Wednesday, September 28, 2011

McFarlane - The Flintstones at The Drive-In

Every now and then it's good to shake things up a little so I'm trying a new blog template. It's one of the new 'Dynamic Views' being offered by Blogger and I chose it because of its ease in accessing past posts. Standard templates offer a truncated index and a search engine function but I chose this because, by using photos from past posts - versus a two/three word description - it's easier to access a favorite subject or post. Anywho, let me know what you think.

I've been itchin' to do some Flintstones posts for some time now. Normally Wednesday's at Toys & Stuff are down days - here in Las Vegas we'd call it 'Dark Wednesday', but at the rate some of the other currently running series are going, the Modern Stone Age Family will never get a chance to appear on the Blog! I guess we'll get started with McFarlane's really cool rendition of one of the opening scenes to the cartoon - the Drive-In scene. I'm not sure there's too many people who aren't familiar with the waitress delivering the huge Bronto Ribs to Fred's car only to see the car tip over. 

McFarlane is known for excellent sculpting and this display is certainly up to their fine standards. It even has a tipping mechanism: by pressing a rock on the base the car is supposed to tip over. There is just one teensy-weensy problem. The lever meant to raise the car is underneath the right side of the car, yet the left side is the side which is supposed to be lifted! In practice I had to lift the car by hand, depress the rock, and pray that it held long enough to at least get off a few photographs. To display the car in a permanently tipped position, one would have to prop up the car from underneath. The display comes with a nice little backdrop which is meant to be folded but I chose to keep it straight.The photos weren't taken on a diorama per se, but I did use some green poster board for the base and an old train layout painting for the backdrop as the whole sequence takes place in the evening. It gives a diorama feel to it with out all the mess of making a diorama. So, without further ado - Enjoy!