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Dodge Challenger SRT 8

Name: Dodge Challenger SRT8
Designer: Chrysler
Scale: 1:64
Manufacturer: Maisto
Price: Rs 89

We’ve already seen the Dodge Viper… today it’s time for a closer look at the Dodge Challenger.

Dodge Challenger SRT 8 FRONT

Dodge is a United States-based brand of automobiles, minivans, and sport utility vehicles, manufactured and marketed by Chrysler Group LLC
The Dodge Challenger SRT 8 is a rebirth of a muscle car legend. The third, and current generation, was introduced in 2008 as a rival to the evolved Ford Mustang, the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird.

Dodge Challenger SIDE

Assembled in Canada, this hard top, two-door coupe with a sun roof and hood stripes, chrome wheels and leather interiors is a blend of muscle and luxury.

Dodge Challenger DETAILS

Created in the image of the iconic 1970 Dodge Challenger, the all-new Challenger concept car is poised to deliver pin-you-to-your seat power from its Hemi 6.1 engine and head-turning styling that have made the Challenger legendary!

Dodge Challenger REAR

Dodge-Challenger Comparison

Picture Courtesy: Oyunlab

Mercedes Benz 300 SL

Name: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Scale: 1:24
Manufacturer: Unknown (not written on the underbelly)
Price: Rs ??? (Its an old model, don’t recall the price)

A small note before I begin… While I managed the shoot of this model, I forgot to make a note of the manufacturer and the scale. I’ll update that I get my hands on the model (It’s not at my place right now)

I’ve always loved the gullwing style of doors, and I can trace this back to the Thunder Hawk which used to be driven by Matt Trakker from M.A.S.K. I bought this silver merc as a gift, and I spotted it lying around when I thought I’d try and give it a shoot. This is the biggest car I’ve shot till date and also the only car I have access to right now that has movable front wheels. I decided to put that to maximum advantage! But first, borrowing a page from Jigsaw’s book, I’ll introduce the car.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:

“The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day.

Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the fuel-injected road version was based (somewhat loosely) on the company’s highly successful competition-only sports car of 1952, the somewhat less powerful carbureted Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194).

The road model was suggested by Max Hoffman. Being intended for customers in the booming post-war American market it was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, unlike previous models introduced at either the Frankfurt or Geneva shows. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the “300” referred to the engine’s three litre cylinder displacement. The “SL” stood for “Sport Leicht” (Sport Light).

The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever four-stroke car equipped with a Gasoline direct injection. The gull wing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. Production of the roadster ended in 1963 with the introduction of the 230SL.”

And here’s a pic of the car that I found on seriouswheels.com

Mercedes Benz 300 SL Coupe - Seriouswheels.com

Anyways, enough with the trivia, on to the photos!

Mercedes-Benz 300SL front

Mercedes-Benz 300SL front grille and fender

Mercedes-Benz 300SL rear, door open

Mercedes-Benz 300SL tyre

Mercedes-Benz 300SL wheel

Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing doors

The car was a definitely beauty at the time I bought it. Its chrome has faded with time and there’s dust in hard-to-reach places. It also lacks a lot of details that the much more higher priced models in this scale / size have but since I didn’t have that kinda money then, I didn’t splurge on a high-end model. On to the interior shots…

Mercedes-Benz 300SL interior Right Hand Side

Mercedes-Benz 300SL interior Left Hand Side

And the 360…

Mercedes-Benz 300SL front and back view

Mercedes Benz 300SL sides

Mercedes-Benz 300SL side angle

All doors open!

Mercedes-Benz 300SL top down all open

In Conclusion

When I compare it to the full size car in the photo right at the start, I like the details and it all looks great until you get to the wheels… this model has ‘spoked’ wheels where as the full size seems to have regular wheels. Whether those were available as options or not, I’m not sure. Over all, a good model (I’m still not spoilt over the high end models in this range 😉 )

Dodge Viper GTS

Name: Dodge Viper GTS
Designer: Chrysler
Scale: 1:64
Manufacturer: Maisto
Price: Rs 89

When it comes to cars, age is no bar!

