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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jada Toys 1:24 1985 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z




It's not often I get the 1:24 scale Jada Toys vehicles because personally I prefer stock looking vehicles over slammed, dubbed-out rides.  If I do get a Jada vehicle in 1:24 scale it's most likely a truck and it's in a stock-looking format. I only got two Dub-style cars: the 1987 Buick Grand National because I wanted a replica of this classic Buick and this was the only one that I could find (and now selling), and now this awesome Camaro IROC-Z



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As I mentioned in the Hot Wheels IROC-Z Camaro review the IROC-Z was based on the Camaro used for the Internation Racing of Champions in the 1980's, and ultimately replaced the Z28 for a brief while.  This was the first Camaro to use the Corvette's new fuel-injected 5.7L V8 that produced 190 hp. for the high output version through a 4-speed automatic only in the first year introduction in 1985; later the 5-speed manual was offered in 1986.  The IROC-Z lasted until 1992 when the Z28 made a return and continued into the new 1993 Camaro.  Still, it was a cool looker for the Camaro line for the 1980's.



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Which brings me to this Jada version from the Big Time Muscle series.  Look at that primer black, or matte black finish, with silver stripes, IROC-Z on the doors, and torqued multi-spoke dub wheels.  Could this be Batman's ride?  In the '80's, possibly!  It looks great and very striking.  The wedge shape is nicely done and also looks good lowered as well.  The front has the quad headlights recessed in the bumper with the lower signal lights below.  The hood has vents that do not interrupt the silver stripes and hidden wiper blades.  The sides show a nice curve split by a horizontal beltline, flared wheelwell lips, and a Z28 badge barely poking out on the rocker panel.  The back shows off the duck tail rear spoiler with large tri-taillights, central reverse lamps between the chrome bowtie plate, IROC-Z and tune port injection on the bumper, and dual chrome exhaust tips.  Again, very aggressive-looking in the matte black!




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The red brake calipers and slotted rotors sit behind the dubs, while the base shows off the proper drivetrain layout with the exhaust, transmission, steering, and rear axle prominently there on a base where there's not enough spare for low overhang.  Open the hood and the 5.7L V8 shows off with a chrome spider intake and valve covers, while the alternator and huge A/C compressor outline the front accessory drive belt, and even the fluid resovoirs are painted silver as well.  Now the rear hatch opens up to a decent cargo area despite the large wheelwell covers taking over much of the area, and the matte black paint nicely hides the black trim around the rear window.  Cool touch!




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The interior is nicely spruced up with silver front seat inserts that match the outside dual silver stripes and give some color to the drabby black interior.  The rear seats do not have the same stripe and are slightly snugged by the rear wheelwells.  A nice touch is the leather wrinkles in the front seats.  The dashboard has the same confusing design of the third-generation Camaro's where there's a large gap between the central air vents and the lower radio and HVAC controls.  The gauges are nicely detailed and in 1985 Chevy got rid of the aircraft-inspired dual-mode needles for a more contemporary swing needle design.  Other nice touches include the switchgear, the 3-spoke steering wheel, and silver trim on the passenger-side of the dashboard.  The doorpanels even get the correct design with door handle and switch placement.  The center console has the parking brake and a shifter for the 5-speed manual; need further proof?  Look at the three-pedal layout.  Most IROC-Z Camaro's that i've seen are always stuck with the 4-speed auto setup so seeing one as a 5-speed manual is refreshing.  Problem is this is a casting that is used even for non-IROC Camaro's, and badging a 5-speed manual on a 4-speed auto-only 1985 IROC is just wrong.





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The final cool touch, and something that you won't see in any other future Jada product is the removable T-tops.  The 1985 Camaro, 1998 Camaro, and the 1985 Monte Carlo SS are the only Jada castings in 1:24 and 1:50 scale with removable T-tops.  Not only does it offer functionality and a cool look for the car it also stores nicely in the cargo area under the rear hatch, resting along the large wheelwells.  With nice details, working T-tops, and a sleek matte black finish this is one cool-looking Camaro and one of the best Jada Dub-based castings in 1:24 scale by far!


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