Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Entire Line of Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 Diecast Cars - All 40 - Post 3 of 4: Authentics and JLs

Well, it seems the break between post 2 and post 3 was longer than expected.  I didn't do any blogging at the beach this year, but sure played a lot of volleyball.  Keep an eye on my youtube page for that video.  Ok, let's get back to 1/18 Dukes of Hazzard cars.  

Ertl's American Muscle line was still alive, even though the General Lee had been moved to Joyride.  Ertl created a high end line of cars with extreme detail called American Muscle Authentics.  The greatest 1/18 of them all had to be a part of it.  For the first time since 2000, a new mold was used to create the 1969 Dodge Charger and the most detailed General Lee was born.

The American Muscle Authentics General Lee was released in 2007 and was a very big deal for Ertl and collectors.  Ertl advertised the car heavily online and many retailers posted pre-sales and advertisements for it.  It was worth the fanfare as it is on a different level of detail from all the previous General Lee 1/18s.  The box has the same brown box theme and features a gold embossed Authentics logo.  The box window has an Authentics sticker that proclaims the car has over 200 parts.  So many pieces are new to the release.  The wheels are much closer to the actual American Racing Vector wheels, the new roll bar is more authentic, the trunk finally opens and includes a spare tire, the General even comes with its signature tear drop base antenna, and the graphics are bolder and closer to the show.  Nearly everything about this car is better than the older releases.  Nearly everything, but not everything.  The car has the Charger logo on the side of the car behind the window.  Some Chargers had that, but never any Generals.  A tiny detail that got under my skin was the headlight covers were up showing the lights while the car was in the box.  Perhaps that was included to show off the working headlight doors, but the General Lee was rarely ever depicted with the light doors up so I didn't like that detail.  You can easily close the doors if you open the box.  The antenna, even though it's the first time a 1/18 Gen'ral was included with one, is criminally small.  But all in all, it's a great representation of the General Lee in highly detailed fashion... they just got a few details wrong.

The American Muscle Authentics General Lee has a new description on the box, exclusive to the Authentics line.  It reads: "The Dukes of Hazzard followed the exploits of cousins Bo and Luke Duke (just a couple of good ol' boys) and their kin as they tried to have fun and stay one step ahead of the corrupt local sheriff.  The details on this Authentics General Lee will make you feel like you're on the dusty back roads of Hazzard County yourself!"  I like it.  It's a bilingual box.

The RC2 logo is back on this one.

The back also features a description of all the details that were added to the car including authentically welded closed doors, trunk mounted CB antenna, authentic General Lee graphics, roll cage, working suspension and drivetrain, wires, plugs and hoses, and the detailed 440 engine.  This car is almost the best representation of the General Lee in 1/18.  It was the best when it was released, but got dethroned a few years later.  More on that in the next post.

Supercar Collectibles returned to the Dukes fold in 2007 with two exclusive versions of the Authentics General Lee.  The first was the 1 of 150 black General Lees.  Taking the same mold and parts of the Authentic General Lee and painting it black, this exclusive car is often referred to as the Happy Birthday General Lee, much like the first black 1/18 Gen'ral.  It features the Vector wheels and roll bar that the black Charger from the Happy Birthday episode didn't yet feature.  The front and back license plates read 1 of 150 as a way of showing it off exclusivity.  There is a Supercar Collectibles sticker on the box window.

It features the same box as the previous Authentics General Lee.  It was released in 2007.

The second Supercar Collectibles Authentics exclusive General Lee is different from the others.  It is similar to the 252 car the Supercar released a couple years earlier in that it's a black Charger with the General Lee's uniform.  It's not dirty like the 252 car though.  The odd thing about this release is that it's in a standard American Muscle Authentics Dodge Charger box.  It's labeled as a Dodge Charger and not the General Lee.  As a matter of fact, the General Lee nor the Dukes of Hazzard are mentioned anywhere on the box.  Not even a mention of Warner Bros. which doesn't seem all the legal.  Strange.

The back of the box features images of a standard Dodge Charger highly detailed 1/18.  It lists all the details that were added to the line.

The bottom also doesn't have any WB legal information.  This is the box a regular Dodge Charger came in.  It also came out in 2007 and is quite hard to track down these days.  These three American Muscle Authentics were the last General Lee 1/18s to bear any name like Ertl, American Muscle, or RC2.  They were also the last Dukes 1/18s to be produced for a while.  The streak of a new Dukes 1/18 for each year of the new century would end with 2007 being the last year and 2008 through 2010 were dark years for Dukes 1/18s, but certainly not for other Dukes products.  Models, t-shirts, and 1/64s were released in those few years, but no 1/18s.

