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More Re-issues from the Danbury Mint - First Look...

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:53 by Peter

Here they are, the repaints we've been expecting for some months now, and they look quite promising. First, the '48 Buick Roadmaster Sedanet in Honolulu Blue, and the convertible in Black. Next, the '69 Boss 429 Mustang in White, and last but not least the '56 Premiere Coupe in Black. These are DM's first published images, quite possibly pre-production, and most certainly retouched, but they give a good idea of what we can expect. If the color is accurate, that blue Sedanet could be a stunner.

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2010 DM Preview Society LE is the 1956 Chrysler 300B in Red. Holy cow!

Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:58 by Peter

 

Exclusively sold to Preview Society members by the Danbury Mint, this limited edition of 1,000 pieces is sure to be a hit. The original in black got short shrift due to some inaccuracies. That was unfortunate, because only the experts could really see that anything was off, yet it made many folks shy away, only to regret it when the model was pulled prematurely--not reordered, presumably because of the initial response. Well now everyone who regretted missing that one is lining up for the repaint in red, and to be honest, this is my favorite color (it only came in black, red, and white). Preview Society members may order a maximum of two copies, and everyone else will have to go fishing in the secondary market. I'm sure glad I'm a member! Click here to see a scan of the complete Brochure from DR member Jayme Diebler in our Diecast Forum.

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Danbury Mint 1955 Ford Crown Victoria 55th Anniversary Edition

Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:35 by Peter
 Another repaint, but with a few changes to keep things interesting. The "glass" roof has been removed, so this is DM's first Crown Vic that isn't a Skyliner version. The Buckskin Brown paint is more of a medium to dark tan, and the coordiated interior is quite nicely done. Available now for $129 plus S&H from the Danbury Mint. Click the thumbnail image to see the whole photo shoot.
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New 55th Anniversary Edition 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible by the Danbury Mint

Thursday, 8 July 2010 17:33 by Peter
 Essentially a repaint with a few tweaks, this model isn't going to give anyone palpitations, but for those who have waited patiently for a version without the continental kit, your wait is finally over. Presented in a pleasing monotone for a change, DM chose the popular Calypso Coral, with a matching coral and gray interior, a gray boot and a white top. The model is already shipping as we write this, so yours could be arriving any day now if you ordered in advance. Click the thumbnail image to see the whole photo shoot.
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Danbury Mint unleashes it next Preview Society model: The 56 Roadmaster Riviera

Wednesday, 2 June 2010 13:45 by Peter
While the other diecasts web sites were congratulating themselves on being the first to show some small, off-color images of the new Buick, here at DR we were hard at work shooting a photo spread of the actual model for you, our loyal readers, and we were actually the first to show them by a wide margin. It took a couple of days for the other sites to catch up, and by then we had already finished our thorough review and guided tour as well. The model will begin shipping at the end of July for Preview Society members, August for the general public. Once again the DM boys have raised the bar. 
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COLOR COMMENTARY - The Latest From Danbury Mint

Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:46 by Peter

With all the repaints coming our way from the Danbury Mint this year, the question on everyone's lips is "what the color?" Well, we've done some sleuthing and come up with the following insider info. Nothing has been confirmed officially as of yet, but I believe these will prove to be correct. Here's the latest list of upcoming models, and the colors where known...

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429: white

1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible: red

1957 Chevy Suburban: beige

1956 Lincoln Premiere Coupe: black

1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible: coral

1955 Ford Crown Victoria: buckskin/white

1948 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander: gray

1948 Roadmaster Coupe and Conv: colors still unknown

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DR NEWS SCOOP: The Highlander is Back!! Danbury Mint is Repainting their '48 New Yorker.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 13:11 by Peter
Well the boys at DM have done it again--read my mind. How else could they have known I was dying for a repaint of their 1948 Chrysler New Yorker convertible with the Highlander plaid trim option? When the first one came out I loved it but there were other models ahead of it on my want list, and sadly it was gone before I ever got that far down the list. This isn't the best news for folks who wanted to sell theirs for a huge profit (they've gone for as much as $350 to $400), and it's terrible news for the poor bastard who just bought one at that price, but for the rest of us it's cause for celebration! We were the first to annunce this model on May 14th in our Diecast Forum, and the word quickly spread. Still no information about color yet, but the word is that they'll be repeating that fabulous highlander plaid interior which made this model so desirable in the first place. Thank you Manny & Moe!
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DR EXCLUSIVE! Full Review and Photos of DM's Fabulous '50 Crestliner Repaint

