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Bonus Photos / Snap Review: Paragon 1:18 1968 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward Coupe

Bonus Photos / Snap Review: Paragon 1:18 1968 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward Coupe

Paragon / Jadi’s 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward coupe is one of the breakout surprises of 2012 – a smashing good model (if we can borrow from the British vernacular) that shows an entirely new level of finesse, detail, and yes… cool (strictly American).

The doors, hood, and trunk open, the wheels steer, and the model, overall, is so cleanly and evenly executed that we were surprised at the source. That’s not to say that Jadi made bad models – heck, no – but to see something that’s so head-and-shoulders above the  yeoman Triumph, TVR, and other British-themed, value-based replicas we’d last seen from that maker kind of rocked us back, and made us want more.

Once the included side mirrors and “Spirit of Ecstasy” got attached (two sets are included in the box), the car come across as pristine, pin-straight, and regal on display. Only one thing rang untrue: the badges at either end read “Rolls-Rolls”. The good news? Zero impact on the car’s display; you’ll need a macro lens or a good magnifier to find the glitch.

We’d say the gaffe is far from a deal breaker, and other variants of this mold are on deck. We got this piano-smooth black one from wholesaler OK Toys out in sunny California (thanks to Andy To), and we’re hoping we’ll see the Silver Chalice and Thomas Crown variants in more collectors’ hands soon. Add to that the upcoming 1965 Phantom V, and the almost assured variations that mold will offer, and it’s a safe bet that we’ll be reserving a lot of shelf space in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, you can check out these bonus photos – or read all about this one in the Fall 2012 issue of Die Cast X. Of course, video’s coming soon, too… if we can put this tidy little “Roller” down long enough to set up the cameras. Highest recommendation.

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  1. I was delighted at the prospect of not only a ‘New’, reasonably priced image, but of an RR as well (and maybe a new source for high quality images). And although I would agree with much of the review here, I think a few really noteworthy glitches should temper the over the top endorsement. First, QC is spotty at best. The two I had were riddled with flaws: One was missing paint (!), and the other had noticeable die cast defects on the roof appearing as ‘dents’. The undercarriage detail is positively toy like, and on the black cars I had, the carpets didn’t match: The interior is beige, yet the carpets are silver (presumably from the silver version), and the trunk carpet is navy (again, presumably from the upcoming blue version). it’s difficult to understand why they elected to install these, but they really do mar the look and ‘feel’ of the cars. Jadi has a way to go before they’re ready for the critical ‘Collector car’ status they’re seeking, and they’ll have to do better than just going after the status crowd.

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