Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More new Dukes suff 3/27/2012

I got a another batch of new Dukes things. Lets jump right in.

Presto Magix.  They seem to be like cheap Colorforms.  And unless you read the top, you really wouldn't notice they are Dukes.  Boss Hogg is on the front of one, and his Caddy is on another.  Very odd that the General or the Duke Boys are no where to be seen.  I got the complete set for a great price.  Not quite the 50¢ that they are marked for, but I can't complain. 

I got this Dukes backpack from Dean in California.  He has had it since he was a kid, and he took great car of it.  I am very happy to add it to my collection.  I have the duffel bag, and now the backpack.

It seems I've added a lot of dinner ware to the collection lately.  I have several of each piece, but none still in the package.  Until now.  This is the mug and bowl still in the plastic.  It costs $1.29 originally.  Not in 2012.

I have been chasing these newer Halloween costumes since them came out a few years ago.  I saw them in a Target but didn't want to pay full price.  I figured they would be on sale after Halloween.  I never found them after.  I picked these up on eBay.  No one placed another bid.  Weird when that happens.  I just need to find Bo.  

This sleeping bag also came from Dean.  It needs fluffed up a little, but its in nice shape.  I already have this one and the other version, but I couldn't pass up the price.  Two really great items from Dean.  Thanks Dean.

This is a new T-Shirt.  I bought it from eBay, but don't make the mistake I did.  It came with a price tag from Kohl's.  I looked online and Kohl's sells it for $8.99.  I paid a little more, but not as much as with shipping from Kohl's.  If you have a store close to you, go get one.  I really like the design, and the blue color.  

I picked this little plastic badge up from eBay for nearly nothing.  I'll have to do a little research to see what it came with.  It's a cool little piece.

That's it for now.  I got a really exciting item coming in the mail soon.  I'll post all kinds of pics as soon as it comes in.  

Friday, March 23, 2012

Larry's Dukes of Hazzard theme song

I got a couple of things in the mail this week, but I am expecting a few more.  I figured I would post them all together.  But I didn't want to leave you, my readers, without something Dukes to end your week. 

Here is my version of Waylon Jennning's "Good Ol' Boys" entitled "Another Good Ol' Boy" Enjoy:

I put this video together in 2005 for a contest.  My collection is no longer set up like this.  Besides the opening shot in my room, the scenes come from a stop on the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion Tour 2000 in Hershey, PA, where I first met Bo, Luke, and Enos, the The original Cooter's Place, where I first met Cooter and Rosco, Cooter's Place Gatlinburg, where I met Cletus, and Dukesfest 2004, where I first met Daisy.  The first cake is from my twentieth birthday that Natalie made me, and the second cake is from my third birthday in 1984.  I am with my cousin Jaime, and my grandmother, Dolly Park.  Its funny that the General Lee I am jumping into at Cooter's Place in Sperryville is the same one that is jumped at the end of the video in Bristol at Dukesfest a few years later.   It was also at Dukesfest that I was flying around the Bristol Motor Speedway in a General going about 90 mph.  This video puts a smile on my face every time I watch it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another Dukes Of Hazzard Collector's Awesome Collection

One of the my main goals for this site and blog is to bring Dukes of Hazzard collectors together.  The most popular Dukes sites and forums focus mainly on General Lee ownership.  I wanted a spot where collectors could talk collecting.  So I am very happy to share another collector's collection.  And, man, is it a doosy.  New friend, Mark, form upstate New York, shared with me some of his coolest items.  He tells me he has hundreds of Dukes items and these are some of his best.  I would have to agree.  I don't have any of these bad boys in my collection (yet).  Let's take a look.  

This is the Kid Size Raincoat.  Mark's looks to be in great condition. 

Not only does Mark have the super-rare Daisy Power Cycle, he has it in the box.  Wow.  I think this one is more rare than the General Lee version because it was aimed at the female fans of the show.  

Ah the pedal car.  An item that has been eluding me for a while.  I often wonder why they used the same mold for the General as they did for KITT.  And why they are both a GTO and neither a Charger nor Firebird.  Some questions may never get answered.  Mark's pedal car looks to be autographed by Enos, Cletus, Daisy, and Rosco.  Very Cool.  I have the KITT version of this car.  I'll have to snap some photos and get them on here. 

This Fun Tunnel and bicycle are blowing my mind.  I don't think I have ever seen either on eBay.  They are truely amazing.  Again, Mark has the tunnel and the box.  Crazy.  I think my best bet for adding these kind of items to my collection is to find them at an antique store or something.  I am sure the prices would skyrocket on eBay.  I love how Flash made the box art for the Fun Tunnel.  Ol' Flash didn't make it on to too many packages. 

Mark, I truly appreciate you sharing these photos with me.  I hope you continue to visit the site and share with us.  If any other collectors would like to have their collections shown, please contact me. 

I'm off to find at least one of these items for myself...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Random Blog Updates

Unfortunately you can't get new Dukes of Hazzard things each week.  Fortunately this isn't one of those weeks.  I got a few new things.  Aside from posting my new things, I also want to pass along a little random Dukescollector news. 