Sunday, 16 May 2010 11:20 by Peter
As repaints go, they don't get much better. Originally issued in 2004 and praised for it's level of detail and multitude of features, the two versions offered (red or green with black accents) were attractive enough, but this repaint in Hawaiian Bronze and Wagon Tan (a Spring color combo introduced mid-year) is by far the prettiest in my opinion. We're the ONLY site where you'll find an in-depth review and photos, so see for yourself what a terrific model this is. But I warn you, you might have to buy one by the time you're through. Just don't forget to tell 'em Peter sent you! :-)
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First Full Review of the new Danbury Mint '53 Studebaker Starliner

Friday, 30 April 2010 14:06 by Peter
The boys at Danbury have done it again, and their newest Preview Society offering is a charmer. From the Raymond Loewy studios, this car was a landmark in automotive design, and an American classic. Check out our new, larger format high-resolution photos, and see if you think you can live without this one. Once I had it in hand I was sold.
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Danbury Mint 1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

Saturday, 17 April 2010 09:04 by Peter
In yet another iteration of this popular 1950's Chrysler body style, we present for your approval the Danbury Mint 1958 New Yorker Convertible. It differs mainly from the 57 by having smaller taillight lenses, and a flatter, wider bumper and grill. I liked the style of the 57's better, but it's all about variety, and this one sure is pretty in Garnet Maroon with a black soft top and a beautiful simulated patterned brocade/leather interior. It's a standard issue at just $129 plus shipping, but you never know when they'll just disappear! LOL If I had room for all the variations I'd want this one too, that's for sure.
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NEWS FLASH! Anniversary Issues on The Way...

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:46 by Peter

There's talk of some 2010 anniversary editions coming soon from our friends at the Danbury Mint:

45th Anniv. 1965 GTO Conv.

55th Anniv. 1955 Bel Air Conv.

55th Anniv. 1955 Crown Victoria

60th Anniv. 1950 Crestliner

To be honest with you, there are a couple of these I never bought because of the color, so I'll be anxious to find out the color choices Manny & Moe have made for us on these venerable tools.

Also, they usually change some options or features on these anniversary editions--maybe a 55 Bel Air without the appendage? Dare I hope? LOL

When I hear more, you guys will be the first to know.

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DM Releases the 2010 edition of the Thunderbird LE series, a 1960 Convertible.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 13:48 by Peter
Begun in 2005 with the yellow 1955 model, Danbury Mint has offered us a steady flow of Thunderbirds on the 50th anniversary of each model year. So far we've got a 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 and now a 1960 LE, with 61 and 62 expected to follow thereafter. No word yet on further years, but seeing as how they have done a 65 model, it seems very liekly we'll be seeing the 63 (finally), and the 64 through 66 models at a minimum. Check out our new, larger format high-resolution photos, and get one while they're hot. It's only availabe for a limited time, and once they're gone, they're gone for good.
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News Scoop: New Releases on the way from DM...

Monday, 15 March 2010 10:27 by Peter

Talking to DM Customer Service earlier today I found out about a couple of surprises they have in store for us.

A 1958 New Yorker coupe in red (editor's note: the color will be Garnet Maroon Poly), a 1968 GTO convertible in gold, and one last surprise: a re-issue of a long-ago discontinued model in a new color, but for now I'm sworn to secrecy.

Like many of you I already have the Coral & White '57 New Yorker and the Verdoro green '69 GTO, but you never know when a striking paint scheme will trigger an unexpected purchase. Shipping dates and more details as they become available...

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Danbury Mint's newest Caddy: The 1954 Coupe deVille Ltd. Ed.

Friday, 12 March 2010 14:36 by Peter
 Here it is, DM's follow-up to the recent (and spectacular) 1954 Eldorado. We gave it a thorough once-over, and you can read all about it in our in-depth review, complete with large, clear photos because we know how much you like them.
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DM Re-issues 1:12 Scale 1957 Bel Air convertible, Now in Turquoise!

Sunday, 20 December 2009 21:37 by Peter
 Here's the first image of DM's newest offering in 1:12 scale, a repaint of their 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, this time in turquoise. I missed out on the red one, so I'm definitely interested, and I sure hope they improved the top. Stay tuned to the forums for updated info as it becomes available, and remember you saw it here first.
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DR SCOOP! Danbury Mint repaints the 66 Mustang Coupe!

Saturday, 7 November 2009 16:05 by Peter
 Just received a mailing today announcing a limited release (NOT an LE) of DM's venerable 66 Mustang Coupe in Arcadian blue. I will probably pass on this one, but if you want one I suggest you get your order in soon. DM Item# 9186-0015. Click here to see my scanned images of the mailer, and remember you heard it here FIRST!
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New From Danbury Mint: 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I "Twister" Special, and 1935 Ford Pickup Vintage Hot Rod

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 18:14 by Peter

Here's another one for you Mustang fans, a 1970 Mach I Twister Special in Grabber Orange with black graphics! Item Number: 0440-0412 $129 (plus s&h).



