As many of you know, Greenlight recently released the freshest batch of their 1:64 "Hitch and Tow" series. While I haven't been running out in search of the Impala + Airstream that apparently is worth its weight in unicorn horns, I have been on the hunt for the 2014 Ram that was released as part of this series. Striking out at all of my local retailers, I turned to eBay, where I discovered they were not only plentiful but cheaper than local stores are selling them. Today's subject arrived to me as a truck-only model, with no trailer. The "loose" models are widely available in Red and Silver, and for a hefty premium, a Metallic Green (at last check, $70 on eBay – yikes!) is also available. The ones with trailers are only available in Red, although Greenlight is going to release a black one soon. Also in the works is a "Black Bandit" version finished in blackout plus a siren.
Apparently, you can also buy a "Special Edition" "Green Machine" version with green wheels, but on a red version only; personally, I think it looks horrendous against the red paint, but someone is paying a big premium for it.
Design and Accuracy: 9/10
Greenlight did a nice job on the design of this one for the price. Scaling is spot on (except for maybe the hitch, which seems as long as the wheels) and the proportions look accurate. Everything down to the little details (accurate decals, head and tail light design) is nicely executed. They added a textured surface to the top of the rear bumper which is exactly like that found on the 1:1. Goodyear Wrangler (OEM fitment) tires are rubber and treaded. The headlights even look like the Sport/Laramie projectors due to the placement of the headlight posts, though I am guessing that is unintentional. The "RAM 2" Ohio license plate is a nice finishing touch.
Even though this is a 1/64, some effort was made on the interior too. It was hard to photograph, but the steering wheel is a convincing replica of the 1:1's and the radio shape/placement in the dashboard is correct.
Fit and Finish: 4/10
Unfortunately, if money was put into the design, it was not spent on the end product. My model came with rubber flash on the tires, paint that is already rashed and bubbled, and scratches on the plastic windows right out of the packaging. The paintwork on some of the detailed items is less than stellar; check out the front grille!
Not many features on this one. The removable contractor cap is nice and the bed serves as an excellent SD memory card holder.
For a 1:64, this is a pricey one. Expect the loose models (sans trailer) to run $7-8, or $9-12 with a trailer. The detail work is nice, and at this time this is the only diecast reproduction of the 2014 Ram available in any scale. So, if you're looking for it (like I was), you won't be disappointed, but it's nothing too special. I'd probably rather spend $5 more and go get a 1:18 at Costco or Sam's Club, but I wanted a diecast of one of my own 1:1's.
This isn't a rare one. They are available wherever you find diecasts (Meijer's, Wal-Mart, etc.) and plentiful on eBay. The "loose" models without the trailer are only available on eBay though, but there are plenty of them available.