Beginners Guide to Collecting Diecast Movie Cars
Beginners Guide to Collecting Diecast Movie CarsDiecast movie cars are one those collectable items that crossover between two different collecting groups. They are collected by diecast car collectors, as well as by movie memorabilia collectors. Regardless of which is your primary collecting focus, there are several things any collector needs to know about this specialized genre of diecast model cars.
Created to scaleDiecast cars are exact replicas the original cars and created to scale. The 1:18 scale diecast cars are one of the larger scale cars, and are quite popular, particularly for the diecast movie cars. Some of the other popular scales, in addition to the 1:18 scale model cars are the 1:24, the 1:43 and the 1:64. Collectors who want good detail, but also want cars that don't take up too much room, often choose the 1:43 size over the 1:18 diecast cars. The cost savings can be a factor in selecting the smaller scale models of diecast cars, as well.
Diecast Movie Car BrandsThere are several different companies that sell diecast cars, and some of those companies tend to be preferred over others by serious collectors. Since diecast movie cars fit into a more specialized genre, you will find the range of brands to select from quite a bit narrower if this is your focus. Hot Wheels is one of the most popular brands for diecast cars. This remains true in the diecast movie car genre, as well. Sunstar, AutoArt, Welly and Johnny Lightning are several of the other diecast brands that are well known for producing diecast movie cars, in addition to diecast race cars.
Hot Wheels and Johnny LightningMattel's Hot Wheels have always carried the lead in popularity and sales for diecast cars of all types. However, Johnny Lightning cars have carried on a strong rivalry since the very beginning, especially in the area of diecast race cars. Because Johnny Lightning cars have not been produced in the same quantity as the Hot Wheels cars, this has become a benefit for them; making them very desirable among collectors. This difference between these two brands shows up in the models available from each of them in their diecast movie cars. You will be able to find a much larger selection of Hot Wheel's diecast movie cars, representing many different movies. You will find them listed under the Hot Wheels Elite series. Johnny Lightning has a very little selection of diecast movie cars, their biggest selection being from one movie, their Dukes of Hazard collection. Hot Wheels collectors will find diecast movie cars from: “The Italian Job”, “Bad Boys II”, “Batman”, “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” and others. As to price, you'll usually pay twice as much for the average Hot Wheels diecast movie car than you will for a Johnny Lightning diecast movie car.
AutoArtThis diecast car manufacturer fits in the same category as Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning as far as popularity. It also boasts the biggest collection of 1:18 scale models of all the diecast manufacturers. However, when it comes to diecast movie cars, AutoArt has not attempted to advance very far into this category. If you have an AutoArt diecast movie car, it is likely to be one related to the Mad Max movies, as they have several versions available. The Ford Mustang GT 390 from Steve McQueen's movie “Bullitt” would be another AutoArt diecast movie car that you may come across, but you'll pay a good price to add it to your collection.
Sunstar and Welly
The Delorean's from “Back to the Future” movies I, II and III are available from these two smaller contenders. Definitely some popular models in the diecast movie car category. Welly's Delorean is available in a 1:24 scale, which is smaller than the Sunstar's Deloreans, which are 1:18 diecast cars.