Packaging - ***
Basic Tomica packaging. If one of you never saw them, basically itís only a box with a picture and numbers indicating
the series number. Good for the collector who likes to show in their collection and put it back in (near) mint condition. but compared to Mattelís blister, itís a far cry. This one is a bit dull for my taste.
Inside, Lightning is only protected by a plastic bag, no cellotape. Just the plastic bag, sir. Rather simplistic for my taste but very efficient.
Sculpting - ***
It body is made of iron while the under body and tires are made from ABS plastic. The size of this car is
on par with basic Hotwheels cars (please see the last photo). So itís about 1:64
scale, which mean is smaller than the Mattel ones.
Details are good. Although itís rather simple, it's enough to capture the movie magic. On the downside, the bottom part of
the lightning is lacking any details. Okay, the movie doesnít show his underparts, but a bit of detailing
Paint - ****
Paint is the strong point of this ďfigureĒ since a his eyes and everything else depends on it. His eyes
are beautifully painted or placed (since it looks like dry transfers to me). Now, if you look at his body, itís
fileed with number, stickers, sponsorsÖ and they all are also beautifully painted. Even the
"lightyear" on his tires is visible. A bit of miss on the muffler, thoughÖ
but thatís minor in my eyes.
Articulation - Bupkis
The only things that move are the wheels, and theyÖ errrÖ spinÖ
Accessories - Bupkis
No Tomica cars ever got any accessories (well some have, but they more children oriented). If you want a Lightning with accessories, go with
Tomyís. It has cactus and rocks as backgrounds. The Tomica one is stuck with nothing.
Fun Factor - ****
Die Cast Cars + Child = endless playing value. Itís a rigid, free wheeling toy with
kid friendly themes.
Value - **
According to my Tomica collectors guide, D series (Lightning is D-23) are made only for vehicles with Disneyís Character on
them (such as Mickeyís Cars, Nemoís bus, etc) and only sold in Japan. There, itís sold for 760 yen (around 6$) which is a good price since the price could go up. But that's if youíre an
investor. The truth is, you could buy 6 Hotwheels cars with that price. To make matters worse, Mattelís is only 4 $ each. Okay, the quality is good, but 6$ is a bit overpriced. (note: some stores in my country already sold this car for 15$. Talk about overpriced, hey).