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Friday, May 11, 2018

XK and F-Type Grand Tourers



























I really like the Jaguar F-Type fastback...  What a beautiful car...  And the best part of it is that Jaguar actually offers it in a manual transmission with a clutch!  Unfortunately the manual is offered only on the lower horsepower variants - but maybe that keeps me from spending the money on the 550 horsepower versions!

And now Matchbox has done a scale model of the F-Type...  It's a nice model, in black in the group photo to the right, but is a little let down by the clear plastic roof.  It would've looked great if they'd painted in the steel roof panels between the windshield and the moonroof, and between the moonroof and the rear hatchback.  But they didn't, leaving the model looking a little chintzy...   But also really good...  Its a nice model of a ridiculously nice car, just with a small error.  

And the cool thing is that this model replaced another super nice model of the XK hardtop (in maroon to the right).  This was frankly a wonderful model, made during Matchbox' late 2000's renaissance, of another exquisite real life Jaguar coupe.  I chose the maroon version for the photographs, both as a contrasting color and due to the ridiculously handsome wheels.  I have the model in 6 colors (see later photo of all 6), including 2 other red/maroon shades (3 red shades for one model!?!  4 of the six share the same handsome multi-spoke alloys, with only one having even nicer 5-spoke wheels (though I didn't include a photo such that you can see it) and the blue model having a slightly less attractive 5-spoke wheels that came with that premium series.  All in all, a great casting.

And the cool thing is that THAT casting also replaced an earlier very nice XK8 casting (the red convertible in the above photos).  I've got this casting in 3 colors, including the premium version I chose to highlight for the main photo shoot, (unfortunately I was only able to find 2 of the colors - I can't find my blue one).  

So in short, Matchbox has faithfully and excellently done the last 3 generations of Jaguar's beautiful grand touring line!  Time for a comparison of the 3 generations of Matchbox Jaguar XKs!

But once I started the comparison, I decided to include additional versions from other toy companies.  Hot wheels produced an interesting premium XK-8 coupe back around 1998 as part of its Adult Collectible Jaguar set (in blue)  This set cost $40 - a LOT of money back then.  It took a long time for me to decide to spend the money to buy the set!

But then later on they produced a Whips version (in green in the photos) with nicer wheels.  Overall its a nice casting, but there's always been something I didn't really like about it, something that was off about it... It just didn't have the same presence as the Matchbox versions... 

And then as I looked through my car cases I came across a Malibu entry - a silver XK hardtop....   And what a great model this one is!  Size-wise it is right in line (maybe a hair longer) than the equivalent excellent Matchbox XK hardtop.  But it's got actual plastic headlights and rear lights, great body detail, and authentic replicas of Jaguar's own alloy wheels!

Including these 2 additional models from Malibu and Hot Wheels made for a 5 model comparison test.  And while all the models are nice and worthy in their own right, it was easy to pick the winners and losers:

5th Place:  The Hot Wheels XK-8 hardtop.  These were the most expensive models and they felt like quality.  They also were the only model with an opening part (the hood).  However the most important thing about a model is the overall proportions, and the Hot Wheels casting doesn't quite get it right.  It's close, but not as close as the others, and to my eye, its not right.  Maybe its too rounded?  Or not long enough?  I can't tell what's wrong about it, but I can tell that it's not quite right.  Excellent paint, metal chassis, great detail, amazing wheels (green version) and rubber tires are all wonderful aspects, but they can't change the overall shape of the casting.  On a scale of 10, this casting is a nice 7, but it can't win when the other castings were all 7.5s and higher.

4th Place:  Matchbox F-Type (black hardtop in the group photo).  In real life this is the handsomest design, particularly from the back.  But cast in metal as a toy, the back and the rest of the design isn't quite as compelling (though the black paint that hides detail doesn't help...  perhaps in a different color it would score higher).  It's got nice wheels, that are shared with the previous generation XK.  But the real thing that relegated this model to second from last is the roof treatment, and the way that Matchbox cheaped out on painting the "metal" portions.  A 7.5 on a scale of 10.

3rd Place:  Matchbox XK-8 convertible (red in the group photo).  There is nothing wrong with this model to relegate it to a mid pack finish.  Its a nice model, (especially in premium trim with rubber tires).  Its realistic.  Its a pretty design (though not as pretty as the next generation).  Its a good (but lightweight) model that you should have in your collection.  It just lacks an absolute "gotta-have-it" quality or factor to propel it higher in the standings.  An 8 on a scale of 10.

