Postcards from Nuremberg: More Cool Stuff from the Nuremberg Toy Fair

hobbyDB’s intrepid reporter Christian Braun is still at the 2016 Nuremburg Toy Fair and has these items to share! (Here’s the first dispatch.)

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Greenlight Cadillac hearse

Here’s a better shot of the Greenlight 1:18 Caddy hearse. It will probably be painted for producion, but honestly, wouldn’t you want to go out in style in a raw metal rat rod bonewagon like this?


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Kyosho Toytoa 2000GT

This huge 1:12 Toyota 2000GT is about as close as you will ever get to owning the real thing. Luckily, Kyosho models are exquisitely detailed, so buy one when it comes out at any price.


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Mercedes G-Class 6x6

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Ottomobile Citroen SM

Ottomobile laughs at the puny Mercedes Benz 4×4 in your driveway and offers this G36 6-wheeler in 1:18. This Citroen SM is a slightly more civilized stock offering from the same company. By the way, Otto refers to their pre-pros as prOTTOtypes, which is the kind of excellent detail that should make you want to own these even more.

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Betley Betayga

They’ve also done this very cool model of the upcoming Bentley Bentayga SUV, exclusively for sale through Bentley dealers under the Bentley brand.

Nuremberg Toy Fair - mark 43 Nissan Fiarlady Z

Nuremberg Toy Fair - Opel Bellet GT

Mark 43 will be offering these Nissan Fairlady Z and Isuzu Bellet models soon in 1:43 scale.


Nuremberg Toy Fair - Funko Pop Star Wars Chewbacca

Finally, who wouldn’t want a life-size Chewbacca buddy from Funko Pop? They probably won’t sell them this size, but we can dream.

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New from the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair; Greenlight & GMP & Road Signature Oh My

hobbyDB’s man on the scene at the 2016 Nuremberg Toy Fair has started filtering back photos. Here’s what we’ve seen so far…


From Greenlight, the infamous Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation (and the recent, best-not-mentioned, reboot.) This is the 1/18 version, there will also be 1/64 and 1/43 models.


Also from Greenlight, in their new 1/18 Precision Series; Cadillac Ambulances (and maybe a hearse!)


From Lucky Diecast (successor to the venerable Yat Ming) comes this very cool 1955 Willys Jeep Station Wagon in 1/18.

And from GMP, a new Hot Rod model. This is a new tool, the unpainted one is the first tooling test, the red one is the prototype (they ran out of time to paint the roof!).

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James Vizza

I think that the GMP hot rod would look pretty cool with silver paint and those unfinished wheels for more of a rat rod look.

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Ten Hot Wheels Models So Cool They Inspired Real, Full-Sized Cars

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We recently looked at some great Hot Wheels cars that were inspired by actual cars that were umm… not that great. Today, we’re turning the tables on that.

On several occasions, Hot Wheels has produced models that were so over-the-top awesome that they inspired someone to make a real-sized running version of that car. Let’s clarify that a bit… We’re talking about miniature vehicles made by Hot Wheels (which may have been inspired by an actual running production car or even a scale model kit from another company) that served as the template for someone to create a functioning full-size car based on that crazy model.

Got all that? Good. Here they are, including the most authentic reproductions as well as ones requiring a bit of squinting and maybe a little suspension of disbelief to make them work.

Twin Mill

hot wheels twin mill redline

Possibly the most quintessentially perfect Hot Wheels design ever, the original Twin Mill has been reproduced in several scales from standard 1:64 to a 16-inch-long remote control car. But the most majestic Twin Mill is the real, running, full-size version produced by Mattel in the late 1990s. The car is faithfully scaled up from the original, but also features amazing new details like the flame-treaded tires and the twin hood-mounted tachs perfectly angled for the driver.

Deora II

deora ii 2

The original Redline Deora was based on a Dodge concept pickup truck built from the cab-forward, mid engine A-100, so it doesn’t qualify for this list. But in the early 1990s, Chip Foose and company designed the Deora II, a modern take on that truck. The toy was popular enough that Mattel later commissioned a big version of this truck. While the design looks kind of dated a quarter century on, who wouldn’t find garage space for it?

Rip Rod

hot wheels rip rod

Flash forward to to the 21st century, when Hot Wheels introduced the Rip Rod, a fenderless 1930s baja coupe representing no specific brand of car… that is, until the folks at Ford decided a full size version of it would be a nice showcase for their latest EcoBoost engine technology. You’d drive the snot out of that thing, right?

Bone Shaker

hot wheels bone shaker

The Bone Shaker was another miniature design inspired by the rat rod movement, but not representing any particular prototype. Yet here we have a real version of the chopped, channeled pickup, complete with the skull-shaped grill shroud. As with the previous cars, Mattel authorized this jumbo version to trot out at trade shows.

