Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New Dukes Stuff - 3/28/2018 - T-Shirt Transfers Roll, Australian Board Game, Pioneer Daisys and More

Let's see what has accumulated around the DukesCollector headquarters recently.

First up is a jumbo movie theater mylar.  These double sided plastic displays are used in some movie theaters above the actual auditorium door where the movie is shown.  This is the larger mylar.

It features the movie Z logo as well as a picture of the six main stars of the movie.  For the movie poster they added an 01 licence plate to the General Lee because you only saw the front.  It works, but I was never a fan of front plates on the Gen'ral.

Jeff bought me the standard size for Christmas in 2014.  The two sizes share the same design.  I've never been to a theater that uses these mylars, but I'm glad I can add them to the collection.

It came rolled up and is maintaining the rolled shape.  When not held down it rolls to a point that shows off Jessica on the Gen'ral.

Your pal and mine, DukeCollector Cooter, is back to help show off a few new items.  Here he is modeling with new to the collection Golden Era Ertl 1/64 Carrying Cases.  If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed the tweets I posted about all the loose beat up Ertl Dukes 1/64s I bought.  The group just kept getting bigger.  I had so many old Dukes cars laying around that I need someplace to put them.  So I did the most logical thing, started buying more Ertl carrying cases.  I think I picked up about four of them in the last few months.  These are the two different versions that were released with the Dukes family picture on one and the cast tree picture on the other.

Cooter is showing off how quickly they get filled with Dukes cars.

One of them came with a bunch of random Hot Wheels.  Within the bunch were a couple of cars that stood out to me.  First off is one that Cooter really loves.  It is a tow truck that has "Larry's 24 Hour Towing" on it.  What are the chances?  If that wasn't coincidental enough, the other one is a Marvel's Thing car.  Though it is so rough you can barely make out the image, the car sports Jeff's favorite comic book character.  I think these two cars were meant to make their way here.  So does Crazy Cooter.

Next up are some spare parts I picked up thanks to a tip from good ol' Dave DeWitt.  The beautiful Pioneer General Lee Slot Car came equipped with Bo and Luke inside the car and Daisy standing beside it.  Apparently Pioneer sells spare parts and they considered Daisy to be one.  These additional Daisys are packaged in Pioneer bags.  I would have to imagine these individually packaged pieces are very rare and I'm very grateful Dave gave me the heads up on them.  I purchased the last two.  Thanks again Dave!

Cooter asked if one of them could hang out with him and help show off new items, but I told him they had to stay in the packages.  He agreed that's the best thing to do with these rare pieces.

Next is a Golden Era three puzzle set.  I've had another one of these packages in the collection for years, but the box was beat up.  This one is in much better condition.  The puzzle set was made by APC.  It features a cast photo that has everyone except Boss Hogg, oddly enough, the Carnival of Thrills jump, and the Duke cousins.

APC made the other Dukes of Hazzard puzzles that were sold separately.   Each of these puzzles are 150 pieces.  The individually sold puzzles are 200 pieces.  I plan on doing an all puzzle blog soon.  That should be fun.

Another odd thing about this puzzle is the box bottom in red.  Weird.

I've had this item for about a year and kept forgetting to include it in a New Dukes Stuff post.  It's the Australian version of the Ideal Dukes of Hazzard board game.  Dukes are just as popular Down Under as they are in the States.

The game is sealed.  The only differences that I can find from the standard American version are printings on the box that is was Marketed in Australia by Ideal Leisure Pty. Ltd. (Incorporated in Victoria.)  It also says it was printed and packaged in Australia.  I love foreign variants.

The back of the box is the same as the American version as well, but also has the additional Australian information.  I love adding variations like this to the collection.

The final item in today's post is, well, just plain crazy.  This is a roll of T-Shirt transfers, a big roll.  It reminds me one of those restaurant rolls of toilet paper.  It's that big.  It features artwork of the General Lee as well as the Dukes font Dukes logo.

This thing is big.  It must have been manufactured for a clothing company or something.  It's from the early '80s.

Cooter is pretty overwhelmed by it.  So am I.

Arrow Trade Mark Inc. of Hickory NC made the transfers.  According to Google, Arrow is still in business in Hickory and is a professional printer specializing in heat transfer labels.  This is a pretty amazing piece.  I would have to imagine it's one of a kind.  It would have been used to apply the Dukes art on clothing or backpacks or hats or something.  There are so many individual transfers, let's see if we can figure out how many.

Each transfers is about 5 inches from the next.

The whole roll is 2 inches high.

The roll is about 2 and a half inches thick which means it has a diameter of 5 inches.  The core is 2 inches thick.  Let's see if we can figure out how many transfers are in this massive roll.

I found the following instructions on Google:
Measure the diameter of the paper roll and the center hole using a tape measure. Write down the measurements.
Use the caliper to measure and write down the thickness of the sheet of paper that is rolled.
Multiply the roll of the diameter by 3.14159. This is the roll circumference in lineal inches.
Multiply the core diameter by 3.14159. This is the core circumference in lineal inches.
Add the two answers together and divide by 2. This is the average lap length in lineal inches.
Subtract the core diameter from the roll diameter. This is the thickness of the roll of paper.
Divide the thickness of the paper by the caliper of the paper. This is the number of paper layers on the roll.
Multiply the amount of paper layers with the average lap. This is the amount of paper on the roll in lineal inches.
Let's do the math:  The diameter of the roll is 7 inches, and the center is 2 inches.
I'm eyeballing the thickness to be that of average paper which Google tells me is .004 inches.
Roll diameter times Pi is 7x3.14159=21.99 which is the roll circumference.
Core diameter times Pi is 2x3.14159=6.28 which is the core circumference.
The average lap length is 21.99+6.28/2=14.14.
The thickness of the roll is 7-2=5.
We get the number of paper layers on the roll with 5/.004=1250.
The amount of paper on the roll is found by 1250x14.14=17675.
So that means there is 17675 inches on this roll.
Given that there is a General Lee transfer every 5 inches, 17675/5= 3535!
There are 3535 General Lee transfers on this roll!  Wow that is a lot of General Lee transfers, and a lot of math.