2nd Place:  Matchbox 2nd generation XK coupe.  This is a great model.  Such a nice model that I was thinking about a blog post dedicated just to this model.  Big, handsome, wide, cool-looking, available in multiple colors and wheels.  A model that makes you want to buy the real car, that actually looks BETTER than the already great looking real car.  This model should have won the comparison test, if not for the dark horse Malibu model.  A solid 9 on a scale of 10.  Get it in every color you can find!

1st Place:  Malibu 2nd generation XK coupe.  Those Malibu designs were beautiful designs (aside from the under-scale VW transporter bus).  I have an entire blog post dedicated to the incredible efforts they made on Land Rovers a few years ago (Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, LR3, etc., all beautifully done!).  And this XK is done in the same quality vein.   Its everything that makes the Matchbox one a winner - turned up an extra notch.  The separate glass lights are a great touch, as are the factory correct wheels.  It lost a few points for weight and for the somewhat bland silver paint, but still managed to out-do the car that was a shoo-in to win this test.  A 9.5 on a 10 point scale...  With a metal bottom and in a color besides silver it could have been a 10!

Congrats to Malibu for a winning model, and to Matchbox for making 3 different well-modeled Jaguar Grand Touring cars!

P.S.  One problem that sometimes comes up with comparison tests is determining where to cut off the models included in the comparison tests...  After all, the mid-90's XKs replaced the aged XJ-S - should I have included scale model XJ-Ss? 

But in this case, the XJ-S, designed in the '70's, seemed like a more different car from the XK-8 than any of the models included in the test.  Plus, I don't have very good XJ-S models. 

Hot Wheels did a popular one in the '80s, but to my eyes it looks out of proportion - too long relative to its width, such that it would have easily taken last place in the above test.  And Corgi Jr. had an XJ-S model in the '80's (a bit less well known than the Hot Wheels model - at least here in the USA), that was the exact opposite of the Hot Wheels casting - much shorter and wider (chubbier?) though closer to true proportions.  The Corgi would have won hands down over the Hot Wheels, but probably still would have been beaten by all of the excellent XK-8 and later models.  Finally I have a very unusual Majorette premium model of an XJ-S cabriolet - however my casting is the only example of this model that I've ever seen!  Anyway, aside from the Majorette, the XJ-S castings seem somewhat bland and well known and I just wasn't excited to include them.  So I didn't!  












Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Food Trucks vs. Food Trucks! (AKA Roach Coach’s...). I'm hungry just looking at them!

Matchbox vs. Matchbox vs. Tomica vs. Tomica vs. Corgi Jr. vs. Majorette...

1950s vs. 1980s vs. 1990s vs. 2010s...

Ice cream truck vs. Kebab van vs. noodle truck vs. Roach Coach...

Classic American vs. International...

This has the makings for one of the more fun comparisons I’ve ever done, comparing vastly different vehicles from different companies and across different eras, but whose basic purpose was the same;  To bring the food to the people, rather than making the people go to the food!

And the cool thing is that every entry into this compare is an interesting entry.  There’s not a loser in the bunch!

First up, the mint green Majorette ice cream truck on a Fourgon chassis.  It’s in mint condition with beautiful paint, a nice heft courtesy of the full metal casting, an actual suspension, an open and highly detailed ice cream truck interior, a trailer hook, and even a retractable red awning.  Definitely a contender!

Next up, the first of 2 Matchbox entries, and easily the oldest truck in this test, the blue regular wheel Lesney ice cream truck on a Commer chassis.  This particular example is not only the oldest casting, but it’s also the casting that’s been in my collection longest, since before I was born.... It was actually in the collection of my Dad and Uncle Warren, and “mysteriously” migrated into MY collection at some point in my childhood (funny how those things happen!).  Although it’s got a crack in the plastic roof window, it’s in remarkably good condition given it’s age, especially in comparison to other castings of my childhood collection!

As a contender, it wins originality points, and the ice-cream man and detail in the back  are brightly visible due to the roof-top moonroof.  The metal detail on the truck is nice, and it obviously wins some personal memory points from me.  On the other hand, it is a little under-scale relative to the other trucks, and as a pre-superfast Lesney it has zero suspension travel.

