Big things with little cars
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Seeing that no one yet has featured Tomica's latest Lambo, I thought I'd do a quick review here.

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As always, 10/10 from me for the packaging - thank God Tomica persist with the picture box so there is no decision to be made whether to liberate or not - you can have it both ways. And it makes for easier storage too. And that's just the way I like it.

As for the casting itself, it is obviously not a scale model like a Kyosho, but essentially a toy. The Veneno has to be a tough one to make, there are so many angles and edges to the car. And for the price, Tomica have done a reasonable job.

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However, compared to the Series 70 Land Cruiser that was released simultaneously, you can tell where the real effort went. The Veneno pales in comparison. Not so much that it appears to be cheap and nasty, but it is fairly obvious that more love and care was lavished on the 'Yota casting.

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Illustration for article titled Review: Tomica Lamborghini Veneno

There are no opening features here - the headlights are the only tampo - and they are just a different shade of gray from the body paint. The effect is a bit so-so. I can't review the yellow first day edition, as they sold out quick smart and currently are going for silly prices on the bay. I'm sure one of these days I will find one for a decent price, but not so far.

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Illustration for article titled Review: Tomica Lamborghini Veneno

But what about the wheels? They just look too small in diameter compared to the real thing and let down an otherwise decent casting. The red rims are a nice touch, but there certainly is room for improvement. One of these days, Tomica will have to address the issue of the "fat wheels" as they just look wrong on most modern cars. I do like the standard Tomica wheels found on most releases - but the fat black wheels need an overhaul IMO. Maybe just make them a slightly larger diameter?

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Illustration for article titled Review: Tomica Lamborghini Veneno

And how does it stack up against the HotWheels model of the same car? Quite well, I think. The HWs has slightly sharper lines and its thinner paint helps - but the thin paint doesn't even reach all parts of the model on closer inspection - and the tampos tend to be a bit haphazard.

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Illustration for article titled Review: Tomica Lamborghini Veneno

And the HWs also has a wheels issue - they just look too big - especially the rear ones. And the emphasis on the wheels means that the distinctive shape of the wheels arches and fenders is almost obliterated. Especially the front fender is barely there on the HWs. Not good either.

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So how do I rate them? These are foremost toys, and not scale models. And they are made down to a price.

If I wasn't a Tomica collector, I probably would be content with buying the HWs and at some stage splashing out on a Kyosho if I felt the need for a High Quality Veneno in my collection.

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As a Tomica collector, I am happy to have this one at home, while hoping that they give us more models similar to the Land Cruiser in the future.

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