Friday, 21 April 2017
How Cool is This? Greenlight Hitch & Tow Ford F-150 and Pop Up Camper!
Every once in awhile, something in the 1/64 scale diecast world has me marveling at just how darn cool it is. It might not be rare or perfectly scaled or an error. But it's out of the ordinary. Greenlight tends to release those 'high cool factor' pieces every so often.
I've been wanting to review the Greenlight Hitch & Tow Series 8 2015 Ford F-150 and Pop-Up Camper trailer for quite some time now. Apparently, everyone else liked it as much as I do, because every time I found Series 8 on the pegs at Toys 'R Us (the only Canadian retailer to carry the line), the Pop-Up Camper was already gone. I finally found it on the pegs last weekend so here it is.
The cool factor, uniqueness and detail are absolutely off the charts with the pop-up trailer. This is the first release for this trailer and I'm not disappointed. The 'tent' portion of the trailer is plastic and allows the trailer to look fully set-up as it would at a campsite. Here's where it gets cool, though. The plastic component is removable and the metal cap can be placed directly on the trailer. This serves 2 functions. First, you can tow the trailer around like you would on the road. Secondly, you can see the spectacular interior detail inside the trailer.
The interior details on this trailer are really impressive in 1/64 scale. The beds and kitchenette inside the trailer are fantastically modeled at a very reasonable price point. You can even see the little drain hole inside the bottom of the kitchen sink. How's that for painstaking?
We've discussed the trailer quite a bit, so what about the Ford F-150 that tows it? The F-150 is pretty irrelevant for me. It's nicely detailed and decorated, but there's nothing that jumps out at you and the color is a little on the boring side. The truck isn't a bad piece by any stretch, but it doesn't warrant a ton of discussion either.
So the trailer is mind bogglingly cool and the truck does its job, what are my complaints? Sadly, it's a complaint that I'm hearing more and more about Greenlight: quality control. The pegs on the back of the plastic portion of the trailer are too big, preventing it from nesting on the trailer base and sitting flush. You'll see what I mean in the photos. Secondly, the trailer hitch is affixed askew on the base so it tows the trailer at an angle. Ultimately Greenlight packs a ton of working parts and details in at a low price point and the quality issues aren't glaring, so I'll continue to pick up pieces like this one. I'm hoping to see quality improvements in the future, though. Enjoy!