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The Batmobile By Craig Drake

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Mondo will be selling this beautiful 24 x 36 print of the Batmobile by Craig Drake. The poster will be available at booth 835 at San Diego Comic Con today!

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LEGO Creator Expert Set 10252 VW Beetle

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Celebrate the iconic VW Beetle with this awesome LEGO Creator Expert reproduction. This detailed model comprises a number of special features and elements that help recreate the distinctive Beetle characteristics, including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic 4-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank. The accessible interior features beige-colored, forward-tilting seats, dashboard and steering wheel, and the roof-mounted surfboard and a cooler box can be removed. This model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia.

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– 1960s VW Beetle with surfer theme features an array of brick-built details including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, white rims with distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, wing-mounted turn signals and opening hood, trunk and doors.
– Use the included stickers to choose 1 of 4 license plates.
– Remove the cooler box and surfboard from the roof rails.
– Tilt the rear seat forward to access the storage space with fabric beach towel.
– Lift the hood to access the spare tire and fuel tank.
– Open the trunk to reveal the authentic, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.
– Open the doors or remove the roof section to access the detailed beige-colored interior with dashboard, steering wheel and tiltable front and back seats.
– Special elements include a round tile with printed VW logo, arched fender elements and an updated windshield design.
– VW Beetle including surfboard and cooler measures over 11” (15cm) high, 10” (29cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.

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Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning August 1, 2016 for $99.99.

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A Tiny Spock Leaning On A 1964 Buick Riviera Is The Best Hot Wheels Car Ever

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San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, which not only means we’re about to get tantalizing looks at next summer’s blockbuster films, but also a mountain of exclusive toys and collectibles. The convention hasn’t even started yet, but Hot Wheels might have already won the whole thing with this exclusive 1964 Buick Riviera featuring a badass-looking Spock leaning on the hood.

The die-cast car is based on a well-known photo of Leonard Nimoy, in his full Spock getup, who celebrated the success of the original Star Trek TV series by buying himself a 1964 Buick Riviera and then posing with his new ride on the studio’s backlot.

It’s weird to see Spock standing near a vehicle not destined for space travel, but from the looks of it, the 1964 Buick Riviera was at least as large as the USS Enterprise, and it was probably able to carry more passengers and crew.

So how can you add this to either your Star Trek or Hot Wheels collection? The good news is you don’t need to be at Comic-Con to buy the car and its included 3D diorama. It will be exclusively available online from MattyCollector.com for $20 once the convention gets under way, although presumably in limited numbers, so don’t drag your feet.

(Reprinted from i09)

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Hot Wheels Unveil Beatles’ Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Collection

Hot Wheels aren’t just for kids anymore; they’re for the Beatles fanatic, too. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1966 song “Yellow Submarine,” Hot Wheels will release a special collection to accompany the animated film.

The collection includes the Hot Wheels Yellow Submarine replica, complete with orange track-compatible wheels, as well as an assortment of six cars featuring the art of the iconic 1968 Yellow Submarine film. Fans will appreciate the collection’s nod to the movie, with vivid colors, creative designs, and, of course, John, Paul, Ringo, and George adorning the packaging. And even though the film’s Blue Meanies were music-haters, they get some love from Hot Wheels with their own “Kool Kombi” tour van.

The Beatles-themed assortment pack will first hit shelves on June 9 at The Cirque du Soleil Beatles Shop at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, before rolling out to Walmart stores in the U.S. on June 15.

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Motorhomes of The Movies

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The potential for adventure and occasional misadventure on the open road is a frequent source of story fodder for Hollywood screenwriters. From It Happened One Night to National Lampoon’s Vacation to Road Trip, audiences love movies set on the road. Over the years, this growing genre of cross country cinema has led to a sub-genre of movies involving motorhomes.

Visually speaking, recreational vehicles are good for storytelling; they provide a constant interior space with an ever-changing exterior environment. This allows for dynamic, unpredictable action without compromising the emotional benefits of scenes set in a familiar place.
We can’t help but think the increase in motion pictures involving RVs is reflective of the growing popularity of recreational vehicles. The rate of motorhome loans and financing has gone up in the last several years, thanks in part to bargain rates offered by motivated lenders. In an industry where assured audience is increasingly desired, this trend has undoubtedly influenced tinsel town’s rate of green lighting scripts involving RVs.

Whether opting for something modern or a model on the more retro side of things, if the RV culture calls to you, don’t pass up on becoming familiar with one if not several movies involving a recreational vehicle. Upon spending enough time in motorhome parks and reading online RV forums you’ll soon discover watching these films are somewhat of a rite of passage. Just a warning, that doesn’t mean these movies are any good.

The RVs depicted in them, at least, are worthy of mention:

Coachmen Encounter, We’re the Millers (2013)

In this comedy, the titular Millers are in fact a band of unrelated folks attempting to smuggle two tons of marijuana in an RV across the Mexican-U.S. border. Coachmen understandably wasn’t interested in overt product placement, but RV aficionados had no problem identifying the motorhome featured in the film as the company’s Encounter model.

1980s Winnebago/Fleetwood Bounder, Paul (2011)

For this alien oriented comedy from the makers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, two different motorhomes were utilized during filming. Exteriors depict a Winnebago model from the early 1980s, while interiors were shot inside the Bounder model made by now defunct Fleetwood Enterprises.

Forest River Georgetown 359 TS, RV (2006)

What seemed like the proverbial film involving motorhome travel, RV proved to be a huge disappointment to audiences and critics alike. However, this comedy starring the late Robin Williams has a bit of a cult following among RV owners across the United States. The motorhome used for filming was a Georgetown model 359 TS manufactured by Forest River. Despite the zany antics associated with the vehicle, the Georgetown has seen an increase in popularity in the years after the film’s release.

