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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pullbacks, Part 2: Kinsmart 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, with other Raptor's



Nothing looks more cool and looks like fun than the Ford F-150 Raptor.  Since it's introduction in 2009, more and more replica's of the Raptor have shown up.  However, unlike some manufacturers that seem the copy the same model no matter how many variation have shown up (Nissan GT-R comes to mind), the Raptor is a different story.  Here, not only will you see the Kinsmart version, but you'll also see the different version from Jada toys, Maisto, and Matchbox.




Off the beaten path this time around

As a way to turn the tide on the street-only Lightning predecessor's, the SVT team tries out an all-out BAJA-designed off-roader from the platform of the new 2009 Ford F-150.  Starting out as a Supercab XLT F-150, the Raptor gains brawnier fender flares, revised grille with FORD letters, smaller, off-road style front bumpers, hood vents, mud graphics on rear fenders, dual-tipped chrome exhaust tip, larger wheels and tires, and additional lights, usually found on Super Duty trucks, due to the wider girth of the truck.  The interior is carried-over aside from a blank set of auxiliary switches in the console and a red center stripe on the top of the steering wheel.  The drivetrain gets enhancements including skid plates, FOX shocks, locking rear differential (front was offered a few years later), and at the beginning a 5.4L V8 producing 340 hp. and 390 Ib-ft. torque, with the 6.2L V8 arriving later with 411 hp. and 434 Ib.-ft. torque, both with a six-speed automatic and part-time four-wheel drive system.  In 2011 a SuperCrew was added to the lineup, greatly boosting sales of the Raptor.  In 2012 front locking differential and a front grille-mounted camera to aide in clearing obstacles in the front were added.  In 2013 new, blacked-out projector headlights arrive.  Questions now surround the Raptor's existence in the new, all-aluminum next generation 2015 F-150's future.




Kinsmart 2013 Raptor SuperCrew

Let's start backward with the newest Raptor from Kinsmart.  Based on the 2013, you can easily see the blacked-out projector lamps in the front alongside the grille and silver on the front bumpers.  Flared fenders look accurate, though the stance is a little low, the overall length is a bit squished (probably for packaging purposes), and the silver wheels are accurate, but should be dark gray to match the rims on the actual truck.  Otherwise the taillight detailing, tailgate badging, RAPTOR mud graphics on rear fenders, running boards, and blue color is spot-on accurate (other colors offered are Red, Black, and White).  The interior is properly done with dashboard detail, seating, and console, and hey it comes with a sunroof!  Sadly the base is a disappointment since it's nothing but a bunch of straight and angled beams, not a fully-detailed base, and then there's the bed which is higher thanks to the motorized system in the rear, yet the tailgate still opens...at a 45 degree angle though.  Despite some off-key details, looks pretty nice especially in blue.





Maisto and Matchbox 1:64 Supercab



Maisto was the first one out of the gate in 2009 thanks to a promotion with Ford.  The color and detailing are nice and the bed is ok depth-wise, but the wheels are a bit wimpy compared to the actual wheels and tires, and as usual with Maisto 1:64 there is no interior and a base that is nothing but a blank sheet.  Matchbox in 2010 arrived with more detailing, including an interior, sunroof, bigger tires, more accurate detailing (even on the base) and a spare tire mount in the bed. The trailer hitch is a nice touch, though it looks out-of-place on the casting.




Jada Toys 1:24 Raptor SuperCrew, BAJA style

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Jada got into the Raptor business with the SuperCrew in 1:64 in early 2012.  This one is not worth mentioning because it doesn't even look like a Raptor, more like a custom F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 instead!  Thankfully the 1:24 looks much better and answers the demands of a larger-scale Raptor that's been in effect ever since Maisto made their 1:64 version.  You can choose between regular Raptor in red, black, and white; Police version; or this BAJA version based in the 2008 BAJA racer. 

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Comes with front bumper guard with lights (to better conceal the flat-looking front-end), roof lights, window nets on front doors, Built Ford Tough door decals, and spare tire mount in the bed.  Detailing is nice, though I would like to see a little more and smoked housings in the headlights.  The interior is accurate and includes a chrome shifter handle, the base is accurate, but not exciting, and the engine detailing of the 6.2L V8 looks cool with the chrome intake, but the valve cover on the passenger-side of the motor is waaay off!  The 1:24 Raptor is getting more use now, which is good for those who are looking for one, but nothing beats the awesomeness of this BAJA-style Raptor.

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