Mickey has a Black Nose!
By Mike Stella
I collect boxcars. I collect Disney. Any Disney boxcar is a double treat. This operating Mickey Mouse boxcar came out for Christmas a few years back and my guess is it wasn’t well received because in a very short time distributors were “blowing them out” on special sales and the low price prompted me to order a half dozen for my friend’s train store.
I kept one for myself of course, and when I opened it I noticed Mickey had a big white spot on his nose!
I live close to Disneyland. My son works at Disneyland. We visit Disneyland many times each year and I have NEVER seen any Mickey Mouse with a white nose!
I looked at all six Lionel cars I had ordered and only one had an all BLACK nose. I think it would benefit the Lionel Company to treat a few folks to a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland before they do any future Mickey Mouse items. They would surely learn that Mickey has a BLACK NOSE! I wonder how many correct boxcars were produced?