Category Archives: MPC

Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion

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OBJECT: Model Building  THEME: Disney / Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote / Coca-Cola on wheels  TIMELINE: 1970s  BRAND: MPC  CONSIDERATIONS: Assembly Required / Drink And Drive Responsibly


Model kit making company MPC produced this fiendish set of horror kits based on Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion, as seen at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The models came with action features known as ZAP/ACTION.

Page 1 of double page Disney's Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.

Page 1 of double page Disney’s Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.


Page 2 of double page Disney's Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.

Page 2 of double page Disney’s Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.


Beep Beep …

Next is this 1972 ad for MPC’s Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote super car kits … no need for glue, these are from the snap-together range.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.


It’s the real thing …

Another MPC production … it’s the “Coke machine on wheels”, the “Carbonated Cruiser”, it’s the 1971 Coke Vending Machine car!

But what exactly is a Vending Machine car?

US. Teen Titans. 1971.

US. Teen Titans. 1971.

The Vending Machine car was built by Steve Tansy and Glen Yealy in 1970 using Coca-Cola vending machine parts. The side panel was actually the door from a vending machine, and there was an ice cooler at the rear to store your bottles of Coke! The project was given blessing by the Coke company who supplied the machines and even suggested some additional features.

You can read more about this cool car here


Thanks for looking!

MPC … quality model kits

MPC was established in 1963 by George A. Toteff Jr. and Dick Branstner. As well as producing high quality and detailed versions of model road cars, MPC produced many TV tie-in vehicles from titles such as The Monkees, Happy Days, Space 1999, The Fall Guy, Knightrider and Dukes of Hazzard. Some notable film tie-ins included Star Wars, Alien and Raiders of the Lost Ark.


US. Ghosts. 1981.

US. Ghosts. 1981.


US. Weird War Tales. 1981.

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.


The Defenders. 117. 1983. Advncd D and D MPC action sceneswm

US. The Defenders. 1983.


US. Spider-Man. 1981.

US. Spider-Man. 1981.


US. House of Mystery. 1983.

US. House of Mystery. 1983.


US. Daredevil. 1987.

US. Daredevil. 1987.


US. Codename Spitfire. 1987.

US. Codename Spitfire. 1987.


US. Amethyst. 1982.

US. Amethyst. 1982.


US. Weird War Tales. 1975.

US. Weird War Tales. 1975.


US. The Unexpected. 1972.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.


Page 1 of double page Disney's Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.

Page 1 of double page Disney’s Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.


Page 2 of double page Disney's Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.

Page 2 of double page Disney’s Haunted Mansion by MPC. 1974. Weird War Tales. US.


US. Teen Titans. 1971.

US. Teen Titans. 1971.