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AutoArt 1:18 Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor

Reviewed by:   Rusty Hurley
     
  AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car
 
 
 

For every model review there is research to be done which usually means combing the internet or leafing through books to verify color codes, engine sizes, measurements etc. For this one though, I had to watch a movie Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. While considering myself a movie buff-ette, I had never seen the Mad Max series- let’s just say the concept seemed obvious and thought I’d get around to it one day. I feel the same way about Gone WIth the WInd and E.T.

So if you haven’t seen it, let me recommend it. Dated, sure, but pretty well done, particularly the action scenes given the lack of CGI technology at the time. The story is compelling and if you like cars and chases it ranks right up there with Bullitt. It also has about half the dialog of that McQueen classic with Mel Gibson totaling maybe 50 lines in the entire movie. It moves along rapidly with a plot focused on terrorism in a post modern world where acquiring and preserving “guzzolene”. It seems oddly relevant, which is probably why Mad Max 4 is in pre-production.

Did I mention the car?

Mel Gibson’ character Max relies on a vehicle known as “The Interceptor” which in actuality is a modified version of 1973 XB GT Australian Ford Falcon Coupe. In the movie, the car has undergone several modifications all of which are captured with a fair amount of integrity by AUTO art in this model. The car is a masculine beast: the Goliath dual fuel tanks, supercharged throbbing V-8 engine, meaty tires and zoomie side blower pipes. The interior hollowed out a retooled in a weird conglomeration that can only be described as a weaponized race car/utility closet. Quick, name another car that has a roll bar, a jump seat for “Dog” (yes, that’s the dog’s actual name), wire racking to hold supplies and plenty o’ ammo? Underneath, the chassis has more subtle touches such as the booby trap mechanism.

This is the first model I’ve ever seen that has dual “now that’s a knife” size machete sheaths (one interior and one on the chassis) and the blades that go in them. In addition the model comes with cans and a crate of Dinki Di Dog Food (a can of which can be the daily food ration for a couple of humans AND a dog), Dog, a couple of gas cans and a spare tire-cum-chain link heaved weapon. The resin moldings on these diorama pieces are surprisingly good and I’ve provided some close-ups for your perusal. The only complaint here is I couldn’t fit the machetes in the holsters, but a little Vaseline might make that an easier go.

For all the cost cutting AUTO art’s been maligned for with some of their sealed model efforts, this car is exactly the opposite; it’s almost over-engineered. The car is gorgeous with lustrous starless black paint with a matte black sub-assemblies such as the double scooped hood. The suspension has a ridiculous amount of detail in this price range (and it works!), In a world where anonymous tires and wheels seem to be the norm, look out because you have bold, white lettered BF Goodrich TA Radials mounted on blacked out turbine-style wheels in the back and Sunraysia fronts. The supercharged engine is cleanly detailed with metal air ram and massive timing alternator belt that is soft as a puppy. And the car looks insanely wicked with blacked out trim, shark-fin rear wings and roof spoiler.

The stance is righteous which means its somewhere between a drag car and Ford Explorer. I was worried by the pre-pro photos which made the car look overly plastic and while it isn’t so content rich you can’t nit pick here and there, overall it is brick solid and has a quality feel. The modified pieces – the faux fiberglass Concorde front end sans spoiler gives it a unique look.

The model presents me with a puzzle as a reviewer as I’m sure it did AUTO art when they made it; the movie version of the Interceptor is a dusty, beat up and eventually mashed up version of this pretty thing that I’m reviewing which looks like the car looks today on display in the Cars of the Stars museum in Keswick, England. The one thing you can say is that there is no “right” version of the movie car in that it is constantly in a bad-to-worse transition throughout the movie (come to think of it, so is the dog). So maybe the museum piece was the way to go since the box art says this is specifically the Mad Max 2 car. The special box art celebrates the car and includes loads of pictures and great notes.

One thing is for sure, it is like nothing else in my collection and that makes it something very special indeed.

To read more about the original car, CLICK HERE!

(08/16/2008)
 
 
  AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Ford Mad Max The Road Warrior Interceptor diecast car

 
 
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