Saturday, April 5, 2008

New Merchandise

Haunted Mansion fans have been chomping at the bit for some new merchandise.  I think the number one complaint I hear from collectors is "Where is the new merchandise?!"  

Well, I was at the park yesterday, and my husband gleefully bounds up to me and says, "Honey, look at what I found?  It's Haauuuntted Maaannssion!"  He proclaims this as if it were some historical breaking news while waving back and forth a rather small package in front of me.  It's so small and close, I just see a blueish blur.  What in the name of Phineas Pock could have him so excited?

Trumpets please!  
Duh duh duh duuuuuuh!

It's a .... Haunted Mansion Ghost Disney Racer!

A Disney What Whaa?!

Its a die cast car, folks! A 1/64 scale Die Cast Metal Body Race Car in the shape of Ezra's head. Yep, its a toy car!  In all fairness, as a kid, my husband's favorite toys were HotWheels, so maybe I can understand his enthusiasm, although I certainly felt deflated after the big build up. Now don't get me wrong, it's cute.  And for $4.00, sure, I'll take it.  But Disney, if you're out there, hear me loud and clear!  If this is how a 35 year old semi-reasonable Haunted Mansion fan reacts to a car in the shape of a Haunted Mansion ghost, imagine the chorus of Hallelujahs (and credit card purchases) you'd get if you released a replica of the full size stretching room gargoyle or snowglobe of a working Madame Leota.  


Of course, there's another way to look at this situation.  I'm always up for looking at the brighter side.  With the 40th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion a mere 16 months away, at only $4.00, this trinket might be just enough to satisfy our insatiable appetites until the main feast comes in the form of a Fantasically-Over-The-Top-Event and a RSP brochure that will fill our shelves and empty our 401K's.  

Yep, there's always a silver lining...