Friday, October 29, 2010


The 2010 Wings of Texaco Planes are HERE! Many of you have already ordered yours, and they have shipped out or will very soon. If you haven't ordered yet, make sure to soon!

We have received only the Regular Edition yet; the Special Edition planes are due to arrive next month.

ROUND 2 - 5907-01- 1/48 Scale - Price = $39.95
Wings of Texaco Airplane Series #18 (2010) - Regular Edition

ROUND 2 - 5908-01 - 1/48 Scale - Price = $54.95
[November Arrival]
Wings of Texaco Airplane Series #18 (2010) - Special Edition Brushed Metal

To see all the planes in the Wings of Texaco collection, click here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Tonkin Just Arrived!

Fourteen new items from Tonkin just arrived last week! We are excited to be offering these for sale and immediate shipment now. These are great new items for an already existing collection, for a new collection, or for the fast approaching Christmas season! These are all cast in 1/53 scale; here's a look at a few:

Item #090011 - Price = $74.95

Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab in Viper Red with 48' Curtain Van Trailer

Item #13410 - Price = $74.95

Schneider National Freightliner Cascadia Day Cab with Food Grade Tanker

Item #13425 - Price = $69.95

Swift Transportation International Prostar in Green with Set of 28' Double Vans

Item #15568 - Price = $49.95

Peterbilt 388 with 63" Standup Sleeper

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Series from M2Machines!

We are excited to announce three new releases from M2Machines, including an all-new series, Auto-Project! These 1/64 scale models go for $29.95, and will be ready to ship out to you in the next several weeks!

These high-quality models feature incredible detail as never seen in 1/64 before (especially at this price-point) with small production runs. These come in factory-sealed cases for your chance to find M2Machines' very rare chase cars and limited edition cars inserted into cases at random.

Item #31800-01 - Auto-Project Release 1
Includes the following:
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in Matador Red
1949 Mercury in Banff Green
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI in Metallic Green
1970 Chevelle SS 454 in Metallic Black Cherry
1957 Chrysler 300C in Cloud White
1971 Plymouth HEMI Cuda in Metallic Winchester Gray

The CHASE CAR is the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in Primer Gray

Item #31500-13 - Auto-Thentics Release 13
Includes the following:
1953 Oldsmobile 98 in Black
1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer D500 in Flame Red and Glacier White
1957 DeSoto Fireflite in Dusty Orange and White1951 Ford Crestliner in Culver Blue Metallic and Black
1957 Chrysler 300C in Cloud White
1958 Chevrolet Impala in Tropical Turquoise with India Ivory Top

The CHASE CAR is a 1958 Chevrolet Impala in Black and Gold
The LIMITED EDITION CAR is a 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer D500 in Gold Pearl

Item #31600-13 - Detroit Muscle Release 13
Includes the following:
1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Twister Special in Grabber Orange
1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W-30 in Matador Red
1970 Chevelle SS 454 in Astro Blue Metallic with White Vinyl Top
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Prototype in Carousel Red
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440 Six-Pack in Alpine White with Flat Black Hood
1971 Dodge Charger R/T HEMI in Citron Yellow

The CHASE CAR is the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Protoype in Black & Gold
The LIMITED EDITION CAR is the 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Twister Special in Gold Pearl

Monday, October 18, 2010

New! 2010 Ford Taurus SHO's from GreenLight

I just added to our website the newest models from GreenLight, which they worked directly with Ford to produce - the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO! This item comes in 1/24 scale and a variety of popular colors. Additionally, this item is being produced in limited quantities, so make sure to get your pre-order in soon! They are due to arrive in November or early December, just in time for Christmas!

Each model has opening hood, doors, and trunk. They also feature serial numbered chassis, real rubber tires, authentic wheels, detailed interior, and true factory paint scheme.

Cost = $26.99

Item #50220 -
2010 Ford Taurus SHO in Candy Red
Limited quantities - only 756 pieces produced!

Item #50221 - 2010 Ford Taurus SHO in Tuxedo Black
Limited quantities - only 504 pieces produced!

Item #50222 - 2010 Ford Taurus SHO in Ingot Silver
Limited quantities - only 504 pieces produced!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Exciting News from Norscot Scale Models

Norscot has recently made an announcement regarding their fourth quarter releases. Scott Stern, President/CEO of Norscot Group, recently announced 4 new Cat Scale Models. 

"I am pleased to introduce the newest additions to the Norscot line, the 'Core Classics,' These specially selected items are four of the most popular scale models Norscot has ever produced."

These 1:50 scale models are nicely detailed and work great for O scale layouts. Find these and more at

Arriving Nov - December
Item: #55058V  Caterpillar 365B L Series II Excavator   $44.95

Arriving Dec - January
Item: #55025V  Caterpillar D11 Track-Type Tractor   $59.95

Arriving Nov - December
Item: #55027V  Caterpillar 980G Wheel Loader   $39.95

Arriving Nov - December
Item: #55030V  Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader   $39.95

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Introducing DCPFuel 1/16 Collection

These lovely Texaco Fire Engines were just announced Monday, and are now available at for pre-order.

Texaco Dalmation - 1947 International KB5 Fire Engine
We are proud to bring you the first 1:16th scale Vintage Truck introduction for the DCPFuel™ collection of die cast collectibles.  This highly detailed 1:16th scale Fire Truck replica is emblazoned with the always popular Texaco® Dalmatians and Texaco® Fire Chief logo.

