Thursday, January 26, 2012

Golden Wheels M.A.N. BP Tanker

On my way back from Melbourne late last year I stopped for LP Gas at a BP service station on the Hume Highway, and spotted this Matchbox Convoy sized diecast promotional model. It cost around nine dollars, from memory. It is a Golden Wheels model, with a diecast cab and tanker chassis, but the rest is plastic. 
 Well packed for transportation and display instore
 The truck is apparently a MAN TGA XXL. I guess Golden Wheels have de-detailed it just enough to escape licencing it.
 It is surprisingly detailed for a promotional model, with a little ladder, warning signs and a detailed tanker

 Very little detail on the base - i'm not sure what scale this model is
 This is toy like - no detail at all
 Golden Wheels BP Tanker 2011 vs Matchbox BP tanker circa 1980's

I'm not a great collector of model trucks, but I do have a subset of petrol tankers, so I purchased it based on that alone. The quality is toylike and there is little detail - apart from on the tanker. The cab could be any generic truck, and there are no diesel tanks or a bull bar, or any detail like headlights picked out. The price was similar to what one pays for a Matchbox Real Working Rig, but the quality is definitely not there. It's not a bad looking model, but it lacks that 'X' factor.

To the rating:

Golden Wheels BP petrol tanker 
Quality  5
Design    6
Colours   6
X-factor  5

Rating: 21/40


  1. Not bad for a promotional, but the trailer wheels are too far forward spoiling the overall look

  2. Nice looks of vehicles after reshaping,owner can fix their logo and business name.It will be your new identification and business ad.