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Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels Part 2

As we continue our journey through these six $.95  die-cast toy cars, I wanted to take a moment to discuss my Big Bird record player.
In the previous article I made brief mention of this artifact, so I figured I should share it with all you lovely folks.

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Yep, there it is. My first record player. The folding cover is long-lost these days but it still works when I plug in four new “C” Sized batteries. This phonograph dictated my childhood as I played alone in my bedroom, surrounded by everything from Supertramp to Queen to the Gremlins soundtrack (featuring Michael Sembello). Of course The Beatles were always close at-hand and later John Lennon as I became ever-so-slightly obsessed with (and may have had a crush on) the artist that had died far too early, two years before I was even born.

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This picture is to give you a sense of scale, as normal 33 1/3 albums dwarf the player. On the turntable is K-Tel’s Looney Tunes which I may have to write another thousand words on in the near future.

Enough nostalgic distractions, let’s look at toy cars!

Kool Kombi – Blue Meanie 

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The Blue Meanie was the deal-maker. I had to have this set when I saw the Blue Meanie.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Blue Meanie, and I have no idea why. Maybe because his design was so off-the-wall even for the yellow submarine film, maybe because he was the inspiration for a founding member of the bWo.  (That’s Blue World Order for those not versed in semi-obscure professional wrestlers)

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Just look at this guy! If he doesn’t sell you on professional wrestling, then I don’t know what will. Seriously, he is entertainment personified.

As for the car, or more accurately, the VW van, it really fits the oddball personality of the animated Beatles’ antagonist perfectly. The colors are crisp and it looks almost like it could be something airbrushed onto a van you see at the state fair, full of “free spirit types”.

The only problem I ran into among all six vehicles is that the front set of wheels do not turn on this model. I think the body might be a bit misshapen or put together incorrectly, causing stress on the wheels. I am slightly put off, since I wanted to race the Blue Meanie vs Ringo and see who could do a loop-de-loop better. Ah well I might just have to take a trip back to the store and buy another one or eight. Gotta be sure, you know.

Fast Felion – Ringo Starr
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Let’s stop before we dig in to Ringo’s car and appreciate the art on the package itself. It simply is stellar. Every time I look at these cars I wish I had bought a second set just to keep for the packaging art. I would likely try and frame the cards and quickly be murdered by my dear wife for spending a few hundred dollars that we don’t have on a mahogany frame for hot wheels cardboard garbage.

But it is so pretty. The characters pop out at you in vibrant colors, seemingly directly ripped from the film itself and arranged with such love that little else compares aesthetically.

Here is Ringo’s car. It has flowers. I do like the color scheme, but it just doesn’t do anything for me. Yep, there is Ringo. Yep, it has flowers. Let’s move on. I just want to get to writing John.

Cockney Cab – John Lennon
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Perfection.

I have been sitting here, not distracted by 90’s Saturday morning commercials, trying to think of words to describe the beauty we see here. This exemplifies the animated version of John, a bit quirky and yet sophisticated, and completely sexy.

Ok so I am super biased on this design, but it seems to be the most creative of the four Beatles-inspired cars. The color scheme matches John, and has him popping up by the passenger rear wheel well saying “Hey old chap! I’m John with a British accent!”

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about the history of Hot Wheels cars, and I am sure this model has been used many times in the past, but this is the first time I have seen it in person. It stands out from the rest of the pack with the awkwardly sized wheels and rear window exhaust pipes that I am sure are not street-legal. But it’s John. He’s a rebel. He does what he wants. He eats ramen while driving with his knees. Don’t ask questions because he will just flash you that world-winning smile and you will forget that you are talking to a reanimated corpse.

That got weird.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed this overly long breakdown of six Hot Wheels cars inspired by the animated Yellow Submarine film from so many years ago.
Buy them, and make vroom vroom noises all around your house all day long.

 

Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels

So people that know me know I have hobbies and habits that are considered “odd” or “eclectic” or “concerning”. I enjoy watching commercials from the 80’s and 90’s, I love professional wrestling (Congrats to Kevin Owens who just became the new WWE Universal Champion), mustard-pickle sandwiches are a snack of choice, I un-ironically like bad movies, and of course everything Gremlins-related is on my mind basically 24/7.  This article is not about one of those unusual interests, surprisingly.

This is about Hot Wheels, and not just any Hot Wheels, Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels, inspired by the 1968 animated (and contractually obligated) Beatles film.
groupshotGrowing up, my parents exposed me to tons of music that ran the gamut from folk music to dementia (AKA Novelty/Comedy Music), and of course we had all the Beatles albums.
Once I had finished scratching my Muppets greatest hits records to hell on my big bird record player, I’d listen to a random Beatles album and be transfixed for hours…or at least until I needed to flip the record to the other side. Of course Yellow Submarine grabbed my imagination as a young child, and I often found myself watching the film trying to understand what the hell was going on, and pretending I knew exactly what everything meant when someone would ask me.