Then a new name got into the Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 mix.  Johnny Lightning!  Johnny Lightning is a familiar brand to us in Hazzard County.

We all remember the massive line of Dukes of Hazzard 1/64s that JL unleashed from 2006 through 2010.  While Ertl was bringing us Hazzard County in 1/18 scale, Johnny Lightning gave us nearly every car to be shown on screen.  It's a super collection and includes cars such as Hughie Hogg's VW, Lucifer, the #44 Buick National, Grey Ghost, and Black Tillie.  It was only a matter of time until JL tackled 1/18 Dukes.

Going forward, there is no more Ertl in the Dukes game.  They are still around, and a leader in farm equipment replicas, but they haven't produced any Dukes in a long time.  They two big names in this and the next blog post are Tomy and Round 2.  RC2 which was the corporation formed when Ertl and Racing Champions joined forces was purchased by Tomy, a Japanese company that has ties back to the original Transformers toys, in 2011.  Johnny Lightning was already a part of RC2 at the time.  Round 2, the parent company of Auto World that had ties to Ertl and American Muscle would later revive JL, but first compete with them in Hazzard County.  All of the remaining cars on this post and the next one will be from either JL or AW, and most came out after I started this blog, so they have probably been covered in detail here on ol'  DukesCollector.  That doesn't mean I didn't take fresh pictures of them and I will still go into detail about each one.  Now that the history lesson is over, let's get back to it.

The first Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 to bear the JL logo looks basically the same as the last Dukes 1/18 to bear the Joyride logo.  Really there is no difference.  It is the standard body, the same one that has been released since 2000.  It is not the highly detailed version.  Besides the different logos, they are the same car and the same box.  There is one difference. The JL doesn't have the license plates.  No CHN 320 on the back, and no flag on the front.  But that's it.

The description is the same. It's the "mostly in cars" description that doesn't mention the Gen'ral.  The pictures are also the same.

The Dodge logo has been updated and the bottom of the box now features JL's website.  

I wonder why so many different cars had or didn't have the plates.  Confusing.

Wanna talk confusing?  This is where it get's very confusing.  In 2011,  we saw the release of the 1/18 General in a box that only had different logos from the Joyride box.  In 2012, JL released another version of General Lee, this time the box was identical to the last release, except for one tiny detail.

The logo for the parent company Tomy was added to the box.  In blue letters in a white box.  Between Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 collectors (me and Dave DeWitt) this car is called the "white Tomy JL General Lee."

It has the same box and the same pictures we've seen before.  The car is the same and does not include license plate stickers.

Once Johnny Lightning came into the fray, they didn't just bring the General Lee with them.  They also went back to the Ertl archives and re-released the 1974 Dodge Monaco.  This time labeled as "Rosco's Police Car" the Hazzard County cruiser was again the wrong year.  JL did make a huge improvement on this car by giving us the correct looking lightbar.  This car came out in 2012.  I posted an in depth review of this car when I first received it in October of 2012.

The box features pictures of the actual product and has the same "mostly in cars" description.  It also features the white Tomy logo.

The light bar is a huge improvement over the Joyride version from 2007.  The Johnny Lightning Rosco's Police Car came out in 2012.

Johnny Lightning is known for their chase variants known as White Lightnings.  They are versions of cars with a special trait, usually white tires that are generally 2% of the manufacturing run.  They are randomly placed in shipping cartons.  There is a White Lightning variant for each Dukes JL 1/64 car and once JL entered the Dukes 1/18 arena, I knew there would be more chase cars to hunt down.  Oddly enough, to my knowledge, there is no WL version of the no Tomy 2011 JL 1/18 General Lee.  The first Dukes 1/18 to get the WL treatment was Rosco's Police Car.

Released at the same time as the standard car, and in the same box, the White Lightning version features white rubber tires.  I never opened mine, but I suspect some part of the engine is also white.

