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
“Mad Libs” now sounds like the title of a Fox News commentary show

Digging through the pile of detritus that accumulates around my workspace, I just found an unopened Amazon envelope that had been there for a while. Inside? A copy of Snoopy Mad Libs, the second Peanuts volume for this classic word game, where someone lists specific sorts of words and a friend …

Discounts
Peanuts shorts (as in animated, not pants) sale

At the moment, ‎Peanuts by Schulz: The Complete Collection is marked down in iTunes to just $15.99.  This is the relatively recent European production of 104 episodes which run about seven minutes apiece, which means it adds up to around 12 hours of adapted-from-the-strip goodness.

New releases
Review: Lucy: Speak Out!

As I’ve said before, the folks at Andrews McMeel Publishing produce a series of good solid basic strip reprint books for kids. Hitting stores tomorrow (and available for preorder now, naturally) is Lucy: Speak Out!, the 12th volume in this series. While AMP started with sequential strip reprints, by this …