If you saw my HAWL post, you know I just picked up the 4x4 Beetle on the right. The one on the left belongs to my kids (I bought it a couple years ago) and has obviously seen quite a bit of play.
A cursory examination shows that the newer one has much sharper details, presumably just because the mold was worn on the old one.
However, there are some other more substantial changes the I noticed. The most obvious one is the reason I started this post in the first place, and that's the underside:
The old car (bottom) has a nonsensical exhaust system given the rear engine with exhaust pipe sticking directly out of it. I'm not sure what I think of a the driveshaft/transmission setup given a rear-engined 4x4, but it seems a little wonky. Either way, it's all been done away with.
I also noticed that the engine has been simplified (the bent exhaust on the old car is because of children, not the original design):
Upon closer examination, I realized that they entirely redid the plastic parts, presumably in a an effort to cut down on the number of parts. The old car has a grey engine which is separate from the black interior:
Yeah, you can't really see anything because it's black and I took the picture with a potato.
This is another terrible picture, but what you are supposed to see is that you can see part of the black interior, and part of the smoke grey window piece through the wheel well.
So the new one just has one orange piece that extends nearly the full length of the car.
The seats are different and it has a steering wheel, which the old interior was lacking.
The orange is kind of prominent through the wheel well.
So yeah, I don't know if there was a point to this post. I was originally just gonna show the underside, because I've been amused by the strange exhaust, but then I started noticing the other differences. So if you made it this far, you're as much of a nerd as I am.