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.

Discounts
I’m to blame for Schulz forgeries!

EBay is, unsurprisingly, awash in fraud. It gets pulled in many ways, including knock-off items and forgeries. Cartoonist Terry Beatty (currently of the “Rex Morgan” newspaper strip) has been doing a good job of highlighting tracings and fakes being passed off as original drawings by famous cartoonists – and given …

New releases
Review: The Complete Peanuts Family Album

There have been enough Big Books About Peanuts that the trick on writing them is to find a new angle. The angle for The Complete Peanuts Family Album is to do a deep dive, covering all of the characters in Peanuts, anyone who had a name and a few who didn’t. This …

New releases
Snoopy’s Letters to Santa

After doing a rather strange little we-won’t-accept-the-coupon-so-you-have-to-order-online-use-the-coupon-there-and-have-them-ship-out-the-book-to-the-store-which-you-then-come-pick-up-even-though-we-have-copies-just-sitting-here-on-the-shelves dance with my local Hallmark store, I finally have a copy of Letters to Santa, a new hardcover Peanuts storybook written by Bill Gray and illustrated by Rich LaPierre. This starts with the kids writing letters to Santa (something they did in the strip), …