Something is wrong with this model.
It is not the choice of casting. The '69 Chevelle SS is a great choice. It seems there is a small contingent of models that are used for premium mail-in models. Chevy Panels, Blown Deliveries, etc etc. Those are great models, but it is nice to see a mainline type model get the treatment. We hope this means we will see more. Maybe even some Euro or Japanese cars.
It is not the choice of wheels. These are great wheels. GREAT wheels. The watanabe-looking rims don't just look good on JDM models. They look good on pretty much any classic model. Plus we would not be surprised if a few folks just got this model to use the wheels on a custom.
It is not the deco. The burnt orange and flames really works, especially with the black trim. We have seen the Walmart 69 Camaro with the deco over Zamac, which works, and we assume the other three mail-ins will as well. We are in on this year's set.
So what is wrong?
The base. It's plastic, and that presents a problem.
Look, we normally don't care one way or the other if a base is plastic or metal. Metal bases are great, but we don't get too caught up in that. How the model looks is far more important. And that goes for premium models as well.
BUT, we have a problem if what is promised about the model is not what happens. While whether a base is metal or not would not convince us to buy a model, it does convince a lot of collectors. So if Mattel said the base would be metal, and it shows up plastic, that is a problem.
So will Mattel do something about it? Probably not, and we don't know what they could do. Surely something has been mentioned in the El Sug office, and things will probably be a bit tighter the next time around.
So, does this bother you? Do you want Mattel to do something about it? Mistakes happen, but we are sure many would like Mattel to at least acknowledge it. Maybe they will, maybe they can't.
(Want it? There are plenty on ebay...)
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