Friday, April 18, 2014

New Dukes Stuff - 4/18/2014 - Megos, Blanket, License Plates


I got a whole bunch of new Dukes of Hazzard items over the past few weeks.  They came from ebay and the recent Steel City Con.


This is a white Dukes blanket that I picked up on the bay.  It is in great condition.


It has two graphics on it that repeat over the entire blanket.  They look like iron-transfers, but are much better quality.  I haven't seen one like this before.  It goes nice with the blue one I got in November.


I did pretty good at the recent Steel City Con.  That show perplexes me.  It seems like it used to be a show heading toward extinction, but the last few outings have been wildly successful.  Higher attendance means more vendors and more vendors means more Dukes stuff.  Bring it on.  I bought most of these items from a single seller at the show that said it was his first time in Pittsburgh.  So it seems to be working.  These are license plate replicas of the General Lee and Daisy's Jeep.  They were probably produced by a certain TB. They cost about 15 bucks from him, but I was lucky enough to get them both for 8 dollars.  Score!  I have a couple CNH-320s, but never picked up a FCH-630.  It's interesting to note that both Daisy's Plymouth and her Jeep wore the FCH-630 tag.


After I bought the plates, I noticed the seller had quite a few Dukes items.  We made a package deal.  I think I made out quite a bit better than he did.  I got three 8 inch Mego figures in nearly perfect condition. The boys have the short sleeve shirts and Daisy's hair is in mostly good shape.  These Daisy figures often have crazy hair.


I also picked up an 8 inch Daisy Mego still in the package.  It's in good condition except for a crack in the top of the bubble.  I'm not complaining.


I like the artwork used on the  back of the Mego cards.  This card is un-punched.


Also in the package deal I got two plastic General Lees.  A Mego with figures and a HG plastic 1/25.


The Mego is in pretty good shape.  These is a little discoloration on the wheels and bumper.  The stickers are all crisp and intact.


What made this a great deal is the inclusion of the two figures.  Bo is pretty common, but a lot of people need a Luke to complete the pair.  Both of these figures are tight and their rubber band construction is in good shape.  This was a great buy.


The other General Lee is from HG toys.  It originally came in one of a few playsets from 1980.  The larger playset came with the white plastic Boss Hogg hat or you could just buy this car and a toy CB radio.  The car is in decent condition but the stickers are a little rough.  With the popularity of the show on the rise once again thanks to CMT's HD airings, the Dukes gain new fans everyday.  I was hoping to find a Dukes toy for a cousin of mine that recently discovered the Dukes, and this is it.  He will love it.


This car looks a lot better than Mego's General.  Good job HG.


Another seller had a few Dukes watches and these Dynamite magazines.  I don't need any more watches, but I only had one of these books.  I was able to get all three for a good price.  It's funny.  I found these two sellers with Dukes items pretty early at the Con, and didn't see another Dukes thing the rest of the show. Weird how that works out.  I'm going to be on vacation when the next Steel City Con is going on, so I'll miss that and go to the December show.  I hope it brings even more new vendors with even more Dukes stuff. And some interesting celebrity guests.


This is a weird item I picked up at a bargain price on ebay.  It appears to be a German version of The Dukes of Hazzard Racing for Home Playstation game.  What's that?  You would like a video presentation of this and all other Dukes video games?  Well it just so happens I spent quite a bit of time producing just that!  Check it out right here.


The front of the box looks like a poorly photoshopped mash of Dukes pictures.  The back is about the same. The only reason I think it is German is the captions under the pictures.  It seems like its an actual commercial release, but I can't be certain.  I hope it's not a bootleg, but if it is, it's a darn sure good one.


The disc is even weirder than the box.  It says "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Carmageddon."  That made up word is no where else on the package.  I doubt that is the German translation for "Racing for Home."  This is an all around weird addition to the collection, but an addition none the less.


This is a belt buckle I bought what seems like a long time ago.  I had to check my own posts to see if I mentioned it yet.  Seems I didn't.  It is the same kind as the Daisy one I got a few months ago.  The picture of the General Lee they used seems to have been taken with no regard to the background.  You can clearly see set pieces and back lot gear.  Interesting.


This one doesn't have a Warner Bros. sticker on the back like the Daisy one.


I have several packages of the Dukes card game from the makers on UNO.  But this one is unique as it appears to be just additional cards.  The other ones have card boxes included like a standard deck of cards. This is just cards.  The package is beat up, but I don't have this version and haven't seen it before, so I pounced on it.


The exclamations on the package are strange.  The left side has things that described the game, "Road Blocks," Speed Traps," and "Parking Tickets," but the right side has "A Really Wild Boss Hogg" and "Hazzard County Clout."  What?!?


It is a Wild and Wacky Card Game!


This is a girl's Dukes backpack I bought a while ago.  It comes from the same collection that I bought the General Lee Rough Rider from, and I've had it since then, but I was trying to clean it up a little.  It has some rust spots on it.  It was basically a "throw in" with the Rough Rider so I can't complain about the condition.  It is different and I'm glad to have it


It has been a good day for Megos.  I got these two Daisy's Jeep Megos in the same auction.  Neither are in perfect shape, but I didn't have one before so I made out.


The first is missing the Daisy figure and the box is rough.  I have several Daisy figures and might add one to the box for display.  The Jeep isn't connected to the box.  I only have the Gay Toys version of the Jeep which is non licensed.  So I might take this one out of the box to display with the other loose Mego cars.  Decisions decisions.


