Around 15 years or so ago I bought a huge Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. The chassis is around 14 or so inches from 'tip-to-toe', but closer to 17 if you include the front and rear wings. Articulated figures were also available, but it was mainly the car I wanted so I didn't bother buying them, figuring I could pick them up later if I changed my mind. Which I did (change my mind that is*), but never saw them again anywhere, so Chitty was left driverless and without passengers until only recently, when I managed to acquire Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy, and Jemima on ebay. At last, I thought, now my car is complete. Incidentally, the car is almost as light as a feather, even with the figures in it.
(*Okay, who's the wise guy who said I should've changed it for a better one?)
Only thing is, the female figures, despite having poseable legs, are hindered in their movements by their vinyl dresses, and the driver (modelled after Dick Van Dyke) is prevented from fitting his legs (with my help of course) under the steering wheel, so isn't quite a perfect fit as the back end of his bum sits a little above the seat. Only the boy is able to be positioned on the back seat in the right position, whereas the girl has to stand, as does Truly. Never mind, it's still a far more impressive item with the figures than without and it's great to finally have it as it was meant to look. (The car was also issued with a chrome-plated bonnet as in the film, but, just like the figures, I didn't buy it when I had the chance.)
So although it's by no means certain that this particular post will attract much interest or many (or even any) comments, I thought I'd share some photos of the car with my fellow Crivvies. Hopefully some among you will enjoy seeing such a great item. Incidentally, it's amazing how often this movie is credited in TV listings as being a Disney film, and a large slice of the general public seem to be of that opinion too. However, it's an Eon film, based on the book by Ian Fleming and produced by Albert R. Broccoli. The fact that the songs for both movies were written by the Sherman brothers probably led to the confusion, with Dick Van Dyke's presence no doubt helping to reinforce that impression too.
I've placed one of my Corgi models next to it in the last three photos, just to give you a better idea of the size. That's the main Corgi car, not the smaller Husky or Juniors one.
|And here's me in my full-sized Chitty (he lied) a good many years ago|