Triple 9's Mazda Cosmo looks great on the shelf, just don't touch it...
Continuing on my classic JDM kick, this is the Mazda Cosmo Sport. It is one of the best looking classic cars from Japan, so I had to have one for the collection. I did play moneyball with this one, scooping it up during a sale for around $50. Instead of the very expensive, and very detailed AutoArt version of this same car, this one is a sealed diecast model. While it's still made of metal, neither the hood nor doors open.
Sure, I saved about $100 while still adding a Mazda Cosmo to my collection, but was the sacrifice of the opening parts justified? I don't get to look at the whimsical Wankel engine that is the very heart of the Cosmo, but at the same time I won't be displaying the car in a way that the engine would be visible from the shelf. Interior detail photos would have been nice to have, but again, that's not how my display cases work.
There are certain details I love about this model, but there are also some blatant reminders that this should be considered a budget model. The windshield wipers are minute, but fantastic. Razor thin and vibrantly polished, they really jump off the car. A flaw that bugs me though are the iconic wing mirrors, which had way too much glue applied on the mounting posts. Unfortunately, someone in the assembly shop missed the memo that "Mazda" starts with an M and not an E. I only just noticed while editing these pics that the rotary shaped logo on the nose is rotated 90 degrees! Come on, man!
All in all, it's a $50 placeholder in my collection until I get a deal on a Cosmo model with opening parts. I like this little car, but I've never even seen one in person. It's hard to justify the cost of these models for miscellaneous cars when you have so many favorites that you want in your collection too. Plus, there just aren't enough alternatives available like the Hako I just posted. This sealed diecast model is my second from the brand Triple 9, and I'm happy I got it on sale instead of full price. It is definitely a photogenic car, even without opening parts.