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Has anyone seen National Lampoon's Christmas with Chevy Chase? There's a scene in the movie where he gets angry and kicks a set of Empire Santa/sleigh and reindeer in his front yard. Only the reindeer were very funny looking and the paint job on the pieces was terrible. Boy,it hurt to see him kick them.:eek:

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Has anyone seen National Lampoon's Christmas with Chevy Chase? There's a scene in the movie where he gets angry and kicks a set of Empire Santa/sleigh and reindeer in his front yard. Only the reindeer were very funny looking and the paint job on the pieces was terrible. Boy,it hurt to see him kick them.:eek:

Don't forget he punched Santa too.

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Has anyone seen National Lampoon's Christmas with Chevy Chase?

Now there's a rhetorical question if I ever heard one! :)

-Tim

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i cringe everytime i see that!! seeing the deer and sleigh busted up was a killer, knowing it was.. FINALLY i can say WAS~!~!~! my most wanted blowmolds! a little anger problem their clark?? LOL

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I get the same feeling when I see a nice car get demolished in a movie or TV show. Blowmolds? Not so much. :P

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I've watched that movie a zillion times, I love it and never get tired of it (one channel ran a marathon of CV one year, played it over and over..we watched it, over and over). The scene with the destruction of the sleigh and deer, I'm not so sure it was Empire's..

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Christmas Vacation? Clark? I just don't know what you all are talking about :rolleyes:;)

I'd love to have a set like that, or anything really, but they aren't sold anywhere around here, plus they are very expensive, and 3 I'd have to store them somewhere :eek:

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Well if you notice in the movie when the reindeer breaks apart it looks more like it might be fiberglass or something like they use to make the large nativies for chrurches. The mold itself seems to be the same mold as empire or general foam same sculpt anyhow.

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I've watched that movie a zillion times, I love it and never get tired of it (one channel ran a marathon of CV one year, played it over and over..we watched it, over and over). The scene with the destruction of the sleigh and deer, I'm not so sure it was Empire's..

Well,the reindeer don't look like they belong with the santa and sleigh. And the paint job looked so caked on,it looked like some sort of grit was in the paint as well. I've watched that movie 5 times now in the last two days. I love it.:P

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Well if you notice in the movie when the reindeer breaks apart it looks more like it might be fiberglass or something like they use to make the large nativies for chrurches. The mold itself seems to be the same mold as empire or general foam same sculpt anyhow.

Yeah,those reindeer are a bit strange looking. I've never seen those in blow mold form.

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I must say that is the greatest movie of all times. I could watch it everyday and night.:D

Danny

I've watched it 5 times in two days so far. I laugh every time.

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You sure that is an Empire set? I think we had a debate on it and never could decide who made it but was pretty sure it was repainted.

Either it's Empire or General Foam.

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Christmas Vacation? Clark? I just don't know what you all are talking about :rolleyes:;)

I'd love to have a set like that, or anything really, but they aren't sold anywhere around here, plus they are very expensive, and 3 I'd have to store them somewhere :eek:

I have that set,well the santa/sleigh anyway. My reindeer are different. I can't get any of this stuff here either. I had to order my set off ebay.

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i cringe everytime i see that!! seeing the deer and sleigh busted up was a killer, knowing it was.. FINALLY i can say WAS~!~!~! my most wanted blowmolds! a little anger problem their clark?? LOL

Wow i thought I was the only one to cringe during that scene lol. It was like nails on a chalkboard to me...

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Has anyone seen National Lampoon's Christmas with Chevy Chase? There's a scene in the movie where he gets angry and kicks a set of Empire Santa/sleigh and reindeer in his front yard. Only the reindeer were very funny looking and the paint job on the pieces was terrible. Boy,it hurt to see him kick them.:eek:

I can so see myself doing something like that if I wasn't able to get my lights to work. :rolleyes:

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Wow i thought I was the only one to cringe during that scene lol. It was like nails on a chalkboard to me...

I think the cringing is a mutual feeling we all have. :P

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I can so see myself doing something like that if I wasn't able to get my lights to work. :rolleyes:

I wanted to choke myself with my icicle lights the other day because I couldn't get one section to light. I finally gave up and got a new string. :rolleyes:

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i watched it again last night and it looked like an empire sleigh but not deer. the deer had squared legs. gee were did i see those before ?? : )

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