Friday, January 29, 2016

Great New International Harvester Models from First Gear!

One of my favorite periods in automotive history is the 1970s. There's something about classic styling coupled with exciting advances in technology that make it an unforgettable era. You may think I'm talking about the appeal of muscle cars, like Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and the like, but right now I'm all about trucks. 

I love classic farm trucks; the boxier, the better. These new First Gear models certainly fit the bill!

#40-0318 - 1/25 Scale
1979 International Scout Terra Pickup

Both of these awesome 1/25th scale models feature opening doors, detailed undercarriages and interiors, incredibly accurate mechanical details, spare tire mountings, realistic factory paint schemes, and free-rolling wheels.  

#40-0374 - 1/25 Scale
1979 International Scout Traveler 
Personally, I love both of these models. There's no way I could choose between them, so I'll be picking up both for my collection! Head over to and get yours before they're gone, and find more great models from First Gear!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hello from Nuremberg!

Spielwarenmesse 2016 is officially underway, and the big news is Diecast Masters! It was very exciting to finally see the new and updated Caterpillar models on display complete with their operators in place. Yes, you'll notice a figure is now included in the drivers seat. You'll also notice the new metal packaging for the Highline models is quite impressive. The packaging for the Core Classic Series has received an updated look, plus the inner packaging is a clam shell with NO WIRE TIES!!! As good as these look in pictures, they look even better in person.


The lights on the new underground models are pretty great, right? They are not ready for release yet, but they are certainly something to look forward to later this year. Diecast Masters is now available for pre-order at We are expecting our first shipment in early March so now is the time to reserve yours. Shop now at

Johnny Lightning is Making a Comeback. . . Again!

Johnny Lightning has had a storied history. Introduced in 1969 by Topper Toys to compete with Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning was a hit for the high speeds achieved by their early models. Topper Toys went out of business in 1971, and in 1994 Playing Mantis toys picked up the Johnny Lightning name. In 2005, Playing Mantis was purchased by RC2, which was later purchased by TOMY. TOMY stopped production of Johnny Lightning in 2013, and Round 2 Corp. has just picked it up. 

Round 2 is the natural destination for this classic American line. They have done a great job bringing back other discontinued products and reestablishing them in today's market. They have revamped such brands as AMT, MPC, Polar Lights, and (of course) the mighty American Muscle. We are proud to showcase the first releases that Round 2 has concocted for Johnny Lightning!

#JLCG001-A-CASE - 1/64 Scale
January / February Arrival
Johnny Lightning Classic Gold - 6-Piece Case 

#JLMC001-A-CASE - 1/64 Scale
February / March Arrival
Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars - 6-Piece Case 

#JLSF001-A-CASE - 1/64 Scale
February / March Arrival
Johnny Lightning Street Freaks - 6-Piece Case
All of these collections can also be purchased in alternate colors and graphics. When you buy one of these factory-sealed Johnny Lightning cases, you have a chance to find one of the randomly included White Lightning Models. To see all of the options, head over to

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Diecast Masters Launches TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

Germany Toy Fair 2016 is about to begin, and Diecast Masters launches TOMORROW MORNING! We are very excited to introduce you to all of the new CAT models, along with updated versions of some of the most iconic Caterpillar models from the past! 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Weekly Email tomorrow morning for the official release of Diecast Masters. If you have not signed up, you can do so by clicking here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Mercedes-Benz Unimog Models Coming from NZG!

NZG has just announced several NEW Mercedes-Benz Unimog models in 1/50 scale! Each version of the Unimog serves a special function to complete tasks in a variety of jobs. Some help with agricultural needs, some with railroad maintenance, and others with construction and transportation. Take a moment to enjoy the details and different styles of the Unimog U 400 truck: 
#9103 - 1/50 Scale
April / May Arrival
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400 - Agricultural Version
#9105-01 - 1/50 Scale
April / May Arrival
Sersa - Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400 Two-Way Vehicle with Platform
#9113-01 - 1/50 Scale
March / April Arrival
THW - Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5000 with Flatbed and Crane
Visit us at to see more from NZG and to place your pre-orders to ensure that you have some of these great models for your collection. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NEW DC Comics Arrivals from Jada!

