Picture it, 1976…a small-wide car called…THE PACER!
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The First “Wide Small” Car!
The American Motors Corporation (aka “AMC”) Pacer was touted as the first “wide small” car (and nicknamed “The Flying Fishbowl”). The Pacer was produced from 1975 until 1979. Despite its short life, The Pacer became a pop culture icon in 1992, upon the release of the Saturday Night Live-inspired feature film Wayne’s World.
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The beauty part about fans and geekism is that someone is always ready to re-create an icon, right down to the painstaking little details.
I proudly present…
Murphy The Mirthmobile!
Hello Murphy! This is the exact model of Pacer used in the film – the 1976 model! Murphy has New York license plates (mild disappointment!), but the other details are spot on perfect! As a Wayne’s World fan/geek/meticulous observer, details are mas importante!
And for $20 per person (or $10 per person wearing VIP lanyards), visiting Murphy gets you ample photos, choice seating…
You can also play Wayne and Garth…
Guess whose “blonde” hair worked out for Garth?
And sample the Red Rope Licorice!
Did I Mention The Most Excellent Mirth-morabilia?
I have the soundtrack for both movies…on cassette!
Did you know said Wayne’s World game had a videocassette that was used for game play?
I never realized this, but the 1990s board game market was as crazy with videocassette-based games as the 1980s were. It seems there was a time before Scene It that we relied on the recordings of celebrities to guide us around a game board. And not only did we have that reliance, there were also many different VHS- guided games. Whether it was a haunted house mystery, a game of Clue, being able to get to a party on time, Star Wars, or Star Trek, there were so many different VHS board games to choose from. I even had a Chutes and Ladders VHS board game in the 1980s.
This is the only known video to exist on You Tube.
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One minute and thirty-seven seconds, with torture by ice cream?! Why doesn’t anyone have the whole video posted?!
Wayne’s World, Rod Serling, and Tie-In Merchandise…
So this week, one of my all-time favorite films turned twenty-five, joining a list of movies I like having anniversaries that cover nearly my entire lifespan in the last few years. Last year, I saw Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for their 30th anniversary showings, so when I found out that Wayne’s World was having a 25th “Birthday” screening, you best believe I threw down money to see it. Let me just say that while the “reunion” video after the movie was a tad disappointing, seeing the movie as I originally saw it in 1992 (in a movie theater) was not.
I sang along.
In my years of geeking out over nostalgia, I’ve come to find out that the movie itself had quite a bit of merchandise attached to it – the obligatory shirts, hats, soundtrack, as well as video games, a board game…
A board game.
I kid you not.
I have to admit, the idea of this game’s existence actually excited me at 34 years old the way it would have at nine years old, if I knew it existed back then. Which I didn’t.
And then I saw the accompanying video and was wiser.
Evidence #1 That I Shouldn’t Have Been Excited: This declaration.
The game, released by Mattel in 1992 as an obvious tie-in to the movie, with an end goal of getting to Party Central. And if you can get past the awkward acting and obvious fact that Mike Myers and Dana Carvey may have shot this at separate times (or possibly in separate places?), then this video will be entertaining for you. Oh, and Rod Serling makes a cameo. It’s not really Rod Serling, just someone who Mattel thought Rod Serling would sound like. Which is an obvious insult to Rod Serling.
Seriously, peeps. Someone tried to tie The Twilight Zone to Wayne’s World, and felt this was a great idea for a board game!
I’d really hate to explain the actual details of the video, because it wouldn’t do justice to what actually unfolds once you hit play.
So do it. Hit play. Watch the um…I’d normally say “magic,” but I don’t think that’s the word for this. Oh, that’s right, “train wreck.”
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The video also advertises two other Wayne’s World games that involve 3-D, cards, and dice. And no videocassettes.
I heard the video games were pretty terrible (I’ve never played them, so I have no idea), but the board game (or at least, the video attached to it) may yet be worse.
Regardless of the game being or not being a “totally amazing, excellent discovery,” it still exists, and that still doesn’t make it right.
This one was truly a product of marketing taking things up a notch, and nothing more.
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Indeed, that is just really sad.
Stick with the movies, folks. They hold up better.
Allison is a long-time (twenty-five years and counting!) fan of Wayne’s World, beginning with the movie in 1992, later moving on to its origins with the Saturday Night Live sketches when she first saw reruns in mid-1996. She doesn’t have any kind of collectibles for the movie, but she does have both films on VHS (and the original on DVD), and both soundtracks on cassette tape. If you like what you’ve seen here, you can find even more fun over at Allison’s blog. She’d also love if you followed her blog’s Facebook page. She is @AllisonGeeksOut on Twitter, and she lives up to that handle in every way possible.
What happens when you mash together Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Last Action Hero, The Warriors, Jumanji, Wayne’s World 2, Mars Attacks, Robocop and Gremlins 2? The answer can be seen above in the artwork for the Be Street Retro Movies tour by Sosh which is showcasing classic movies at theatres across France in October and November 2014. As well as the main poster, they also have some fantastic “Greetings from…” art for each of the films too…
You can see more of the art at the Be Street website. You should also check out the posters for the 2013 tour here, which ran Ghostbusters 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, E.T. and The Goonies.