« on: April 14, 2005, 06:59 PM »
I'll make one thread for this and post my review of each car as I get them. Today I received the Episode 3 Program car, 1:24 Scale.
Packaging: Very Nice, although there's no window to view the vehicle, the packaging has the Revenge of the Sith look similar to the Carded figures with Vader's head over the boiling Lava. The car is packed in a form fitting styrofoam inlay to the box itself and also inside a soft bag...similar to cheese-cloth to keep it from being scratched.
Paint: The paint scheme on this thing is awesome! The primary color scheme is black, with red along the bottom as well as the sides of the roof. The hood has the Star Wars Logo in color and a greyscale picture of Darth Vader's Helmet with flames behind it. On either side there is a side shot of Vader's head with flames coming out of it right by the car's number 05, although they look metallic and bolted onto the car, just paint but a nice effect nonetheless. There is also a Star Wars Racing logo over the rear tire and a Vader Logo on the back. The hood has the 05 number and the release date of the film. The Trunk has the Star Wars Logo, and the hind end has another Darth Vader head, with the metallic flame design coming out of each side.
Detail: There is plenty of detail on this car. The hood and trunk open to reveal the engine and the contents of the trunk, which looks like a fuel cell. There are also two roof flaps that open. The interior has some incredible detail right down to the dashboard guages. Also, the safety net on the driver's window is much softer and realistic to the previous cars. Even the undercarriage shows the exhaust and suspension system in greater detail than previous years. There are even tiny goodyear decals on the bottom of the tires like you'd see on new tires!
Overall: I give this car a 5 out of 5. If the program car is any indication of the rest of the series, these will be the best of my car collection!