The long wait is finally over! Well actually, we only first found out about these in April, but the few months wait is finally over. Entertainment Earth has released their exclusive series 3 of Figure Toy Company's much loved Dukes of Hazzard action figure line. Series 3 is comprised of episode specific variations of characters. They are only released in 8 inch form and are limited. You can order yours by clicking on the Entertainment Earth button on the right of this here blog. Let's check them out.
The packages are the same as series 1 and 2. I really like the design that went into these.
I like that these exclusive figures are officially Series 3 in the line.
There is a nice bold Entertainment Earth stick on the bubble of each figure. Thank you very much EE for making these variant figures possible.
The backs of the figures have the same image as series 1 and 2. Three is not shown. The individual figure's character image is also on the back.
The world rejoiced when Tom Wopat and John Schneider returned to the Dukes of Hazzard after sitting out for eighteen episodes. Read about that here. In the story line, the Duke Boys chased their dream of becoming professional race car drivers. When Coy and Vance needed to go help Aunt Bessie at her farm, the real Duke Boys snuck back in to Hazzard still wearing their race suits. When they took off their helmets, all of Hazzard rejoiced too. Bo and Luke in their orange race jump suits from "Welcome Back Bo n' Luke" start off series 3.
Figures Toy Co got the details of the suits right. "Octoline," "Salzar Radials," and "Christy Batteries" are all represented on as sponsors. These are, of course, made up sponsors. I wonder why they photoshopped them out of the image used on the package, but used them on the actual figures. There are things we will never know.
I think I prefectly recreated the image used on the package. I should do more classic Dukes photo recreation with these figures.
I wonder who designed the look-a-like sponsor logos for the episode?
In the show, the two suits weren't exactly the same, there were a few different logos here and there, but you could never tell unless you meticulously google searched it. (That's not at all what I just did.) These figures look great and really bring back memories of that great moment when we got our Duke Boys back.
Bo and Luke have different colored boots on. They are the same colors as the individual character's standard figure boots.
Each jump suit has an American flag on the sleeves.
We never see the backs of the jump suits but we all know they didn't have the show logo on them. Though it is not show accurate, I really like that Figures Toy Company didn't just leave the spaces on their backs blank. The show logo looks very good on the back of the jump suits and doesn't take away from the figure at all.
Season three's episode "Baa Baa White Sheep" introduced us to Boss Hogg's long lost twin brother Abraham Lincoln Hogg. The episode also bolstered the '80s kid's fear of quicksand, but that's for another time.
Abe Hogg was as straight as Boss was crooked. His name was even the opposite of Boss's. Get it? J.D. stood for Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president. Their mom must have known they would contradict each other. Ah, '80s TV cliches. There are a couple published press photos of Sorrell Booke dressed as Abe, but Figures used a standard picture of Boss and photoshopped the suit black. They did and excellent job in doing so.
His full name would fit on the package, though the joke is kind of lost without it.
When the idea of variant figures was bounced around, Abe Hogg was an obvious choice. He is just Boss in black clothes. The figure came out perfectly.
Somehow the black suit makes him look like a nicer guy. This man wouldn't foreclose on your farm or frame your cousins.
Next up is Daisy Duke in her red bikini. All the way back in "One Armed Bandits" (episode 1, like you didn't know) we saw sweet Daisy in her bikini helping the boys by distracting the truck drivers. I think she has been distracting us ever since. This figure was a no-brainer. Great job FTC and EE.
Not only did we get bikini Daisy, but we also got another great Hazzard Police uniform with Officer Daisy Duke.
In a season two episode, Daisy joined Hazzard's finest after Bo and Luke got her fired from the Boar's Nest.
I have been singing the praises of Figures Toy Company's rendition of the Hazzard County police uniform since last year. They did an excellent job with Rosco, then Enos and Cletus, and did not disappoint with Daisy.
The badge, tie clip, patch and flag all look great. This may be my favorite police figure of the bunch.
I've said many times that my favorite episode is "Ghost of General Lee" but a close second would be "Carnival of Thrills." It has everything that makes a great Dukes episode; stunts, fighting, stunts, love stories, races, stunts, and a happy ending involving stunts. This figure is a great representation of Bo in his Carnival jumpsuit.
You only saw Bo in different clothes a few times. Once he wore this jump suit, and that time he returned to Hazzard from driving NASCARs. You pretty much have every Bo appearance when you get his three figures. (Ok, he and Luke did wear police outfits once.)
I really like the design used in the episode. We also got a few 1/64 diecasts with the Carnival of Thrills designs from Johnny Lightning.
I like the inclusion of the 01 on Bo's suit. Just like on the show.
Again, FTC added the Dukes logo on the back of the jump suit, and again it really works. I think it's funny that no character ever says the words "The Dukes of Hazzard" a single time in the series. Only Waylon says it, and not too many times.
Now let's compare the figures. Bo is ready to break a record jumping the Gen'ral and win the circuit cup.
The more I look at them, the more I like the inclusion of the logo on the jump suits.
Here are all six figures in series 3. Again, series 3 is an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. You can only get these figures from them and if you are going to order them, why not support the DukesCollector blog by first clicking on the EE logo on the right of this blog.
Boss and Abe are rarely ever seen together. And when they are, there is usually an odd straight line going down the screen.
That is a police force that would make any county proud.
Daisy's deputy hat is the same as Enos and Cletus's.
Three great looking Daisys.
And three awesome Bos.
Love the logo.
Luke feels a little left out that his cousins got three figures and he only has two. But it's ok. Boxer Luke from "In This Corner Luke Duke" was one of my suggestions to FTC, but I'm not complaining.
If you would have told me two years ago that we would have 15 different Dukes of Hazzard figures, 9 of which are in 2 sizes, I would never have believed you. We have all of the major characters and 6 variants. This is amazing. Figures Toy Company and Entertainment Earth are great companies. Dukes of Hazzard fans are very grateful that they went after the license and were granted it from Warner Bros. Thank you to everyone involved in creating these great figures!