Friday, January 29, 2016

New Dukes Stuff - Dukes of Hazzard Big Wheel - Power Cycle

So far 2016 has been a great rare Dukes of Hazzard items year.  I just added the Dukes Big Wheel to my collection.

The greatest perk of this blog is when people find me with awesome Dukes pieces to sell.  I made some new friends that happened to be somewhat local.  The trike has some wear on it and has been loved, but is in great displayable condition and was only ridden indoors.  I'm thankful for that.

The Dukes of Hazzard licensed version was made by Coleco and is not actually a Big Wheel but a Power Cycle.  Apparently the maker's of the original Big Wheel went bankrupt in 1981 and sold off their name and molds.  Coleco, makers of the famous Dukes Pedal Car, bought the molds but another company bought the name.  Even though it's officially a Power Cycle, it's a Dukes Big Wheel to me.

My Big Wheel no longer has the seat that included a picture of our three favorite cousins as well as a rebel flag.  But all the decals that are present are in great condition and have a nice patina to them.

The 01s on the fork are the roughest decals.  They seem to have faded to white somewhat.  Amazingly, the Dukes of Hazzard and Power Cycle decals on the wheels are complete and in good condition.

The General Lee text is very similar to the actual text on the roof of the car.  The G is a little more rounded on the real car.

I really like the hi beam head light button decal as well as the instrument panel.
 "Wear shoes at all times," but no mention of a helmet.  Ah, the 80's.

The stars on the wheels are exactly like the ones on the real General Lee...wait.

The Coleco Power Cycle had many popular licenses in the '80s including Knight Rider, Transformers, Smurfs, Pac Man, and Sesame Street.

I'm really happy to add this coveted Dukes item to the collection.  It is pretty rare and tough to find in good condition.  I'm still looking for one in the box, but this bad boy looks great and I'm so glad to have it.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Dukes Stuff - 1/13/2016 - Holy Grail Archery Set!

Let's start off 2016 with a Holy Grail!  But let's not start off this post with it.

The first item in this post full of awesome new golden era items is a weird one.  I first saw this item on ebay way back more than ten years ago.  I was outbid then.  I've never seen another until recently. Patience!  It's called the Sears UNO Family Fun Pack.  It includes four family card games.  One of those games happens to be the Dukes of Hazzard Card Game.

Sears put this fun package together, most likely for the Christmas season.  Also included, along with the Dukes game are classic UNO, UNO99, and Catchword.  I have no idea what UNO99 and Catchword are.

The Dukes game is packaged on the bottom.  It is in the same box as the standard release.

All four games are shrink wrapped together with a Family Fun Pack box.  This is a great piece.  It seems like a very rare item as I've only seen maybe two others.  I'm really happy I can finally add it to the collection.

The Dukes of Hazzard Card Game has been released on a blister pack as well as wrapped with no package.  It must have been a popular game to have so many different versions.  I have quite a few open versions, though I've never played it.  One of these days I should.

Staying in the cards category, my pal John picked up some random Dukes trading cards.  I have all three complete series as well as unopened packs, but always love getting more.  John is always looking out for Dukes items for me.  He is an auctioneer so he's in the right business for finding some great stuff.  Always love when John says he found something for me.  Keep it up JP!

The next item is the Dukes of Hazzard Two Speed Stunt Buster by Knickerbocker.  Knickerbocker was really taking advantage of the Dukes license in the early '80s.  You've seen the Dukes Barn Buster, the Speed Jumper, the Italian Autorodeo, and the individually carded Stunt Buster.  This is the Stunt Buster Action Stunt Set that is very similar to the Barn Buster but includes a General Lee that is similar to the one included in the Speed Jumper that has the two speed function.  Got all that?

This package is complete and in great condition.  I saw it at a toy show and had to have it.  I'm surprised I didn't already have one, but as you can see, there are many similar packages.

The General Lee included is the two speed version that has a little switch on the bottom that makes it go faster when activated by the ramp.  The Barn Buster version doesn't have the switch.  They look almost identical.  The doors are usually broken in these sets.  The barrels and hay bales are often lost. This set has it all.

The barn included is put together and has the stickers applied.  It can't be taken apart without removing the stickers, so it doesn't fit in the box.  The Barn Buster barn has a bigger base that includes a ramp and a little swamp.

