The first thing that you'll notice when comparing
the replica to the actual real thing is that it is missing the spotlights
on the windshield pillars (a-pillars) but they can be forgiven.
Since they released this also as a standard civilian Tahoe SUV they would
have had to work out how to include them on the Police version without
making holes in the diecast tooling. In my opinion this doesn't
distract anything but we have to examine the rest of it to see if it
justifies the higher price.
- Realistic Door Hinges
- Excellent Exterior Metallic Paint
- Clearly Printed Markings and Detailing
- Poseable Front Wheels
- Detailed Police Interior
- Rear Opening Hatch
- Plain Engine Bay
- Interior Lacking Detail Painting
- No Instrument Decal
- Not Serial Numbered
Thumbs up! A good solid true 1/24 scale replica
which would be better suited to the $25 price range. This one barely
escapes with the $35 price tag.
Street Price: $35.00 Adult Collectible - Not For Anyone Under 14
The diecast seems pretty hefty which is expected due
to being a replica of a full-size SUV. They have both sides of it
held in with plastic inserts front and rear. I really like this
arrangement as it keeps the diecast model from moving around during
transport. The plastic extends across the bottom with no
noticeable plastic base. The end feature a window opening showing a
city landscape which extends across the box onto the other side. The
box artwork is well done and there are 1:24 markings so we're to assume
this is true 1/24 scale.
Opening the box just requires a cut of the tape near
the back. Pulling it out reveals that they have the sides taped
securely to the bottom which bring the entire unit plastic support and all
out with it. A very good arrangement. Now just a cut of the
tape front and rear will remove the SUV from its protective environment.
Easy as pie which allows you to put the SUV back in after showing it off.
Now we'll see what separates this $35 replica from
the $15 ones. Firstly, the front wheels are poseble and while not
operating with the steering wheel is still a nice touch. The entire
bottom chassis is detailed which looks to be only one piece but the
engraving is top-notch. The spare tire is there but engraved in with
the exhaust detail and such. There is no separate drive-shaft to
make it into the $50 and up range but the wheels are mounted solid and
true with good detail on the tire tread and police style wheels for this
model. There are no tire markings on the sidewalls but licensing
gets expensive these days even from the tire companies. They are
hard to see on the actual vehicle so we can let this slide a bit.
The tires are well done otherwise which is a plus.
Next comes opening up the hood. The sole
engine is a 5.3L V8 powerplant in these SUVs. Tolerances are tight
on this replica so it takes a little care to get the hood opened.
The hood closes and opens smoothly and solidly without the quirkiness of a
cheaper replica. The engine and under hood accessories are
replicated here in one piece but compared to photos online, it looks like
everything has been covered including down to the raised Chevrolet working
on the top radiator support covering. A little paint detailing would
have been nice here especially with the higher price tag. I've seen
worse in the lower price range and most engine bays these days do not have
much to be shown anyway with plastic engine covers hiding most.
There are the obvious diecast hinges but they are
done tastefully and doesn't distract that much from the engine
compartment. I close the hood and look at the front showing the
detailed push bar which is close to the actual vehicle. The grille
and headlights are well down with the well-known Chevrolet bowtie in gold
on the grille. Detail and paint here is top-notch reflecting the
price tag. I should notice that the metallic silver paint job on
this stands out perfectly. The unit features well done markings and
detailing all-around. The logos are well done and can be read with
ease on the doors. The running boards along the sides are grooved
and not just smooth pieces.
Moving onto the doors and interior. Here is
where this replica shines and the $35 price tag is worth it especially
when you see how flawlessly the paint job was done on it. Opening up
the driver's side door reveals high-end door hinges. This is not
your $15 replica. They have actually high-end hidden hinges on this
thing similar to $100 pieces. The entire door opens easily but
closes tightly with a solid snap. One part of where the 14+ age
bracket comes into play as this wasn't designed to be abused by a child.
