Thursday, December 30, 2010


A "Reel Rides" Series Diorama by Motormax featuring a scene from the popular movie Grease. Diorama includes a 1:43 scale die-cast replica of the famed "Greased Lightning" 1948 Ford and movie character figures. Shop here

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Detailed diecast model of the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Bond in the 1965 film Thunderball. It features extending front machine guns, ejector seat with villian figure, rear pop-up bullet shield and a front bumper ramming device. The film starred Sean Connery as James Bond 007. Shop here


In early 1965, one of the three vehicles was deployed again in Bond’s next appearance: Thunderball. During the pre-title sequence, it was allowed to again show its opponents what it had. The scene took place outside the Chateau d´Anet palace near Paris: Fleeing from shooting pursuers, the rear wall moved out and two pipes beneath the bumper poured a hefty stream of water onto the three approaching gangsters.

The Aston Martin DB 5 made further appearances in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). For Pierce Brosnan’s first Bond film, three cars with the license plate number BMT 214 A were employed in February 1995. They were used on the set in Gréolières in Southern France. In Monaco, there was then a car chase with a yellow Ferrari 355 GTS. In Tomorrow Never Dies the DB 5 makes a brief appearance. Scenes were created in London and on the grounds of New College in Oxford, England. The car is to continue to appear in the films as Bond’s private car, while his company car can vary depending on his mission.


Thunderball (1965) is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series after Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), and the fourth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which in turn was based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham. It was directed by Terence Young with screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins.

The film follows Bond's mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world ransom for £100 million in diamonds, in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either England or the United States (later revealed to be Miami). The search leads Bond to the Bahamas, where he encounters Emilio Largo, the card-playing, eye-patch wearing SPECTRE Number Two. Backed by the CIA and Largo's mistress, Bond's search culminates in an underwater battle with Largo's henchmen. The film had a complex production, with four different units and about a quarter of the film consisting of underwater scenes.

Thunderball was associated with a legal dispute in 1961 when former Ian Fleming collaborators Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sued him shortly after the 1961 publication of the Thunderball novel, claiming he based it upon the screenplay the trio had earlier written in a failed cinematic translation of James Bond. The lawsuit was settled out of court and Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, fearing a rival McClory film, allowed him to retain certain screen rights to the novel's story, plot, and characters.

The film was a success, earning a total of $141.2 million worldwide, exceeding the earnings of the three previous Bond films and breaking box office records on the first weekend of opening in France and Italy. In 1966, John Stears won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and production designer Ken Adam was also nominated for a BAFTA award. Thunderball is, to date, the most financially successful movie of the series, and, adjusting for inflation, made the equivalent of $966.4 million in 2008 currency. Although a commercial success, Thunderball received mixed reviews from critics. Some critics and viewers showered praise on the film and branded it a welcome addition to the series, while others complained of the repetitively monotonous aquatic action and prolonged show duration. In 1983, Warner Brothers released a second film adaptation of the novel under the title Never Say Never Again.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


The Alpine was launched in 1959 and has the distinction of being the first car ever to be seen being driven on screen by a Mr James Bond. It also had an extensive roll in ‘Get Carter’, for it was an undoubtedly attractive car. Shop here

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Completing this series of models of DC Comics style vehicles is the only 'baddie's' car - complete with a great driver figure. Will the rumoured second series feature more of Batman's enemies?

Features include detailed scale diecast, flip-up canopy revealing interior & fixed joker figure and moulded 1950 Joker figure on base plate. Shop here

Thursday, December 16, 2010


This anniversary issue was in production for a short time. It is retired and "SOLD OUT". Most Corgi models released in their Movie & TV line are in 1:36 scale. In 1995 a group of investors bought the collecting arm of Corgi from Mattel, which purchased Corgi back in 1989. Independed once again Corgi started to reissue many of its popular in past models under the CORGI Classics name. In 1997 a group of models from Corgi movie lines, including James Bond 007 vehicles, were reissued. "Since the first James Bond model - The Aston Martin - was produced in 1965, Corgi has had a continuous working relationship with the producers of the James Bond 007 movies. The James Bond collection celebrates the relationship by recreating some of the most famous models produced over the years.