With the barn not fitting in the box, I'm really surprised the box is in such good condition and not bent.  The back is very colorful and advertises other Knickerbocker items like the Speed Jumper and the Finger Racers.  Knickerbocker made some great Dukes toys.

The directions are included and in great shape.  I really like the illustrations.

The drawings of the General Lee look more like a Charger than the actual product.

Also included is a mailaway form for an individually packaged Stunt Buster General Lee.  This is so cool.   You only had until February of 1983 to send away for the car.  I just missed it.  The car cost $5.99 and shipping was 78¢.  That seems high for the car and low for the shipping.  I guess it evened out.  This addition is a great piece on its own.

And now to that Holy Grail!  I can't believe I got the Dukes of Hazzard Archery Set.  I'm so excited about this one.  The Dukes of Hazzard Archery Set is one of the rarest production items from the golden era.  Not exactly as rare as the mythical Dukes Swimming Pool, but up there.

I met a wonderful fellow Dukes fan named Julie who I got the set from.  I'm very happy to have met her as I bought some great items from her that I will be blogging about for some time.  She bought this set new way back when.  She's kept it in great condition.  There are just a few punctures in the plastic.  Bo and Luke are enjoying being on the Archery Set.

The set includes the bow, three arrows, a belt, a quiver, and the package has a target printed on it.The quiver has a picture of Bo, Luke, and Daisy.

This is a different sort of item that doesn't focus on the General Lee like most Dukes toys.  The Dukes' bow and arrows played a big part in the show going back to the first episodes.  Toy manufactures knew young fans didn't just want to drive like the Duke cousins, but wanted to do everything they did.

HG created the Archery Set.  They also made the Playset that includes the white plastic Boss Hogg hat, the belt, and plastic General Lee.

The back of the box doesn't have any graphics.  The Archery Set is so rare and it will hold a very special place in my collection.  I'm so happy to have it.  I love capturing those Holy Grails!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dukes Christmas Presents & 2015, A DukesCollector Review

Christmas brought some more great Dukes of Hazzard items under my tree.  Actually only one of these items are for me, but they are still awesome.

The first item is something I bought my mother.  She is a master puzzle builder and loves a new challenge.  Back in June, I stumbled across a new puzzle by White Mountain Puzzles called "Games We Played."  I found another another version of the puzzle in a different box.  I thought my mom would enjoy putting it together.  I'm gonna ask her if I can add it to the collection after she is completes it.

My cousin got my mom a different puzzle for Christmas.  This one is also by White Mountain Puzzles entitled "Television History."  Someone at White Mountain loves them Dukes.

I don't think my cousin even noticed, but right there on the puzzle are Bo and Luke with the Gen'ral and Cousin Daisy in all her glory.  It was an unexpected Dukes item!  The puzzle is a collage of hundreds of TV icons.  I'm really glad the Dukes are so well represented.  The General Lee is right in between Captain Kangaroo and Captain Kirk, that's some some heavy military brass right there!  Hopefully this puzzles will find its way in the collection too.  Merry Christmas Mom!

Jeffrey (should I even link to his blog anymore cause he rarely updates it) always come through at Christmas.  This year he did not disappoint with this awesome art print of the General Lee.  This thing is a beauty!  Jeff got it through his connections in the comic book world.  It's great having a friend who is so deep into comic creation.

The background isn't just yellow.  There is a collage of old Dukes of Hazzard ads and posters.  The artist did his homework.

Several of these ads were featured in a blog I did in 2012.  Check it out.  I really like how the artist made the background.  This is an awesome present.  Thanks Jeff!

2015 had its ups and downs for Dukes of Hazzard fans.  Let's take a look back.

The Dukes of Hazzard movie was released ten years ago.  I wrote several blog posts looking back at my time on the set, at the Hollywood Premiere, and the items that were released.  

In April, we lost a member of the Dukes of Hazzard family.  James Best is with his Little Fat Buddy in the sky.  We sure do miss you Rosco.

There were some issues with the rebel flag that led to the Dukes of Hazzard being pulled from television.  Here's hoping we see it again on TV in 2016. 

