Wednesday, May 29, 2019

New Dukes Stuff - 5/29/2019 - Bubble Gum Cigars, Cooter's Bobblehead and Ornament, Canadian 8-Track and Ertl and More

Got some fun new Dukes of Hazzard stuff to show off that includes some really cool items from Cooter's, some vintage additions, and a super rare display piece.  Let's dive in.


Cooter's Place has been getting into the collectible game and really making some cool things.  This is the second Cooter bobble head and the first in a new series of bobble heads they are releasing.  This is the Cooter Bobblehead (Series #1 W/Dog Hat).  Each new entry in the series will come with a different hat that Cooter wore throughout the show.  


It really does capture Ol' Crazy Cooter. He's greasy, has a wrench in his hand, and is giving the thumbs up.  Yup, that's Cooter!


The box has a very nice design.


This entry in the series is limited to 500 pieces and there are 20 special edition gold bobble heads randomly inserted in the mix.  I didn't get a gold one yet, but here's hoping!


One side of the box has an image of the General Lee, and when the entire series is released, the boxes can be combined to show the entire image.  This is going to be fun.


DukesCollector Cooter approves!  The bobblehead is available now at all three Cooter's locations and at cootersplace.com.


Another great collectible from Cooter's Place is the new General Lee Chirstmas Ornament W/Dixie Horn.


Cooter also approves of this bad boy.


The General Lee is hand painted and made of resin.  It has all the details of our favorite cars and even includes that wonderful horn.  This will look great on your tree in December!



The push bar is there and the CNH 320 plate.  The wheels are correct and the flag is there.  Cooter's got this one perfect.


The horn is a very nice rendition of Dixie.




The box has a really cool design and the ornament is from the Cooter's Hazzard County Christmas Collectibles.  I wonder what other goodies will be in that collection.


The final item in this post from Cooter's is something I couldn't pass up the last time I was there.  ( I guess I don't pass up much when I'm there.)  This is a shop rag with the General Lee on it.  How cool is that?  It has Cooter's Garage logo on it and the Gen'ral.  That's it.  It's simple but so cool.


It comes all folded up in this tiny bag.  I just love it.  Man, they keep coming up with cool items at Cooter's!


Here's a vintage item.  Cooter loves showing off vintage items.


This is a postcard given out by Warner Bros. when a fan wrote fan mail to the General Lee.  The story goes that the General Lee got more fan mail than any cast member.  They produced these postcards to keep up with the demand for responses.


The back of the card features a whole bunch of info about our favorite car.  It really is worth clicking on the picture and reading the whole thing.  I agree that "he" is still the most famous automobile in America!


WB produced another postcard with the cast on it.  It happens to have my favorite cast photo.  They also did one for the Coy and Vance Era.


The back of the cast card has pre-printed autographs on it.  Legend has it that many of these General Lee cards were driven over by the Gen'ral to give them his "autograph" but I've never come across any with tire marks.  These cards are on the rarer side, but it seems the cast card is more prevalent than the Gen'ral card.  I'm glad to have all three in the collection.


Here is a cool bilingual Ertl 1/64 General Lee and Boss Hogg Cadillac two-pack.  The standard edition is pretty rare, but this version has both English and French and was probably sold in Canada and has to be more rare.  I love these slightly different versions of Dukes items.


This was made by Ertl and distributed in Canada by Kidde Recreation Products.  Very cool that another company was involved.  I don't think the cars are different than the American counterparts at all.


Next up is a new unlicensed pair of socks that feature the General Lee with a few other famous cars like KITT and B.A.'s van from the A-Team.


These are made by a company called Cool Socks and they definitely live up to their name.  They are available online at a few retailers.  They shouldn't be hard to find.


There is no mention of Warner Bros. or Universal who owns Knight Rider and A-Team.


The General Lee is front and center on the socks, right where he should be.


Another Canadian variant that I added to the collection is this Dukes of Hazzard album on 8-Track from out friends to the north.  This version is totally different than the American version.

