batmanbm It’s very difficult to find Hot Wheels Batmobiles sold in malls at list price.  (Some specialty stores have them but sell them at higher prices.)  Sometimes I am able to buy a Batmobile because I arrive just as the salesperson is taking it out of the box and hanging it on the racks.

So far, my wife and I have a #207 Batmobile from 2007, a 2007 First Edition TV Batmobile, a ’66 Batmobile from 2009, a Batman: Arkham Asylum Batmobile from 2011, and a Batman Live Batmobile from 2013.  (The TV Batmobile and the ’66 Batmobile have different wheels.)

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The Mystery Machine

mystery I was recently able to buy a Hot Wheels version of The Mystery Machine.

According to this report, in a “poll of 3000 people […] conducted by Toys R Us in conjunction with the launch of Disney Pixar’s new movie Cars,” The Mystery Machine was voted the best fictional car of all time.  (The Batmobile was ranked third.)


davisThe first TI BASIC program that I entered on Classic99 is CHAOS.  I got its listing from the book Programs for the TI Home Computer by Steve Davis (Dallas, TX:  Steve Davis Publishing, 1983).

There is a minor typo in line 370.  In the book, the two colons are not separated by a space.  The program with the typo seems to work correctly when run in TI Extended BASIC but causes an error when run in TI BASIC.  Page 5 of the book provides the fix:  “Place a space between colons if they are to be used as print separators.”  (Note that the program is to be entered with a space in between the colons, but when LISTed on the screen, the spaces between the colons disappear in TI BASIC.)
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I recently discovered a wonderful TI-99/4A emulator for Microsoft Windows called Classic99.  The emulator is incredibly detailed.  (For example, the screenshot above emulates the screen you would see if you used a television set as the display.)  Although I have used it only for a few hours, I would consider it my favorite software of all time.

This is my first blog entry about the Texas Instruments Home Computer. I plan to write more in the future.

Angry Birds Minion

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I have played an Angry Birds game only once in my life, and I am not particularly fond of merchandise related to it.  Nevertheless, I bought a Hot Wheels Angry Birds Minion recently because I expect it to be quite difficult to find due to the large demand for it.  (Hot Wheels made two Angry Birds-related vehicles for 2012:  this and Red Bird.)

I wasn’t going to blog about it, but when I searched the internet for information about the two vehicles, I discovered that many card variations of them exist.  For example, there are short cards and there are long cards (like mine).  Some have a yellow stripe with the vehicle’s name; others have a green stripe with the words “HW Imagination.”  Some have the Angry Birds logo on the upper left; others have it on the lower left.  Some have pictures of helmeted riders on the upper left, or a circled “New for 2012” on the upper right, or an illustration with the caption “Scan & Track on Back” on the upper right, and so on.  I have no idea how many card variations exist.

I’ve included a picture of my card’s back.  It states that it was manufactured for and imported into the EU by Mattel Europa B.V. (in the Netherlands), and it was imported by Mattel Canada Inc.  The bottom of the vehicle states that it was made in Malaysia.