Fairlady begins its life as early as 1959 in the form of a roadster. The roadster represented Fairlady in the first decade until the Z car came along in the early 70s. It was the 240Z and it hit it well in the America. This 2nd generation Z looks much muscular than the 240Z. I think that the headlights looks distinctive enough and nicer than its predecessor. The traditional long nose is also an attractive Fairlady trademark.
We have 3 cars with me today in this another Go! Go! Tomica comparo. We have the usual suspect, Tomica, together with Matchbox and Kingstar.
Kingstar 280Z-T, Scale 1/60, Made in Korea
Although Kingstar is not in the same league with Matchbox and Tomica (in terms of pricing), I think it is a "reasonably priced car" that delivers better than a Welly or Yatming. The car has windows tinted in blue inclusive of its pair of headlights. It is a good intention but quite poorly presented although the other 2 cars do not have that feature. This is the only car here that include demister in the package. I supposed that is a luxury option in the 70s or early 80s? I still vaguely remember that the late 90s Thai built Toyota Soluna does without demister. This Kingstar is built at a budget like the Soluna except that it has a fake defroster.
My Score: 3.3 / 5
Tomica 280Z-T, Scale 1/61, Made in Japan
Tomica is the specialist in making Japanese cars. I almost take it for granted on that till I put it together with other makes like I usually do for my blog. The detailing especially the front of the car is so well done that it look so much like the real car from front 3/4 view. The overall profile of the Tomica is better proportioned as compared to the Matchbox and Kingstar.
My Score: 4.5 / 5
On The Move:
The Matchbox has a set of superfast wheels as its series say so. I have to say that I really hated this set of rims since I have my first Matchbox when I was a kid. I felt that justice is not done to the cars which are having these wheels design. They made the cars look very truck-like or van-like. They should have use the button wheels which are used in transition from Lesney to Superfast instead. The car does not really benefit from the set of superfast wheels in terms of acceleration. It moves like a truck if you head on with the Tomica and Kingstar.
Although I do not fancy Kingstar 8 spokes rims which is made up of triangles and squares but much better than the Matchbox. The Kingstar move swiftly but not smoothly, passengers will enjoy a bumpy ride as the car wobbles while on the move.
The Tomica moves willingly and smoothly in a straight line although not really fast like Hotwheels. Tomica is also the only one here that gives you a suspension. The suspensions of the other 2 cars are a tad too hard that it is as good as no suspension. I still prefer Tomica 5 spokes design wheels, don't really like the 4 spokes design. I know button wheels is a like it or hate it issue for some collectors (especially Hotwheels collectors).
Tomica: 4.0 / 5
Kingstar: 3.0 / 5
Matchbox: 2.0 / 5
Build & Finish:
All cars has opening doors!!!! Ok, nothing to shout about.
Matchbox as traditionally is well build in general. It feels good to hold as you can see that they use more metal than other 2 cars here. Paint quality is average but follow closely to the cars they represented. I realised they hardly use metallic colours unlike Tomica in the 70s. I do understand that cars then do not have metallic colours. Nothing much serious to complain about this Matchbox expect on the detailing and the ugly wheels.
interesting comparison...I have a Kingstar Ferrari Dino and came here looking as to the origin, it has no "Made in Korea" sticker on the base.ReplyDelete
is the base plastic for the tomica i have the 30th anniversary version made in araound the 00s and the base is flat out black plastic and is made in chinaReplyDelete