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In this mini-edition of the Dandy Fun House, we’re going to be doing an unboxing of the newly-reissued Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle by California Creations!
Right off the bat, in the image on the box I can tell that Evel’s head looks very small in the helmet. Well talk more about that later but as I peruse the box I can’t help but notice all the great retro-artwork and graphics. In addition to the adornment, the outside of the box also includes a list of contents, the instructions, and various stunts you can perform.
Inside of the box, the first thing I notice is the energizer which is used to spin up the gears of the motorcyle via a crank handle and build it’s internal inertia. The energizer comes in two parts which need to be snapped together. Mine was a bit challenging, but with a little friendly-but-careful persuasion I got the two halves to snap together properly. While it worked as it should, I have to disclose that the plastic felt very light and cheapy but it did look just like the original.
Continuing on, the only thing remaining in the main box was a smaller white box which contained everything else. On top was the man himself, Evel Knievel in all his 7″ tall, bendable and poseable glory! I must say, they did a really good job in making him look like the real Evel! Right down to the sideburns. I was impressed! Neat little white jumpsuit with white stars over red and blue striping. The only complaint I could lodge about the action figure is that mine had a very loose and wobbly head. It didn’t really bother me during this unboxing, but it would prove to be troublesome later in my tests and trials. But that’s another topic which we’ll address in our next installment which will be the full review.
Moving right along we get to unwrap the helmet next. With more stars and bars from front to back, it seemed well-made and very pliable with a good amount of flexibility which is a good thing since it’s certain to receive more than a few knocks. I had heard chatter on the internet that this helmet unfortunately fits very loose and flies off constantly and I can tell you after fitting this on Evel’s head that this is indeed true. It’s very loose and slides on and off the head like nothing at all. If you want it to fit, you’ll need to put some padding inside and adhere into place, which is exactly what I did. With just a few strips of lightweight foam and some black fabric-based gaffers tape, I was in business and had the helmet fitting like a charm.
The final item in the box was the motorcycle. There are a few different styles of motorcycles available and I received a very stocky and beefy black bike that resembled more of a road hog than a performance bike built for jumps. But this thing had some good weight to it and had a quality feel with movable front forks for shock absorption. The plastic faux chrome trim felt like more of that cheapy plastic stuff, but as for the rest of the bike, it really struck me as being a solid product.
And there you have it! The Dandy Fun House official unboxing of the newly-reissued Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle by California Creations! I’m excited to get the chance to review this re-issue of such an iconic toy from my own childhood and in our next edition I’m going to put this thing to the test! Be sure to come back and be part of the action right here where every day in every way, we keep everything FUN AND DANDY!
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