Bump Around

hot wheels bump around

For many of us, bumper cars were the first time we got to really cut loose behind the wheel of a self-powered car, and one that was designed to crash into things at that! So, of course we love the Hot Wheels version. This street rod may or may have not been inspired by the miniature, but can we all agree it looks like it would be fun to drive into stuff?

Darth Vader car

hot wheels darth vader

In honor of the latest “Star Wars” film, the folks at Hot Wheels created a series of model cars that captured the look and feel of several characters from that galaxy far, far away. The baddest one has to be the Darth Vader ride, which looks like the result if the Twin Mill mated with Vader’s helmet. So, yeah, of course they built a real one. And it is extremely bad. You can watch a video of it with Jay Leno, because, yeah, he’s Jay Leno.

Scrape Modified

hot wheels 1939 lincoln zephyr

What, you don’t have this one in the blister? Well, the Custom ’39 Lincoln was first introduced as a 1:18 Hot Wheels model when the company dabbled in that scale. Even though it’s originally based on a production car, the real version considered here is a faithful reproduction of the model, including the slammed, bumperless body and the dazzling purple paint. The model was available in other schemes as well.

Whatta Drag

hot wheels bmw isetta whatta drag

This car made our previous list, becaue it’s a ridiculous scale model hot rod based on a puny micro car. But that ridiculous model became the inspiration for an accurately detailed, 1:1 ride by microcar collector Bruce Wiener from a spare Isetta shell that was sitting around his garage. It supposedly cranks at over 700 horsepower, which is about 695 more than the original bubble car. Whatta hoot!

Express Lane

hot wheels express lane

At some point in life (probably around age two, but for some of us, well into adulthood), we’ve all pretended that our shopping cart was a race car. So when Hot Wheels made a model of such a thing, it resonated deeply with a lot of people. Apparently deeply enough with a few grocery store chains (Schnucks, H-E-B, Save-Mart) who made their own giant show drag shopping carts, because we only live once, and we need to shop fast.

Hot Wheels Edition Camaro

hot wheels camaro 2013

Lastly, we have the latest generation of the Chevy Camaro. When Hot Wheels released a variant of this car in their proprietary shade of metallic blue, complete with flaming logos on the fenders, it was only natural that GM would copy the look for a 2013 special edition of their production car right down to the redlines and 5-spokes. As customs go, this one was pretty easy to execute. But of all the cars on the list, this is the only one you could actually buy if you weren’t Jay Leno. Now if we only had some giant orange track to run on!

Can you think of any others to add to this list? Add them to the comments below! Remember, the Hot Wheels model had to come before the real car, not the other way around.

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Tony Hammons

The Red Baron would a awesome car to replicate!

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Liberty Promotions Archive Now on hobbyDB!



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hobbyDB also offers a marketplace for collectors to buy and sell among each other, so now you have a better chance of getting your hands that custom bus that’s been evading you all this time. Even if you can’t find your favorite bus, with the new archive you can add any item to your Wish List and the hobbyDB team will notify you as soon as any of your coveted items become available for purchase.

hobbyDB is the only place you can find such an extensive Liberty Promotions Archive and we want it to be perfect! That’s why we’re encouraging fans of the brand to pitch in and contribute their knowledge wherever they can. You can show off your Liberty Promotions trivia skills by curating your favorite casting or series, which proves invaluable in the future for those looking for a quick reference on their items.

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George Barris SuperVan Cruises to Auction

SperVan movie poster

One of George Barris‘ bigger custom projects is going up for auction, the mighty SuperVan. If you don’t remember the 1977 movie “SuperVan,” that’s okay… it was a largely forgettable film, starring nobody you remember. But the van itself… now that’s another story.

George Barris SuperVan

Barris started with a Dodge A-100 Tradesman van and made a few modifications… And by a few, we mean a lot. An entirely new body was crafted with giant, panoramic windows (including an opening windshield), solar panels and a huge ramp side door to give riders access to the interior. The folks at Dodge thought it was neat, but didn’t do much with it, and after a bit of time on the show circuit, it sort of vanished.

Then in 1977, director Lamar Card set out to make the ultimate disco vansploitation film and got ahold of it for his movie. (To be fair, he was also the executive producer of “Heart Like a Wheel,” a pretty good biopic about a really good drag racer, Shirley Muldowney… but we digress.) Anyway, the entire interior was done in red crushed velvet, starring a rotating bed with a disco ball, and a new, wild paint scheme was added.

SuperVan Back to the Future II 2 Biff

The van would appear in several other movies, including a cameo in “Back To The Future II” as a city bus (above). At least that was a pretty good movie. You can follow the auction at Barett-Jackson Auctions January 23-31, 2016. The photo below shows how it looks today.

SuperVan disco ball Dodge A-100

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Hot Wheels needs to release it as a Hot Wheels along with Shirley Muldowny's Dragster and Funny nCar!

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