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Posted 2/12/2005 3:00:14 AM
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Excellent, that is what I wanted to hear. I know about the action figure toy tumbler and just read about the jumping Tyco RC and even a porcelain version (what?). I was hoping there would be a die-cast Tumbler that could stand up to the 89's quality AND that I wouldn't have to wait 15 years for.
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Posted 2/12/2005 6:15:42 AM
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Dave, welcome to the board. We have been in dire need of someone like you for a long long time. There are tons of questions and just about as many guesses as to the answers. Without a doubt we all need to first stop and Thank you for your work on the 1/18th. Thank you for creating an amazing replica. My wife thanks you for me having to buy several of them and spending all of her money. But seriously GREAT JOB. I would love to see pictures of what your original looked like before it was messed up and Like Tim I would love to see pictures of the Tumbler. Anyway please shot me an email when you get time, boy do I have a story to tell you. Jack
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Posted 2/12/2005 6:16:23 AM
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Tim, thanks for the email.
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Posted 2/12/2005 12:49:06 PM
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Limme see what I can dig up on the Tumbler. I left Mattel late last year and at that time we were just fiddling with what size to make it. The one big problem was just like the 1989 car problem, the box size. The 1/18 diecast 1989 Batmobile was SUPPOSED to be exactly 1/18. The problem was it wouldn't fit inside the standard Hot Wheels 1/18 box. I said so what, make a bigger box right? Nope. So now you guys have some funky 1/22.67 scale thingy. The Tumbler has a problem of being wide, and I think it was going into the box angled. Anyway, I'm sure you see the frustration here.

The car will have opening features and movable canards. Last I heard there were 2 planned...one in camo...the other black. Other than a boatload of SLA pattern photos...I don't have pics of the engineering or tooling prototypes. I'm sure some painted up models will be at Toy Fair in NY next week however.

Dave
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Posted 2/12/2005 12:59:53 PM
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If the scale is wrong on the car, but the box says 1/18, isn't that falsely advertised information. Shit, I'm sueing.... let's hope they settle by supplying me with a proper 1/18 scale car... I'd settle for that.
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Posted 2/12/2005 1:15:42 PM
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Trust me, it's not 1/18. That's what I wanted because next to the BTTF Delorian and other movie cars...it would have been killer! I don't have the measurements I took handy but that car is BIG in real life. Someone get that length and divide it up by 18. The Batman and Robin Batmobile btw is even larger!!!

When the box says 1/18 it's just a classification. Take any of those Ferraris or Hot Rods, measure them and blow that up 18 times. RARELY will you get the true vehicle size. Ahhh...collector car trickery

Dave
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Posted 2/12/2005 4:24:42 PM
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Dave,
How was the Batmobile promoted as a hotwheels, was there an ad????? or was it just listed as part of a series????
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Posted 2/12/2005 6:49:29 PM
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There was an add but nothing special. It was just part of the 1/18 scale series hence the same box. Let me dig up the add photo.

Dave

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Posted 2/13/2005 3:28:33 AM
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Dave,
Sorry, another question.... what is your opinion on the double plug front lights, should they have been more yellow than bright orange, sorry, but the pin plugs really stick out... also I have seen a modified 1/18 hotwheels that has neon lights and glow afterburner on Ebay. It was titled as the "Darkness" Batmobile.... your thoughts on this car and hotwheels batmobile modding????????

I would have loved to have got my hands on the Turbo Interceptor from The Wraith as a 1/18 Hotwheels.... nice car...
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Posted 2/13/2005 9:47:15 PM
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The front headlights came out all wrong. Yes, I designed the pin attachments but the process was suposed to be like this: Molded plastic headlight...VUM (chrome) plate...transparent yellow paint spray. For one reason or another, we couldn't afford the plating and spraying but they kept the stupid pins. Duh, hello...you can see through the damn part! Plus China got the tint wrong and someone at WB ok'd it! The people that had the least amount of knowledge were the WB people. They said the headlights were orange AND they insisted for months that the body was painted GLOSS black. I had samples painted EXACTLY like the bluish/greenish original and they laughed. I fought like crazy to get that semi-fat black color and it's STILL NOT RIGHT. :mad Oh well.

Do what I did...paint over the headlight with a yellow hobby paint. You'll sleep better

Dave
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