[UPDATE]Mmm, sorry – I think I’m perpetuating Entertainment Earth’s typo. Model scales are in fractions – so it should be 1/18 and 1/43, not 1:18 and 1:43, which are ratios.
So, a ’59 MM is 20 feet long (as far as I know), so at 1/18, the Hot Wheels Elite will be 1 foot, 1.3 inches long.
I’ve just put a ruler to my Joyride Ecto (I have one at home and one at the office – doesn’t everyone?) – it’s just a hair under 12 inches, which is exactly right for 1/21 scale.
So, no, it’s not going to be 6 inches longer as I originally had in the article. I should stop taking the word of people on the Internet for these things. If anybody is interested, this means the 1/43 scale Ecto will be a touch over 5 and a half inches long.
[UPDATE] Big Bad Toy Store is taking pre-orders and are offering the 1/18 scale for $99 and the 1/43 scale for $37. They are including list prices as being as reported at Entertainment Earth (their pre-order prices are discounted), so those figures do seem to be the actual prices.
While the New York International Toy Fair doesn’t start until this weekend, The Nurnberg Toy Fair happened last week and Hot Wheels was there, showing off some of their upcoming Elite line of die-cast cars.
Hot Wheels Elite are high detail cars that are targeted at adult collectors, usually in 1/18 (
the same as the Joyride Ecto-1 from years back The Joyride Ecto was 1/21 scale, meaning this new one will be about 6 inches longer an inch and a quarter longer.) and 1/43 scale (1/43 is double the size of a typical Hot Wheel car, roughly – more traditionally, it’s O scale in model train terms.)
The Hot Wheels Elite website had one, long shot of the display (you can see the smaller 1:43 scale car in the back, nearly complete by the looks of it, or at least sporting paint), but GBFans member Nisei has some attendee close-up shots that show the 1:18 scale prototype, unpainted. Judging from the pieces of tape holding it together, the car will have a LOT of moving pieces.
Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders on both cars – 1:18 at $115 and the 1:43 at $41. Both are listed as due September 2011, which means you can likely order them through your local comic shop in June. Stay tuned.