GMC Motorhome, Stripes (1981)

It’s not really a road movie, and definitely not an “RV movie,” but we wanted a classic film to make the list. In Stripes, a hapless schmuck played by Bill Murray joins the army after a series of unfortunate events, and eventually winds up in the middle of a military project in Europe. Central to the silly scheme is the “EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle” which is, in fact, a modified 1976 GMC 26 Palm Beach Motorhome. The EM-50 is seized by the heroes to travel from Italy to West Germany, where their girlfriends are stationed.

Moviegoers appreciate the road trip story on the silver screen, even into the 21st century. The resulting sub-genre of RV-related movies are in need of a modern day classic, but the few decent ones are worth watching for anyone thinking about buying their own recreational vehicle.

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Experience the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS with this authentic LEGO Technic replica. Inside the box you’ll discover a special collector’s book chronicling the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars, together with 4 original-design rims bearing the RS emblem. The sets of elements are boxed, and the building sequence gives an insight into the real-life vehicle’s assembly process. The model features detailed, orange bodywork, red suspension springs, detailed headlights, taillights, brake calipers and rims with low-profile tires. The accessible cockpit features a detailed dashboard, working gearbox, steering wheel with gearshift paddles, racing seats and a glove compartment containing a unique serial number.

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Functions include opening doors and hood with storage compartment and suitcase, and an opening rear lid that houses a detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons.

– Features authentically designed aerodynamic bodywork, adjustable rear spoiler, headlights and taillights, red suspension springs, original-design rims with RS emblem, detailed brake calipers, low-profile tires, working gearbox, working steering wheel with gearshift paddles, detailed seating, glove compartment with unique model serial number, opening doors, opening hood containing a suitcase, and an opening rear lid with detailed flat 6 engine.
– Includes a collection of authentic stickers.
– Open the doors to access the detailed cockpit.
– Lift the rear lid to access the detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons.
– Open the glove compartment to reveal the unique serial number.
– Delivered in luxurious box packaging.
– Includes a special full-color collector’s book including the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars, plus comprehensive building instructions.
– This set includes over 2,700 pieces.
– Porsche 911 GT3 RS measures over 6” (17cm) high, 22” (57cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.

The LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 will be available on June 1, 2016 for $299.99.

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Batman 1966 Hot Rod Batmobile Statue

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The Batmobile featured in the 1960s Batman TV show is still one of the most iconic throughout the franchise. This statue combines the legendary ’66 Batmobile with the hot-rod/Kustom Kulture art of the 1960’s popularized by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for a dynamic interpretation.

Pre-order the statue HERE for $125.

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Tesla Model S For Kids By Radio Flyer

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Radio Flyer has partnered with Tesla Motors to release a miniature Model S electric car for children. The vehicle has a top speed of six miles per hour, advanced battery technology, working headlights, a sound system, and other Model S inspired design elements.

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The tiny cars will begin shipping in May 2016, and customers can preorder and build their little Model S now. The preorder process involves picking the color as well as optional spare batteries, a cover, and customizable license plate and parking sign. Prices begin at $500.

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Domino’s Unveils The DXP: Delivery eXPert Vehicle

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Behold the Domino’s DXP (Delivery eXPert), think of it as a Batmobile for pizza delivery.

The modified Chevrolet Spark is tricked out with a warming oven and space for 80 pizzas, sides, two-liter bottles of soda and dipping sauces. The driver’s seat is the only seat and a puddle light projects the Domino’s logo onto the ground.

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Local Motors, which once built a 3-D printed car, held a crowdsourced competition to collect and perfect design elements, while Rousch Enterprises, developer of Google’s self-driving car platform, put the DXP together. The brand’s lead agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky—the shop behind Domino’s Tracker and other high-profile promotions (like the ability to order by text, tweet and emoji)—worked on the DXP’s flashy exterior design and bespoke car topper.

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There are 100 such vehicles in production, and by year’s end they’ll serve as mobile advertisements while speeding pies to customers in cities like Boston, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, San Diego and Seattle.

“People want their pizza to be as hot and fresh out of the oven as possible,” CP+B executive creative director Matt Talbot tells AdFreak. “The DXP, with its built-in warming oven, can deliver on that better than any vehicle before it. The other compartments in the vehicle also mean that any drinks, sides and sauces will make it safely to your front door as well.”

Four years in the making, the DXP has been rigorously tested, Talbot adds: “That includes flammability testing, cold weather testing, rain testing and excessive-use, including 10,000 cycles of opening and closing the warming oven door.”

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Check Out Artist Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Batmobile

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Legendary LEGO brick artist, Nathan Sawaya, unveiled the world’s largest LEGO Batmobile made from half of a million LEGO bricks. The life-size LEGO Batmobile will be the centerpiece among over 120 works of DC Comics-inspired art showcased during Sawaya’s global touring exhibition, The Art of The Brick: DC Comics, a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, which is opening at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia this November. Sawaya collaborated with acclaimed artist and DC Entertainment Co-publisher, Jim Lee, for the design of the new Batmobile sculpture, which measures over 18-feet long.

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The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will begin its world tour in Sydney, Australia in November. For more information, and for more pictures of Nathan Sawaya’s amazing LEGO art, you can visit his website BrickArtist.com.

Tickets for The Art of The Brick: DC Comics are on sale now at: www.ticketek.com.au.

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