Next up is the newer Matchbox entry, a casting 50 years newer than the Lesney, also in blue, a traditional "roach coach" taking pre-made sandwiches to work sites.  This one is a non-licensed casting, meaning that it is a generic "truck" vs. a Ford or an International.  But even so, it looks pretty good.  It has no opening parts or windows on the sides, but very surprisingly again has a roof skylight offering a view into the nicely detailed food truck interior.   It has tough looking wheels - probably the best wheels of any of the trucks.  Oddly, the base is metal but the body is all plastic.  While many of the above points would typically be show-stoppers, the overall effect is surprisingly powerful.  This is a strong contender!

Next up, the red and yellow kebab truck by Tomica on a Suzuki Carry chassis...  This one is just plain funny, mostly because of the flip-open kebab booth with an actual rotating kebab (but unfortunately not geared by the wheels - ala Matchbox rolamatics) and a painted-in somewhat angry-looking kebab man!

The chassis itself is a little generic, a typical Tomica small truck chassis casting, in this case, of a Suzuki Carry.  Typical of modern era Tomica castings, it has a wonderful soft suspension feel.  (Interestingly, I have another roach-coach style Tomica food truck again on a Suzuki Carry chassis - but I didn't enter it since I haven't yet attached (and now can't find!) the 50+ food label stickers that came with it.  Without the stickers, its hard to know that it's a Roach Coach, so I nixed it from this comparison test...). 

After the Kebab truck comes the other Tomica entry, an older casting of a noodle truck, though ALSO on an (older generation) Suzuki carry chassis.  This one looks vintage but is still modern enough to be made in China vs. Japan (it also has a plastic base).  The detail on the back of this truck is very pronounced, contributing to a high quality feel of the overall casting.  Again, its got the Tomica magical silky-soft suspension...

The final casting in this review is the Corgi Junior, a "mini-shop" truck set-up in a Mercedes van.  This one is one of the more basic of the castings, with the detail in the mini-shop simply printed/painted on the walls of the van rather than cast into the plastic or metal.  However the van itself is reasonable, with clear windows showing the interior of the driving cabin, and a reasonably soft suspension on standard issue Corgi wheels.

So now that I've introduced the players...   ...which one is the best food truck?

Frankly, they all are likable castings, with things to recommend each of them.  The variety is off-the-charts, with 50 plus years between the oldest and newest, and an incredible variety in types of food trucks and how the food preparation detail is shown.

Several of them have some poorer points...  I don't like the fact that the newer Matchbox is a non-licensed generic truck, but it still looks cool.  The Corgi "mini shop" is probably not the winner, with noticeably less detail than other contenders, but I still like the casting a lot so I refuse to let it be in last place.  The Lesney ice cream truck lacks suspension and scale.  The Majorette Fourgon looks kind of campy - while the mint green paint is sharp - its just not a color I would have chosen.  The Tomica kebab truck has an overly large and unrealistic looking plastic hinge on the roof, and while the interior is funny - apart from the kebab there is no other actual detail.  And as for the noodle truck?

There is nothing wrong with the noodle truck.  Period.  The detail is exceptional.  The suspension is soft.  The cab and chassis look vintage, even if they arguably aren't.  And maybe the lack of any major flaws mean that its the winner...!  1st place, Tomica.

For second place, I have to choose the Majorette ice cream truck.  The heft and size is wonderful, with extra points for the movable canopy, the detailed interior and the reasonably-soft suspension.

And I'll declare the final 4 contenders to be in a tie for 3rd place, all vastly different from one another, but all with positive attributes.  As I said at the beginning, there is not a loser in the bunch!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these food trucks as much as I enjoyed writing about them!

I'm feeling a little bit hungry now...  Where's a kebab truck when you need one?

































Friday, April 6, 2018

Does the Yatming Maserati Bora deserve a spot in the “Top 30 Yatmings of all Time”?

Two years ago I wrote a post that I enjoyed, detailing out some of Yatming’s greatest hits, and making my picks for how I’d rank them...   http://johnccarroll.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-30-vintage-yatmings-of-all-time-or.html.

