TAG Heuer Meridist Honors Steve McQueen

Posted in Best of, Celebrity Cars, Electronics, General, Rants & Raves, Top of the Heap, Toys by MrAngry | March 20th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Gulf Meridist

I wonder if Steve McQueen realized that he was going to become the new standard for “cool” when he was alive. Seriously, it seems that everything this guy did turned to gold. From a motor sports perspective you got to give him full props, as not only did he do all of his own stunt driving, but he raced cars and motorcycles as well. From what’s been said he was also pretty dapper with the ladies as well. Just about everyone tries to honor Steve McQueen at some point or another, and why not, he’s still a super marketable commodity even though he’s been dead and buried for quite sometime. The latest McQueen-esq pieces of merchandise to hit the market are the TAG Heuer Meridist phone series. The Gulf Meridist was inspired by Steve McQueen’s character in the 1971 film “Le Mans,” and features Gulf Oil’s signature light blue and orange color scheme. There’s no doubt that this is a pretty piece of electronic equipment, at least it is until the next version comes out. Either way though, it’s good to see that there are companies out there who still see fit to honor the, “King of Cool”.


Toys Remembered: Stompers

Posted in Toys by Dustin Driver | March 2nd, 2011 | 5 Responses |

When I was a kid, any toy car that you didn’t have to push was high tech. And the coolest go-anywhere cars were Stompers. Two speeds, four-wheel drive, interchangeable bodies and tires, and attitude a plenty.

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Lightening McQueen is Alive and Freaky as Hell.

Posted in Best of, Rants & Raves, Toys by MrAngry | February 15th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

Lightening McQueen Cars 2

I’m not so sure that as a kid I’d want my toy cars talking to me. I mean hell, there’s got to be something left to the imagination right? This is Mattel’s new 1:55 scale version of Lightening McQueen for the upcoming “Cars 2″ movie from Pixar and Walt Disney Studio’s. It’s actually pretty amazing in the fact that not only do the eyes in the windshield move back and forth, but it also has a fully functional mouth that opens and closes. He’s also got working headlights and performs tricks like loopty-loops, figure-8’s and circles. Now while I think this is all well and good from a technology standpoint, I’m just curious as to what ever happened to just rolling a few Matchbox cars around on the floor and calling it a day. Who knows, maybe it’s me and I’m just getting old, but the last thing I’d want as a kid is Owen Wilson talking to me day in and day out while I’m playing with my cars. Click through for the video.
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Why Being a Car Guy Sucks.

Posted in Best of, Rants & Raves, Toys by MrAngry | February 6th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

BMW 3.0 csi Coupe

No I’m not off my rocker and no I’m not in a bad mood. It’s just that when your a car guy you want every piece of 4-wheeled machinery that you can get your grubby little hands on. Sites like eBay and Bring A Trailer are constantly enticing me to purchase things with money I don’t have. Since this is Queens, NY I am sure I can find an Uncle Vito somewhere that would lend me the money, but odds are the vig would be astronomical and since I use my kneecaps daily I’d prefer not to go down that road. The issue is that most of the stuff I want is old. That means as a general rule you need to factor in double what you paid for the car just to keep it running. Porsche 914’s, old BMW 3.0csi Coupe’s and evil mid-60’s box Chevy Nova’s are always taunting me and it’s getting harder and harder to resist. Who knows, maybe it’s cabin fever or maybe it’s just that I haven’t driven my hot rods in 3 months. All I know is that if I don’t get into something soon with a carburetor, Uncle Vito may just be getting a phone call.

By the way – can you fit handicap controls to a ’65 box Nova? I think I may need them.

Nigel Mansell Returns To Lotus

Posted in Formula 1, Lotus, People, Toys by Kurt Ernst | January 26th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The Lotus Type 125. Image: Lotus

Thirty years ago, Lotus’ Colin Chapman watched an apparently fearless British driver rise through the F3 ranks. Chapman liked what he saw, and offered a contract to the driver, who was older than most just entering the big leagues; hence, Nigel Mansell’s F1 career was born. Mansell spent the 1980 to 1984 seasons with Lotus, before going on to race with Williams and Ferrari in F1, then later with Newman Haas in the U.S. CART IndyCar World Series. Mansell was fast in nearly everything he drove, and is universally praised as being one of the top 50 Grand Prix drivers of all time. For 2011, Mansell is again back with Lotus, though not in the capacity you’re probably imagining. Read More…

