Packaging - ***
Johnny Lightning (Playing Mantis) always does a nice job with card art on
their die cast products. This line is no exception. A nice
picture of Ms. Gellar graces the front, and if you're a completist, there
are also a series of cards randomly packed on each blister. They
have a photo of one of the characters with a line from the show.
Jl's tend to have better details than most other die cast vehicles, and
this set follows that tradition. Nice work on all four cars, with
great attention to detail across the board.
Critical to this scale cars are the paint ops, and JL does a nice job
here. The Citroen is a bit off in terms of color - the metallic look
just doesn't seem right - but otherwise the
set is great.
Playing Mantis produces some quality product, and collectors appreciate
that along with the attention to detail.
Since these are running $4-$5 at most TRU and Wal-marts, I gotta say that
value isn't their strong suit. Sure, they are nicer cars than most
Mattel products. Sure, they come with a nice little trading
card. But that doesn't make them worth this kind of price.
$2-$3 tops is much more like it.
Obviously, I like the source
material, and they did a good job of finding cars that fit the show
correctly. The only real knock here is the high cost, and if you can
find these on clearance some place you'll be far happier.