But two years ago I didn’t have this car, the Yatming Maserati Bora.  It’s a classic Yatming, with a metal base, from the golden age of Yatming (wait, was Yatming ever really good enough to warrant having a “golden” age?!?  Maybe a “chromed plastic” age is more appropriate....).  Anyway, as a kid the real Bora was one of my dream cars, the last of the big V8 Maserati sports cars before Maserati became all about the BMW 3-Series-sized BiTurbos...  So with a new Yatming Golden-Age model of a favorite car, its time to determine whether the merits of this model put it into the same category as the best Yatmings?

Lesney’s matchbox also did a Bora model. Unfortunately, while 1970’s Lesney turned out absolute gems of models, like the superb Silver Shadow II, Mercedes 450SEL, Audi Quattro, Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Fury police car, it also turned out a number of oversized duds such as the recently reviewed BMW 3.0CSi (or worse, the Ford Capri) and many others.  The Bora was one of the better of the oversized models, but the combination of its size and unfortunate maroon paint conspire to make it a less-than-fully-favored Lesley model.  Can the benefits of this Yatming model exceed that of Matchbox, and does it deserve a place on my “Best-of-Yatming” list?

In short...  Not Really! 

While the size of the Yatming Bora is slightly smaller and more appropriate than Lesney’s Matchbox Bora, and while the Yatming has the critical metal base that characterizes many of the higher quality Yatmings, overall the model is not one of Yatmings best attempts.  Particularly galling is the plastic chromed front and rear lights/grill/bumper panels, which just look chintzy and plasticky. Given that they are attached to the metal base, it’s hard to see why they couldn’t have been better done as part of the metal base (in dramatic contrast to the excellent metal detailed trim on the Matchbox model).

The bottom of the side door windows were formed poorly, almost looking as if they were incorrectly stamped out, with too much metal remaining in the rear.  The models’ typically poor later Yatming plasticky wheels don’t do it any favors.  The lack of side mirrors is notable.  The body has a few examples of metal detail (air vents, etc.), but even those are offset by poor body lines that just make it look poorly designed/executed.  The Yatming relies on somewhat garish graphic stickers to try to add some excitement to the body, an approach that serves only to further cheapen the overall feel.  This is a car that feels like a cheap drugstore-brand toy, vs. a high quality diecast model. 

In short, this is not one of Yatming’s finest attempts.  So obviously it won’t be a top 10 model...  but is it good enough to at least crack the top 30?  I reviewed the top 30 list from 2 years ago, and in doing so I wondered about whether I even ranked those 30 models correctly.  How did the ugly brown undersized Thunderbird deserve a #21 spot, while cleaner Corvettes were in worse spots?  But I had a hard time putting the Bora with it’s poorly executed body, ahead of any of the 30 cars making up my list.  The top 30 list is safe...

So if it doesn’t make the top 30 list, is it even a worthwhile model to have?   For me, the answer is unclear.  It feels cheap - definitely an inferior model to the less-than-perfect but highly detailed (and much easier to find) Matchbox model.  If you are an avid Yatming collector you might have to have it, but for the rest of us...?  I'd advise you not to spend too much time looking for it. 





Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fine new models of the old 1970 Ford F-100; M2 Machine and Greenlight

In your local stores currently are two fine new models of the old ‘70 Ford F-100 (also '69 and '68).  Both are beautiful castings, exquisitely detailed.

My eye was first caught by the M2 Machines casting, especially the jacked up off-road version in slate grey.  The realistic separately cast LOOONG bed was a major factor in having my eye drawn to it, though the detail was also amazing... A beautiful truck, big and scaled exactly right for 1/64...  I loved it from the moment I tore open the packaging, and already had plans for a blog entry about it.  Then I found the street racer version in black and gold, and while it wasn't as cool as the jacked up version, it was still cool.  The only things I didn't like about it are:  The wheels/tires - which don't roll as easily as a "Matchbox" car's wheels should roll, the opening doors which don't open as easily as a "Matchbox" car's doors should open, and the lame detailing in the wheel-wells in the truck bed - which are too low and squared off to be realistic.   Everything else about the model was SPOT-ON, and the truck just tooked TOUGH!

But then I saw this Greenlight casting, and the ‘gotta-have-it’ factor kicked in.  The Greenlight is a short bed version of the same truck (in some cases bashed as slightly different years, with appropriate tweaks to the impressively detailed grill), with more exciting paint, again jacked up, with slightly less realistic but much nicer wheels and tires that somehow conspire to make it feel like a toy to zoom across the carpet rather than a model to display...  this is a toy you want to play with!!! The hood opens but the doors don't, but I don't miss the opening doors at all.  The scale is again just right, though this one’s shorter bed allows it to actually fit a little bit better into a standard size die-cast 48 car case.

