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Big things with little cars

Hood Rich: Matchbox 50th Anniversary Superfast Honda S2000 (and Range Rover LWB)

Matchbox is coming in hot to 2019 with the long-awaited return of opening parts, and in this case, an opening hood on a brand new sunshine yellow Honda S2000.

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The yellow S2K is a new model, and its obvious primary trait is the opening hood. Raise the diecast hood to reveal that high-revving F series motor. The motor is rather oddly decal’d on, and have a very grainy, cheap desk printer look to them....but you can still read the VTEC rather clearly.

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The casting’s proportions are good, but the wheels are bad. I know Matchbox doesn’t have a lot of premium wheel choices, so we’ll take the ah, hood, with the bad.

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To be honest, this model doesn’t cut it for me. I love the opening hood, but for a $4.99 price tag, it just feels cheap. I’m a huge fan of Matchbox and have thousands in my collection, but this one misses the mark. However, there is another gem in the moving parts collection....

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The ‘18 Range Rover LWB definitely makes up for the bad wheels on the S2K. This thing is close to perfect. The color. The wheels. The opening hatch — perfection. I don’t think they could have picked a better color combination. It looks the part of a real Rover you’d see parked at the local high-end mall.

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But alas, all isn’t perfect. In fact, I nearly broke the hatch off trying to open in, and the hood on the Honda nearly cracks the windshield when moving it. I made a short video to show the issues, but will have to post that separate.

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Overall I’m fairly pleased with the models, but due to the higher cost and cheap feeling when opened, I probably won’t be buying too many more. That is unless they look as good as that Rover....

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