Head-to-Head, Toy Car Comparisons

Posted by: jclevering in Member Blogs

Maisto Lamborghini Murcielago vs Hot Wheels Lamborghini Murcielago

The Hot Wheels version has more detail on the outside, painted headlights, and it has wipers molded into the window section. At the rear we see that both the Hot Wheels and Maisto have painted rear lights, but the Hot Wheels version is more detailed again. The word "Lamborghini" is painted on both cars.  On the downside for the Hot Wheels version is the logo and the lack of detail at the grill at the back.

The Maisto is a little bit bigger, but feels "cheap". The wheels of the Hot Wheels don't seem to outrageous for a car like this and it has a detailed interior. The outside has more detail in both casting and paint. So it has to be said: Hot Wheels has made a winner. It looks great and if it wasn't for the Hot Wheels logo, it would be a true collector's item. Now it's simply a good car.

The Maisto is a little bit bigger, but feels "cheap". The wheels of the Hot Wheels don't seem to outrageous for a car like this and it has a detailed interior. The outside has more detail in both casting and paint. So it has to be said: Hot Wheels has made a winner. It looks great and if it wasn't for the Hot Wheels logo, it would be a true collector's item. Now it's simply a good car.

   

Maisto VW Golf IV Cabrio vs SIKU VW Golf IV Cabrio

 

The appearance of both cars is good. They look good. Both cars have good interiors, a winner is difficult to make out, as the SIKU is more detailed but has no sides. The front shows on both versions headlights and the VW logo. SIKU made the logo at a better place, a number plate (Which add's realism to my eye) and has plastic headlights, giving it a more "real" feeling.

The back shows at both cars painted lights and logo, though that is more difficult to see in the Maisto. But where SIKU wins in detail at the front, Maisto does it at the back, where the handle of the trunk is better cast and has a more detailed bumper section.

The roll-over bars of both cars are cast, but the a-bar is plastic on the SIKU and metal on the Maisto, however, the angle is better on the SIKU. The base-plate says Golf GTI on the Maisto, which is odd. To decide who is the winner is difficult on this one, who would have thought that? The only area where the cast of SIKU is better then the Maisto is at the front, everywhere else Maisto wins. Though the interior is a bit blurred, it shows everything, so the winner is... Maisto. 

 

 

 

So who is the winner? If it was only detail, then Microchamps would win. Matchbox made a nice detailed car, sturdy enough for play. I think that's the major factor in this head to head. Microchamps has to be praised to make detailed cars in this scale, but to make it a true toy car, it has to be playable. 
The Matchbox has "real" Goodyear tires, the Microchamps has no markings. Later versions sometimes do have them, but that isn't the case with this one. In both versions Hill is the driver (no. 0). The rear spoiler is smaller and has a lot more detail on the Microchamps version, but it is fragile.
It looks to be an unfair confrontation between the Matchbox and Microchamps, but both cars look nice! Of course, Microchamps put more effort into paint detail, but both casts share a lot, though Microchamps made a smaller version. The driver has a detailed helmet and there is a lot of attention to all the sponsors and the car looks like the real thing. But, so does the Matchbox look real. It has a driver helmet, although it isn't painted in sponsorship colors. It has some advertising, but it is limited to four sponsors.Matchbox Williams Renault FW15 vs Microchamps Williams Renault FW15

 

But where in the other comparison, Matchbox could win, Edocar does not. The car is simply wrong. It has unrealistic sponsorship, wrong casting, and it does not 'play' that well either. In this case, only one winner is possible: Microchamps.
The rear shows two different cars. The Edocar seems more stock. It has a huge V shaped exit, like the real thing. But, the Microchamps has it closer to the ground, giving it more effect. Also, the back extends a bit to the end, so it has more mechanical function. It is how it is done on the real car. The Edocar is a bit more fantasy, though it does not look wrong. Both have detailed interiors, which makes it possible to make a nice diorama.
Again, this seems an unfair competition, but it has to be seen who will win. At the first glance, both cars look like the real thing. But the detailed sponsor ads on the Edocar (made by Real Toy) are fake, unlike the Microchamps. The exterior casting is not as detailed as it could be. It is simplified. The front spoiler is divided into three sections on the Microchamps, only one on the Edocar. The Edocar has blinkers which are to big and in the wrong place, the Microchamps has them only as part of the casting.Edocar (Real Toy casting) Opel Calibra V6 (DTM) vs Microchamps Opel Calibra V6 (DTM)

 



 

 

 

 


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