It comes in the original sleeve that is only a little beat up.  The sleeve seems to be generic as it doesn't mention the album at all.  It explains the methods to get the best results from your 8-track machine and is in both English and French.  It was produced by Columbia Records of Canada LTD.


The Cartouche De Ruban from Canadaa features the entire track listing.  There are four programs on the 8-track and I have to admit that I have no idea how an 8-track works.  Could you not rewind?  Did you have to listen to an entire "program" before you went back of forward?  How popular were they?  I have the Duke album on record, 8-track, cassette, and CD.  I have different versions of each, but I've never listened to it on this medium.  I think there is an old stereo with an 8-track player in our office somewhere.  I'll have to find it and throw this tape cartridge in.


The design is quite different than the American version.  The same album artwork is used, but the background is a different color and the American version doesn't include the track listings.  I love different versions like this.


The final entry in today's blog is a big deal.  There are only a few golden era edible items and given that they are nearly 40 years old, they are super scarce.  The Boss Hogg Bubble Gum Cigars, or C*igars, as shown, are the kind of items that are so rare, they barely ever pop up for sale, and when they do, the prices skyrocket.  I have been lucky to have a few samples in my collection for a while but I so excited to add this store display box compilation.


The box would sit near a grocery store register or on the candy aisle.  Oddly it doesn't mention the Dukes of Hazzard but has a great picture of Boss Hogg and unique font showing off his name.  Cigars has an asterisks instead of an "i" because we can't be selling tobacco products to kids. Uncle Jesse wouldn't like that at all, and neither would I.


Each side of the Box features Boss's pretty face.


The bubble gum was distributed by Donruss, the same company that released the bubble gum trading cards.  Were they a trading card company or a bubble gum company?  I guess both.


One side of the box has the Wanrer Bros. trademark information, but still no mention of Dukes.  These were released in 1981.


The lip of the box features the ingredients which includes BHI to "maintian freshness."


Whatever BHI is it kept my bubble gum c*gars at least fresh enough to maintain their shape.  I had to add my one complete package and my one empty pack to the display box.  These originally cost forty-nine cents, but are worth a heck of a lot more these days.


I've had these in the collection for a long time, but it seems I never blogged about them.  I think I got them from ebay, but I'm not entirely sure.  The pack I have that still includes the bubble gum is a little worn, and the center cigar has a chip missing, but this is definitely a center piece of my collection.  Forty year old bubble gum!!!! Come on!!!!


The front and back of the box feature the same image of Ol' J.D. and the back features a bar code.  The back also features the same WB trademark info and the 1981 date.  All the best stuff was made in 1981, myself included.


I also have an empty package that is in better condition.  The box is nearly mint.  I'm not sure if I got this one first, but that seems right. These two incredible Boss Hogg Bubble Gum C*gars packages now have a home in the Boss Hogg Bubble Gum C*gars Display Box.  I love it, I love it!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Greenlight Collectibles Hazzard County Sheriff 1977 Plymouth Fury 1/18


Good news, Good News!  Rosco P. Coltrane has a new 1/18 scale patrol car to chase the 1/18 General Lee!  Greenlight Collectibles is a new name in Hazzard County, but they have an impressive line-up of Hollywood diecast replicas and they added Rosco's 1977 Plymouth Fury Hazzard County Sheriff Patrol Car to their lineup.  The Plymouth Fury and Dodge Monaco were very similar cars and were interchanged during the production of the Dukes of Hazzard. 

Greenlight Collectibles has an extensive list of Hollywood replicas that include titles such as The Walking Dead, the Fast and the Furious, A-Team, National Lampoon's Vacation, Supernatural, Smokey and the Bandit, The Terminator, Hunter, Starsky and Hutch, and Lost.  They've used this particular Plymouth Fury/Dodge Monaco casting in many different lines and I have to believe they created it with the intention of releasing the most popular version of the car, Rosco's police car.  If you want to be THE name in Hollywood replicas, you have to have THE license that's at the top of Hollywood cars, the Dukes of Hazzard.

