ANCHORMAN VAN (2014)
I’ve reviewed over 700 toys for this blog and about 690 of them have been action figures. The other few have been statues, bobble-heads, and stuffed animals. I’ve reviewed a couple of G.I. Joe vehicles but this is my first ever dinky car review. I’ve never been into cars but I still had a sizeable collection of dinkys when I was a kid.
Sidenote: I’m so out of the loop on these things that I’m not even sure if dinky is a popular term used to describe them. It sounds silly to me now but that’s what I always called them when I was a kid. I always assumed that “dinky” was a generic term used to describe all small die-cast metal cars but I could be wrong.
I used to keep my dinkys in a white wicker-like basket that was probably meant to be a garbage can. Most of my toys were kept in drawers or boxes so I’m not sure why my dinkys ended up in such a strange storage receptacle but it was the perfect size to hold them all so thats where they remained.
When my brother Doug and I played with out dinkys as kids (see, that sounds wrong) we pretended the cars themselves were characters, kind of like Transformers or KITT from Knight Rider. I suppose it was most similar to how cars are treated in the Pixar movies of the same name. I guess we were ahead of our time with that concept. Our dinkys never did car-related things like race around a track. Instead they went on adventures and fought rubber dinosaurs and stuff like that. We pretty much used them the same way we played with our action figures. I got rid of nearly all of my childhood dinkys long ago but I believe I held onto my 2 or 3 favourites. Those would be Sunburner, Flashlight and Rookie if memory serves. (yes, we named them all). I haven’t gotten a new dinky since I was like 6 years old but I was in Toys R Us the other day and saw this thing and felt compelled to pick it up.
Anchorman is one of my all-time favourite comedies; it’s one of Vanessa’s too. I thought this van was hilarious when I spotted it while we were out shopping for Transformers on the weekend (she was actually shopping for a dress…not Transformers). I pointed it out to her and once we noticed it was the only one left on the pegs she insisted I buy it.
There’s nothing particularly special or interesting about this van which is what makes it so funny. You’d expect Hot Wheels’ movie-based line to include famous cars like the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard, the A-Team’s Van, or the Batmobile but I guess those have probably all been done to death. So now it seems Hot Wheels is going obscure and producing a whole bunch of barely memorable TV and movie vehicles. The car from Simon & Simon? The Zoolander jeep? Really?
I usually open my toys but I don’t dare take this one out of its packaging. It would immediately lose its recognition factor and look like nothing more than a boring generic van. It must remain sealed so that it can truly be enjoyed. It’s a pretty spot on reproduction of the van from the movie which is cool but that’s about all I have to say about it. It doesn’t appear to have opening doors or any other features of note. It’s a fun little oddity that will look nice tacked to the wall of my man-cave. 5 out of 10.