This model is newer than I was expecting (1997), but maybe that just means the adventures of the Duke boys are timeless. I used to watch the Dukes of Hazzard every weekend as a kid and dreamed of someday having my own orange Dodge Charger to jump over hills, rivers, and other cars in Hazzard county. My only concern with jumping this one is, if the car snaps together, I’m afraid it might snap apart just as easily…
This was a great game we used to play based on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The reason we had a copy was that my sister, Ruthie, was a huge fan of the Dukes, and had a big crush on both Bo and Luke Duke. She got the game for Christmas I think. Anyway, my brother and I would torture poor Ruthie mercilessly about her crush on the Dukes. Every so often, we’d ask to play the Dukes UNO game, and she never said no, since it wasn’t much fun to play multiple hands alone. While the game itself was fun and seemed well designed, I can’t exactly remember how to play after all this time, kind of like UNO itself (both games were fun but seem to require you to figure them out all over again if you’ve not played them in a while.) Now, because she was crushing on Bo & Luke, Ruthie’s strategy was to always gather as many Bo & Luke cards as she could. My brother and I played to win, and to do so, you needed the Boss Hogg and Hogg Wild cards in order to gather points against your opponents.
Manys the time we would spring Boss Hogg on Ruthie, costing her Bo Duke cards! And we’d always do so with a snarky “Boss Hogg, Ruthie!” And Ruthie would always react the same way… mad! Looking at the game now (I got one from eBay one nostalgic day), I really like how the characters are depicted in watercolor portraits, rather than just production photos or something. I’ve posted a few scans on Flickr and shared them with the Retroist group so you can see what the box and the cards looked like.
I do a lot of classic TV watching. So I am always on lookout for a show that I have not seen since it original run. It is hard to surprise me at this point, but I almost fell over when I saw that the Warner Archive was releasing the animated Dukes of Hazzard spinoff, The Dukes. I mean you always hope that s show like this will be rescued from TV oblivion, but it is a rare treat to see it actually happen and I could not be happier.
What you didn’t know this show existed? Well you are in for a treat. Peep this cover and read the show’s synopsis…
In this fondly remembered animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios, Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke take their high-wheelin’ country cruisin’ around the world in a race against Boss Hogg for the family farm. No joshin’ – the Dukes speed through France, Italy, Austria, Greece, England – you name it, the General Lee made tracks there! En route, Boss Hogg pulls the nastiest tricks ever, like blinding the boys with a fog machine, having them kidnapped and tricking them into a jewel heist. Why, that Hogg’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg! But that won’t stop the Dukes from fighting a fair fight and teaching that cheat a few tricks along the way. Y’all need to catch this 4-Disc, 20-Episode Complete Animated Series Collection from the time the pedal hits the metal all the way to the finish line!
Now if only they had actually made a worldwide race a plat of the live-action show, I think the Dukes could have stretched out for another 4 or 5 seasons. I mean who doesn’t dream of seeing the General Lee zipping through world monuments, horn ablaze, Roscoe and Interpol trailing behind. A great holiday gift for the Dukes fan in your like. Drop by the Warner Archive and pick up your copy today.
This is a great offer for Dukes of Hazzard fans. Hot on the news that The Dukes: The Complete Animated Series is being released on DVD finally, the Warner Archive has also announced that the first 400 people to pre-order the series from the Warner Archive will have their copies autographed by Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane himself, James Best. 400 is not a whole lot, so if you are a fan, I suggest you act quickly.