Currently, I am in a race with my nephew to the biggest collection of Hotwheels/Maisto/Welly… as of today, he wins 🙂

The series of cars that are I will be talking about in the coming days are the latest additions to his collection. Here is the first.

Dodge Viper GTS

The Dodge Viper GTS is a two seat V10-powered sports car made by the Dodge division of Chrysler. The car, and numerous variations, has made many appearances in TV shows, video games, movies, and music videos.

Dodge Viper GTS FRONT GRILLE

The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performances.

Dodge Viper GTS SIDE

A coupe model called the GTS was introduced in 1996. Dubbed “double bubble,” the roof featured slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose.

Dodge Viper GTS REAR

Transformers Generations WFC Soundwave

Name: Soundwave (Decepticon)
Series: Transformers Generations, War for Cybertron (Deluxe class)
Company: Hasbro
Price: Rs 599

Since I managed to snag both WFC OP and WFC BB, I’ve been itching to get WFC Soundwave as well. However, given the way waves hit our shores here, its never certain when what will hit the stores, and what stores for that matter! After much hunting, it was only at the end of Jan that I found Soundwave. Here’s the review…

Alt Mode

WFC Soundwave

We go from one badass, to the other badass… 🙂 I love the armoured car / SUV look of Soundwave, and especially more, the Jaws!

soundwave alt front and back

Why are those 'tail lights' so low? 😦

 

Soundwave alt side view

Deploying guns !

Soundwave alt guns deployed

Soundwave alt mode guns out

There’s something good and something bad about the alt mode. Its great the way the weapons can be stashed and deployed! Its actually more useable that WFC BB and looks much better than Prime too (His weapon actually makes him look less like a Cybertronian truck and more like a Cybertronian pick-up / topkick (or whatever Movie Ironhide’s alt mode is called). However, the alt mode has quite a few gaps and the worse part is that the gaps let you look right through the model, not like other tformers who’s gaps let you see the insides. I’m not sure if its because if I’ve not done the transformation properly or whether this really is a ‘feature’ of the model.

The guns can tab into the side of the ‘car’ as seen in the photos. Since the tab is round, the guns can move up and down, but that’s about it for the articulation. No movement inwards or outwards.

Transformation

The transformation is simple enough when you compare it to WFC OP. The feet are the roof, the shins are the rear, the torso is the ‘windscreen’ and the shoulderpads are the part between windscreen and roof.

Bot mode

Soundwave bot mode

Soundwave bot mode full shot

The shoulder cannon pegs in via the same round tab into round slot, so while the cannon can be moved left and right (as far as the head / shoulder armour will allow), it cannot be lowered or elevated. On to the 360…

Soundwave bot 360 degree view

Soundwave bot angles

The only real ‘pointless’ kibble are the 2 wheels that hang off his lower back. Thanks to the joints, they can either be positioned ‘V’ shaped (like above) or flattened against his bag… In my copy, one of the 2 joints for the wheels is loose so they don’t really stay in the position you left them in. The gun can be held in either hand. When you open Soundwave from the box, this is how he appears (I don’t recall how the rear wheels were positioned tho).

Articulation

Soundwave bot mode arm articulation

Ok, that's a really blurry picture but you get the idea... right? 😦

 

Soundwave bot mode - kneeling

He has the most natural looking kneeling pose compared to anything in my current collection!

 

Soundwave bot the split

Splits are no problem!

If the above images are any indication, Soundwave seems to have the best articulation I’ve seen from a transformer. The key to this is his transformation. Most of his joints also have a part to play in his transformation, that’s why his elbow can bend much more than the usual 90 degrees of other tformers. Again, thanks to the transformation requirements, he can move his ankles a lot too, which makes a kneeling pose a piece of cake for Soundwave! The only grouch I have against this mold is that the head can only rotate, there’s no up or down movement (its actually flush against the torso, i.e. there’s no neck).

Aand action!

Soundwave bot action pose 1

Soundwave bot action

Soundwave bot dual wield

Why keep on the shoulder what you can wield in your hand... ?

