Where's the speed in other brands?

RobertBcfc Friday, 1/17/2020

Following on from my recent Matchbox and Johnny Lightning threads, I wanted to post to get some feedback on other manufacturers outside of the usual 3.

Tiger Wheels - I've got one, the famous blue funny car.  All I know (or think I know) is that they are all metal/metal castings with essentially FTE axles?  So in theory all should be rapid runners - is that your experience of them?

Tomica - Apart from the Disney Cars collection of which I got a few for my son, I personally steer clear of these given they are of a different scale (bigger than 1:64) so don't seem fair to be put up against our favourites.  To me it's like putting a heavyweight boxer in with a cruiserweight - fair assessment or wife of the mark?

Corgi - inherited one old casting that was fairly beaten up and it's a match for your average Hot Wheels mainline - no experience of them outside of that, but do like the one I have.

Greenlight / Majorette / Maisto et al - know next to nothing about these - although don't some/most have rubber tyres?

There are no doubt others I've missed but keen to hear your experiences or recommendations.  As always I'm not presenting any of the above as fact, it's just my own experience, so if I'm not quite right please do let me know.

Thanks


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redlinederby 1/17/20
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Here's the other discussion about finding speed in the major brands

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LeagueofSpeed 1/17/20
Event coordinator

Outside of the Big 3...good luck...Maisto would be your best bet.

  • Many folks overlook Maisto castings. I personally buy quite a few. Especially if they have a good wheelbase to accept HW package. — MDG_Racing
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redlinederby 1/17/20
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I have been thinking about a mail-in race just for "off-brand" cars. Could be fun and challenging figuring out how to make that dollar store no-name brand go fast.

  • My money it's on MDG winning if you do. Hes always tinkering with off brand cars — NDeavers80
  • I buy JUNK cars at Flea Markets if they have a solid body and a good base and look cool. Then swap some known good wheels/axles in and they often can be good little runners! If nothing else, they become an awesome toy for my little one to play with! — Mattman213
  • Can we axel swap in your scenario — LeagueofSpeed
  • MBX Corvette with Teegray red wheels comes to mind. All my off brand builds for Tail of the Dragon 2019 were decent. In that race we even had ZURU's modified. — MDG_Racing
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LeagueofSpeed 1/17/20
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Some speed in Kenners 111's

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WorpeX 1/17/20

I have a few Road Champions.

I really have nothing to offer outside of that, none of them are competitive. haha

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MDG_Racing 1/17/20

Crack'n and Track'n as many as I do, I'm really surprised at the hidden speed some modern Matchbox have in them. Is it comparable to top tier Hot Wheels mainlines? Sometimes. Even with the little ridges. Mostly they run about mid-range and some have skinny wheel bases not as conducive to speed. But there are a few sneakers. I like to at least race them against other similar Hot Wheels or just other MBX's to give them a chance on track.

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RobertBcfc 1/18/20

Thanks guys, I guess the best play is to generally stick with the big 3....

Its Tiger Wheels that intrigue me most, due to the way they're built.  I remember a post before Christmas where it was mentioned that they run separately from regular cars at events (alongside Redlines, Boogie Vans, Funny Cars ) so they must have some merit?

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