After Cyborg Abe posted his early review I figured I would go ahead and post a couple of reviews for the other two Lesney wagons I posted about in his topic. First up is the Mercury Commuter wagon, it was first released as part of Matchbox's offering of Lesney cars. It is car #73 out of the 75 cars released and it was release in 1968.
Anyone who has seen Lesney cars in person knows that what they lack in paint details they more than make up actual casting details and this car is no different. All the door handles are perfectly molded as well as the gas tank. The front bumper includes a cast license plate with letters and numbers. On the rear tail gate the Mercury logo is perfectly cast on it and as you can see from the pics the interior includes 2 dogs with their heads sticking out their back window. Also as far as the interior goes the seats fabric patterns are molded in and even the steering wheel has hollow spots in which is much different than the steering wheels we get in today's cars.
My biggest regret about most of Lesneys cars are their wheels, they aren't much to write home about. The wheels on this model are slightly better than the single cast ones. These are made with a solid cast metal center with rubber tires that make up the wheel. However even though the wheels aren't great what you can't see from the outside is the terrific suspension that Lesney came up with for their axles. There is a small plate inside the car that runs along the bottom and is slightly bent. It pushes down on the axles so that when you push down on the car there is some noticeable play in the wheel travel
Overall this is a pretty good casting for a Wagon, a car that doesn't get alot of casting in the first place.
Next up is the Studebaker Lark Wagonaire one of my favorite Lesney castings. This model was introduced in 1965 and was #42 out of the 75 cars released.
As with all the other Lesney cars the Studebaker also has some fantastic details in the casting. The front grill is pretty spot on compared to the original car, the door handles are again done really well and even side marker lights are cast as well as the trim along the side of the car. On the rear of the car we have the Studebaker name cast across the back tail gate as well the hinges to the tail gate. One of the really good features of this model is the retracting roof that is made of solid piece of diecast metal. The interior include that fantastic steering wheel mold and the seats are also pretty accurate to the real thing. Last but not least this car is one of the many cars that came with a tow hitch attached to it to pull around all the awesome trailers Lesney made.
Once again we get to the wheels. Since this car was made in 1965 it has one of the older version of the single cast wheel. Its a pretty simple wheel design but even with its downsides it does have a pretty good tire tread design on the side walls that give it a somewhat realistic look to it.
Out of all the Wagons Lesney/Matchbox has cast over the years the Studebaker Lark Wagonaire is still one of my all time favorite castings.
Thanks for reading my review of these 2 awesome wagons and enjoy your Wagon Wednesday!!!!!!!!