Everyone loves superheroes; young and old alike, we can all find something to admire in these staunch defenders of justice. Our passion for our favorite heroes means we never seem to tire of arguing about which character would win in a fight. One of the most iconic rivalries in superhero history is Batman Vs. Superman. 

I'm privileged to announce a new collection of high quality collectible figures from DC Comics and Jada Toys: Jada METALS!

#97394 - 4"
Armored Batman and Superman Twin Pack
Featuring Batman with removable armorSupermanWonder Woman, Batmobile Model Kit, and a twin pack with both Batman and Superman, these great models are an exciting addition to Jada's already stellar lineup of products.

#97671 - 4"
Wonder Woman 4-Inch Diecast Metal Figure 

If you regularly read this blog, you may have noticed this is the second time we've written about these great offerings from Jada; that's because we're so excited to finally get them into your hands! Offering exciting new products at great prices is at the core of what we do here at, and these new figures are certainly no exception!

#97395 - 1/24 Scale
Batmobile Diecast Metal Model Kit

No matter which side you choose, Jada has ensured we're all winners with these fine collectibles!
Head over to and order yours today!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Auto-Haulers Release 18 Just Announced by M2Machines!

Another incredibly detailed installment of the Auto-Haulers Releases has just been announced by M2Machines! The attention to detail on the models from M2Machines is extremely impressive. They strive to provide the closest representation of the actual vehicles that they can in a 1/64 scale model. Each piece includes an acrylic case and display base. These are perfect additions for your collection: 
#36000-18-Set - 1/64 Scale
February / March Arrival
Auto-Haulers Release 18 - Foose Design - 3-Piece Set
Each Set Includes:
• 1958 Chevrolet Viking LCF and 1969 Camaro "Foose 69 Camaro" 
in Black with Hemisfear Green Stripes
• 1956 Ford COE and 1956 F-100 Truck "Foose Overlord" 
in Foose Envy Green
• 1970 Ford C-600 and 1970 Ford Mustang "Foose Gambler 514" 
in Foose Coastal Blue Pearl

Visit us at to place your pre-orders for sets, cases, and master cases of the Auto-Haulers Release 18! These are small production runs, and there is always a chance that you will find a rare chase car, which are included at random in some of the cases!

Friday, January 15, 2016

New Model Announcement from Drake Collectibles

Drake Collectibles has announced the release of their largest 1:50 scale trailer model to date. The Drake 12x8 steerable platform, one of the flag ships of the actual Drake fleet, can now be found in miniature! This new model has the same award winning functionality and features you have come to expect from Drake. This initial release is offered in three liveries; McAleese, Doolan, and blank white.

Drake ZT09066 - 1/50 Doolan 2x8 dolly and 7x8 steerable trailer - MSRP $390

They are offering this unit in a kind of unique way. The standard trailer that comes with a 2x8 goose neck and loading ramps is offered in a 7x8 configuration. To make it bigger, an accessory package is available to take it all the way to a 12x8 configuration. Of course, this gives you other options as well, like a 9x8 or 10x8 configuration.

Drake ZT09066A - 1/50 Accessory Package - 2x8 + 3x8 + drop in deck - MSRP $290

This model is loaded with features including functional hydraulic gooseneck that raises and lowers, functional skid plate, drop down legs, two position kingpin, oscillating suspension on dolly, removable spare tires, adjustable and locking 5th wheel, opening engine cover with detailed diesel power pack, adjustable sliding head assembly, opening steering control boxes with detailed controls and instructions, rotating head assembly, working suspension, contra-rotating steering, ramps raise and lower, and a deck that widens out to 98mm.

Drake ZT09065 + ZT09065A - McAleese 2x8 dolly and 12x8 steerable trailer - MSRP $680

Drake has also added to their Kenworth C509 livery by releasing the model in the color scheme of Doolan Heavy Haulage. The C509 is the largest Kenworth road truck in Australia and although it looks similar, it is much larger than the previously released T908-909 trucks. The C509 boasts a realistically replicated cab interior, an opening engine hood, and a photo-etched exhaust guard. It also features a sliding and pivoting 5th wheel attachment with a spring loaded locking mechanism. This truck is absolutely loaded with features.

