Monday, November 29, 2010

Great Cyber Monday Deals!

We've carried our Black Friday Sale over into this Cyber Monday, so it's not too late to save big on favorites! Here are a few of our best sellers from our current sale:

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

To see these and more of our Thanksgiving weekend sale, click here!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our lowest prices ever!

Click the picture to see the Black Friday Ad with our lowest prices ever on select items! And remember, during the holiday season we have extended phone hours: Today we will be here till 6pm Central Time, and tomorrow from 9am till 5pm. Let us help you get your shopping done without waiting in line!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The announcement of Dragon's impressive 1/6 scale Panzer II tank has been creating a lot of excitement here at as well as worldwide. This Panzer II is part of Dragon's 1/6 scale Action Figure collection, and it's an important part since it's the first ever tank in this lineup. 

DRAGON 71450  -  1/6 Scale   Retail = $680.95
Scheduled for December release

The actual tank variant is a Panzer II Ausf.B, which was produced by Germany from December 1937 through to June 1938. The 8.9-ton tank was a mere 4.81m long, and it was operated by a crew of three. In the turret was a 20mm KwK.30 cannon and a 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. The Panzer II was at the forefront of the German invasion of Poland in 1939, and it also featured in the Blitzkrieg campaign against France and the Low Countries in 1940. 

As an Action Figure item, the tank is fully preassembled and pre-painted in a characteristic panzer grey scheme suitable for the early battles of WWII. Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this model built to exact 1/6 scale poses a significant presence thanks to the large scale. Appropriate crew figures from Dragon's vast Action Figure range can also be matched with this tank. Details are accurately represented, and there are numerous details too, thanks to the large size. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, and in addition, the commander's hatch in the turret can open. This means it's perfect for fitting a tank crewman figure in the hatch. Collectors will certainly want to clear space on their display shelves to park this scintillating Panzer II Ausf.B!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller? has just received this 1/18 scale model from the classic coming-of-age film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

MATTEL - P9910 
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Ferrari 250 GT California Spider in Red - Elite Edition
Features working steering, suspension, wheels and also opening bonnet with engine, boot, doors.
Limited Edition of 5,000 pieces

This would make a great gift for the "brat pack," car-loving child of the 80s in your family or circle of friends during this holiday season!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stunning '69 Camaro Still Turning Heads

The Chevrolet Camaro has been a popular favorite ever since it was first released in 1966. It was introduced at a press conference on June 28, 1996, as a key competitor against the Ford Mustang. When asked what a "Camaro" was, Chevrolet product managers confidently answered that it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs." The beautiful car was then offered for sale a few months later on September 29.

In 1969 the Camaro took on a slightly different look, and that together with the optional features sold over 230,000 of the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28! This car was super stylish and super powerful - the Z/28 power package included a special 302 cubic inch V8 engine with officially 290 horsepower rating, dual exhausts, special front and rear suspension, heavy duty radiator and temperature-control fan, quick ratio steering, and 15 x 7 inch rally wheels. Top speed for this package was estimated at 120 mph!

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is exactly what we have here. This First Gear model of the '69 Camaro comes in Tuxedo Black with White stripes and features the following: opening hood with complete engine detail, opening doors with fully detailed interior, poseable front wheels, and opening rear hatch with spare tire.

Item #40-0237 - 1/25 Scale - Price = $45.95
[January - February Arrival]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Our receiving department at is overwhelmed with products that we're bringing in for YOU! We are working overtime to make sure your holiday shopping goes smoothly, and I wanted to take a moment to show you what's happening in our warehouse. As I left for lunch today we had trucks lining up on the street to deliver the products you love.

I'm not sure if you can make this out, but we've got Welly and Norscot that just arrived, and something under that mystery black tarp.
And there's one of our customer services reps, Marti, helping check in some ERTL products so we can get this stuff in side before it rains!
Several pallets lined up waiting for their turn!
All these boxes just arrived in the last few days are are awaiting shelving or shipment. Many are very likely already sold to some of you and will ship in the next couple of days!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Perfect Christmas Present for Kids: BRUDER

Ever since we started carrying the line almost seven years ago, Bruder has just flown off our shelves, especially around Christmas time. These high-impact plastic models are high-quality and great for any kids who really loves their toys. Several years ago when my brother was still pretty young, we caught him a number of times sneaking out to the warehouse to play with all those cool Bruder toys! It was hard to keep him away. :)

Bruder toys are produced in their family-owned factory in the small town of Burgfarnbach in Southern Germany, where they employ about 350 local townspeople. Tom recently wrote a blog on Bruder that you can read by clicking here.

As the Christmas season approaches, I want to show you some great gift options from Bruder. And you can click here to see all their products on our website.

This is one of our hottest Bruder sellers, the Mack Granite Flatbed Truck with a JCB Backhoe Loader. Since it's made of quality high-impact ABS plastic, it's ready for play either inside or outside in the yard, sandbox, or dirt. And being in 1/16 scale, it's compatible with the Ertl Big Farm products. This item sells for $87.95.

This is one of the older Bruder items, but it's been a great seller for years! It's the Caterpillar Excavator. Perfect for scooping up sand and dirt (or maybe some snow?), the shovel digs below the level of the tracks with just the slide of the handle. This one's also in 1/16 scale, and it sells for $53.95.

These are just a couple of my favorites - please feel free to comment, telling us about your favorite Bruder products!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Come see us at Trainfest!