In 2012, JL didn't just stop at the Hazzard Police Station, they also brought us a version of Buzz's Double Zero Ford Mustang.  I called it the "Fall Season of new Dukes diecasts" when I first got this car because so many Dukes 1/18s were hitting the market.  You can read my original review here.  I took issue with the naming of this car because we all know it was only seen in the first reunion movie and Cooter certainly never drove it.  It's officially known as "Cooter's Ford Mustang" but should be called "Buzz's Ford Mustang" or just "The Double Aero Mustang."  In my review I noted that JL had made the mistake of naming it Cooter's Mustang in a 1/64 set that itself was a re-release of a RC2 set from 2006 that first made the mistake.  JL just used the information they had on file.  I guess we can't blame them for not firing up the reunion movie DVDs before bringing a new product to market.  This car also has the white Tomy logo.

The back of the box features a picture of the diecast car and has the "mostly in cars" description.  I guess they kept using that one because it doesn't mention a particular car.

Similar to the American Muscle Double Zero that came out in 2001, the 2012 JL Double Zero had the 00 on the license plate.  But no Hazzard County like the previous one.

Like Rosco's Police Car, the Mustang had a White Lightning chase version.  The white tires really stand out against the blue car.

You might have missed the white tires on the white Rosco car, but there is no missing them on the blue Mustang.

The final car that is labeled as being released in 2012 (it actually came out in January 2013) is the first Johnny Lightning Dukes 1/18 that is not a re-release.  It's the #99 Cooter's Chevy Camaro.  Also in a white Tomy box, this car was seen in the season 1 episode "Luke's Love Story."  Cooter planned on entering this car in the big race against the General Lee, Enos's race car, and Amy Creevy's Lucifer.  I really thought Johnny Lightning would release a 1/18 version of the other two cars from that race in 1/18 as they were both in their 1/64 line, but all Dukes products were suspended in 2015.  Maybe those cars were in the works, or  maybe we'll see them down the road one day.

Again, the box doesn't describe the car, but anyone out there that might want to know the history of this car hopefully googled it and wound up here on DukesCollector.  I reviewed this car upon its release in 2013.

The final car of part 3 of this blog post is the White Lightning version of Cooter's Camaro.  Much like the Mustang, you can't miss the bold white tires.

We're almost home on this massive series of posts.  In the final chapter, we'll look at a few more Johnny Lightnings and then finish off with Auto World's foray into 1/18 Hazzard County.  Like ol' Waylon says, ain't this fun?

The Entire Line of Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 Diecast Cars - All 40 - Post 1 of 4: American Muscle

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Entire Line of Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 Diecast Cars - All 40 - Post 2 of 4: The Joyride Cars

Remember when the Dukes of Hazzard went to commercial and there was a freeze frame?  We're back just like that with another post filled to the brim with Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 diecast cars!  Waylon told you to stick around, and I'm glad you did.  

Ertl's American Muscle line of cars mostly consisted of popular muscle cars.  It included the General Lee early on, but after the popularity of the Dukes of Hazzard cars grew to great heights, Ertl decided to build a whole line around the Gen'ral that included other "star cars" outside of the Dukes.  Ertl's new brand was called Joyride.  Besides the General Lee, other cars in Ertl's Joyride line include KITT, Ecto-1, The Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino, The Flintstone's Flintmobile, the Mystery Machine, Bandit's Trans Am, Austin Powers' Shaguar, the Bluesmobile, and a variety of cars from the James Bond movies and early Fast and the Furious movies.  Replicas of Orange County Choppers were also included in the Joyride line.  The Joyride line wouldn't exist without the popularity of the American Muscle General Lee cars from a few years before.  

The first 1/18 General Lee that bore the Joyride logo was released in 2003.  It is the final car to come out in the "flag box."  The only difference between this car and previous releases is the Joyride logo replacing the American Muscle logo above the Dukes logo.  It does say "The General Lee" like the Barris cars, as opposed to just "General Lee" like the previous cars in the American Muscle line.

The box is bilingual and has everything in English and French.  It has the same description of the show and car as the majority of the American Muscle cars.  So you don't have to go back and re-read the previous post, but feel free to do so, here is the blurb again: "Recreate the action and excitement of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' TV series with the authentic die cast replica of the famous 'General Lee.'  The General Lee is without question the most famous car on television.  The Good Ol' Boys, cousins Bo and Luke Duke, race around Hazzard County avoiding brushes with the law in their indestructible 1969 Dodge Charger.  This bright orange, Southern dirt road express, with the Confederate Flag on it's roof, racing numbers on it's doors, and signature dixie horn steals the show and is always the hero in the end!"