This car is a part of Greenlight's Artisan Collection.  I don't have any experience with Greenlight as this is their first Hazzard car, but it seems like the Artisan Collection is the cream of their crop and includes many of their Hollywood cars.  Buckle up for safety, and let's take a look at Rosco's new car.


The first thing you might notice on the box is the lack of Dukes of Hazzard logos.  This car does not appear to be licensed by Warner Bros. and is not a piece of official Dukes of Hazzard merchandise.  I reached out to Greenlight before this car was released to discuss the car, but I never heard back.  I'm not sure if Greenlight released this car without Warner Bros. knowledge or approval or if they tried to get the license and were denied.  WB has been slowly releasing Dukes products lately so maybe they let Greenlight release this car to test the waters for future Dukes products.  I have no actual information as to the reasoning behind this car being unlicensed because I have not spoken to anyone at Greenlight.  If anyone at Greenlight would like to discuss this car, I'd love to talk.  


The front of the box features a picture of the product, the large cursive "Fury" and a country road scene.  Again, no Dukes of Hazzard logos or WB legal information.


The side of the box features the Fury design and another country road scene as well as a house that looks like it would fit more on the set of Gone with the Wind than in Hazzard County.


The top of the box is all green with the Artisan Collection logo.


The bottom of the box features Greenlight Collectible's legal information as well as legal information about Plymouth.  We are used to seeing legal information about Dukes and Warner Bros. here, but there is none.  It is mentioned that this is a limited edition.


Moving on the the actual car, this thing is a beauty.  We finally have a 1/18 representation of Rosco's patrol car that is accurate to what we see on the show.  I can see 1/18 scale Rosco P. Coltrane flying this car into a 1/18 scale pond trying to chase the 1/18 scale Duke Boys in 1/18 scale Hazzard County.


All the characteristics of Rosco's Patrol car are there; the Sheriff decals on the fenders and the badge decal on the doors. 


The hood and trunk do not open as they do on previous Rosoc cars from Ertl/Johnny Lightning/Auto World.


The front end is the most memorable feature of the car and Greenlight nailed it.  This is definitely Rosco's car.  This is what Bo and Luke saw all the time in their rear view mirror.  The front license plate is blank.  On the show there is a rebel flag, but we didn't really expect Greenlight to add that detail.


The back plate is also blank.  Greenlight didn't add the 83522 plate that Rosco's car wears or the 83502 seen on Enos and Cletus's car.


If Greenlight wanted to just make this a car police car that is inspired by the Dukes of Hazzard, they could not have included the Hazzard County decal below the badge on the doors.  That still would have made Dukes fans happy and maybe stayed off of WB's radar, but this is 100% a Dukes of Hazzard car with the decal's inclusion.


The steering wheel doesn't move the wheels like previous Rosco 1/18 cars.  There is a little detail to the instrument panel and petals.


A CB radio unit is present in the car.  That is a nice little touch.


I'm not totally thrilled with the light bar.  It looks mostly correct but is in no way as detailed as Auto World's light bar, which was their selling point.  The light bar has pegs on the bottom that are placed into holes on the roof.  It does not fit snug and falls out of place when the car is moved.  I feel like it could have been a little tighter in the holes and not fallen out so easily.  It might get damaged if you're not careful.



The antenna also isn't my favorite part.  It is just a chrome rod that goes in a hole on the hood.  It doesn't fit snug and could easily be lost.


When placed in the car it leans to the side and looks crooked.  But we all know Rosco was a reckless driver and might have bent it when he was in hot pursuit!

I would definitely recommend this car to fellow Dukes Collectors.  It's the best representation of Rosco's car in 1/18 scale.  It may not have all the details of previous releases, but it is the most accurate.  Maybe even get two because wherever Rosco went, Enos wasn't far behind.


Let's compare it to the former title holder of "best 1/18 Rosco car" Auto World's Hazzard County 1975 Dodge Monaco Police Car.  If only looking at the box, I would have to go with AW's release because of the Dukes of Hazzard material shown.  The Greenlight car doesn't match the theme.


