Welcome to my 43rd post of Hot Sixty 4th where we look at 1/64 scale or smaller. We will be looking at the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA -a long name- and since Mattel created both Alfas under different brands featuring an everyday Italian car and now part of the Forza Motorsport series, will it then be Spaghetti or Forza?
Previously I featured my Matchbox stock Alfa in a previous post which was first released by Mattel in 2007.
I would like to add that I found the answer from a previous Lamley Group post as to why Matchbox only released a red and white Alfa. The car manufacturer only released this model in both colors and would not let Matchbox use any other color so it was retired early.
When Hot Wheels showed their upcoming Forza series, my eye immediately went for the Alfa Romeo. There were a lot of talks in several blogs about the Alfa being the most sought after model as this was its first released, I was afraid that this is going to be hard to find like the Datsun 510. When someone over here shared about an exclusive ToysRus Forza set featuring all 5 cars, it was a tempting proposition as I can order it online without having to search for it. However since I am not interested in any other car except this one I decided not to proceed with the order.
Where did I find this one then? I indicate in my previous HAWL report that I found this of all places in our Walmart. In fact I found more than one.
So what do I think of this model?
With metal body and chassis, nice wheels and rubber tires, with the right tampo and dual color, this would be a winner, right?
Well it is but is not a perfect 5 out of 5. You see there were some issues like scratches on the clear windshield and I’m talking both front and back. This is for both cars and one is worst than the other. The one with lighter scratches have some paint issues.
I was not expecting this kind of quality issues to happen to Mattel let alone a premium casting.
Yet despite these flaws it is still a good casting.
Here is a comparison between the 2 castings.