Packaging - **1/2
The package is a simple window box. It allows for full viewing and has
some nice graphics…the box is functional but nothing exciting. I would
have given it three stars but the bike is attached at the bottom to the
cardboard insert via a plastic plate that has to be unscrewed. No big deal
really but you need a thin Phillips screwdriver….and I couldn't find
Paint - ****
The tank and fenders are actually molded in color but feature nice blue
pinstripes. There's a BMW logo on the tank and speedometer decal. All of
it is very nicely done.
Detail - ***1/2
Everything from brake cables to rear foot pegs are on this baby. The
detail are a little rough in some spots but overall is nice looking. There
are shocks but they are non-functioning. The tires are heavy rubber and
the body is nice hard plastic. The engine is reflective plastic but the
exhaust and frame parts are kind of a cheap gray plastic that feels pretty
brittle. It seems like they kind of skimped here but overall it's pretty
Play Factor - ***
See above comments. The quality is good for adult collectors who will
use it for displaying their figures, but I don't think it would take a lot
of abuse if a kid bought it to play with. I think the brittle plastic is
very susceptible to breakage and the wheels have great potential to snap
off because of the plastic
Value - ****
I picked this up for $20 at Toys R Us. I give it the full four stars
because I'm comparing it to similar quality bike put out by Hasbro and
21st Century. They may have had a very slight edge on the detail and
strength but they were also 2-3 times the price.
Overall - ***1/2
This will make a great addition to my motor-pool and will make for some
great shots in my next photo story.
Where to Buy -
As I mentioned earlier, I picked this one up at TRU. I haven't seen them
in any other retailers but NewRay has shown up at several other major
retailers and you should keep your eye out everywhere.
MWC Note - I heard from
reader David tonight, and he said that you can find these at some Kaybees
and Kaybee outlets on clearance at $7.99! I'd check it out if you're
in the market.