There’s no real competition and no obvious winner here, just two great castings that deserve a place in your collection...  The detail on the M2 models is slightly deeper and more magnificent than the magnificent detail on the Greenlight models, but you'd only see the difference if you were actually comparing them head to head as I am here.  Conversely, the wheels and tires on the Greenlight models are better and more suited for play than those of the M2 castings.  This all makes the M2 models slightly more suited for display, while the Greenlight models are slightly more suited for play, but the differences are pretty minor. . They are both great castings for play AND display.  Pick your color and trim (work truck?  off-road racing truck?  street racing truck?  Short vs. Long bed?) and hand over your $6, you can't really go wrong with any of the models!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Old School Comparo: BMW 3.0 CSI, Matchbox vs. Majorette... Who did it better?

This is an old school comparison test, from models designed in the mid ‘70s by two of the foremost diecast companies out there, of one of the most iconic cars of the decade...  BMW’s gorgeous 3.0 coupe...  Who modeled it better, Matchbox or Majorette?

The Matchbox model was a very popular model of the era. Although I didn’t personally have one in my collection, I was well acquainted with it from friends’ collections, and especially from my cousin Joey and Shawn’s collection.  Typically painted in bright orange (as well as a few much, much rarer colors), with opening doors, exquisite metal bumper/grill/headlight detail in front and bumper/rear light/exhaust detail in back, a nicely detailed interior, Matchbox’s soft ‘superfast’ suspension, and a BMW roundel sticker displayed prominently on the hood, it has all the elements of a nice model.  Couple all that with the fact that the model being tested here is in absolutely mint condition, and it’s hard to find a fault...  ...or is it?

Unfortunately, the fault in this very common mid-‘70’s Lesney model was a recurring theme in other similar castings (notably the abysmal Ford Capri, but also the racing Fiat Abarth and other models), which is that it is HUGE...   ‘Uge as the POTUS would say...

In real life the 3.0 was a graceful, delicate car, while the Lesney model is wide and squat, built like an NFL linebacker rather than a ballerina.  It dwarfs supposedly larger cars like the Lincoln Mark V, and even dwarfs the correctly scaled German 450SEL...  The extra wide Matchbox tires of the era don’t do it any favors, reinforcing its size.  Both the width and height of the model are out of proportion, ensuring that, regardless of how amazing the detail may be, the model simply fails to adequately look like a real 3.0... Harsh words for a mainstay of the mid ‘70’s Matchbox line!

Enter the contender, made in France rather than England, the Majorette model.  Unlike the Matchbox, I DIDN’T have a childhood experience with the model, and in fact, at 44 years of age, just YESTERDAY saw the model for the first time in real life...  (which should provide ample evidence for why today’s blog subject was picked!).

Also unlike the Matchbox, the model in question is at best in fair condition, with heavy paint loss of the once lustrous wine colored paint.  So, how does it compare?  Well, it compares very well...

The Majorette also has opening doors, with headlight/bumper detail that is EVEN better and deeper than that of the Matchbox model.  In addition, body detail is more precise....  evidence for the difference in detail is shown in the gas cap - which for the Matchbox is a square detail that could be a rear indicator light, while for the Majorette is CLEARLY a gas cap.  The suspension is just as soft as the Matchbox, the wheels are nicer, etc.  But the MOST crucial element is just the overall proportions, the accurate and correct proportioned modeling...  this car is the ballerina 3.0, the one that ACTUALLY resembles the real thing...  Winner - Majorette!









Friday, March 9, 2018

Renault 5 Turbo... 2 models with identical paint from Tomica and Corgi square off for a fight.. But what about Hot Wheels???


While it is common to find multiple toy companies model the same car, it is UNCOMMON to find them paint them in the same paint scheme.  But that's exactly what happened when both Corgi Juniors and Tomica decided to model the Original Hot Hatch, the Renault 5 Turbo, and paint them in the same rally-car yellow paint....  Sounds like an opportunity for a comparison!!!

