Friday, 30 September 2016

Better in Orange: Mattel's Tesla Model S Castings

Better in orange? I mean Matchbox, Mattel's orange brand, did a better job than Hot Wheels, their blue brand, on the Tesla Model S casting. The Matchbox version benefits from heightened realism, better lines, proportions, details and the lack of a silly spoiler on the back. The Hot Wheels Tesla Model S, isn't awful, but it's not pretty either.

Compare the Hot Wheels and Matchbox side-by-side in the photos below. The Matchbox sits a little taller, but a proper tall. Length is proper on both models, but the Hot Wheels has a goofy spoiler on the back. Moth models look fine from the side (minus the spoiler), but the Matchbox rims are far better than the PR5's. Both castings get similar detailing on the back, but the Matchbox just looks way more realistic. The trim and taillights look like they're actually the right size on the Matchbox. Where it really gets disastrous for Hot Wheels is the front end. The Hot Wheels gets a mild dose of the dreadful upturned chin, which gives the front end a really scrunched in look. The grille is a lot bigger on the Matchbox. Perhaps the only aspect of the Hot Wheels casting I prefer is the slope of the hood. The Matchbox hood seems to slope steeply halfway down the hood whereas the Hot Wheels is a more gradual curve.

Matchbox wins. Hot Wheels loses. But the the Hot Wheels casting isn't a loser. If I could only keep one, it'd be the Matchbox, but I enjoy the Hot Wheels casting too. My biggest beef with the Hot Wheels is not that it's less realistic than the Matchbox, because sometimes Hot Wheels should be less realistic than Matchbox, it's that the lack of realism serves no purpose. (Except the chin helps on the track) When Matchbox does the civilian version and Hot Wheels the race car, it's great! When Matchbox does a stock pickup truck and and Hot Wheels lowers it or jacks it up, it makes sense. Same goes for muscle cars with blown engines. You get the idea. Here, though, there seems to be no real explanation for the Hot Wheels casting being less accurately proportioned and detailed. Oh, one more thing. The Hot Wheels looks best in dark colors like navy and charcoal...

Happy Collecting!!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Bugs and Busses are Great, but Mattel's done Some More Unique VW's Too!

This post speaks for itself. Collectors, car enthusiasts and pretty much everyone else, loves, or at least has a soft spot for, Volkswagen Bugs and Busses. With that kind of love, it's no wonder diecast companies have replicated Beetles and vans countless times. Volkswagen goes so much deeper than Bugs and Busses though.

With that being said, here's a selection of Matchbox and Hot Wheels VW's that we don't see to often. From Things to Saveiros, enjoy! (Okay, one bug...)

Happy Collecting!!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Cracked and Closeup! The Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-X from Hot Wheels!

You asked for it, and here it is. All 10 versions of the Hot Wheels Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-X freed from their plastic prisons and photographed up close. Okay, maybe you didn't really ask for me to crack these. I asked you to comment 'yes' if you wanted me to crack 'em open. I wanted to get 10 'yes' votes, but got 7 between 2 posts. You can check out the first Hako post here. With a huge amount of support on Instagram, I figured 7 'yes' votes on here was good enough. Plus, my voting regulations aren't as stringent as Florida's were in 2000. (Sorry, I've been scrolling through presidential debate memes) I'll stop. Hako time...

There's not much to say about this casting. Actually, there's a lot to say but, unlike your old uncle Gerald, you read for the pictures and not for the articles. So I'll let the pictures do the talking, but I will say that this Skyline is easily one of the best JDM castings in the Hot Wheels arsenal and Jun Imai's beauty looks good in many different liveries, wheel choices and base variations. The ultra detailed and decorated New Model looks just as good as the sparkling-clean Boulevard release. Plastic wheels on the Heritage release aren't outdone by Real Riders on the Japan Historics. Each of these Hakos works, and Hot Wheels would be amiss if they didn't bring us more. Enjoy!

Happy Collecting!!