I recently bought a couple of Dukes items that had a Barn Busting theme.
After posting about the different Speed Jumper sets, and discussing it with James, aka Uncle Jesse, the Dukes Knickerbocker playset aficionado, I decided I needed another Dukes of Hazzard Barnbuster set. I have one that I bought at a flea market when I was about eleven, but I lost the box. I saw this one on eBay. The set isn't in perfect shape, but the box looked great. Just what I needed.
The General doesn't have any stickers, and the crates and barrels are missing, but I have those from my original set, and I have quite a few of these Generals.
The box is very nice and colorful. The back has the same artwork but with fewer colors. I like how the General Lee is referred to as the "The Super General Lee Stunt Charger." They added a spoiler to the General to help it with wheel stands. They also added it to the General on the box. It never comes out of the barn "skiing" though, like it is on the box. It always busts through the barn doing a wheelie.
I also grabbed these children's pajamas on eBay at a good price. I didn't notice until they were delivered that the art on them is almost identical to the Barnbuster box.
They took the spoiler off the back of the General, but it was obviously created from the same artwork. I got these two items about a day or two apart. Quite the coincidence.
This promotional picture from the movie always reminded me of the artwork for the Barnbuster. Makes me think that the cinematographer or director of photography shot this scene as an homage to the popular toy set. "Let's bust through a barn and come out on two wheels like that old toy." Yep, I bet that's what they said.
I couldn't help but play with my new toys. I set up the Barnbuster and also got out the Speed Jumper sets I got recently. I figured might as well do a little video blogging for the "DukesCollector" readers.
My sticker-less General does a pretty good job through the barn. It even "popped a wheelie on one wheel" like it says on the box.