The DUKES

Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Model

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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…

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Model

Scooby Doo and the gang have a mystery on their hands — who would donate an unopened model of the Mystery Machine to the local thrift store? I’ll bet it was Old Man Withers — and he would have gotten away with it to, if it hadn’t been for me and my meddling credit card.

I’ve never been much of a model builder, but I’ll have to set aside some time this weekend and see if my son wants to try and put this one together with me. I have just the thing to listen to while we assemble it. And if things go terribly wrong, I can always just display the box…

MPC Models

Empire Strikes Back Model/Playset

I had almost thought I had imagined this toy until I saw this ad in an 1982 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man. It is a model of the ice planet Hoth from Empire Strikes Back. I had this toy, and I remember having it, but prior to seeing this ad, I was never sure if what I remembered was a Star Wars, Buck Rogers, or Battlestar Galactica toy. I’m not sure if that’s the result of the toy’s poor quality (I don’t remember it being that top shelf) or just the conflux of all those space-oriented shows. In any case, it was cool to see the ad and prove that I wasn’t having a phantom memory.