Soundwave Bot mode John Woo style

Soundwave, John Woo style!

Dual wield action continues…

Soundwave bot shooting both sides

Soundwave bot lock and load

Locked and loaded

Soundwave bot in my sights

In my sights...

Secret Mode: Boombox mode

Soundwave Boombox mode

This is the mode most of the fans were looking forward to, the boombox mode. Soundwave’s alt mode in the original series was a mini-cassette, complete with ‘tapes’ that were his minions. This mode is as most people will acknowledge, a tribute to that mode. Also, its a mode from the War For Cybertron game as well.

In Conclusion

Soundwave Bot Verdict

Soundwave is a very good mold. The copy I got had extremely floppy hip joints for a new toy (right out of the box actually). In fact, it was practically impossible for me to get him to do the highkick pose, even if his feet will balance his mass, his hips just won’t allow his legs to hold any pose that goes against gravity and does not have friction with a solid surface to back it up (I’ve heard this complaint on another website, but I forgot to save the link… I’ll update it once i find it again).

Apart from the annoyance, Soundwave is a pretty good figure. While he won’t be staring down autobots or looking up to Megatron any time soon in this mold (without moving his torso… movie Batman style), his dual guns will allow you to pull off many John Woo inspired poses, just don’t expect him to do high kicks or fly through the air with his legs in any other position than pointing straight down…

Circle Tracker

Name: Circle Tracker
Designer: Hot Wheels
Born: 2009
Birthplace: El Segundo, CA, USA
Scale: 1:64
Manufacturer: Hot Wheels
Price: Rs 89

Circle Tracker Hot Wheels FRONT BACK

Released in 2010 as part of the Hot Wheels racing series, the Circle Tracker is a car that stands out from the rest.

Circle Tracker Hot Wheels FRONT

One downer for me though was that every part of this car screamed “Hot Wheels”! The logo is not only on the hood, but on each side flap and the rear! Another flaw could be the very obvious rip off of the Toyota Camry grille for the Circle Tracker.

Circle Tracker Hot Wheels SIDE

This model is designed in four variants (red, orange, blue and metallic blue)… the red variant being the more favored of them all. The clear windows, tan interiors, race decals and the “33” on sides and roof make this car a prized possession for any race fanatic.

Circle Tracker Hot Wheels TAKE OFF

In the words of the guys at Hot Wheels :

“With a cowl induction hood, V8 engine, and streamlined shape for aerodynamics, this stock car of tomorrow was made for tearing up the oval track.”

Transformers ROTF Deluxe Lockdown

Name: Lockdown (Decepticon)
Series: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (NEST Alliance) (Deluxe class)
Company: Hasbro
Price: Rs 499

I had actually seen Lockdown a long time ago, but didn’t get him thanks to mixed feelings about his alt mode looks. TBH after all the Fast and Furious and the NFS’s, its tough to look at any car and not want them to look like street racers. A few reviews revealed a tall, lanky looking bot with good articulation. What really sold me on the alt mode though was watching a Jason Statham movie, Death Race, its a breed of car completely difference from the fast cars of the other car movies. However, by then, he had vanished from the stores 😦 That was last year

It wasn’t until early in January this year, when I dropped by a small ‘gift’ store near The Girlfriend’s house that I spotted this bad boy. It was an instant purchase. On to the review!

Alt Mode

Lockdown alt front

Lockdown is packaged in his alt mode and once you’ve opened the box, you are greeted by one bad ass car! Let’s take a look…

lockdown alt straight

lockdown alt front top

lockdown alt rear

lockdown alt side

lockdown alt view

Compared to any of the carformers I’ve seen till date, this one has got be be the one with the most detailing, and with the post paint apps for the detailing! Whoever designed Lockdown is either (a) a fan of Lockdown, (b) pays attention to detail, or (c) just loves cars like this, given all the gold and silver detailing. The car itself is a dark brown plastic.

Transformation

This transformation reminds me of leader and voyager class Prime, in the sense that the whole length of the vehicle becomes the legs! This translates into a really tall bot mode, towering over most deluxes (if not all the deluxes that I have, but I’ll have to check that) and is probably the same height as the voyagers.