Cooter's Place returned to where it all began in 2015.  Along with Nashville and Gatlinburg, Ben and Alma opened Cooter's In the Country in good 'ol Sperryville, home of the original Cooter's Place.  Needless to say, I spent a lot of time there this year.  We had a great grand opening, and Daisy, Dorothy Best, Cletus, Enos, and Luke have all visited already.  2016 is going to be a huge year for Cooter's in the Country.  We have a huge announcement planned!

We saw some great times released in 2015.  Though a custom piece, I had to include my wonderful Lego General Lee created by Cody at C3Brix.  It is such an awesome addition to the collection.  May saw two releases.  Auto World gave us the General Lee before it was orange with the 1/18 Happy Birthday General Lee diecast.  Shortly after, we got Series 2 of Figures Toy Company's Dukes of Hazzard figures.  Daisy, Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Enos, and Cletus, were all released in 8 inch and 12 inch figures.  A few months later we were surprised with a Series 3 of Dukes figures.  It consisted of special edition figures exclusive to Entertainment Earth that included Welcome Back Bo & Luke, Carnival of Thrills Bo, Abraham Lincoln Hogg, and two Daisys, Deputy Daisy Duke, and Bikini Daisy!  They are awesome.  All of the Dukes figures as well as other items can be purchased through the link on the top right of the blog that takes you to EE's website.  Clicking that link supports the blog.  Right in the middle of the flag controversy, we finally got the complete Dukes of Hazzard series in a DVD Box Set.  It was plain old bad timing.  But a great set.  The price for the box set has been up and down, but I'm very happy we finally got it.  I'm really hoping we get the glorious HD versions in Blu-ray someday soon.  Halloween saw the release of costumes portraying Boss Hogg, Rosco P. Coltrane, and Daisy Duke.  In December, our pal Tom Wopat released the Christmas album he did with John Schneider, on vinyl.  I held the first ever DukesCollector contest and gave away some autographed copies.  That was a lot of fun.

2015 had a few low points, but it had so many high ones.  I met so many more great follow fans of the Dukes of Hazzard and had countless wonderful Dukes experiences.  Here's to a great 2016 filled with orange cars, Dukes toys, cast members, and fellow fans!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tom Wopat at Cooter's In The Country

Did I mention that I love once again having Cooter's Place within driving distance?  It's incredible.  I made another day trip on Saturday to Sperryville and hung out with good ol' Luke Duke himself, Tom Wopat.

Cooter's In The Country is such a perfect destination.  I think I've been there a half a dozen times this year.  And it only opened in May!

There was a very nice crowd there to see Tom.  They weathered the bitter cold of December. Actually it felt more like summer time.  It was about 75 degrees and sunny.  I think I'll have a tan for Christmas.

Always prepared, Ben and Alma had a tent set up in case it got cold.  

The tent kept the beating sun off of those at the front of the line instead.

Tom had a great time meeting fans and talking Dukes.  

Could this be the greatest Christmas tree of all time?  I love everything on it and under it.  That's a Hazzard Christmas right there.

The crew at Cooter's moved a few shelves around.  Every time I go there, I'm just so proud that I got to set this stuff up.

They added a penny press machine that has Sperryville on it.  Come to think of it, I forgot to get some pennies.  Oh darn, now I have to go back.

A fellow fan had this great looking pedal car.  He had everyone's signature except Tom's.  Now he has them all.  Very cool piece.

Michael set up a merchandise table outside near the line.  People were buying Dukes stuff like crazy.

This is a cool early model year of a newer Charger.  I like the custom fenders that make it look more like a General Lee era Charger.

Ben signed the car before posing for a picture.

Ben was also signing autographs throughout the day.

This General Lee is one of the remaining 17 that were screen used.  It is a piece of history.

The owner is keeping it in original condition to preserve its legacy.

It doesn't get more authentic than this flag and these 01s.  It's always special to see one of these screen used cars.

Couldn't think of a better plate for this car.  Even took the extra step of making it 01 and just 1 of 17.

I think I'll make it a tradition to hang out with Tom in December of each year.  Last year I interviewed him and John, and  this year we hung out at Cooter's.  I wonder what next year will bring!

Oh yeah... There's something big in the works at Cooter's Place.  More info to come!