We got ourselves a CONVOY

Well, since RHB is gone…jet setting around the globe, kissing babies, shaking hands and the like, guess that means I should throw a blog up.

So my contribution this week will be the introduction of the last of the 2010 Target Allstar RED Transporters. These little hotties should already be in your local Target stores, if they aren’t, they will be soon so keep an eye out.

We have chosen 2 automotive icons to close out the 2010 season, the race themed 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and cloaked in fire gear, the 2010 Ford Mustang GT.

Here’s a quiz for ‘ya, who can identify the history behind the fire theme? Sorry, no prize for this one, you’ll just be a little wiser.


And for your viewing pleasure, here are the other 6 that complete this years release.

The 1955 Buick Century fire theme and the 1929 Ford race theme
The 1971 Vega Salt Flat Racer
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T police theme
The 1936 Chevrolet race theme
And the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution race theme

So there you have it, the 2010 Allstars Target RED Transporters.

Bryan Johnson to get his trophy as the Maisto “pick” at the Diecast Super Convention

In February, CJ and his dedicated crew from diecastspace.com put on the fantastic Diecast Super Convention in Las Vegas. He was kind enough to invite folks from Maisto along with a bunch of celebrities in the toy and real car world. Three of us, Ralph Benitez, Eddie Casto and yours truly, Charles Hepperle, attended the events, autographed posters and picked our favorites in the customizing contest. Bryan Johnson’s entries were our favorites — we couldn’t just pick one of them because they were all so good.

Here is a photo of one of his entries as well as a picture of the master himself soon after his selection was announced at the awards dinner. You can see more photos of his customized 1:64 diecast in Castro’s post on July 9 here.

Here is the handmade trophy that we made for Bryan — he’ll be receiving it soon. The die-cast on it is the Maisto 1:64 AllStars Knuckle Dragger with special paint and a drag chute added on the back. The base paint is the original liquid orange color but the pad print decoration was removed. Then, several coats of flat clear with silver flakes were sprayed on followed by several coats of flat clear without flakes. When it dried, the paint was carefully sanded and polished to eliminate the roughness of the flakes and a few more coats of flat clear were applied. The drag chute was hand-shaped from styrene plastic then painted silver.

The car on the trophy is nothing compared to the detail that Bryan puts into his contest-winning cars but it’s our tribute to his skill.

1:18 scale car cover

Here’s a clever item sent to us by the fine folks at The Diecast Magazine.

The car cover shown on our 1:18 scale 1967 Camaro is made from a stretchy material that fits very well. The covers are made in several scales and a variety of colors and materials. For more information, go to www.little-car-cover.com — the site is in German but at the bottom of each page is a button to translate it into any of several languages.

You can find out more about The Diecast Magazine at www.thediecastmagazine.com and see the free online edition at http://emagnorthamerica.thediecastmagazine.com/LoginPage.aspx

We Are The Champions!!!

Just in time, some fresh new NBA die-cast from Maisto and Top Dog Collectibles. When these came in the other day, there was some excitement and some definite trash talking, especially when these two cars were pulled out.

But we all know who the victors were in that battle.

Here is a group shot, teams included the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, and Phoenix Suns.

Here is the Boston Celtics car, very nice, is that Paul Pierce I see?

And King James’ own, Cleveland Cavaliers or will he be trading this car in…

For this one? (Chicago Bulls)

Hope you all enjoyed these, I hope I can find me some, because these were licensor samples. I gotta get me a set, or at least the Los Angeles Lakers one. Please everyone have a great holiday weekend, and a very Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Bryan Johnson is the Maisto designers’ pick at the Diecast Super Convention

Bryan Johnson was named the Maisto designer’s pick at the Diecast Super Convention in Las Vegas.  Chosen from among all the entrants in the customized die-cast contest, Ralph, Castro and Charles decided that his models were the best. His half-dozen model entries showed great attention to detail, design and craftsmanship. Here’s a photo of Bryan and one of his entries, the Rat Tub. This is a 1/64 car with a wired engine, hand-formed metal bomber seats and beautiful paintwork.

The convention was presented by diecastspace.com

New Castro-designed car for 3″ Fresh Metal

Tooling model for Maisto Fresh Metal 3" die-cast

Here’s the tooling model for a new Maisto 3″ Fresh Metal car designed by Eddie Castro. We can’t say what the name is now but maybe we can spill the beans next week.

Feb. 10 update: In addition to being in the Fresh Metal 3″ line, this Mark VI car will be used in several new Marvel comics lines from Maisto.