|Overall Panel Fit:||10/10|
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The G63 AMG 6×6 was built as an "ultimate" machine by Mercedes-Benz. Featuring a 5.5L twin turbo V8 making 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, the base price of the vehicle was €379,000. Customers with slightly deeper pockets could get a armored version upgraded by Texas Armoring for $1.35 million. The entire production run sold out, with Mercedes-Benz intentionally ceasing production to keep the vehicle "exclusive."
Similar to the design they used in their Fast & Furious series, Jada Toys' box has a wrap-around window that includes both end flaps. The background is a varied dino hide, blending from coarse red scales to a wrinkled blue skin.The bottom edge of the window is essentially a straight horizontal line, broken only by the upper curve of the Jurassic World logo and the phrase "Die Cast" in a hexagonal element. "Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6" is written in red between the two elements, and "Contains: 1 Vehicle" is in the bottom right corner. Both top corners of the front panel are printed: the top left has the Jada logo, while the top right (extending nearly to the bottom printed area) is a portrait of a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex. The end flaps are mirrors of each other, with the cardboard framing the top, bottom, and back of the flap. The Jurassic World logo is centered near the top of the flap. The top panel is a variant of these, with cardboard framing the sides and back edge and a Jurassic World logo at the top center. The Back panel has co-sells for the other diecast and R/C vehicles being released by Jada, a short marketing blurb from the movie, and some basic legal info. The bottom of the box has the remaining legal info, another Jurassic World logo, and the bar code. Inside, the floor has a printed dirt road, and the back has a printed jungle motif. The truck is captured by two clear plastic trays (one at each end), and is held down with two screws. A plastic band holds the doors closed.
This is an entirely new casting for Jada, and generally looks very good. The body lines are clean and straight, there's a smart mix of plastic and metal, and everything fits together beautifully. The only exception is at the junction of the cab and the box, where what should be a continuous panel is broken by a gap and a parting seam. The panel lines are good, with tight, even gaps around the hood, doors, and tailgate. The main body is metal, painted a very light gold. The bumpers are plastic, the mirrors are vinyl, and the upper front doors are clear plastic, all painted to match the body. There is a little bit of a color shift on the top half of the front door, but otherwise the finish is smooth and consistent. The grille, fender flares, box liner, and lower rear bumper are black plastic. Some texturing on the flares to indicate carbon fiber would have been nice, but otherwise decent work. Along with the upper front doors, the headlights, windshield, and cabin glass are all clear plastic, and the taillights are clear red plastic. The sideview mirrors appear to have either silver inserts or silver stickers acting as mirror glass. Finally, the roll bar is chrome plated plastic. Silver paint is used for the grille trim and marker lights, black paint is used for the side trim, door handles, front fender vents, rear window trim, and tailgate latch, and red paint is used for the lower rear markers. A small Mercedes-Benz logo is printed on the hood, "V8/Biturbo" is printed on both front fenders, the Jurassic World logo is printed on both front doors, and "G63 AMG 6x6" is printed across the rear.
The interior is all unpainted black plastic, and while the casting is very good it would have been nice to see a little more color. As it is, the only non-black is the sticker printed with the instrument cluster. Similarly, the engine is nicely cast but lacks any paint detailing. The chassis is basic, with separate mufflers and tailpipes on an otherwise shallow pan. The tires are soft vinyl over black plastic wheels. These look great from the outside, with red and silver detailing on the beadlocks and red-ringed center caps. Unfortunately, Jada has decided to go with hollow backs. It's a bad move on any modern diecast, but is particularly dumb on something with a ride height that leaves the wheels clearly visible. It also negates the otherwise nice disc brakes on all three axles.
The doors, hood, & tailgate open, with excellent alignment and smooth operating hinges.
Aside from the inaccurate break line mentioned above, this appears to be a generally accurate representation of the Jurassic World truck. The paint appears to be a good match, and while the interior is the wrong color for a stock AMG 6x6, the prop car appears to have a custom black interior. Custom or not, there are a few missing paint apps: the spats on the running boards should be body color, there are supposed to be lights in the sideview mirrors, and the windshield wipers are painted body color. It is just a hair small, scaling out to around 1:25.
This model is a string of "if only..." If only there wasn't a break between the cab and box; if only there was some more paint used on it; if only the wheels weren't hollow... It's really not a bad piece, but there are several minor problems holding it back. Most would be easy to fix by anyone with a desire to do so, but they really should have been addressed by Jada before it left the factory. Mildly recommended.
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