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Cessnas! Speedboats! Dune buggies! Motorcycles! Sweaty space suits!

July 18, 2014


There are times when companies are all half-assed with their sweepstakes, making contestants jump through dopey hoops for prizes of dubious value. Then there’s what Revell does in this one: says “Screw the models, let’s give away the real things!” Finally, a sweepstakes we can all rally behind.A few observations: First, it’s good thing that flying lessons are included with the Cessna plane, lest it give rise to a JFK Jr./John Denver type tragedy. And really, who isn’t going for the plane? A plane! A goddamn plane! Second, the space suits are from Marooned, a Gene Hackman/Gregory Peck film from 1969 that was the Apollo 13 of its day — actual marooning, as it were, didn’t happen until the next year. It’s a middling science-fiction/disaster movie that won an Oscar for its effects, but has the ugly distinction of having been the only film so honored to be parodied by MST3k. That’s not the point, though. The point is: I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d want my genuine movie space suit to have the unmistakable odor of sweaty Richard Crenna inside it. It’s over, Johnny.

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