« on: June 22, 2005, 07:32 PM »
I got home from alert today and in the mail was the last of the series for Episode III (and possibly ever). The Jeff Gordon Elite.
And I think they saved the best for last!
Packaging: Although this one lacks the nice paint schemes that the previous boxes have, this is clearly a superior package for this car. It's all black, with the Elite logo in gold. Instead of a top and bottom as the others have, this is a hinged box revealing the car inside, although wrapped in a black lint-free cloth. Very well done.
Paint: The paint scheme is the same as the car Jeff Gordon won at Talladega this year. Plenty of detail with the various sponsor logos, the only true Star Wars items on it are the Yoda and the Star Wars logo on the hood. Still, a lot of detail went into it and it is the authentic paint scheme for the actual car.
Detail: I thought all the other cars in the Episode III series had incredible detail until I got this one!!! Not only does this car have all the detail of the previous cars....it's expounded upon them ten-fold. There are tethers under the hood, trunk and roof-flaps. The hood and trunk have extra metal hinges on them which help to keep them open. The cockpit is absolutely incredible! There's a seatbelt, cables running throughout and even one to the steering wheel which all I can think is it's some type of tether since the steering wheels are removable to get the driver in and out. Also, the webbing on the driver's side window is actual cloth and not plastic as in all previous cars!
Overall: I think this car would be a fitting end to the series. I honestly don't know how they could improve upon it!!!