To begin, who remembers the TV show CHiPs starring Larry Wilcox and Eric Estrada? I used to watch it all the time and really enjoyed it, but then I revisited the series on DVD and noticed just how slow those high-speed chases actually were!
But I still think the show is entertaining and does hold up if you focus on the humor and not the stunts and imposed drama.
Did you know there was even a movie?
Thanks to the movie Planes – Fire and Rescue, this old TV show now has a Disney tie-in. Meet “Blazin” Blade Ranger, the helicopter who was in the (ficticious) law enforcement TV show CHoPs:
Released under the ‘Deluxe’ line of die-cast vehicles
Here is a brief synopsis of the movie Planes – Fire and Rescue: Dusty travels to Piston Peak National Park where he meets a fire and rescue crew under the command of a helicopter named Blade Ranger, a former TV star. The leader of an efficient unit, Blade is initially unimpressed by the small newcomer and Dusty’s training proves to be a difficult challenge. Dusty learns that Blade’s co-star from CHoPs was killed during a stunt gone wrong on set that Blade was helpless to stop, so he decided to become a firefighter to save lives for real.
Blade Ranger is painted fire-red due to his new job, but when he was a TV star, he wore the blue and white of the California Chopper Patrol:
This small die-cast toy has an awesome winch feature
I have a red version of this character but haven’t seen this blue variant before. In fact, it was the last one at the Wal-Mart where I picked it up. The cost is $14.95 CAN and is a fantastic value for the money!
Oh..I do remember CHiPs..and loved it.
We love watching the old shows on DVD and it’s funny how some hold up with the passage of time but some don’t. CHiPs certainly does! Thanks for commenting!