But when comparing the actual cars, the Greenlight wins.  The AW car has opening hood and trunk, steerable wheels, and a super detailed light bar, but it is not the model car we associate with Rosco and the Hazzard County Sheriff Department.  Greenlight's car looks like the car we know from the Dukes of Hazzard.  There is a new king in town.  Greenlight's Hazzard County 1977 Plymouth Fury is the new title holder of "best 1/18 Rosco car."  Long live the king.


Greenlight's car is a darker than AW's.  It's almost off-white compared to the super bright white of  the AW.  The front end of Greenlight's car definitely says Rosco P. Coltrane. 


The badge decal is also more detailed on the Greennlight car, on the bottom.  It is brighter and shows off more of the intricacies of the design.


Auto Word's coupe de gras is their light bar.  They made it incredibly detailed and the Greenlight car can't compete with that.


Not being as detailed as the Auto World car is reflected in the price of the Greenlight.  The Greenlight car retails for much less than the Auto World.


I wanted to include this fun picture.  I took off the Greenlight light bar and placed the AW car on top for the above picture comparing the badge decals.  This shot reminds me of the times Enos followed the General Lee off a jump and landed on Rosco's car and he just kept on following them Dukes Boys.  I love it, I love it! Kew Kew Kew!


Speaking of the General Lee.  I had to bring out the reigning king of all 1/18 Dukes of Hazzard diecasts, Auto World's Silver Screen Machine 1/18 General Lee.  Since Greenlight's Hazzard County 1977 Plymouth Fury was recently crowned as king of the 1/18 Rosco cars I had to have a royal summit between the two.


These two cars look perfect together.  They would look better with the General Lee flying over Rosco's car but I wasn't in the mood for action photography and I didn't really feel like launching the AW Gen'ral through the air.


Rosco's car hasn't been accurately represented throughout all the eras of Dukes Collecting.  When the show was on the air, Ertl released a Rosco car in 1/64 that was a Pontiac Bonneville.  That same car was rereleased in both the silver and modern eras.  In Johnny Lightning's huge Dukes of Hazzard 1/64 line, Rosco's car was an incorrect earlier model Monaco.  It wasn't until after the line ended that JL released a correct Dodge Monaco Rosco car, shown on the top left above.  The first accurate diecast Rosco car came in the 1997 Racing Champions 1/144 line, one of my favorite toy lines in all of the Dukes toys.  Another accurate Rosco car came from an unusual place, the Netherlands.  A company from the Netherlands, called Neo Scale Models,  produced an incredibly accurate 1/43 car in 2013.  The car, that has become quite rare is one of the best representations of Rosco's car, and is in no way licensed or authorized.  I got these three cars out to compare them to the new release from Greenlight.


You know I love these scale pictures.  1/18, 1/43, 1/64, and 1/144.  Rosco would be proud.




The Neo 1/43 is similar in color to the Greenlight.  The AW 1/64 is a little brighter and the 1/144 is super bright white.  Finally the second most prominent car in Hazzard,  Rosco P. Coltrane's patrol car, is accurately represented in the most popular scales.  


Greenlight Collectibles has plans to release this car in 1/43 scale in June and I have to believe a 1/64 model isn't far off.  I hope this car's popularity shows WB that we Dukes fans are hungry for more Dukes products.  It seems WB is dipping a toe into the Dukes of Hazzard waters, but I want them to dive in!  Open the Dukes of Hazzard floodgates and give us more!  I would love to see Greenlight's take on the most popular Hollywood car of all time, the General Lee!

There are rumors that Greenlight has plans to produce Uncle Jesse's Pickup as there is a similar truck in their The Walking Dead line.  Hey Greenlight, how about creating Cooter's Tow Truck, Daisy's Dixie Jeep and, of course, Boss Hogg's Caddy.  We could be on the precipice of an entire 1/18 scale Hazzard County.  Bring it on Greenlight!  We are hungry for more Dukes of Hazzard products!