Drake Z01392 - 1/50 Doolan Heavy Haulage - Kenworth C509 - Cab Only - MSRP $185

Take a look at these models at where we have many more images for you to drool over look at. We are taking pre-orders now and expect these to be in stock towards the end of February. But don't worry, we have a great selection of other Drake models available now to satisfy your immediate shopping needs. Actually, we have all kinds of models ready for immediate delivery, and the flat rate shipping of $7.95 per order makes it so easy. Shop today at!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two New CAT Models Available for Pre-Order Now!

Two of the new Caterpillar models from Diecast Masters became available for pre-order this morning! Check out these two new models:

 85517 - 1/50
Late March/April Arrival
Caterpillar D11T Track-Type Tractor - Commemorative Series - Copper Finish
85518 - 1/125 Scale
Late March/April Arrival
Caterpillar 793F Mining Truck

These two models are just the beginning. Be on the lookout for more announcements about the rest of the Diecast Masters product line!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hitch & Tow Series 6 Coming this Spring!

GreenLight just announced the newest installment of the Hitch and Tow Series! The 6th entry in this series include four great additions to an already very popular collection. Each model provides a unique mix of vehicles and trailers that appeal to a wide variety of collectors. Here is a look at the 1/64 scale assortment:
#32060-A - 1/64 Scale
March / April Arrival
1963 Dodge D-100 with Shasta 15' Airflyte
#32060-B - 1/64 Scale
March / April Arrival
1968 Chevrolet C-10 with Airstream 16' Bambi Sport with Curtains Drawn
#32060-C - 1/64 Scale
March / April Arrival
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gift Shop Trailer
#32060-D - 1/64 Scale
March / April Arrival
2015 Ford F-150 with Boat and Trailer
Visit us at to place your pre-orders for Hitch & Tow Series 6 today to guarantee that you will get to add these fun models to your collection this spring!

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Back to the Future Slot Car Set from Auto World!

The first week of the new year is a special time. In this season, it's easiest to not only look back on the past year, but to embrace future possibilities as well. No sci-fi franchise encapsulates this Yin-Yang quality quite so well as Back to the Future. It explores the patient, measured observance of history and a bold and exciting vision for the future. 
With that said, it's my pleasure to announce the newest addition to Auto World's fantastic slot car line: Back to the Future!

#SRS297 - 1/64 Scale
Back to the Future Slot Car Race Set

This exciting set features the classic DeLorean competing against Biff's 1946 Ford. It comes with 2 high performance controllers, 20 feet of race track, and a cardboard replica clock tower. This set has it all!

No matter the age, it's hard to find someone who's not passionate about Back to the Future. It's a franchise that represents the best in every one of us, and that philosophy clearly informed the creation of this set. So, whether as a gift or just a little something for the kid in you, place your orders at today!

And don't forget to pick up an Xtraction Pit Kit to keep your slot cars running in tip top shape!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Corgi Planes Have Landed

New Corgi planes have arrived in the hanger. The Aviation Archive series from Corgi brings together an amazing assemblage of American Allied military aircraft. Whether you want WWI bi-planes or futuristic fighter planes, Corgi is well worth consideration. Here are a couple of the new arrivals.
#AA33616 - 1/72 Scale
Panavia Tornado GR4, 'Operation Ellamy', Libya, 2011
#AA37807 - 1/48 Scale
Albatros D.III, 2049/16 Ltn Hermann Göring JAFU, Jasta 27 Iseghem Aerodrome 1917
If one of these models strikes you fancy, head over to and pick one up. Be sure to check out the rest of our Corgi collection and happy flying!

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Freightliner Coming from First Gear!

As we begin the New Year, more and more exciting announcements are being made! First Gear has announced a NEW Freightliner M2-114SD, and this truck is a great beginning and continuation for any collection. Some of the many features include: highly-detailed cab interior, engine compartment, chassis and undercarriage. The boom base swivels 360 degrees and the boom extends and tilts to help move the four drywall stacks included. Stabilizer legs and pads work to keep the chrome-accented truck steady as you work. Take a look at this wonderful quality 1/34 scale truck coming early this year:
#10-4045 - 1/34 Scale
February / March Arrival
Continental Building Products - Freightliner M2-114SD with Fassi Boom Material Handler
and Drywall Load - 4 Stacks, Not Affixed
You can place your pre-orders at today. While you are there, explore the site to look back at products from years past and to see more of the models coming later this year!