Malcolm Forbes’ Toy Motorcycle Collection Sells For $15k

Posted in Bizarre, Motorcycle, Newsworthy, Toys by Kurt Ernst | December 21st, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Part of Forbes' collection. Photo: Sotheby's

Do you still have the toys you played with as a kid? Better yet, do you have the toys your father and grandfather played with as kids? Hopefully, they kept the original boxes and didn’t abuse them too much, because old metal toys are starting to be worth serious money. Consider this: a collection of tin toy motorcycles that once belonged to publisher Malcolm Forbes just sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $15,000. If you factor in all the Forbes collection toys that sold at auction, the total price was $2.3 million, including $194,500 for a 3 foot long replica of the ocean liner Lusitania. I’m not saying your Transformers will fund your retirement, but I’m not saying they won’t, either.

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R/C Jets Runs at 366 mph!

Posted in Toys, Videos by MrAngry | December 19th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Don’t ask me why, but I love all kinds of remote controlled stuff. Cars, helicopters, boats and planes all seem to get my childhood juices flowing. Maybe it’s because I’m somewhat of a control nut, or maybe I just like seeing little things go fast, either way though I really dig these things. Over the years I’ve had loads of remote controlled cars, some gas, some electric. Same goes for boats, tanks and motorcycles. One thing I’ve never mastered though is the remote controlled airplane. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve dabbled with little store bought gliders and such, but as far as building my own goes… well that’s just uncharted territory. I was thinking of getting a small one for my nephew for Christmas, when I came across this ridiculous machine on Youtube. Apparently it’s powered by a Jetcat P160 SE engine and has been clocked at speeds of up to 366 mph. That is BOOKIN’ for something that weighs about as much as a desk chair. Watching the video is a bit rough at times, just because the camera simply can’t keep up with the planes amazing speed. You’ve been warned.

The World’s Greatest Hot Wheels Track.

Posted in Cool Stuff, General, Television, Toys, Videos by MrAngry | October 28th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Imagine walking down stairs on Christmas morning and seeing this thing splayed out on the dining room table. As a kid odds are you would start freaking out, as this is probably the coolest (and the longest) Hot Wheels track I’ve ever seen. Created by a pair of Australian brothers, the track incorporates everything from straightaways and loops to changing elevations, banked turns, jumps and spirals into a structure that really has it all. Combine that with the soundtrack of iconic 1980’s TV shows like The A-Team and Knight Rider and you’ve got the makings for one fun afternoon. I know it sounds strange, but this track has some pretty impressive engineering built into it. I don’t know if it would withstand a California style earthquake, but either way you’ve got to respect what these guys did here.

If you want to see more of these tracks simply head on over to the brothers myspace page - you’ll be glad you did.

11 Jaw-Dropping Lego Automobiles.

Posted in Cool Stuff, Custom, Toys, Videos by MrAngry | October 24th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

If you’re a human being then I feel that it would be genetically impossible for you not to like Lego’s. Having grown up with these little building blocks of fun, I can safely say they definitely help develop ones imagination and motor skills. I remember trying to emulate my Dad’s green 1981 Buick Riviera in Lego’s while lying on the living room floor. I thought it looked perfect, but everyone else seemed to think it looked like some kind of deformed turtle with wheels. Alas, becoming a Lego master was not in the cards for me, but thankfully someone out there was able to take the torch and run with it. member KrudMuphinStudioz has listed 11 Lego automobiles that he has constructed over the last year and I have to say that his renditions are pretty damn good.


Super Slot Car Track Found in Michigan Man’s Basement!

Posted in Cool Stuff, Racing, Toys, Videos by MrAngry | October 23rd, 2010 | 1 Response |

I don’t know about you, but as a kid I was mesmerized by anything that had to do with automobiles. Aside from the countless Matchbox and Hotwheels cars, I also had a few AFX electric tracks (remember those) laying around as well. At that age these tracks were the closest that any of us kids were going to get to real racing and nowadays every time I see one I get a bit nostalgic. Some people however will simply never outgrow their childhood dreams, which is fine as long as they have the space to play with some bigger toys. Michigan resident and Formula 1 race fan James Harlan is just such a person, and because of this he decided to build a massive 1/32 scale slot car track in his basement. The amazingly detailed circuit incorporates a 145 foot lap length, 19 turns and 2.5 feet of elevation change and has the ability to bring a smile to the face of any car buff. Well done Mr. Harlan!