It’s weekend and I have no plans! That’s sad right… so I decided to something new this weekend without leaving the comfort of my domeroom! I thought of doing an unboxing of one of my 1:18 scale model, but that will be a little monotonous so decided to do a unboxing some of my favourite Jeep released this year by Matchbox and Hotwheels. Usually I do one unboxing/uncarding at a time, but this time I am doing multiple so its going to be exciting.
Now it’s time to pick a contenders and a cool title… Because I picked 5 Jeeps by Matchbox and Hotwheels I thought “4 Matchbox and a Hotwheels” but that sounded a bit filmy, so I decided to mix and mach a little and concluded it as “Weekend Marathon with Jeeps” I wanted to do uncarding and short review along! Picked five Jeep with different body style for variety and my five cars are ready.
Hotwheels have been my favourite small scale model since childhood days for its sheer variant and decent details. SO our first runner is “73 Jeep J10” (196/250) release under Baja Balzer 3/10 in bright orange. I love this Jeep for its details and cool paint finish.
“Jeep Gladiator” is one of the cool SUV and I been trying to get a decent one for my personal collecting… been eyeing the two door Gladiator but that dint made to Indian market and I din’t want to import. So finally I managed to pick a few this year and added one to this Marathon.
Third runner to join this marathon is this Biosyn “18 Jeep Wrangler” which was released as a part of Jurassic World Dominion edition this year. This Jeep Wrangler is one of the coolest Wrangler even with a top on and in a simple cream shade. And he is just in time for our Weekend Marathon.
Finally, the coolest SUV with classic woody decals on is here too… Join me in welcoming “89 Jeep Wagoneer” released by Matchbox under Jurassic World Dominion edition this year. This is the same Wagoneer that the lead character (Chris Pratt) used in the movie, which is really cool.
Yeah, the line up seems pretty cool and the weekend is getting hotter! I started by uncarding them… not the conventional way that would destroy the card and make it trash! But I usually uncard them by cutting them near the seam and save the cards as I like the cards more than the car itself.
Off all the card we have in here… I personally like the Jeep Wagoneer the most for its beautiful cardart in darker shade gives us a late evening vibe and that huge T-Rex roar puts some chills on! Actually, all the Jurassic World Dominion cars look good when they are in card but this Wagoneer card cool even without a car on it.
First up is our very own 73 Jeep J10 by Hotwheels… The orange body work is very nice with slight glit but nothing flashy like what you see in super treasure hunt cars. It even gets a set of roof mounted fog lamps but the two on the bulbar misses this love. I also hate the bullbar as it is just a big chunk of plastic!
This Jeep J10 gets nice big Hotwheels decals, massive chrome ringed wheels with noby tires and this ride is a bit raised as well, which gives a bit of front up view. Even the smaller decals like the “Jeep” on the hood is sharp and totally readable. And in my opinion this profile view is the best view to display this beauty as is most other Hotwheels.
The unique feature I see in this Jeep J10 is the spare tires! Yeah the tires are real tires from the SUV itself but they are not the same tires as this has some texture for ties. You can even see some details one the engine and cooler through the roof bars, but not that great of a talking point as it is finished in chrome. All in all, this is a great car/suv from this year’s Hotwheels mainline release.
Next up on our list is one of my favourite Jeep of all, the Gladiator! This Gladiator is not new but this black color is all new from Matchbox Basic lineup. This shade is what is pulling so many collectors its way. I also have the Hotwheels Jeep Gladiator released around 2020 and love it to the core, and this is growing on me as well. Unlike the Hotwheels version, this Gladiator don’t get any grill detailing nor the headlamps!
Like anyother Hotwheels/Matchbox products, the profile is where the magic happens and this Jeep Gladiator is no exception. The Hotwheels made the all closed Gladiator but this is fully exposed so you can enjoy the interiors better. This hardly has any decals but there is a Rubicon badge along with some clamp etc. adds some excitement to this Glad. Surprisingly this Gladiator gets a Matchbox decals on its driver side!
This Gladiator’s rearend is the most boring of all and totally blunt! It lacks any decal details but the casting is very nice, the rear fender is cool and bumper has some nice details. So customisers will have fun with this beautiful cast. But Matchbox might have lost a great opportunity and lets just hope a better detailed Gladiator comes soon.