This system will hold up to the curious owner and others who wish to take
a peek inside and will be amazed by the realistic way the hinges were
done. Nothing ungodly and sticking out. I love the way they
did these hinges on the doors. I should note that only the front
driver and passenger doors open.
Next, I'll take a look at the interior. The
dash is well detailed but would look better if they had used a decal or
sticker for the gauges. While they did skip this part, they did mold
the instrument cluster and center stack with detailing so it isn't bare
plastic but something that resembles the actual piece. The gas and
brake pedals are there but no emergency parking brake. From looking
at photos online, the pedals should be slightly larger and mounted a bit
higher. You'll find a police-style laptop computer in there with
crisp detailing such as the keyboard and center console unit. There
is also a standard issue cage separating the front drive and passenger
from the rear. All of these items look well done with no signs of
molding flash or unpainted surfaces such as inside of the doors. The
only thing missing would be a decal for the computer screen or some detail
painting here and there. Overall not bad but not up to the price
tag. They molded most of these pieces in what looks like a similar
color to the rest of the plastic such as under the hood and chassis pan.
A nice touch would have been to use a different texture plastic for the
interior dash panels and such but overall not bad though.
Moving onto the rest of the vehicle and the rest
you'll find dark tinted windows all around and an rear airfoil spoiler
with a painted center high mounted rear brake light. The rear hatch
does not open. I was curious if they had any detail inside so I
shined a flashlight in there to see if I could look through the tinted
dark windows. At first I had no luck looking in but then shined it
from the opposite side showing me that is very dark tinted plastic of high
quality which is a plus towards the price tag. There is a seat
behind the cage and behind that seat is a huge storage chest which I
assume for police gear. I do not have the civilian version in my
hands but I assume that interior has a slightly different interior set-up
and molding. I give them credit here as with the very dark windows,
one can't normally see in there to spot the changes but they did so anyway
to replica the vehicle.
Bringing up the rear, some of you may note that I
missed covering some items such as the light bar but that looks good to my
eye and is well done with blue and red colored pieces. The body is
solid and well done again with no noticeable flaws or excessive moldings.
Everything is neat and trim. A big surprise to me being how closely
the tolerances are is that the rear hatch does open. Yes, Virginia
there is a Santa Claus! You can open the rear hatch to see inside
with detailing on the storage chest and the rear seat backs for the
passengers behind the cage. The rear passenger doors do not open
though. The rear lights are clear red plastic pieces with good
reflectors. Well done! The rear hatch does have thicker
diecast hinges but this is unavoidable at this price point plus you want
something sturdy. I would complain if it was a $50 item under
Now comes the big decision. Is the higher
price tag justified? For me in reality I see this as an upper end diecast
alongside 1/24 scale offerings from M2 Machines, Greenlight, etc.
I'd put it in a $25 bracket but being a niche subject and not many
interested in SUV replicas then the $35 is understandable. The nice
touches such as the perfect paint job, the detailing such as the decals
and markings and the realistic door hinges, including the rear opening
hatch along with the general heft of the piece make up for the other
downfalls. The replica is close to actual 1/24 scale and not a
downsized piece in 1/27 scale. It took a lot of consideration but I
give it a thumbs up!
I hope you enjoyed my review and look forward to be
covering more diecast in the future from my perspective. You can
me your comments on this review. Don't forget that you can also get
this in standard civilian form in either black, red or silver done in
official GM paint colors.
From NORSCOT promotional sales literature courtesy
Police specific decoration includes light bar,
grill, push bumper, interior, wheels and tires along with protective
interior cage, laptop computer and weapons storage
• Highly detailed body
• Opening hood and doors
• Authentic detailed interior
• Engine and undercarriage details
• Authentic tire details
• Official GM exterior paint colors
• Official Chevrolet graphics
*Note: The model's "Police" deco is an authentic
Chevrolet designed treatment which is consistent with the real vehicle
Chevrolet uses to promote sales.