The Kenner die-cast vehicles were some of my favorite toys as a kid, but it took me until now to start tracking down the Galoob ones. After winning a couple of lots on eBay, here are some of my picks:
Federation Tank - Cool rolling action, nice paint job and detailing. The downside to this one is the soft PVC that the gun turret is made from. The barrel tends to droop.
Royal Starship - The landing ramp and astromech hatch are a tiny eyesore, but the shiny paint job and solidity of this piece outweigh this. Plus the landing gear is pretty accurate.
Millenium Falcon - Rotating turrets and sensor dish, it has landing struts so you don't need to display it with the stand, excellent all around. I can live with the fact that the proportions of the cockpit don't look quite right.
Death Star - The jewel of the lot for me. It feels like a little metal raquetball in your hand, it looks perfect, and they even figured out a way to work in an action feature (the oscillating laser dish). Unfortunately I found a bad defect with it: if a small object ends up being inserted into a certain part of the seam that connects the two halves, the thing explodes.
Not much "high-impact plastic" in any of these, which is a good thing all around. I have another lot of Episode 1 die-casts coming to me which includes the Republic Cruiser and Sith Infiltrator. I'll post the reviews to this thread when I get them.
Any die-cast favorites around here? Any non-Galoob die-cast items that you guys like? I really love the ERTL metal Naboo Fighter kit, and am tempted to check out the Hallmark Slave 1 ornament.