I am new to this whole blogging thing.  Sure, I've commented on Jeff's Teddy and The Yeti blog plenty of times, but writing a blog opens you up to a whole new world.  I have gotten quite a few kind words from readers and its a lot of fun.

Jeff's blog is about his comic book Teddy and the Yeti, comics, and life in general (where my blog is about life in the General HA).  I recommend it to anyone, as it is a really fun read.  He mentions me and my site enough, so I figured it was time to reciprocate.

While searching the web, I came across Retro Rescue.  The banner shown above is enough to get you to love this blog.  There you can find pictures and stories about all the great video games, toys, and collectibles we can't get enough of.  I love that Goonies is on the top of their page, hands down my favorite movie.  You won't be disappointed checking out this site. 

In my first post I mentioned that I bought a 1/144 Racing Champions poster from my new friend Jeff K. from Liberty, IL.  It was very smooth transaction, and Jeff is great to deal with.  He asked me to mention that he has several RC 1/144 Dukes cars and a couple of Ertl 1/64 Dukes 3-packs that he would like to sell.  If any readers have any interest in these items, please contact me and I will get the info to Jeff. 

I recently bought a couple of items from Dean in Santa Maria, CA.  This was another smooth deal and I can't wait to get the items.  I will post pics when they come in.  Thanks Dean.

And finally to my new things:

This is a cool old print ad for the the line of MPC Dukes of Hazzard models.  It is from 1981 (many great things are).  I really like the artwork of the cars, but Bo and Luke's faces are a little strange. 

This tiny little comic was only available in Canada with Nabisco's Shreddies.  The story is in 3D and written in English and French.  My first thoughts were that Shreddies would be like America's Shredded Wheat, but a webseach tells me that they are more similar to Life cereal.  There are a few more of these out there and they go for a pretty good price still sealed.  This one is open and has no 3D glasses.  I picked it up for like two bucks.  Not bad at all.  The artwork of the Duke Boys is much better than the MPC ad. 

And I got a needle for my previously mentioned Dukes of Hazzard record player.  I have no idea how to install this thing, but darn it! I will listen to the Dukes album on my record player.  I have to get my hands on Sonny Shroyer's Enos Back in Hazzard album.  I want to listen to that on my record player too. 

And finally I wanted to share one of the oddest Dukes of Hazzard items I have. 

Its a marble. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dukes of Hazzard Shrinky Dinks

I recently added Dukes of Hazzard Shrinky Dinks to my collection after years of searching and being out bid.  I got a very nice mint package.  Then I found another one on ebay.  My buddy (and yours) Jeff is a big fan of Shrinky Dinks, as seen here:http://teddyandtheyeti.blogspot.com/2010/12/fun-with-shrinky-dinks-and-all-new.html

The second one I found was open but unused, so I decided to pretend it was 1981, and have some Shrinky Dukes fun. 

Me, Jeff and Sara (Jeff's wife) had a good time coloring them.

I think we did a pretty good job coloring.

Then it was time to cut the Dinks out.  So Jeff cut...

And cut...

And cut......

Until finally Jeff's cat Conway decided to help.

After long last, they were all cut out and it was time to bake. 

"Four Magic Minutes" later, they were out of the oven.  There was a little folding and surgeons Sara and Jeff jumped into action.  They were able to save each one.

It really is surprising how much shrinking happens to these things.

Here is the end result, not bad at all.

Besides the odd smell, they are 30 years old, it was a lot fun. A lot of cutting, but a lot of fun.  If you ever come across some Shrinky Dinks, and already have a mint unopened set in you collection, rip those suckers open and start coloring.  You won't regret it. 

Soon I'm going to open up a Punch-Out Fun Book and put it together.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The original Cooter's Place in Sperryville, VA

My goal one day is to have my Dukes of Hazzard collection on display in the real world, not just the virtual online world.  A museum of sorts.  Well not really "of sorts"...my goal is to open a Dukes of Hazzard museum.  When thinking of a Dukes of Hazzard museum, the original Cooter's Place in Sperryville, VA always comes to mind. 
Cooter's Place was awesome. The Nashville and Gatlinburg locations are great, but the original in Virginia will always hold a special place in the hearts of many Dukes fans.  I first met Ben Cooter Jones and James Best there. Many other fans have met most of the cast members there for the first time. This place truly was a Dukes Collector's dream. 

Just look at those great items.  I have to get my hands on one of those Boss Hogg 3D posters.  

Cooter's Place had it all. 

The gold 1/18 General Lee is one of the rarest Dukes items.  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on two when they were first released.  Instead of putting my second on eBay, I contacted Cooter's Place to see if they needed one.  Miss Alma, Ben's wife, told me they were looking for one and would love to have it.  She even invited me down to present it to Ben.  He sure was surprised.  Since then, I have stayed close with Ben and Miss Alma.  I still can't believe I'm friends with and actual Duke of Hazzard.  

The original museum closed a few years ago.  They moved to the new locations in Gatlinburg and Nashville.  They are great museums, but not exactly within driving distance for me here in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Last year, to great fanfare, Ben and Alma had a Dukes reunion in Sperryville called Hazzard Homecoming.  It was such a success that they are doing it again in 2012.  I can't wait.