The car is identical to the previous versions.  The only difference is the box.

The bottom of the box features the new RC2 logo.  RC2 stands for Racing Champions Corporation.  They acquired Ertl a few years earlier.  This is one of the cars I didn't know existed until I was planning for this blog series.  I assumed the first use of the Joyride logo was the next car.  Dave DeWitt and I had our lists pretty much finalized, but then I noticed the Joyride logo on a flag box on ebay.  It a bizarre twist of luck, two of these cars popped up on the auction site at the same time, within hours of each other, and both me and Dave were able to add them to our collection.  I probably just never noticed the different logo on the flag box before, but I haven't seen any since and I have the feeling this is a rarer variation.  

I call this one the Joyride Box General Lee.  The first Dukes 1/18 in a non-flag box came out in 2004.  For those keeping track at home, that's a different General Lee in each year of the new millennium.  The Joyride box is more in line with all the other cars in the Joyride line.  You can find KITT and the Gran Torino in similar boxes that just have their license logos on the left but have the same orange and blue design.  The box features a picture of the 1/25 diecast General Lee, which is an odd choice.  It's obviously a picture of a toy and not a glamour shot of a real General Lee like before.

The back of the box features the same blurb we know and love.  It is bilingual and also features new pictures of the Dukes.

The pictures featured on the back are familiar ones.  The shot of Daisy with the boys wearing the cowboy hats was taken before filming started in Georgia.  The other shot is from season two when the look was more standard.

I really don't know why Joyride/Ertl would include a picture of the 1/25 car on the box.  The same picture is on the similarly themed 1/25 Joyride General Lee, but I would think they would want to use the most detailed car for the box, that being the 1/18.

The Joyride logo is big on each side of the box.  That is why I call it the Joyride box.  You can't miss the logo.  A few other cast pictures are included on the top.  

Both of these shots were also taken before filming started.  I've heard John and Tom both say they hated those cowboy hats.  They just didn't fit the characters.

The bottom of the box has the same information as the other boxes, just with a different design.

My Joyride Box standard General Lee is on a grey base with the American Muscle logo on it.  That's a weird addition because the American Muscle logo isn't anywhere else on the box and all other bases are black.

A year later a chase version of the Joyride Box General Lee came out.  It's another dirty version.  This dirty car looks very different that the flag box Dirty General.  The mud is applied finer as if it was still raining when the Duke Boys drove through a puddle.  The earlier car has bigger chunks of mud as if they actually drove in a mud puddle.  The wheels are dirtier on this version and you can barely tell they are silver.

The box is the same as the standard version.

It is dated 2005.  

When I started writing this series of posts, I knew there was one car I didn't have.  The Supercar Collectibles 1 of 252 Dirty Black Limited Edition General Lee.  Throughout the years I tried to track one down, but being limited to only 252 copies, I never got my hands on one.  I decided to write the blog without it and just use a picture of Dave's version.  While writing this post one popped up on ebay at an incredible price and I couldn't buy it fast enough.  Now it is a part of my collection and a part of this post.  Unfortunately it didn't make into the big group shot, but then the shot wouldn't have been so perfectly laid out with ten rows of four.  

Supercar Collectibles is an online diecast retailer.  I bought several of these cars from them.  They are one of the biggest diecast sellers out there, especially 1/18 scale.  Because of their clout in the industry, they were able to sell a few exclusive special edition Dukes of Hazzard cars.  This is their first.   

The 252 car, as I call it, is the first representation of the Gen'ral portrayed differently than we ever saw it on screen.  It's a black Charger with the General Lee uniform, that's dirty.  It's an interesting take on our favorite car.  It comes in the same Joyride box as the cars above.   

The box is similar to the previous two Joyride box cars, but it is not bilingual.  The other main different marking is the sticker on the window that says "Limited edition 1969 Dodge Charger 1 of 252."  I haven't opened it to see what the number is.  The 252 car is the final 1/18 TV show car of the silver era.  As I proclaimed in my "Eras" post, the movie is the dividing line between the silver and modern era.  Everything that follows the 252 car is a part of the modern era. 