This 89 Jeep Wagoneer by Matchbox is a crazy cool SUV and is one of the beauties released in Jurassic World Dominion series this year. I love Jeeps and this is one that I always wanted as a scale model… Thanks to Hamley, Bangalore for bringing it to our shores. This Wagoneer is a great example of classic design lives the test of time. The front is detailed but as it lacks decal or tampos, looks a bit boring.
As mentioned earlier, most Matchbox/Hotwheels cars looks good in profile and this Jeep Wagoneer falls into the same category. But it looks super cool in blister, thanks to those wood texture and nice chrome wheels. This has very nice details like, door handles, fuel cap and Wagoneer badging all around. Contrasting beige interiors on black body works its magic.
This 89 Jeep Wagoneer is work of art and has lot of interesting bits to talk about! It has a oversized tow hook, textured roof and a rear wiper as well. But misses out on rear tail lamp detailing and rear wood paneling. Overall an other missed opportunity by Matchbox.
Jeep Renegade is one Jeep that wanted in real life too! But it dint made into our market, so as the Matchbox till this year! I managed to pick one from Sydney but this is my first official peg hunt Renegade so I am super excited. This 19 Jeep Renegade in white is cool but the color kind of slims down details and even the original SUV is not that high on attitude. Matchbox did an awesome work on this 19 Jeep Renegade’s headlamp and grill details making it the one with most accurate frontend in this weekend marathon.
Unlike all the other Jeeps in this weekend marathon, this has the worst profile. This 19 Jeep Renegade is a original representation of the real SUV so this look really simple. No complaints here as Matchbox did exactly what Jeep did to its Renegade. There is some details to enjoy like the door handles, fuel cap and 5 spoke alloy wheels as is the real Renegade.
This 19 Jeep Renegade is the only Jeep here to get a full size, panoramic sunroof and very nice one too. Do you know this 19 Jeep Renegade is a “Trailhawk” if you doubt take a magnification glass look at the tailgate! The rear-end is super realistic and I rate it so high for its front and rear detailing.
Our final entry into this weekend marathon is this beautiful 18 Jeep Wrangler in cool create color. It is a part of Jurassic World Dominion series and it is one cool SUV with black camper top. The details on the top is just top class! This 18 Jeep Wrangler gets detailed bumper with fog lamps and even a tow hooks. But this Jeep misses on headlamp and front grill details, which is a bummer!
This again is a cool SUV if you view it from the side, this is the bestest angle! This specially is great if you are a carded car collector, which most of the collectors are! But for us it need to be a all round performer and it wins the profile game. This Jeep gets a lot of movie specific decals like the big “Bison” decals, hood lock detail and even a rear taillamp detail. And a sharp Jeep Wrangler logo on the side. The alloys are also very cool and I love it in this Wrangler than on the Wagoneer. Also I see two fuel cap on both side! Don’t know why this Jeep has two fuel caps.
The rear end of this Jeep is not as bad as the Wagoneer or the Gladiator, thanks to the spare wheels that gives some visual relief. This 18 Jeep Wrangler also don’t get any rear detailing in the form of decals or anything but gets a lot of casting details, which you would only appreciate if you take a magnifying glass and look for it. I may be greedy, but I would have felt super happy if they had put at least add some chrome to the spare wheel.
No marathon is complete without a winner… And we have a clear one in hand (literally in this case) Our winner of this weekend marathon is the only Hotwheels in this marathon and he takes the winner’s trophy, this 73 Jeep J10 is a classy fine detailed Jeep. Its orange body work and chrome detailing got its initial lead and the separate wheels seals the deal. And Wagoneer took the second place and Renegade takes the third pole pose.
This being a fun weekend activity, I included some of my social networking friends into this activity… they all voted for their favourites and this Matchbox Jeep Gladiator practically took the show and won “Collectors Choice” award with clear advantage. I guess all my friends are mesmerised by Gladiator’s clean lines and black paint job. 73 Jeep J10 by Hotwheels stood second. We have planned few more comparisons coming your way… So stay tuned! Till next time… Ciao.