In 1979 Corgi launched the 'James Bond Space Shuttle' to coincide with the press review of 'Moonraker' in which featured. This detailed recreation of the original has , as its main feature, two large opening cargo doors which when opened reveal a large satellite with hinged solar panels and is released with 54 mm white metal figure of 'Hugo Drax'.

The Corgi 65401 - Moonraker model that we have here was reissued in 1997 as a part of James Bond Collection 007, which was first time re-released of famous Corgi James Bond 007 vehicles models. Model packed in a large size gift box (featured on the picture for this listing) in, which you will find the model with satellite, (model featuring opening cargo doors, operational arm, retractable landing gear) and specially made by Corgi for this release In addition it has a collector gift card that packed in a brown envelop with prints that reads " Top Secret, Highly Confidential Information". This is a great James Bond 007 collectible memorabilia item and can be a great gift! Issued almost a decade ago this model became a not so easy find item. Buy it now


Batman is a 1960s television series which was based on the DC comic book character. It aired on the ABC network from January 12, 1966  to March 14, 1968. The series starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, two crime-fighting heroes who defended "Gotham City". A memorable part of  the series were Batman and Robin's crime-fighting vehicles, which included the Batmobile, Batcycle, Batcopter and the Batboat.

The original Batcycle designed for the TV series was built from a Yamaha Catalina 250. The attached sidecar featured a portable go-cart with its own Yamaha engine that propelled off the sidecar when Batman™ slowed down or stopped. The Batcycle was customized with a batshield molded into the fairing and fender guard. Since its first appearance in the 1940s, the futuristic gadgets and unique styling of the Batmobile appealed to car lovers everywhere. This Hot Wheels line pays homage to the history of the Batmobile with our second series of 1:50 scale vehicles, using models specific to the Batman movies, comic books, animated series, and television show. Buy it now

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


It's great to see more dioramas involving die-cast vehicles. Following in the footsteps of the classic Johnny Lightning dioramas - Ghostbusters Attack of Mr Stay Puft and Back to The Future Great Scott...Its a Time Machine we've got a new player with Motormax. At 1:43 sized, Motormax uses slightly larger die-cast vehicles to that which Johnny Lightning did who use 1:64 which is the normal Matchbox, Hot Wheels size. 1:43 isn't much bigger though and let's face it, your unlikely to be taking this out of the display packaging anyway so aren't going to have the Ford Taurus police car sitting right next to one of those vehicles anyway.

The diorama is a good one, it does represent the scene but is not 100% looking like a still frame from the movie. In fact the diorama scene never really happened. You've only got one fuel pump bay which the police car is parked like a customer would if they'd just filled up and had gone inside to pay. In the background you've got a shop and a carwash. The figures of Robocop with his arm outstretched and oversized gun in hand is in the right hand side of the diorama and a criminal is in the left side, having surrendered. Of course this isn't what actually happened in the movie. In the movie the criminal who was robbing the station, (Emil who was one of the criminals who killed officer Murphy who became Robocop), never actually surrendered, he fired a machine gun at Robocop while constantly yelling in a panicked voice, "NO! We killed You!" This was after Robocop said his classic Murphy line "Dead or Alive You're Coming With Me!" After unsuccessfully trying to kill Robocop, Emil then tried to escape on a motorbike before the gas station blew up and he crashed into a car. The diorama would have been better if Emil had his machine gun, and the motorbike was maybe standing beside him. But it's just great that there's a Robocop diorama. --James N Simpson  Shop here


RoboCop is a 1987 American science fiction-action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan in the near future, RoboCop centers on a police officer who is brutally murdered and subsequently re-created as a super-human cyborg known as "RoboCop". The film features Peter Weller, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox.

In addition to being an action film, RoboCop includes larger themes regarding the media, resurrection, gentrification, corruption, and human nature. It received positive reviews and cited as one of the best films of 1987; spawning merchandise, two sequels, a television series, two animated TV series, and a television mini-series, video games and two comic book adaptations.