Friday, February 25, 2011

The World's Largest Toy Collection

Remember that post I made a while ago, about the $40 million train collection? The Jerni Collection. I found an interesting video on it that I wanted to share with you all.

The largest collection of toys in the world is currently for sale at Sotheby's in New York. The owner and collector, Jerry Greene, hopes that the collection will be acquired by a single institution or individual who will donate the collection to a museum.

It's currently on display throughout an entire floor at Sotheby's and will be just through the rest of this month.

[click here to see the USA Today article]

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Tonkin UPS Project

We are excited to announce for Tonkin Replicas' new UPS Project! These UPS trucks will be the same high-quality, highly-detailed models you've come to expect from Tonkin.

Here are the first
six trucks in the project. Pre-orders are being accepted now! We expect to get these in this spring.

UPS - Sterling Day Cab with Double 28' Pup Trailers - Signature Series
#10013901 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $74.95

UPS Freight - Sterling Day Cab with Double 28' Pup Trailers - Signature Series
#10013902 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $74.95

UPS - International Prostar with Great Dane Trailer - Signature Series
#10014001 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $59.95

UPS - Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab with Great Dane Trailer - Precision Series
#10014101 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $64.95

UPS - Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab with 28' Double Pup Trailers - Precision Series
#10014102 - 1/53 Scale - Price = $79.95

UPS - Mack CH600 with Double 28' Pup Trailers - PEM Series
#M1003293 - 1/64 Scale - Price = $74.95

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Bat is Back

Well, his car is anyway! The 1966 TV Series Batmobile is the one and only officially licensed model of the original 1966 Batmobile featured in the TV series.

George Barris made sure that the model is right. From the wheels to the curved windshield, 1966 TV Series Batmobile is detailed on an astonishing scale, embodying the history and heritage of Batman and Hot Wheels alike.

Available for pre-order now, scheduled to arrive May or June!

Mattel Item #W1171 - 1/18 Scale - Price = $40.95
1966 Batmobile from the TV Series

Friday, February 18, 2011

Norscot, Military Style

Just received this past week, these are ready to ship out to you now!

Caterpillar’s Governmental & Defense Products division supports military customers with earthmoving and construction machines developed specifically to deliver high productivity and exceptional durability, while working in some of the world’s most demanding environments.

We are excited to offer Norscot's detailed 1/50 scale die-cast models of Cat® machines precisely presented in the “Desert Tan” paint scheme you would see at bases camps, airfields, and other military locations around the globe.

Caterpillar Military 924H Versalink Wheel Loader
#55250 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $38.95

Caterpillar Military 730 Articulated Truck
#55251 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $47.95

Caterpillar Military 120M Motor Grader
#55252 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $64.95

Caterpillar Military D6K Track-Type Tractor Dozer
#55253 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $46.95

Caterpillar Military 815F Soil Compactor
#55254 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $47.95

Caterpillar Military CB-534D Vibratory Asphalt Compactor
#55255 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $37.95

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Liebherrs Hold a Lot of Water

Car washes are great... but I don't think it's a good idea to wash your car by dumping nearly 50 tons of water on it. I hope you guys enjoy this video featuring the massive Liebherr R9800 Excavator! It's one of my favorites.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Green Hornet's "Black Beauty" Available Soon!

[March Arrival]
Sunstar #24030 - 1/43 Scale - Price = $31.95
1966 Chrysler Imperial - 2011 Green Hornet "Black Beauty"

After its radio debut in the 1930s, followed by numerous other appearances in pop culture, the Green Hornet hit the big screens in January of 2011. Now here's your chance to own a piece of this crime-busting phenomenon! In March, Sunstar will be debuting their 1/43 scale model of the Black Beauty, and you can pre-order yours now! Click here to be directed to our website.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Real Manitowoc Crane

How fun would it be to operate the models we sell, but the real thing?! We recently had a customer, Ken, tell us about how he does just that.

Ken is currently operating a crane just like the Manitowoc models he ordered. He and his crew are working to replace the Chicago Harbor lock gates. They were originally put in one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, so he's excited to get to participate in this somewhat historic replacement.

He also included some pictures of their work! We at and Ken all hope you enjoy looking at them!

He also told us about his website,, where he has hundreds more pictures of Chicago and the work he's done there. Below is an interactive book that he's compiled, a hard copy of which is for sale on his website:

Monday, February 7, 2011

CAT 587T Pipelayer Coming Soon!

As we get into February, we have a very exciting piece coming just around the corner! Expected within the next several weeks are the Caterpillar 587T Pipelayers from Norscot! Cat pipelayers have been the standard of the worldwide pipelining industry for decades, with the 587T as the flagship of the line.

The actual CAT 587T Pipelayer is beast of a machine, weighing in at a whopping 117,000 pounds. The boom reaches over 30 feet into the air to lift up to an ever-greater 202,000 pounds! There's a whole list of the specifications here, which I found very interesting.

The piece that you'd be ordering comes in 1/50 scale, a more manageable size. Manufactured by Norscot, it's sure to be a great quality piece.

Item #55272 - 1/50 Scale - Price = $74.95 - [February - March Arrival]

Friday, February 4, 2011

Collector Photos: Thanks, Ted!

Thank you to Ted and his son for sending in pictures of their collection!!

They started their collection almost eighteen years ago when his son was really young, and friends and family would buy for him. Since then, they've grown their collection to include a whole 1/64 and HO scale layout, which includes farm equipment, trains, trucks, and construction equipment.

Ted says that him and his son both really enjoy working on their layout and running their trains on it. Thanks for sharing, guys!

If you haven't sent in your pictures yet, we'd absolutely love to see them! You can email them to

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Maisto and Bburago!

Over the past week, I've been busy adding over 100 new Maisto items and over 80 new Bburago items to our website!! These all should be arriving in the next couple months, and they are ready for pre-order now.

The Maisto items include cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from a variety of manufacturers, ranging in date from the 1920s to recent years. Here's a look at a few of my favorites:
Range Rover Sport in Liquid Orange - AllStars Series
Item #31081OR - 1/18 Scale - Price = $37.95

1969 Ford Torino Talladega in Deep Metallic Blue
Item #31616BL - 1/18 Scale - Price = $27.95

Lamborghini Reventon in Metallic Gray - Remote Control Car
Item #81055GY - 1/24 Scale - Price = $18.95

The new items from Bburago include a wide variety of cars, ranging from the 1930s to now.

Nissan GT-R in Metallic Silver - Diamond Collection
Item #11030MS - 1/18 Scale - Price = $33.95

1961 Porsche 356B Coupe in Blue - Gold Collection
Item #12026BL - 1/18 Scale - Price = $29.95

Ford Focus in Metallic Orange - Street Tuner Collection
Item #23002MOR - 1/24 Scale - Price = $14.95