Big things with little cars
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Rambo Lambo (and Urus and Countach)

The Lamborghini LM002 (or also known by its famous sobriquet ‘Rambo Lambo’) is an SUV-ish thing that was built by the famous Italian automobile company from Sant’Agata between 1986 and 1993. The LM002 is also the first four-wheel drive model manufactured by Lamborghini.

Rambo out in the jungle... Ok so it’s not a real jungle but hey, it looks like it!
Rambo out in the jungle... Ok so it’s not a real jungle but hey, it looks like it!
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This version I have is the Matchbox model. It was a 2014 release (IIRC) and the moment I saw the new releases I knew I had to get it! Since Malaysia don’t sell Matchbox anymore I had to source mine from a Singaporean collector who gets his stock from friends overseas. He kindly supplied me with two Rambo Lambos. One to be DLM’ed and one carded. Here in the first pic I’ve taken Rambo (yes, unoriginal but I’ve named this one Rambo) out to the jungle (actually just my flowerbox). So rugged...

One is all hard, blocky, angular and the other is smooth and streamlined...
One is all hard, blocky, angular and the other is smooth and streamlined...
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...which brings me to the LM002's successor, the Lamborghini Urus. This one is the first release from Hot Wheels in its signature red, as seen in the launch at a motor show (can’t recall which particular one). I thought it would only be fitting to pose these two together... Old and new...

Fitting image, seeing that the LM002 later used a V12 from a Countach.
Fitting image, seeing that the LM002 later used a V12 from a Countach.
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It is interesting to note that the original Cheetah prototype (the model that preceded the LM002) had a rear-mounted Chrysler V8 engine. It was after much testing and development that they finally determined that the engine being mounted in the rear caused too many unfavorable handling characteristics in an offroad vehicle, and the 002 was built with an entirely new chassis, moving the new engine (taken from the Lambo Countach) to the front. After much testing and altering of the prototype, it was finally given a serial number and became the first LM002. Thus, the Rambo Lambo was born...

So much 80s in this pic...! (Picture taken on top of my dad’s Volvo V70 XC spoiler)
So much 80s in this pic...! (Picture taken on top of my dad’s Volvo V70 XC spoiler)
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Tomica chose to not only do a Countach, but the Walter Wolf version. How awesome is that?
Tomica chose to not only do a Countach, but the Walter Wolf version. How awesome is that?

Also, in case you were wondering who made the diecast Countach that is alongside my Matchbox LM002, it is by Tomica for their Premium line series. This particular ‘Tach is a Walter Wolf version. In 1975, Walter Wolf, a wealthy Canadian businessman and owner of the Wolf F1 Racing team in the 1970s, purchased an LP400; however, he was not satisfied with the LP400's engine and asked the chief engineer of Lamborghini to create a special high-power version of the Countach. It was then known as the ‘Walter Wolf special’ with an engine identical to the 5.0 L Countach.

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Strangely enough, this casting is flawless as compared to other Tomica Premium line models. No openable parts but knowing Tomica’s cost-cutting principle it was expected. Overall it is worth adding to your supercar collection.

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