GreenLight 1:43 Jeeps: Social Climbers

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GreenLight 2012 Jeep “Mountain” and “Arctic”   1:43 | $15.00

Cheap Jeeps are always fun to have around, and if you have a car kid on your short list – or just like the looks of the special editions that Jeep occasionally breaks out – these inexpensive, yet attractively done 1:43 models of the Jeep Wrangler “Arctic” and “Mountain” might fit the bill. These first rolled out at the Geneva Auto Show as options on the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, toting 280-plus horse V6 power and theme-y interiors, not to mention exterior color choices that ranged from “Geecko” (shown) to “Dozer”. With a body-colored top and a Yeti footprint on its front fender, the blue Arctic Edition is marketed for “Extreme Adventure”; the “Mountain” favors exploration below the frost line. All of the edition-specific markings for both are here and in all the right places. The light diecast bodies feature removable roofs, and the interiors, though too glossy to be correct, are nonetheless fairly completely detailed, right down to each Jeep’s distinctive seat badging. Underneath, the models have straight steel axles, and roll like crazy on well-marked Good Year Wrangler tires; there’s even a dollop of chassis detail to make for a more convincing profile.  All in all, not a bad trip to take, for the money.  - Joe Kelly, Jr. 

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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