Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ertl 3 3/4" Smokey and the Bandit Figure EAST BOUND AND DOWN !!!!!!

There are some figures I regret never having as a kid, this is one of them. This one I'll admit escaped me until recently. Trolling through eBay, I came across this figure .....

a Die Cast 3 3/4" Bandit figure !

Back in 1982, ERTL produced a figure based on Burt Reynold's character the Bandit from the 1977 movie "Smokey and the Bandit". Its a die cast figure with 4 points (5 if the head moves) of articulation, standard for the time.


A fine looking figure. Decent detail and likeness. As you can see from the package, ages 3 and over can pretend to thwart the law and transport beer across state lines.


The backer is plain but has a nice looking picture of Mr. Reynolds in an advertisement for "Smokey and the Bandit 2" which came out in 1980, 2 years before this figure was released. 

The front of the card states "as seen in Smokey and the Bandit", but the figure is modeled after the jacket wearing Bandit of the sequel, so there must be an assumption that this figure actually represents the sequel. One would think that the front would have been labelled as such ......


Also, I came across a Trans Am that goes with the figure. I cannot confirm anything about it, but it does seem to fit the mold. 


It even has removable T-Tops ! 


The movies themselves were full of adult themes, sexual innuendo and profanity, so why not produce a child's toy to promote it !?! It does seem a bit absurd that ERTL made a toy for an age group that should not have been viewing it, but hell I would have wanted it !!

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This item is not in my personal collection.

Photos taken from eBay @

http://www.ebay.com

15 comments:

  1. I am a Smokeyaholic! I love part one and watch it at least once a month! I even did a button of it. Good for you in getting it. However, I am waiting for Funko to make one in their Reaction line.

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    1. This figure is great but I didn't get it, i swiped the pics off eBay. 35$ for the carded figure and $125 for the loose car and figure, out of my budget.

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    2. That's what I was thinking: I wonder if Funko will ever produce Smokey and the Bandit figures in ReAction.

      By the way: If you remove this from the package it can simply be a Turd Ferguson figure from Celebrity Jeopardy!

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    3. Celebrity jeopardy is fn hilarious !

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    1. I would have had some great adventures with this stuff......oh well can't have it all......

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  3. Hey! You ok? it has been awhile since you have posted.

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    1. Yes thanks for checkin on me :) I am busy trying to finish my last bit of college. I will graduate in May and then I can have a life again :) Hope you are well !!!

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  4. It is after the new year! Giddy up!

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  5. I have this set. The figure is actually about 2.5" tall just shy of the standard 3.75" scale

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