Bot Mode

lockdown bot eye

Yup, once you’ve done the transformation, you’re greeted by one bad ass robot. And his height just adds to the look.

lockdown bot

the standard 360…

lockdown bot front back

lockdown bot side

Articulation:

The brilliance of the alt mode is carried onto the bot mode with some seriously good articulation, however, ahl iz not well…

If you look at the above pics, you’ll notice that Lockdown goes with the asymmetrical look. Legs are symmetrical, but the hips onwards up to his shoulders is asymmetrical. One of the downers of this ‘look’ is that the rear fender that forms his rear ‘skirt’ is asymmetrical as well. This presents a problem. His right hip gets ‘encased’ in the rear fender, which allows for little to no outward movement, unlike his left hip which can go out almost 90 degrees to the straight leg. This means that every pose you want to put him in, his right hip cannot move out… Solution? Unpeg his waist tab so that the crotch comes forward, bringing his hip joint ahead of the fender casing. This brings the right hip to full articulation like the left, but leaves him a bit… ‘unhinged’, i.e. a slight crouching posture, which is not really a problem given his height.

Another problem is his hands… given his height and his alt mode, some part gets scrawny and for Lockdown, its his arms. They are so ‘thin’, they remind me of ROTF Ransack’s arms! Another grouch is that the forearm is longer than the arm (the biceps area), which means that even if you flex the elbow for some poses, it looks like he’s holding his whole arm straight. The door kibble of the alt mode does not help with this illusion.

lockdown unhinge the hip

Unhinge the waist and are you even using those elbows?

 

Aand Action!

lockdown emp and hook

emp cannon and hook

 

lockdown the hand

the hand

 

lockdown action blaster

pew-pew-pew

 

lockdown action kung fu

kung fu fighting

 

lockdown action clip-em-with-the-hook

clip 'em with the hook

 

lockdown action bring it on

"Bring it on"

lockdown action talk to the hand

Talk to the hand

lockdown light piping

Light piping

In Conclusion

Lockdown verdict

Despite the problems with the bot mode, Lockdown shines in the posing department. The talon toes look great and thankfully there’s a swivel there to allow you to move the foot side-to-side so that he does not end up with unmovable blocks for feet (like the current voyager Ironhide). He’s very posable in bot mode, though the turbo-charger cannon doesn’t look like it’ll pack much of a punch (He’s apparently stolen it from Ratchet and from what I’ve heard, Ratchet can use the cannon too, though I’m only unsure if the Ratchet in question is the voyager one or the deluxe one. If it is the deluxe one, then… goodbye scales!)

The soft rubber claw is really a drag in the alt mode, which means it doesn’t lock in properly on the underbelly (the joint is fine, but the soft plastic / rubber is prone to warping / distortion which causes it to bend floorwards) which is not a problem since my carformers rarely go zipping around on the floor.

All in all, highly recommended for badass-ness!

Porsche Boxster

Name: Porsche Boxster
Designer: Porsche AG
Born: 2005
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Scale: 1:64
Manufacturer: Welly
Price: Rs 120

Another Porsche added to the collection!

Porsche Boxster

The Boxster’s name is a portmanteau of the word “boxer”, referring to the vehicle’s horizontally-opposed (flat) or “boxer” engine, and the word “roadster”, referring to the vehicle’s two seat capacity and convertible top. Roadsters are also called spiders or spyders and traditionally are without a roof, side or rear windows.
Porsche Boxster Side
The Boxster is Porsche’s first roadster. The blend of the roadster and boxer is taken to  another level by combining the styling features inspired by the Carrera GT while the engine output from their corresponding Porsche Cayman variants.

Porsche Boxster INTERIORS
Porsche Boxster FRONT

Porsche Boxster REAR

It also exhibits the distinctive ‘fried-egg’ headlight units characteristic of a Porsche
Porsche Boxster AERIAL

The last time I checked the ex-showroom price of this was Rs 56,60,000 🙂