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So, obviously I love The Hardy Boys, and there's been a... mild... amount of Parker Stevenson enthusing in these parts in the past, but some things really are going too far. Picture the scene. It's Christmas Day 1978, and you unwrap... this.



It's going to be slightly terrifying, isn't it. They're impressively good likenesses for seventies dolls, too. They've even managed to recreate Shaun Cassidy's slightly manic grin, to say nothing of Parker Stevenson's brilliantly bad hair. He's dressed sensibly though, so that's one discrepancy. Where's the dreadful polo neck, or the spectacularly uncool suit?! On the other hand, some things never change, as Joe is dressed in a stupid red thing, with all the buttons undone. And he's holding a guitar, which means it must be time for Frank to run away and have an adventure. Cool.

Speaking of which, a guitar seems a slightly odd accessory for an action figure. Are children really supposed to recreate scenes from the show, where Joe suddenly randomly sings an awful pop song, whilst Frank goes off and does something more interesting instead? For starters they'd have to split themselves in two to manage it, and that's rarely a good idea. Couldn't they have given him a magnifying glass or something? Anything would be better than a guitar.

But now, predictably enough, I find that I'm missing the Bad Hair Twins, misplaced singing and all. I'm going to have to go and watch some Hardy Boys. There's no fighting it.

Well, there probably is. But whatever.

Comments

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eandh99
Mar. 6th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
You still have the dolls in THEIR BOXES! Man, that's fidelity. I loved the Hardy Boys too, but I was shallow, I loved the cuteness of Shaun rather than the earnestness of Frank. And anyway - aren't you too young for this? I was 14 or 15 during this show.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 6th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I don't own them! I just found the picture on the Net. I don't think I'd ever keep an action figure in a box. That's no fun.

The show aired here in around 1980 I think. So I was five. Perfect age for loving Frank running off and having adventures, and getting annoyed with Joe for singing. And with my sister for trying to kiss the television whenever he did.
smokeygirl19
Mar. 8th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
That is a bit scary!
swordznsorcery
Mar. 8th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
It is.

Although not as scary as it could have been, given some of the outfits those boys used to wear. :D
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swordznsorcery
Mar. 9th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Street Hawk! :) You have some pretty cool icons yourself. You're also only about the third person I've met who has even heard of Laramie, let alone is able to name the characters!
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swordznsorcery
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I think it's because it hasn't been repeated much, unlike so many other cowboy shows. I've only seen the black and white episodes because of YouTube, for example. It's odd how some shows get repeated endlessly, and others just disappear into the void.
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swordznsorcery
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
The colour episodes are the ones that I saw as a kid, so I'm very fond of them. There's a darkness to some of the plots in the black and white days that I enjoyed, though. Episodes like the one when Jess's old friend was lynched, for example. Pretty impressive drama for a TV series, and the sort of thing that you just don't see anymore.

I must visit YouTube again, and see if there's any I've missed. :)
ladygretchen
Mar. 27th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
These dolls are classic! And they totally look like Parker and Shawn, that is amazing for the era. Of course I'm laughing over your tirade on them.
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swordznsorcery
Feb. 16th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hi. :) No, not freaked out! Comment away. The Hardy Boys is a fun show. It's nice that it's still attracting new fans after all this time.
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