The back of the box is a little dark.  You can see more detail of the artwork on the next Jeep.


This one is in much better shape.  The box colors are more vibrant and the figure is included.  The plastic is ripped, but who cares?  It's over thirty years old.


The back features a great picture of Daisy and a nice shot of the actual Jeep .  It also mentions the other cars in the line.


Both sides of the box feature the same cartoon of Daisy driving her off-roader.  Notice the artwork has the incorrect "Daisy" text on the hood.  I'm glad the toy doesn't have this mistake on it, like several diecasts do.

I love the mention of "your collection" on the bottom of the box.  Way back in the beginning of the Golden Era of Dukes Collecting, they knew there would be crazy people like me obsessively hoarding all this stuff. But, no Mego, I will not cut out this picture.  As great as it is, I must keep the box intact! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1/43 General Lee Resin Replica from Auto World


At long last, the new Auto World 1/43 General Lee resin replica is out!  To celebrate, I took a billion pictures.


Auto World was told by Warner Brothers not to show the rebel flag on the outside of their Dukes of Hazzard packages, as was anyone currently producing Dukes products.  Their first attempt at adding a temporary orange stick over the flag seems to have brought them unwanted criticism.  People thought they committed an egregious act by removing the flag.  Auto World respects the General Lee too much to ever do that.  All of their releases since have had a sealed box with a side shot of the Gen'ral.  No reason to suspect the flag isn't there.  Good thinking.


The box for the 1/43 has the design we know and love.  It has the familiar pictures of the General on the sides.





It has the newer red Auto World stripe that was also on the 1/18 Plymouth and the slot cars.


Inside the box is another box that you can use to display the General in if you choose to look at the actual car.  I like that AW gives you options.


The back of the internal box is similar to the back of the external box, but it has the Silver Screens Machines logo on it.  It also says "1/43 Scale Resin Replica" where the external has that on the front.


The car comes with a display case and base.  This is my third 1/43 car and they all have cases.  It must be the norm with this scale car.


Like the other ones, the base is also labeled.


The car is very detailed.  It has an antenna and windshield wipers.  It lives up to the Auto World standard set by the king of Dukes replicas, the AW 1/18 General Lee.




Unlike diecast replicas, resin cars do not have moving parts like opening hoods.  The wheels barely move on this car.  It is surely a replica and not a toy.



The flag and text look great.



The interior is surprisingly detailed for a car of this size.  You can see details in the instrument panels and seat belts.  The roll bar looks great too.  


The wheels are also nearly perfect.  These are the best the General Lee wheels look and any replica beside the AW 1/18.

 


The bottom of the car has some detail along with 2013 copyright information for Warner Bros. and Round 2.  I wonder why it has 2013 and not 2014.  Maybe it has to do with when the was approved.


I've been waiting to take this picture since I received the other two, non-licensed, 1/43 scale resin Dukes of Hazzard vehicles.  The set is complete not.  These three cars look great together.  They were made to be together, by three different, seemingly foreign companies.


This makes me wish I had a 1/43 resin Boar's Nest to set up behind the cars.


The license plates all look correct, but the General is a little yellower.  But that is as consistent as they were on the show.   If Auto World or some random foreign company would like to add the Dukes 1/43 collection, we still need Daisy's Jeep, Uncle Jesse's Pickup, and Cooter's Tow Truck.  Come on world, we can do this.


It is a shame that the three cars are in such different boxes.  They don't look right displayed together in the box.  The Rosco display case is only slightly smaller than the General's, but the Caddy is way too big.  Much better to display them out of the box together.


I had to compare the two Auto World replicas.  This is the 1/18 and the new 1/43.


The wheels look great on both.  The 1/43 might even look a little better.


The 01s on both also look great.


The CNH-320 plate looks the same on both.


It seems maybe AW listened to my complaining about the rebel flag front plate.  It is a staple on tribute General Lees, but it wasn't used on the show.  Good move AW not including it.


The flags and text match on the two cars.


I love doing these kind pictures.  This is the most detailed car in each scale.


We have the AW 1/18 in the back, the Danbury Mint 1/24 General Lee, the 1/36 Corgi General Lee, the new 1/43 from AW, Johnny Lightning's Dukes of Hazzard Series 3 1/64 General Lee, and the Racing Champion 1/144 General Lee.  All of these cars are diecast except the new 1/43.




These shots are fun to take and play with.  I love having so many General Lees.


The new Auto World 1/43 is only slightly smaller than the Corgi 1/36.  


But the level of detail is worlds apart.  The AW blows the Corgi out of the water, or off the dirt road.


The Danbury Mint General is similar to the new 1/43, but has all the nice moving parts that the AW doesn't.  The decals on the AW look better.


These are the three highly detailed General Lee replicas.  The two by AW and the Danbury Mint.  They are the best General Lee replicas you can buy.


Auto World's recent line of Dukes of Hazzard Silver Screen Machines is impressive.  The 1/43 resin General Lee joins the assortment of slot car General Lees, the 1/18 Daisy Duke Plymouth, and the 1/18 Lee.  The Hazzard County Pursuit Police Car is due to be released in a couple of weeks and will join the line.   I told you I took a lot of pictures.

Our friend Kevin Clark took his photography and design talent to the three Dukes 1/43 cars and sent me this very cool advertisement.  This shot looks professional, thanks Kevin!