Over 3500 General Lee t-shirt transfers!  That is pretty amazing.  This is a very special piece.  Who would have thought I would include a math lesson in a blog post?  In my next class I will be discussing the psychology of collecting as it pertains to the reinforcers that feed into the nucleus accumbens.  Don't be late!  

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Item Alert: 2018 Edition The Dukes of Hazzard Complete Collection DVD Box Set

Let's do this again!

There hasn't been any officially released Dukes of Hazzard items from Warner Bros since 2015.  A few things that were already in production came out after July of that year, but nothing new had been produced.  That changed last week when we got something special from out pals at WB!  Warner Bros. has re-released the entire series in a new DVD Box Set!  This is the 2018 The Dukes of Hazzard The Complete Collection DVD Box Set!  

The new edition is slimmed down.  It features a box with one side open allowing the individual seasons to be visible. 

The opposite displays the cover art for each of the seven seasons. 

The back has the General Lee in flight.  All of the artwork is the same as the 2015 edition. 

The major difference is the top of the box. 

The new 2018 edition features a blue and yellow Dukes logo.  It looks great.  The previous edition featured the rebel flag and the General Lee text modeled after the top of the General Lee.  That is why the previous edition was pulled from shelves immediately after June of 2015 and became a little harder to find.  This new edition seems to be readily available with no issues. 

Bo and Luke are pictured on each season with Coy and Vance shown on season 5. 

The bottom of the box features the copyright information and Warner Bros.'s logo. 

The DVD set is marked 2017 but it was not available until last week.  It must have been in production last year, but it certainly is the 2018 edition.  The box set is even made with 30% post-consumer recycled content.  Good job WB on being environmentally conscious.  Daisy Duke PhD in Ecology from Duke University would be proud. 

Though the flag is not prominent on the top of the box like it was on the 2015 release, it has not been edited out of the artwork.  The flying General Lee sports an unedited roof on the back...

And the flag is partially seen on the pre-season 1 photo used on the front. 

The new box set is smaller than the previous one.  It is also "orangeier."  The 2015 release had an outer box that came off the inside which made the box thicker.  It also included the 2005 movie and "The Beginning" movie.  The new set is all about the show, as it should be. 

You can really see how different the two shades of orange are from the top. 

It was an odd choice including the mid 2000s movies with the show in the 2015 box set, and not including the two reunion movies that were previously released on DVD.  The reunions didn't make it into the new set either, but we do get every episode of the series, and that's what matters. 

The 2015 box set had a very nice design and I am glad WB stuck with it for the most part on the 2018 set.  Why fix it if it isn't broken? 

The box bottoms have pretty much the same information.  When I first saw the 2018 release I noticed a tiny Canadian logo which made me think this was a Canada only release, but the 2015 set also has this logo.  It is on there because this is a North American wide release that is approved by our friends to the north.  All of North America loves the Dukes of Hazzard, as does everyone around the world. 

I'm thrilled that Warner Bros. has decided to release something new Dukes.  And the show is the best thing we could ask for.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is a sign of things to come and we well once again be able to buy new officially licensed Dukes of Hazzard items soon.  I am still waiting to see the HD conversions again.  Either on Blu-Ray, on TV again, or on streaming services like Netflix or Hulu.  Fingers crossed on that. 

The 2018 The Dukes of Hazzard The Complete Collection DVD Box Set is widely available.  I am very excited that it is available on the official Warner Bros. online store.  It can also be found on Walmart's site and other retailers.  It is offered for different prices at different locations and ebay seems to be the cheapest.  I have provided a few links below.  If you are getting it from ebay, be sure it is the newest version that has the logo on the top of the box and has 33 discs.  The 2015 version has 39 discs.  I caution everyone about buying from sellers in China that offer lower costs.  Many people have paid and never received their package.  Do a little research before bidding. 

2018 The Dukes of Hazzard The Complete Collection DVD Box Set at
2018 The Dukes of Hazzard The Complete Collection DVD Box Set at

I love new Dukes of Hazzard items!!!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Announcement: Dukes of Hazzard Fan Get-Together at Cooter’s Place in Luray, VA on May 12, 2018.

Dukes of Hazzard Fan Get-Together at Cooter’s Place in Luray, VA on May 12, 2018.

Cooter’s Place, Ben and Alma, and DukesCollector invite everyone who loves the Dukes of Hazzard to an old-fashioned Fan Get-Together at Cooter’s In The Valley in Luray, VA on May 12. Just like the Old-Time Ridgerunners reunion in the Dukes episode “Days of Shine and Roses,” we welcome all fans to meet up, share Dukes stories, show off their Dukes cars and Dukes collectibles, meet fellow Dukes fans, and have a good ol’ Dukes time. In addition to the Cruise In and music by Cooter’s Garage Band, the Fan Get-Together will have lots of laid-back fun, Dukes style. Larry of DukesCollector will be bringing his Dukes of Hazzard trivia along with the original Dukes of Hazzard board game and card game for everyone to play against other fellow Dukes fans. Lego Master Cody from C3Brix will bring his Lego fun for everyone, and Dave’s travelling Dukes of Hazzard Museum will be on site. Bring your scale model General Lee, your life size General Lee, your favorite collectible, your favorite Dukes of Hazzard fan, your most cherished story, your most cherished autograph...bring everyone to this free event at Cooter’s in Luray on May 12.  For more information visit, contact Larry Franks at, or by email at