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Wacky Races: Penelope Pitstop and the Compact Pussycat


Hello everyone, and thank you for viewing my LEGO Ideas Wacky Races: Penelope Pitstop and the Compact Pussycat project. What you see here is the "Glamor Gal of the Gas Pedal" riding along in her signature car, The Compact Pussycat.

What is Wacky Races, and who is Penelope Pitstop?

Wacky Races was originally a 1968 cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera Productions, the company that brought famous hits like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear and, most famously, Scooby-Doo. The premise was that 11 racers - each with their own unique cars and quirks - race across America to win the title of "The World's Wackiest Racer", all the while dodging traps laid out by one of the racers, Dick Dastardly and his sidekick Muttley, whose plans and cheating comically backfire!

Penelope Pitstop was the only female racer and arguably the most popular, so much so that she ended up getting her spin-off series, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which frequently pits the southern belle as the damsel-in-distress by her guardian, Sylvester Sneekly (under the alias "The Hooded Claw") in hopes of getting her inheritance. The car that she drives, The Compact Pussycat, is basically a beauty parlor on wheels.

What is some information about the idea?

This idea was designed using the LEGO Digital Designer and enhanced using Bricklink's Studio; its Part Designer companion for placing the decor on certain pieces; Clip Studio Paint for drawing the decor, along with Penelope herself; and Photoshop for making the final product look a little nicer and more professional. According the piece count, there are 123 pieces on the idea, and since this is a prototype it is subject to change.

Also, while the rules state that there will be no custom or modified pieces, the decals were created using existing pieces. In addition, as of this writing there is no known, non-customized helmet that can connect with a ponytail other than The LEGO Batman Movie's Batgirl, therefore I had to draw Penelope Pitstop as you see her. Lastly, the decals were hand-drawn.

I took the liberty to take some designs from other resources, but I tried to stick to the original design as faithfully as possible, more specifically the original 1968 series.

Why Should I support Wacky Races: Penelope Pitstop and the Compact Pussycat?

In addition to interactivity, this idea is perfect for LEGO fans and collectors, Hanna-Barbera buffs, and race car enthusiasts in general.

For reference, here are some Wikipedia links that shed more light on the subject at hand:

Ladies and gentlemen, Wacky Races: Penelope Pitstop and the Compact Pussycat.

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