One of the many rules I have in place to try to keep my collection in check is the “no duplicates” rule. By duplicate, I mean that I don’t buy the same bodystyle of a given car line more than once, regardless of whatever trim level. In other words, if I have a BMW E60 545i, I don’t buy the E60 M5, because visually they are 90% the same. However, it seems that the only reason I have this rule is so I can break it. And so with that, I introduce you to the Mild & Wild series, where I share the pedestrian version of a car, and it’s hotted up better self (even this simple rule might get broken along the way)
First up is my favorite class of car, the big luxury sedan. In bronze we have the Bentley Mulsanne from Minichamps and in blue it's the Bentley Mulsanne Speed from Kyosho. These two models probably represent the most egregious breaking of that above rule with the wheels being the main visual distinction between the two. It's not much better for the real cars. The Speed got a 25HP power bump, and a sport mode for the suspension, and that's about it IIRC. I’ve had the Kyosho since it was new, and I was content to have just the Speed, but last summer CK Diecast had the Minichamps on steep discount, and since I can’t say no to a sale, one quickly found its way to me. I regrettably found out why they were discounted, however; Minichamps’ Bentley models are not what you would call light, and their rear suspension/wheel mount is not robust enough to handle the load. If the rear wheels on my Minichamps look a little wonky, you know why. My Bentley Azure and Continental from Minichamps share the same issue.
In terms of scale, detail, and general build quality, both models are close enough that a comparison of the two would result in a tie, but the beautiful Marlin Blue exterior and two-toned interior of the Kyosho makes it the winner for me.