Also just announced, a 1935 Ford Pickup Vintage Hot Rod with distressed paint. Item Number: 8218-0035 $129 (plus s&h).

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FM Unleashes a Bevy of Repaints just in time for Christmas...

Thursday, 1 October 2009 13:54 by Peter
So what else is new? Here's the list--maybe something will whet your appetite!


2008 427 Corvette Wil Cooksey Z06 in Crystal Red / Black LE505 $155.00 ETA 11/26/2009


2008 Corvette Coupe Hertz ZHZ in Yellow / Black LE1000 $135.00 ETA 11/26/2009


1965 Mustang 45th Anniversary Red LE1965 $135.00 ETA 12/16/2009


1954 Bel Air in Onyx Black LE2500 $135.00 ETA 10/31/2009


1958 Chrysler 300D in Light Blue LE2500 $145.00 ETA 11/12/2009


1957 Cadillac Brougham in Maroon LE1500 $145.00 ETA 12/2/2009


1933 Ford Tudor Police Car with Trailer in Blue and White $175.00 10/9/2009


1933 Duesenberg J Victoria in Burgundy $145.00 ETA 1/10/2010


The Official History of Corvette Colorized Coin Collection $99.00 ETA 11/15/2009

1965 Corvette in Silver LE1965 $135.00 In Stock (Sorry no pic from FM yet)
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Danbury Mint brings back the '53 Buick Estate Wagon in a 5,000 piece Limited Edition

Monday, 14 September 2009 15:06 by Peter
 Just received a mailing today for owners of the 49 Oldsmobile 88 Wagon, referring to this Buick as the companion piece. They're both Woodies, of course, but beyond that I don't see them as a real pairing. I already have the beautiful green version which was discontinued some time ago, so I will probably pass on this one, but if you missed out then I suggest you get your order in for this one soon. Click here to see my scanned images of the mailer.
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Franklin Mint offers Limited Edition repaints of their 71 & 72 Corvette models

Wednesday, 9 September 2009 14:38 by Peter

Newly repainted in some nice-looking colors, here are a few limited edition Corvettes from FM. The editions are rather small, but the prices sure aren't...

Orange 1972 ZR1 Corvette Coupe LE of 350 item #S11E926 $155
Silver 1972 ZR1 Corvette Coupe LE of 350 item #S11E887 $155
Green 1971 ZR2 Corvette Convertible LE of 425 item #S11E886 $155

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Danbury Mint 1939 Ford DeLuxe Coupe Limited Edition of 5,000

Friday, 28 August 2009 20:34 by Peter
Here's DM's latest LE release, and it looks like a beauty. A must-have for you 1930's & 40's fans, and all you Ford guys out there. If you missed out on the '40 Ford LE's you'll want to grab one of these soon, before it's too late.
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Danbury Mint addresses recent Quality Control issues...

Monday, 24 August 2009 19:31 by Peter

"Manny" from DM offered the following response to concerns recently expressed by collectors...

    Danbury Mint quality issues

    I wanted to take a moment to respond to some recent posts regarding the quality of Danbury Mint die-cast replicas.

    First, let me apologize for the recent spate of QC problems -- specifically blistered/bubbled paint or "paint rash" that some of you have unfortunately been experiencing on certain replicas (e.g., '69 Bobcat GTO, '59 Cadillac Convertible, LE '56 Packard Convertible). Sorry for not posting sooner, but we wanted to make sure we had all our information correct and had taken appropriate action before publicly responding to the situation.

    We appreciate all feedback from our customers -- praise when we meet or surpass your expectations, and constructive criticism when we don't. You folks are passionate collectors, and can always be counted on to give an unvarnished opinion on our products. And, just so you know, we try our hardest to always give you the best product on the market. We understand the recent frustration in receiving multiple models with imperfections. Believe me, we would rather have you receive a perfect model the first time!

    Regarding the paint issue, we became aware of it a little while ago from our own QC inspectors and complaints lodged with Customer Service, as well as from comments on die-cast forums. From the moment the problem became evident, we have been hard at work identifying and fixing it, and the factory has taken numerous remedial actions to prevent it from occurring in the future. This was a particularly challenging problem to track down -- please trust me when I say that we have spared no time or expense in correcting this situation.

    Without getting too technical, the paint problems stemmed from a combination of a defective temperature sensor on one of the die-cast presses (resulting in faulty castings that were injected at too low a temperature) and excess moisture in the compressed air lines in the spray booths. Both issues have been corrected at the factory and will be closely monitored to make sure they don't occur in the future. While a few problem replicas may still slip through the cracks, going forward we should be shipping product that meets our stringent requirements.