If you're in the Milwaukee area, come check us out at Trainfest TODAY! The 39th annual Trainfest, America's Largest Operating Model Railroad Show, is going on now. Each year around 21,000 people gather at train fest to enjoy the more than 50 detailed and exciting train layouts as well as the 130 manufacturers and hobby dealers showcasing the latest products. Darin, Tom, and Caleb are there right now doing just that, and they are having a great time! Here are a few of the pictures they sent us, and they're all on Facebook if you want to check them out.

Our booth at Trainfest

Friday, November 12, 2010

Join Us on Facebook!

Facebook - the largest social networking site in the world - boasts more than 500 million users worldwide, according to the New York Times. Founded just six years ago by Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg, it's growing at astronomical speeds. The number of users doubled just from 2009 to the end of 2010!

As this age finds most of us regularly using the internet (obviously, since you're reading this blog!) and social networking sites such as Facebook, we want to cordially invite you to
Like us on Facebook if you haven't already. There you'll have the opportunity to chat with fellow "Likers" of, post on our discussion board, view and comment on our pics, and more. Can't wait to see you there! [Our Facebook site]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just arrived from First Gear!

These are sure to be big hits in the upcoming gift-giving season. Available now at!

FIRST GEAR - 70-0533 - 1/44      Price = $41.95
Bulldog Airlines - Bellanca 'Skyrocket'

  • Complete wing support cables
  • Rotating propellers
  • Design based on Mack Truck Airlines                                                                                                                      

FIRST GEAR - 59-3177 - 1/50      Price = $61.95
International DuraStar Service Truck

  • Opening doors with fully detailed interior
  • Detailed chassis and undercarriage
  • 360 rotating crane
  • Functioning telescopic boom
  • Authentic Case IH fleet graphics

FIRST GEAR - 50-3184 - 1/50      Price = $85.95
Peterbilt 367 with Tri-Axle Lowboy Trailer in Black and Red

  • Opening hood with complete engine detail
  • Opening doors with fully detailed interior
  • Detachable gooseneck with functioning load ramp
  • Swing-out outriggers with side plank extensions

FIRST GEAR - 10-3903 - 1/34      Price = $86.95
Quikrete - Mack Granite Flatbet with Sacks on Pallets

  • Opening hood with complete engine detail
  • Fully detailed cab interior
  • Detailed chassis and undercarriage
  • Detailed sacks on pallets.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Coming Soon: Brand new items from Norscot!

We've confirmed that these brand new items from Norscot will be arriving at the warehouse in the next couple of weeks. They are all available for pre-order now, to ship as soon as they arrive!

NORSCOT - 55256 - 1/25      Price = $36.99
Caterpillar DP25N Lift Truck

NORSCOT - 55261 - 1/87      Price = $29.95
Caterpillar 772 Off-Highway Truck
 With its large, centered operator station and expansive glass area, the 772 truck sets the standard for operator visibility in a 50 ton truck. It’s also the fastest Cat off-highway truck, with a top loaded speed of 49.5 mph.                                                                                                                    

NORSCOT - 55262 - 1/87      Price = $23.95
Caterpillar 320D L Hydraulic Excavator - One of the most popular Cat excavators ever produced, the 320D L delivers power, durability and pinpoint control. It’s a workhorse machine at construction sites the world over.

NORSCOT - 58616 - 1/32      Price = $49.95
Caterpillar MT765C Challenger Tractor
Features include:

  • Opening hood to show engine
  • Opening cab door
  • Authentic cab design
  • Detailed cab interior

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekend SALE!

The weekend has arrived! And it is a much-needed one. I'm looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and hanging out with friends and family. And I'm not looking forward to that research paper and cleaning house... but hey, that's life! I was also thinking about going to the mall and shopping for accessories for my new netbook that I got as an early Christmas present. Yep, that's also something I like to do on the weekends: shopping. If you happen to find yourselves surfing the internet or getting that urge to shop , you might want to check out our current SALE!

We are offering 33 items at great sale prices. It's time to start thinking about Christmas!! :) Here are a few of my personal favorites featured in this sale:

Tonkin #090186 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $54.95

Kenworth W900 Dump Truck in Black with trailer hitch - Precision Series

Siku #1441 - Price = $3.60

Mercedes GLK

Norscot #55209 - 1/87 Scale - Price = $16.95

Caterpillar D9T Track-Type Tractor

Click here to see all items featured in our Get the Ball Rolling SALE!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Just in from Mattel! is easily the one-stop holiday shop for your whole family. Getting something for your husband or dad to help them remember the car of their past, or maybe to finish their WWII diorama? Grab something for the kids too, and we'll ship it all for with one flat shipping rate! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Bringing kids their favorite Toy Story characters—in car form! With die-cast body and plastic chassis.

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's that time already?

I don't know about where you are, but the summer here this year seemed to go on and on. Most of the leaves on the trees have changed now, but it wasn't until last week that it was actually a bit chilly outside. It seemed a bit odd to me when I first noticed that Christmas trees and other decorations have been up in Sam's and Home Depot for weeks now... but I guess it is almost that time, isn't it? Time to start thinking about the family get-togethers, what I'm getting everyone, and how to decorate the house. I'm afraid that like a lot of people, I tend to be one of those last minute shoppers. I remember last Christmas especially, I was shopping for gifts on Christmas Eve... even though I always tell myself about this time of year that I won't be doing that. Time to start thinking... I think I'll get my boyfriend a wallet and an album by one of his favorite bands, get my brother a comfy moon chair, and one of my college friends a coffee maker. What about you all? I had fun setting up this cool little poll, so have a go at it.