Joyride, Ertl, and Warner Bros. had an opportunity to update the Dukes toys to reflect the tiny but significant changes made to the General Lee for the movie.  They could reflect the Jeep that Daisy drove as a new Wrangler Rubicon and the different models of Hazzard County patrol cars in 1/64.  They could add Billy Prickett's Mustang to the fray and give us another car for the General Lee to race against.  They could reflect the differences to the General Lee like the passenger side mirror, the change in General Lee text, and the tires with bold white lettering and they could even include an end of the movie version of the Gen'ral that is damaged and has the back window shot out.  But they did none of that stuff and just repackaged the old toys in a new box.  All of the marketing material for the movie shared the same theme.  The movie items boxes are purpley-red with engines and car parts barely visible in the background.  The box is bilingual.

The Z logo, a classic Dukes logo with a big Z underlining Hazzard, is on everything movie related.  Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson and Seann William Scott are pictured above the logo.  I never understood why the toy packages edited out Seann's Led Zeppelin graphic on his shirt.  It was present on the posters, dvds, and other items.  

The General Lee pictured is an image taken of a movie General.  It has the white letters visible on the tires.  You never see the General Lee with the windows up.  

The top of the box features the Z logo and another picture of the movie General Lee.  Eagle eyed collectors might notice that this is actually the same image used on the front of the box, just reversed and edited.  They did a nice job with their editing by adding a non-reversed 01 and removing the Charger symbol from the grill.  But they didn't reverse the windshield wipers, they go the wrong way in the image.  You almost got me photoshoppers!  

The back of the box features the same image of the movie cast above the Z logo.  There is a new description that describes the movie.  It reads: "The Dukes of Hazzard is racing to the big screen!  Based on the hit classic television series, the movie is an action comedy set in present day and follows the adventures of 'good old boys' cousins Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke, who with the help of their eye-catching cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and moonshine-running Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), try and save the family farm from being destroyed by Hazzard County's corrupt commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds).  Their efforts constantly find the 'Dukes Boys' eluding authorities in 'The General Lee,' that keeps them one step ahead of the dimwitted antics of the small southern town's Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey).

It killed me to type the misspelled "Roscoe" but Joyride made that mistake, not me.  The bilingual box states the French title of the show and movie in the French paragraph, Sherif, fais-moi peur.  I've discussed the French title a few times.  

Also on the back of the box is an area that showcases other Dukes movie offerings.  The title says "Collect all the Dukes vehicle from Joyride."  Someone didn't have a grammar checker!  This part of the box reminds me of the good old days of checking the back of the action figure packages to see what other He-Man or GIJoes I had to get.  Of course I have all of these toys.  The 1/64 three car set actually didn't include Rosco's car, because it looked so different in the movie.  The picture is of the TV show cars. The movie three car set included Daisy's Jeep, but not an updated version.  It was labeled to include the police car though.

The standard movie General Lee, as well as all the movie products, were released in 2005, when the movie came out.  They all came in the same box.

The next movie car is another Dirty General Lee.  This is one of the cars I missed along the way and didn't know existed.  Dave DeWitt pointed me in the right direction and I bought one while prepping this series of posts.  The "dirt" applied to this car is finer than the original flag box dirty car and more resembles the Joyride box dirty Gen'ral.  Comparing the Joyride box dirty General and the movie dirty General, they are nearly identical.  They both came out in 2005, so they were probably a part of the same production and just went into different boxes.

One of the nicest effects on the dirty cars is the windshield has a clean area where the wipers wiped the mud away.  The flag box version had a totally dirty windshield.  

The boxes are the same for all movie cars.

There are a few special edition movie General Lees.  The first two have long titles that I totally made up in 2012, but because no one has challenged me in the past five years, they are now official titles.  That's how it works in the Dukes of Hazzard collecting world, so look it up.  The first one is the black letter brushed chrome 1/18 General Lee.  The title is rather self explanatory.  The car is brushed chrome and has the General Lee uniform on.

The General Lee text is in black, like every 1/18 General Lee diecast that came out in the previous five years.  More on that soon.  The chrome General Lees are a little tougher to find, but are not limited to a certain number.  Most people don't realize there are three different chrome Gen'rals, but as you will see there are.  I have seen some sellers try to sell chrome cars in TV show themed boxes, but the chrome cars only came in movie boxes.  

The brushed chrome black letter car comes with the TV show CNH 320 plate on the back and a rebel flag plate on the front.  Neither are correct as the show or movie car never had a rebel flag front plate, only the show police cars did, and the movie had an updated fictional CNH 320 plate on the General that resembled modern Georgia plates.

