #3 Dani Pedrosa

Item #34573-2, $6.95
2009 Honda Gresini Racing
ridden by #24 Toni Elias

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Attractive Fire Equipment from Unique Replicas!

I got these out today and played with them a bit, and I really like them! Unique Replicas has some great products at excellent price points, considering they always have so many features. Some of them even have functioning lights on the inside! We have stock of those shown below, and more, at

UNIQUE REPLICAS - 18628 - 1/24      Price = $60.00
1935 Chevrolet Fire Truck
Features Include:
  • Detailed Front Grille
  • Heavy DieCast Body
  • Detailed Interior
  • Steerable front tires
  • Opening doors and tailgate
  • Hood opens to reveal highly detailed engine
  • Tilt-out Windshield
  • Real action driving axle
  • Extendable, tilting, metal ladder

UNIQUE REPLICAS - 18570 - 1/24      Price = $49.00
1950 Ford Step Van - Fire Department
Features Include:
  • Heavy DieCast Body
  • Detailed interior layout
  • Steerable front tires
  • Opening front and rear doors
  • Inside hood opens to reveal highly detailed engine
  • Driver’s seat folds down
  • Working rear dome light
  • Extra accessories included

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Corgi Flying Machines!

WWII era collectors and modern aviation enthusiasts alike will be happy to see the new arrivals here at Corgi has been recognized as the market leader in die-cast toys and collectibles since 1956 when the brand was launched as "The ones with windows". One of the most famous models created was the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 of which over 10 million have been purchased. They have once again reproduced some beautiful aircraft in stunning fashion. Here are some examples:

Item #AA38803 - 1/72 scale - The prototype Do17 was built in 1934 in response to a Lufthansa requirement for a 6-passenger mailplane. However the design was rejected, partly due to the slim fuselage which would later give the plane its nickname of ‘The Flying Pencil’. Nevertheless military interest was shown in the design and it was developed as a medium bomber and long range reconnaissance aircraft.

The Do17Z was a development of earlier marks designed specifically as a medium bomber. It was used extensively on all fronts during WWII although by 1942 it started to be withdrawn from mainline duties.

KG3 was a Luftwaffe bomber wing whose units participated on all of the fronts in the European theatre until it was disbanded in September-October 1944. It operated two of the major German bomber types; the Dornier Do17 and the Junkers Ju88. This model represents an aircraft of 7 Staffel, KG3 based on the Russian front during the winter of 1941/42. It wears a hastily applied overall wash of white camouflage, well suited to the severe winter weather on the eastern front.

Item #AA35412 - 1/72 scale - 6 Squadron of the RAF holds the distinction of being the longest continuously serving Squadron anywhere in the world. Formed on 31st January 1914, 6 Squadron remained operational continuously until 2007, when it disbanded as the last Jaguar Squadron.

The model depicted, XX738 represents one of the Squadron’s aircraft as they were typically seen in their final days flying out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The RAF has announced that No. 6 Sqn will be the third operational front line squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon but production delays to Tranche 2 aircraft have meant that ‘the Flying Canopeners’ are yet to reform. However they remain scheduled to be the next squadron to receive the Typhoon, the RAF's latest front line jet aircraft.

The scheduled arrival is later this month so please be sure to get your pre-orders in now. Go to or just click on the picture to take you directly there. And while you're at it be sure to take a look around and see all the other high quality replicas we offer.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hobby Master in stock, others for pre-order has just received a shipment of three new releases from Hobby Master! These will be available for shipment by Tuesday. We have also added several new products available for pre-order, to be released throughout the summer. See the links below for details!

HOBBY MASTER - HA2109 - 1/72      Price = $47.95
F-100C Super Sabre, Captain Pat Kramer, USAFE Skyblazers, 1961

HOBBY MASTER - HG4102 - 1/72      Price = $21.95
Sd.Kfz.139 Marder III Tank Destroyer - 15th Pz. Div., 33rd Tank Destoryer Bttn., North Africa, 1942

HOBBY MASTER - HL1008 - 1/200      Price = $54.95
Braniff International Airways - L-188 Electra

HOBBY MASTER - HG4003 - 1/72      Price = $33.95
[June - July Arrival] Quad Gun Field Artillery Tractor with Limber and 25 Pdr. Gun, 5th Infantry Division, Italy, 1943

HOBBY MASTER - HA2605 - 1/72      Price = $49.95
[June - July Arrival] AV-8B Harrier II "Night Attack", VMA-311 "Tomcats," 1999

HOBBY MASTER - HA0144 - 1/72      Price = $39.95
[June - July Arrival] MiG-21RF, Frontal Aviation

HOBBY MASTER - HG4401 - 1/72      Price = $25.95
[July - Aug Arrival] LVT(A) Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Armored - "The Bloody Trail"

HOBBY MASTER - HA7207 - 1/48      Price = $64.95
[July - Aug Arrival] F9F-5 Panther, VA-192 "Golden Dragons"

HOBBY MASTER - HA1530 - 1/72      Price = $34.95
[July - Aug Arrival] Harvard Mk.IIB, Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight

HOBBY MASTER - HG4302 - 1/72      Price = $22.95
[Aug - Sept Arrival] Sd.Kfz.234/3 Heavy Armored Vehicle "Puma", 116th Panzer Division, Normandy, 1944

HOBBY MASTER - HA2904 - 1/72      Price = $53.95
[Aug - Sept Arrival] A-1J Skyraider, 56th Special Operations Wing

HOBBY MASTER - HA2704 - 1/72      Price = $52.95
[Aug - Sept Arrival] Mitsubishi XF-2A, TRDI & A.D.T.W.

HOBBY MASTER - HA2604 - 1/72      Price = $52.95
[Aug - Sept Arrival] GR.9A Harrier II, RAF/Royal Navy Joint Force, Afghanistan, 2008

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NEW Announcements from Maisto

We are excited to announce that last week we added over 150 NEW Maisto items to our site. Many of them are here now, and many more are due to arrive this summer and fall. Here's just a sample of the new products, and these are expected to be here sometime this fall. You can get your preorders in for them now!

1929 Ford Model A in Red. This one will also be available in yellow. They are both 1/24 scale.

1970 Chevrolet Corvette in Blue, also available in Bronze, and both are 1/24 scale.

2009 Chevrolet Covette GT1 in Yellow. This will also be available in Black, both in 1/24 scale as well.

You can check out our site at to see all the new items, and you can order online or call us at (417) 659-TOYS.