Wile E Coyote Has the Willys

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This from an advertisement for MPC snap together model kits featuring hot rods for Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. The advert appeared in an 1972 edition of a comic book called The Unexpected.

In 1972 MPC models put out a snap together model with Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. Wile E’s kit came with a skateboard. In 2011 Round 2 Models put out a re-issue of the kit. Wile E. Coyote was a separate PVC vinyl character, but the skateboard still had to be assembled from the model kit. I have not been able to find any pictures of the original kit assembled, but there were only 3 colors used for it as well, black, green, and chrome.

This print ad appeared in a 1972 issue of the comic boot The Unexpected. [Source: The Vintage Toy Advertiser]

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Here’s the box for the original 1972 model of Wile E. Coyote and the Wile E Willys. [Source: Pinterest]

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Round 2 Models reissue.

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An enhanced version of the original box illustration that must be used on the back of the new re-issue.

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Images from the instruction sheet you can download.

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The assembled model from pictures on the box.

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Here’s a couple photos of an actual assembled model from IPMS/USA Reviews. The skateboard is all one color, so it’s the classic case of extra painting required to make it look exactly like the model on the box, even though it’s a snap-together.

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Another trade publication advertisement for the original 1972 MPC model. [Source: Ebay]

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A related, somewhat unrelated item, a crappy plastic skateboard from 1997 that features both Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote as a top graphic built into the non-skid surface. [Source: Ebay]

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