Hot Wheels hot deals

I’m used to Hot Wheels charging several bucks apiece for licensed character cars, so when I saw this series of six Peanuts cars for $1 at my local Ralphs grocery store (with membership card, natch), I scarfed them up without pausing to think “do I really need Hot Wheels cars?”

Observations:

  • The Charlie Brown car is “Bone Shaker”, in tribute to the WHAM! he lands with after missing the football. I like that.
  • The Lucy car is “Purple Passion”. It’s blue.
  • Remember when grocery stores like Ralphs wanted customers? Now they just want members. Oh, the old days…
  • Notice how I didn’t put an apostrophe in “Ralphs”? There’s a reason for that. The Ralphs chain was started by George Albert Ralphs. That’s the kind of attention to detail you get when you have a professional writer and editor in charge of the blog. All the typos you’ve seen in the past? That was just me checking to see if you were paying attention.

Added later that day: I realized why Purple Passion had an odd name for a blue car. This are not new Hot Wheels designs. Rather, these are repainted versions of older cars. The vehicle name remains the same. The original Purple Passion was released in 1990, and has been rereleased under various repaints ever since.

New releases
A whole lotta Linus going on?

I’ve now received Peanuts Vol. 9, the latest (but not the last) in the books collecting the KaBOOM! Peanuts comic book stories. The cover… well, I really like many of the KaBOOM! covers as art pieces. This one, which stylistically matches previous covers with other characters, is an interesting Linus piece. But …

New releases
A one-hour book

I finally picked up my copy of Peanuts 5-Minute Stories, an anthology of a dozen previously-published stories for children. Some of them are culled from the square storybooks that Simon Spotlight has been issuing, others from board books. All of them had to be re laid out to some degree to …

Discounts
Free Comic Book Day – tomorrow

I’m interrupting your usual Peanuts-y news for a reminder that the first Saturday in May – and as I type this, that’s tomorrow – is Free Comic Book Day. Odds are pretty good that if you walk into a comic book store tomorrow, you’ll be able to walk away with absolutely …