Imagine my complete surprise when I browsed the toy aisle after going to the store just to get carrots, cauliflower and a toothbrush, as I find a bin full of Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels.

After about 20 minutes of me doing some intense calculations, I realized all six vehicles would cost me less than $6 (before tax at .94 each) and then I could write about how rad they were on this blog!

First up is the Bump Around “Yellow Submarine”

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To be perfectly honest, this was the one that made me question the entire concept because I just don’t like the design. I get that it is a funky design for a funky submarine, but the funk just doesn’t jive with me. It is a bumper car that looks like it was painted to be in a Beatles-themed knockoff bumper car ride at the local county 4-h fair.

So there it is. The unholy amalgamation of a hot dog with far too much mustard that had intimate relations with a bumper car.

Morris Mini – George Harrison

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George here gets Sgt. Pepper in the background and a really nice car design, very striking in red with neon green interior. I really like the butterflies on this car, which might pose a problem if you have a severe case of Lepidopterophobia. Then again, it might be a fantastic prank gift if you have a significant other that is terrified of the winged creatures but also a Beatles fan. Just expect to be hit with a frying pan until you forget your kindergarten teacher’s name. Mrs…..Franklin? Knutowski? Smith?

This is where I found a neat little surprise on the side of the car that isn’t visible from the packaging: The entire band is featured on the car’s art. This trend continues with the rest of the Beatles-themed cars, and is a nice touch if you think that Paul is a jerkface or that John was the only REAL Beatle. Just turn the car in the opposite direction and you can rewrite Beatles history.

Final car of the night – Fishd n Chipd – Paul McCartney

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Paul is not dead. But his car might as well be. Ok that was a bit unfair of me, I just don’t dig this car’s design. I’m not sure why but it bugs me. It doesn’t flow well and it feels not at all “Paul-ish”. It just seems like someone thought “Oh hey we have  to make a car for Paul don’t we? Throw some daisies on it, paint it blue, call it a day and get some Popeye’s chicken.

I can’t say this car is a total loss, I absolutely love the actual body design. Somewhat Jaguar-esque but legally distinct, it has strong lines and other words that describe sexy cars. (Full disclosure I have totally no knowledge of cars. I can barely survive getting behind the wheel on a daily basis, as I am never quite sure what to do next at any given moment. )

 

Now the other side, the art featuring more on the whole band in blue and less on the unfortunate daisies, giving a color-coordinated look to the whole thing. Not bad as long as we pretend the Paul side doesn’t exist. I’m alright with this plan.

That’s all for tonight. Part 2 finishes off the cars!

Gremlins Reference in World Of Warcraft

While this is not new, it was new to me as I finally was able to solo 25 man Obsidian Sanctum with 3 drakes and got the Twilight Drake Mount.

Looking at the new mount, I found a fun little Gremlins reference in the description of the mount:

 

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Have you found any rad Gremlins references in your video games?

Let me know below!

 

LEGO Dimensions E3 Trailer and promo shots

WB Games has put up this trailer for the new LEGO Dimensions sets coming out this fall, and all are completely compatible with the current starter set and portal! This means if you already bought in to LEGO Dimensions, you won’t need to buy those, just the adventure/fun/story packs.

 

Tons of exciting properties in this game that appeal to a wide audience, but seem to be tailored almost to 80’s/90’s nostalgia fiends like myself!

The full list is below:

  • Gremlins
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Beetlejuice
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  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Goonies
  • Harry Potter
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Adventure Time
  • Mission: Impossible
  • The A-Team
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Knight Rider
  • The Powerpuff Girls

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Also special thanks to  Chakor C. from The Mog Squad on Facebook who found this cropped promotional image featuring Stripe!! More details will be posted as they are revealed.

 

{Rumor Mill} Gremlins coming to LEGO Dimensions?!

Leaked footage from an upcoming LEGO Dimensions trailer, presumably planned to be featured at E3 next week has gotten the Gremlins Universe all abuzz with this one moment, screencaptured by @BrentOnInternet (https://twitter.com/BrentOnInternet/status/740347698302222336)

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The rumors on multiple websites claim that the new LEGO Dimensions game will have:

Sonic the Hedgehog, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, Goonies, Ghostbusters, Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Teen Titans and Mission Impossible

Goonies, Ghostbusters and Gremlins all in the same game? Along with Finn & Jake and the Powerpuff Girls? This can’t be. This is extremely exciting. At least we seem to have confirmation that Gremlins will be in the game, via the trailer that was quickly taken down.

More details as they become available!

Sources:

Destructoid
Brent Waller On Twitter
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