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11.18.2012 – The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a prestige car on its own designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival by Mark Fetherston in 2007. It’s a front-engine, 2-seat luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and is described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. SLS AMG first made its Philippine public appearance during the CAMPI Philippine International Motor Show in 2010.

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The development of the SLS AMG started in 2006 in tandem with the Dodge Viper. The build used Viper body panels over an aluminium chassis developed by Dodge SRT. The SLS AMG doesn’t have a complicated technology when they have designed the doors matter of fact they adapted the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, not in a mix of upwards and forward like the SLR.

Its door function can only be done manually closed as engineers decided against auto-closing systems because the systems would have added 90 pounds (41 kg) to the car. If in any case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle.

Lighter in design the SLS AMG is a sporty track-oriented car and has at least four different versions. But in the smaller die cast car scale Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy only released one version under the Tomica 2011 series in the 1/65 scale. Just like its real life counterpart the design of the likeness and appearance is almost close to identical. To add more value for this collectible there’s an official authenticity that this is a Mercedes-Benz licensed product.

The SLS AMG does not disappoint when it comes to its detailed representation of the real car down to its Mercede-Benz emblem. The quality and craftsmanship is consistent when Tomica produce licensed die cast cars such as this.

Of course like any Tomica cars produced each one is unique on its own that makes the brand known for its popularity.

The SLS AMG’s appearance is not the only likeness that was reproduced in this die cast collectible. Its primary function which is the gullwing doors opens up that made this car famous was incorporated as its own gimmick. For the reason it was once sought after my collectors to the point some toy stores that carry the Tomica brand became sold out.

Like most of the Tomica cars they are made with working suspensions compared to other brands that produce likeness of real cars that have less functionality. But often most of them are built for speed minus that particular gimmick.

Recently they have restocked a new batch of SLS AMG in silver which is the only variation in the standard series. The packaging is consistent with other Tomica cars that were released in the past year and you won’t miss the car designated number 91.

During the CAMPI Philippine International Motor Show in 2010 all eyes on the car and it’s the same color that Tomica has released for the 2011 series. The real car is sight to behold with its design and engineering which can be said ahead of its time bringing back its unique gullwing door nostalgia that was first seen in the 300SL.

The Mercedes-Benz is part of the 2011 Tomica series of die cast cars manufactured by Takara Tomy and locally distributed by Bankee Toys with the standard retail price at PhP 169.75 pesos.

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