    I can tell you unequivocally that this paint problem was not the result of any budget cutbacks or reduction in support for our die-cast business. We have been producing models in this factory for 20+ years; it is not a new, untested factory that we tried to simply save a few bucks at the expense of quality. We remain committed to continuing to produce the highest-detail, highest-quality, 1:24 scale replicas available, just as we have been doing for years.

    For the folks who have received recent DM replicas with QC issues, please know that your complaints have been heard, and accept our apologies for us not meeting not only our own high standards, but, more importantly, yours. For the folks who haven't been affected by the recent QC issues, and who continue to support our company with your purchases and your positive comments -- thank you. We appreciate it.

    Our job now is to move everybody from the former group into the latter!

 

Editor's note: BRAVO MANNY!

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Danbury Mint 40th Anniversary 1969 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Saturday, 22 August 2009 09:43 by Peter
Here's the copy, direct from DM's website:

"In beautiful, rich hand-polished Burgundy Metallic, this classic Stingray's low silhouette -- evolved from Chevy's Mako Shark styling themes -- suggests speed from any angle. White stripe 15" Wide Ovals wrap around with deluxe chromed wheel covers, accentuating the car's "go get 'em" attitude.

You'll notice our 'Vette features the optional bright front fender "gill" trim near the delicate chrome foil "Stingray" script. Working revelations include pop-up headlights and the rear deck gas filler door.

Tilt the opening hood of our replica forward. Crouched and waiting is the Tri-Power big-block L71 V-8, all 427 cubic inches of it: special cam, three Holley two-barrel carburetors, cast-iron strong and willing to unleash 435ph on the road!

We've also included a tan convertible top, should you choose to display your Stingray all buttoned up.

Scale 1:24: 8-3/4" in length.
Item Number: 8932-0030
$129(plus $9 s&s)

4 Monthly Installments of $34.50
Satisfaction Guarantee
Now accepting orders. This product will be available August 31, 2009 and will ship 1-2 weeks thereafter."
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Danbury Mint Announces Retirement of The 1957 Mercury Montclair

Tuesday, 18 August 2009 21:02 by Peter
For those of you who have been putting off buying this one, the time has come to act. The retirement notice arrived today, and production will cease forever on December 31, 2009. Click here to see the full-size brochure and retirement notice in our forums.
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Danbury Mint 50th Anniversary Edition 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Monday, 10 August 2009 18:08 by Peter
This is the companion piece to the 50th AE Series 62 Convertible (white with black top). It is essentially a repaint of the turquoise/white Coupe de Ville in an equally stunning silver with white roof. This release is not a Series 62 as the brochure indicates--it is definitely a Coupe de Ville. Some prefer the new color scheme, while I am quite content with the original. To each his own taste!
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New "Mystery" Model from the Danbury Mint Revealed...

Monday, 10 August 2009 07:29 by Peter
After days of discussion and speculation in our Forums, the mysterious new release from DM was finally revealed to be a 1967 Dodge Charger. Color be silver with a red interior--sweet! Check out the full-color brochure here.
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Update on the New 1965 Thunderbird from Danbury Mint

Monday, 3 August 2009 23:10 by Peter
Well, it's official, the 1965 Ford Thunderbird from our friends at the Danbury Mint will definitely be a light blue convertible with a medium blue interior, as seen in this image from a recent Classic Cars Preview Society advertising flyer (click to enlarge). It is not yet certain whether the color will be Arcadian blue, or Diamond blue (the paler shade evident in the brochure image), but I'm betting on the latter. Can't wait to see this baby in person!
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Breaking News: All-New '65 Thunderbird from DM

Friday, 31 July 2009 09:24 by Peter
 This just in from a reputable source, DM is introducing the first of the "flair birds." We've seen all of the "baby birds" (55-57), all of the "square birds" (58-60), most of the "bullet birds" (61-63), and now here comes the first precision model of one of the "flair birds," the 1965 Ford Thunderbird. I, for one, am overjoyed. No official word on color or body style yet, but rumor has it that it will be a light blue convertible. I'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Check out some reference photos and discussion in our forums.
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News Scoop - DM Opens Up The Stable...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 19:21 by Peter

 And unleashes not one, but two new limited edition Ponies. Great news for you Mustang and Muscle Car fans! First up, the '69 Boss 302 pictured above (item No. 9130-0012), followed by a '67 GT Convertible (item No. 9130-0020), color to be announced.

 

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New 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe LE 5000 in Red from The Danbury Mint

Friday, 24 July 2009 14:29 by Peter
 As a follow-up to their '75 Corvette convertible in bright green (Preview Society), DM has just announced a limited edition 1974 coupe in Mille Miglia Red. You poor Corvette fans--your wallet never gets a rest. Check out all the brochure images here.
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