Hey look, a Greenlight post!
Many of you have noticed the lack of Greenlight here on Lamley, and some of you have specific ideas as to why. I would love to indulge those theories, but the fact is I just haven’t been that into Greenlight lately. I have never considered Lamley to be a review site, but rather a place for me to showcase what I like or find interesting. Things I don’t like or am disappointed by surely hit the Lamley Blog, but the rule is mostly “If it doesn’t interest me, it doesn’t make it to the blog”. I have thought about doing more reviews, and we will see if that happens.
But ultimately I haven’t paid much attention to Greenlight lately, mainly because it hasn’t interested me that much. I haven’t completely disliked their stuff, it is more that I just haven’t paid any attention to it. That is partly because most of my diecast itches have been scratched elsewhere. Between premium brands like Auto World, TLV, M2 Machines, and now Tarmac Works, I have been pretty satisfied. Greenlight has occasionally piqued my interest, like with Hitch & Tow a few years ago. I loved the concept and early batches, and then slowly lost interest as there was almost too much produced. I also was very curious about Tokyo Torque, only to be tremendously disappointed with its execution, and I watched M2 at the same time jump in with a more unique take and better execution on JDM. The GL Nissan GT-R was nice, but there were so many from other brands that were better. Many of their muscle cars are nice too, but some suffer from badly proportioned wheels and poor quality, especially for those of us who open our models. It goes on. This is my personal take of course, and I have many friends that love Greenlight and think my bleh opinion has no merit.
Of course there are some models that I have loved. The GL Foxbody police cars are personal faves. So is the beautiful Airstream Bambi casting, which was a such a great choice to do. And Greenlight seems to have figured out well before other premium diecast companies that classic pickups are always cool. But I’ve had enough of each of those castings for awhile, and haven’t pursued any additional examples. So yes, it has been awhile since I paid attention to Greenlight.
Until, of course, this:
When I first heard that Greenlight was doing the Ford GT, I just assumed its execution would be like Tokyo Torque – promising in development, disappointing in execution.
But hell, I was wrong. The Greenlight Ford GT is the best 1/64 Ford GT around, and that is saying something. Many diecast companies have taken it on, with its flying buttresses and low stance, and most haven’t quite gotten it. Greenlight has. These models are gorgeous, and wonderfully detailed from wheels to intakes to silhouette.
It is exciting to be excited about Greenlight again. I might have to pull out one of my old Hitch & Tow sets and tow a cool Ford GT around from show to show. I hope this is a sign of things to come.