Each die-cast replica, in this ongoing limited-edition series, is manufactured with exquisite detail, high-gloss finish and meticulous craftsmanship that is always present with the Die Cast Promotions and Highway 61 brand of replicas.                                                                                                        

Monday, October 11, 2010

Long-awaited arrivals!

We have finally received the Oshkosh® HET's from Sword, manufacturer of highly detailed museum quality replicas. They are ready to ship now and are going fast, so make sure to get your orders in soon! The HET (Heavy Equipment Transporter) is in 1/50 scale and is available in Camouflage and in Tan.

Oshkosh® HET M1070 with M1000 Trailer


Opening Cab doors, Opening engine hood, 3 functional winches, Removable spare tire, Shackle loops mounted on front and rear of frame, Steerable front and rear axles, Fuel tank mounted steps to access cab, Functional 5th wheel hitch, Door-mounted foldable rear view mirrors on both cab doors, Identification tag on front of vehicle, Rubber mudflaps, Photoetch catwalks and guards, Detailed inner cab, and much more!

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Functional suspension on axles, 5 axle design, Steerable synchronized axles, Pivoting ramps, Pivoting engine access door, Swiveling pulleys, Removable wheel chocks, Accurate wire and hose placement, Accurate decal package, Rear tow hooks, and Rubber tires.

Price = $329.95

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's time to vote!

We've had a really great time with the Flat Fred contest this summer, and now it's time to vote for the best overall! You may vote once every 7 days, and the winner will be announced on November 1st. To see all the contestants, plus our monthly winners, click here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Virtuous Company Releases New Toys

Founded in 1926, Bruder Toys is one of the largest family owned and operated manufacturers of high quality toys. Located in the small town of Burgfarnbach in Southern Germany, the family business currently employs over 350 local townspeople and operates a factory with 368,000 square feet. In an extremely competitive marketplace, Bruder Toys refuses to use labor exploitation. Bruder has innovated top computer operated machinery and robots, making it possible to maintain all manufacturing and reliability tests in-house. Going into its ninth decade, Bruder Toys continues its commitment to remain one of the most reliable, specialty toy manufacturers in the world. We at are very  proud carry these high quality toys. Here are the newest arrivals.

Bruder 02535 - 1/16 scale - Price = $43.95
Mercedes Benz Sprinter with Cross Country Vehicle and Light and Sound Module

.Bruder 03550 - 1/16 scale - Price = $44.95
Scania R-Series Dump Truck

Bruder 03570 - 1/16 scale - Price = $84.95
Scania R-Series Liebherr crane with Light and Sound Module

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Brand New from GreenLight

Within the past couple weeks, we've added 33 brand new items from GreenLight to our site, many of which should be arriving within the next few months. GreenLight manufactures authentic die-cast replicas of cars and trucks. Here's a look at a few of the new items:

Item #12833 - 1/18 Scale - Price = $31.99 [Oct - Nov Arrival]
Black Bandit Collection - Volkswagen 1966 Karmann-Ghia - GreenLight Exclusive
Serial numbered metal chassis
Opening hood with engine detail
Authentic wheels and real rubber tires
Officially licensed

Item #12834 - 1/18 Scale - Price = $31.99 [Oct - Nov Arrival]
Auction Block "Mecum Sold" - 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C - GreenLight Exclusive
Serial numbered metal chassis
Opening hood with engine detail
Authentic wheels and real rubber tires
Officially licensed by Shelby and Mecum

This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C sold at the 2009 Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, IN for a staggering $1,165,000!

As an added bonus, GreenLight and Mecum are offering something new to collectors for this release. Look for randomly inserted "Mecum Sold" stickers that are autographed by Mecum owner Dana Mecum and television color commentary car expert John Kraman.

These are the same stickers that are applied to the windshield of every car that sells at a Mecum auction. The autographs will be extremely limited so they will undoubtedly be highly sought after!

You can visit our website at or click here to see all the new GreenLight additions.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Our Local Fire Department initiates new apparatus

Since we deal in fire and emergency equipment models, I thought it would be fun to witness some actual fire department related news. I found out on Monday that our Joplin Fire Department was initiating a 2010 Pierce Velocity with 100-foot ladder the following day. It so happens that the event was taking place right after I got out of my class that morning, so Katharine was nice enough to let me go and take pictures for you!

You can check out some video footage of the event at the Joplin Globe Online.

I honestly didn't expect this event to be so entertaining. I thought I'd snap a couple pictures and then be on my way. But it was more than just presenting a new fire truck. It was an actual ceremony, complete with rituals that are apparently shared with other fire departments.

Closeup of all the dials and switches. I have no idea what any of this does:

You can see the one they retired behind the new one. The old one was made out of steel, which required painting and upkeep so it wouldn't rust. The new one is made of aluminum, which will not rust or lose its color. 

Transferring the water from the old model to a new one is part of the tradition:

Another tradition: wetting the wheels. I missed the explanation of this, but I think it's to test the tread of the wheels. 

It's beautiful, isn't it? I love red and black together. 

Those are two lamp-hatted miners holding the Elizabethan shield. The miners names are "Dexter" and "Sinister." I'm not making that up. The emblem features bars of zinc and a royal crown. Over the shield is the arm of a miner with his pick-ax in hand, and under is a ribbon stating "Zinc is King." Yeah, we were all about mining. We have the chat piles to prove it. 

This was a really neat way to get an up close look at the apparatus that our models recreate. The tradition and ceremony were fascinating. Do any of my readers know some other rituals that are observed around the country, or even worldwide? I'd love to compare what we do.