Now is where it gets interesting.  As noted in a 2012 blog post, I mistakenly bought another brushed chrome General Lee thinking it was a shiny chrome General Lee (that one is next).  When I studied the brushed car, I noticed it was a different version than the one I already had.  It's officially called the blue letter brushed chrome 1/18 General Lee.  It has that name because it has blue letters.

It took 5 years, but the 1/18 General Lee finally had the correct blue letters on the text that reads General Lee beside the flag.  I'm very surprised it took Ertl so long to realize they overlooked this Dukes detail.  I'm also surprised the first car to get it right was a chrome Gen'ral, not an orange one.

The box is the same on all the movie cars.  

The other odd feature to the blue letter car is the lack of plate stickers.  This car has no front or rear plates.  I really wonder why there are two versions of the brushed chrome car, weird.

The final movie car, in my opinion, is the nicest special edition movie car.  It's the shiny chrome 1/18 General Lee.  It has a mirrored finish and really stands out.  It might be the second nicest of all the non-orange General Lees, besides the gold, of course.  It seems to be the most rare of the three chrome Gen'rals and took me a while to track down.

It has the black letters and the front and rear plates.  It is the last car to have to incorrect black letters.  It's always blue from here on out.

The movie came and went.  It was a fun detour in Hazzard, but our Duke Boys will always be John and Tom, and Daisy is a brunette!  The fourth and most recent box design came after the movie.

The brown box premiered in 2006 and nearly every Dukes car has used it since.  A large number of Dukes items utilize the brown box, not just diecasts.  The tumbler glasses, and the Figures Toys action figures also use the theme.  The first brown box 1/18 General Lee was released by Joyride.

With a new box design comes a new description.  The new one reads: "THE DUKES OF HAZZARD classic television series celebrates the good ol' USA, so get ready for action-Hazzard County Style!  The Duke boys and their beautiful cousin Daisy are battling the law and fighting for the good guys.  Despite a knack for getting into trouble, the Dukes of Hazzard always have a way of getting out... eventually.  Along the way, fans enjoy racing cars, flying cars, tumbling cars, and plenty of good old-fashioned country fun... mostly in cars!"

It's an all right description, but it doesn't mention the General Lee.  It is also printed in French.

It was released in 2006.

The first brown box features a nice shot of our cousins above a different classic logo.  It also features images of the movie General Lee that have the white letters on the tires edited out.  You can tell the first one is the same reversed shot because the wipers are going the wrong direction.  The Charger badge is missing from both shots.

They really should have mentioned the Gen'ral.

The brown box Joyride car is the first orange 1/18 to have the correct blue letter General Lee text.

It took seven years for the 1/18 General Lee for get properly chased.  In 2007 Rosco's Police Car finally came to the scale.  The car is a 1974 Dodge Monaco.  It's not the 1978 Dodge Monaco that we are used to seeing Rosco and Enos drive, but it's better than nothing.  Ertl first released the '74 Monaco as the Bluesmobile from the "Blues Brothers" and reused the molds for Rosco's Hazzard County Cruiser.

The back of the car has the same "mostly in cars" description that doesn't mention the General Lee or Rosco's car.  The box features a picture of the toy, not a shot from the show, because this model car was not actually used on the show.


Using a 1974 model year instead of a 1978 is more or less forgivable.  But the light bar used on this car is very un-Hazzardous.  Never was a light bar with beacon flashers or "Kojak" style lights used on the show.  This bar also has a large siren in the center.

Instead of adding the 83522 plate that was on Rosco's car, Joyride added a rebel flag to the rear of the car.

The front also has a rebel flag.  The Hazzard County Patrol Cars did actually have a rebel flag in the front, but the 1978 Monacos had it in the center.

2007 also saw the final Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 diecast to bare the Joyride Logo.  This is the fifth dirty General Lee.  It has the same "dirt" on it as the Joyride box dirty General and the movie box dirty General.

This box features the Learning Curve logo instead of the RC2 logo.  Learning Curve is a subsidiary of RC2 and mostly focuses on preschool and toddle toys.  I wonder why this Gen'ral has the logo.  Ertl is a confusing company.  But I love them.


With the end of the Joyride brand, we'll take a break.  We are half way through all the Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 diecast cars.  This is one heck of a ride.  See you soon for post three in the series!

The Entire Line of Dukes of Hazzard 1/18 Diecast Cars - All 40 - Post 1 of 4: American Muscle