So I looked at the HW Dodge Challenger the other day which I thought was a good model, but with room for improvement as always with a HW model.
I wanted to look at the Mattel products side by side to see which one is better – and I think that the evidence is conclusive.
Whilst the shape and form is there for the HW version, you just see a whole lot more within the MB version. Detail, wing mirrors, colour scheme, it just looks a whole load smarter than the HW relative. Matchbox – at times – do away with silly graphics and stuff, and this goes to show what they can really do when they put their minds to it and produce an excellent diecast miniature for not a huge price. For a little person it will not matter, as it will be probably thrown/dented/smashed up in some form thus the detail is irrelevant. For a collector, I would expect that the majority would care to look for the MB version.
Taking it to another level altogether, here is the MB version versus the Greenlight pure 1/64. Unfortunately, here the MB model just cannot compete, but in comparison, it gives it a bloody good go, But you pay extra for GL models and the reason is glaringly obvious.
For me, I am satisfied with the GL Challenger – it suits me fine as it enters the Garage as it matches all that is present. Whilst I like the MB version, I cannot help thinking that it would look so out of place with the likes of 1/64 Kyosho, Oversteer, Autoworld and TLV jostling for place. I think it has a place on my desk at work. And it seems happier there amongst fellow HW, Siku and Majorette castings.