Thursday, January 18, 2018

Speed Racer the Movie - TRIXIE!

Speed Racer - Sky Shooter w/ Trixie & Snake Oiler - Mattel (Hot Wheels) 2008

I actually enjoyed the live action 2008 Speed Racer movie. It generally got bad reviews and didn't make a lot of money at the box office, but I thought it was a fun trippy nostalgic spectacle. The cast was full of my favorites too. I always love Emile Hirsch. Matthew Fox was in the middle of his Lost fame (I was so addicted to that show). And John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Christina Ricci are always good for a supporting role (plus it was directed by the fan-favorite Wachowskis). Ricci played Speed's eye-in-the-sky girlfriend, Trixie. (Fun fact, a young Ariel Winter played Trixie in the flashback scenes). I discovered this toy line relatively recently - years after they disappeared from clearance bins - and it took forever to hunt her down at a decent price. I thought she would be a 2.5" figure, but in reality she is a pretty unique scale of 3" high. While not a terrific movie line by any means, these toys seem like a throwback to the kind of  movie product on the toy shelves in the early 90s. I like it.  Let's check her out below!

Trixie comes with a helicopter (which doesn't look like either the cartoon or movie version) and a bizarre oversized missile-launching accessory.

Trixie can't really fit in her helicopter. If she were a 2.5" figure like I wrongly assumed, she would fit fine. But as-is, she's going to get a haircut from that blade.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Trixie with her pack-mate, Snake Oiler. He is a classic nemesis of Speed Racer from the original cartoon.

For scale reference, here she is with a 3.75" Jewel and a Wonder Woman Mighty Mini.


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