Spoiler alert.  There is no comparison.  The Tomica wins hands down.  The Corgi is considerably larger, over-scaled for such a small car, and is very plasticky (particularly the side mirrors - though at least it has them vs. the missing mirrors of the Tomica).  The Tomica is correctly scaled, with a nice soft suspension (vs. the hard suspension of the Corgi) and with opening doors.   In keeping with the times (the early '80s) both cars have nice metal-work and trim detail, but the Tomica's is a little nicer.

Both cars have nice paint.  Its interesting to note that while the color scheme is obviously meant to be the same, it is still very different.  The base yellow paint is almost exactly the same shade for the two models, but everything else about it is different.  I call the paint a tie.

Overall, its an easy win for Tomica....    ...Or is it?

Enter the 30 year later challenger, Hot Wheels.

Hot Wheels doesn't have a Renault 5 turbo in yellow, but they did offer a high quality all metal Renault 5 turbo in blue or green, with rubber tires.  These are seriously handsome models, with amazing satin paint, a high quality feel, and of course, beautiful wheels and the afore-mentioned RUBBER TIRES!

While Tomica wins the award for the best original / vintage casting, and for the best yellow casting, the modern Hot Wheels castings are TOO GOOD not to easily sweep to a win over even the Tomica.  These castings are relatively easy to find on EBay, and for a price up to about $10, are definitely worth it.  The upstart challenger takes on the vintage cars, and wins....










Sunday, March 4, 2018

Current Generation Beautiful Camaro Models by Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Tomica

Here are three excellent (but non-premium) models of the newest generation Camaro, from 3 of the biggest names in diecast, Matchbox (convertible in red), Hot Wheels (silver coupe) and Tomica (black coupe).  

The newest Camaro is one of the hottest looking (let alone performing) cars available on the market today, such that there is a chance that a ZL1 could end up in my garage some day...  And the Camaro has always been heavily modeled by the die-cast giants, starting with the original Hot Wheels Redline "Custom Camaro" model of the '67 model (it took Matchbox about 30 years to do their own first generation model, though their model of an '80s Z28 (or was it an IROC-Z) with the opening hood is one of my favorite Matchbox models of the period).  Since then Matchbox has done several additional Camaros, while Hot Wheels has continued to model Camaros as well (though their 2nd generation (1970s) and 3rd generation models (1980s) were not favorites of mine).  Siku did a beautiful 1980s model, although one of the nicest 1980s Camaro models were the rubber wheel lock-up models by Kidco...  

Anyway, fast forward to 2018, and we have 2 very cheap and easy to find (visit any WalMart/Target/ToysRUs and hand over $.99 to $1.29) Camaro models by Matchbox and Hot Wheels, plus one slightly harder to find (visit EBay or other on-line stores, and pay a bit more than $.99...) model by Tomica...  All three models are very nice representations of the current Camaro.  

So which one is best?  Well, between the easy to find Matchbox and Hot Wheels models, I prefer the additional (and magnificant) painted-in trim of the Matchbox, even though I give it a few demerits for being a convertible vs. a coupe (I generally prefer coupes over convertibles).  On the other hand, the convertible gives Matchbox the chance to show off its interior (in easy to see gray, vs. the Hot Wheels practically invisible black).  Both cars have excellent wheels and tires, though Matchbox again squeaks out a win over Hot Wheels excellent rims with Matchbox' clean 5 spoke design.  Then there is the side mirrors of the Matchbox (frequently left off of models) vs. the no mirrors Hot Wheels.  After all is said and done, both models are very nice and well worth the $1 that they cost, but I give the easy lead to Matchbox.

And how do those $1 basic models compare to the basic (but still considerably more expensive once you factor in a higher base price (at least $3 even at the cheapest sites - plus shipping costs) Tomica ZL1 model?  Well, simply said, the Tomica outshines them both.  

In the photos, the black paint of the Tomica doesn't photograph well, but between the opening doors, the painted-in trim (better than Hot Wheels, but easily inferior to that of Matchbox, the considerably better metal trim detail (but without Matchbox' mirrors), equivalent base detail, the far, far, far better suspension (the Tomica's is Tomica-soft, while the other 2 essentially don't have any suspension to speak of), Tomica wins many categories.  That being said, Matchbox does win several categories, including painted in trim, mirrors, interior trim and wheels, but those 4 items are not enough to offset the losing items.  The Tomica ZL1 pulls out an easy victory.  

While there is a winner, there is no loser.  All of the models deserve to be in your collection.  And at these prices, there is no reason for all three not to be in your collection.