Customizers Posts

John “Spanky” Stokes, the Stroll and a New Vinyl Art Database

John “Spanky” Stokes, the Stroll and a New Vinyl Art Database

The world of vinyl art toys is full of weird, wonderful creatures, some of them mass-produced, some limited, and some that are truly one of a kind. Thanks to John “Spanky” Stokes, hobbyDB has an influx of many of these characters, especially from the rare end of the spectrum. Stokes runs his own blog, Spankystokes.com, about […]

8 Real-Life Customs That Became Hot Wheels Vehicles

8 Real-Life Customs That Became Hot Wheels Vehicles

If you had a chance to see the Hot Wheels Legends Tour this summer, it was an amazing gathering of customs, hot rods, stock cars, whatever’s cool in car culture. Each stop on the tour featured lots of local cars, but there were also several amazing customs that made it to every location. In addition […]

Meet Matias Kalaka, Master of Action Figure Mashups

Meet Matias Kalaka, Master of Action Figure Mashups

Over the past few years, we’ve introduced you to various diecast customizers. We recently discovered the work of Matias Kalaka of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who makes custom action figures and vinyl art toys. His crazy mashups of completely unrelated universes somehow make sense when you see the quality of his ideas and execution. Kalaka creates […]

The Most Outrageous Nerf Gun You Wish You Had When You Were a Kid

The Most Outrageous Nerf Gun You Wish You Had When You Were a Kid

Introducing the Nerf Sentry Gun, created by Cornell University students Jeremy Blum and Jason Wright, in 2009.  Blum and Wright submitted this tricked out Nerf gun as their final project for their CS1114 Matlab Robotics class.  Not only did this duo pass their course, their professor awarded them with the :coolest final project.” This one-of-a-kind […]

New Ed Roth Rat Fink Dairy Delivery from Chris Walker and MCHOF

New Ed Roth Rat Fink Dairy Delivery from Chris Walker and MCHOF

Our good friends at the Model Car Hall Of Fame just announced a cool collaboration between Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Chris Walker. Walker, one of the most prominent modern Hot Wheels customizers, has created a special limited edition design of the Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery honoring Roth. And if you hurry, you can get […]

Customizer Ernest “Boulevard Aces” Garza dies at 51

Customizer Ernest “Boulevard Aces” Garza dies at 51

A prominent member of automotive and diecast culture, Ernest “Boulevard Aces” Garza, passed away recently. He was best known for his involvement with custom cars and organizing lowrider shows in the Dallas area, but he was also the Founder and Creator of Texas Hot Wheels. He loved to share his ideas with other customizers, including […]

The 5 Best Custom Lightsabers for any Jedi or Sith

The 5 Best Custom Lightsabers for any Jedi or Sith

Picking your perfect Star Wars lightsaber is no easy task. You want to make sure it fits you, after all. Some people search for the perfect replica. Still, others search for something that only they will own. The ability to hold such an elegant weapon and duel with your fellow Force wielders is unbelievable. There […]

Studebaker Coupe Gets Nose Job to Look Like Tucker Torpedo

Over the past two years, we’ve contributed articles to Die CastX magazine for publication on their website and in their quarterly print edition. We hope you enjoy reading about the back story of a couple of older Tucker and Studebaker diecast models. Hollywood Stunt Double Gets Nose Job to Look Like Movie Star! Well, kind of. But […]

Customizers Corner: What’s the Rarest Model You’ve Modified?

We’ve featured several diecast customizers over the last couple of months, covering works with a wide range of complexity and scale. Many of these folks start with fairly new, but not terribly expensive models (lots of Hot Wheels) and turn them into something more interesting and valuable. So here’s a question for all you customizers… What’s the oldest, […]

Customizers Corner: Jon P Wood of Custom Diecast Replicas

We’ve featured a number of customizers who make models of wild hot rods, stretched, chopped, and reassembled into strange new rides. In most cases, the cars start with a familiar model from Hot Wheels or some other company and details are added, subtracted, and mixed in. Looking at some of Custom Diecast Replicas’ models, you […]

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