829 Japan Shop : Ignition Model !

829 Japan is proud to start taking preorders for the coming Ignition Model’s products !

Those 1/43 and 1/18 scale miniatures are outstanding. Follow this link to see the models ready for preorder (more will be added soon)

> 829 Japan Shop – Ignition Model


To celebrate, 829 Japan is launching a Free Shipping offer on Ignition Models preorders !

How does it work? Simply add the item to your basket, then click the Cart button in the menu. You’ll see that Registered SAL shipping is free !

If you like Registered Airmail or EMS shipping better, the options are available at discounted price.

If your Ignition Model is shipped with other products, its weight will only count for 1 gram of the total weight, meaning it won’t increase the shipping price of your order.


Because quantities are very limited, 829 Japan will have to check that the items you preordered are guaranteed to be produced. If 829 Japan can not confirm that within 15 days after you placed your preorder, your preorder may be cancelled and fully refunded. If 829 Japan gets confirmation, you’ll receive an email to let you know you will be soon the proud owner of an amazing scale model !

Not all models will be listed on the shop. If you want a model that is not listed just send an email at yannick@829japan.com and we’ll try to add it.

You can check the coming releases on this post. 829 Japan will keep posting regular news about Ignition Models so stay tuned !



News : 2014 / 2015 Ignition Model schedule

Launched mid-2013 by Toru Takabayashi (previously director of HPI-Racing minicar division), Ignition Model is a young and ambitious Japanese company specializing in 1/43, 1/18 and 1/12 scale models.

The first models were released late 2013 (right after HPI announced that they withdrew from 1/43 scale) and proved that Ignition can be the proud inheritor of HPI’s legacy with what is probably the highest quality available on the market.

The line up consists of Japanese classic cars (original or modified), rally cars and race cars (pictures below are from final products).

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1/43 Nissan Skyline HT 2000GT-R

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1/43 Nissan Fairlady Z432

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1/43 Mitsubishi Pajero Paris-Dakar-Paris 1994

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1/43 Nissan R90CK WSPC 1990

Ignition’s models are made of resin and produced in very low quantities.

Here is the list of the releases scheduled for 2014  and early 2015 (pictures below are from painted protypes). Note : numbers in brackets indicate the planned production numbers.

1/43 scale

  • 06/14 IG0029 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Silver (140)

Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

  • 06/14 IG0030 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 White (120)

Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

  • 06/14 IG0031 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Red (100)

Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

  • 06/14 IG0073 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1969 Silver (240)


  • 06/14 IG0074 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1969 White (180)
  • 06/14 IG0075 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1969 Red (160)
  • 06/14 IG0081 Calsonic R91CP 1991 JSPC #23 (240)


  • 06/14 IG0082 YHP R92CP 1992 JSPC #24 (220)


  • 06/14 IG0092 Prince Chiba GT-R 1999 Super Taikyu #32 (160)


  • 06/14 IG0093 Endless ADVAN GT-R 1999 Super Taikyu #10 (180)


  • 06/14 IG0098 Castrol Accord 1996 JTCC #16 (200)


  • 06/14 IG0108 Kokuyo Take One R91CP 1992 JSPC #61 (220)


  • 06/14 IG0111 Calsonic R92CP 1992 JSPC #1 (220)
  • 06/14 IG0112 YHP R91CP 1991 JSPC #1 (240)



  • 07/14 IG0036 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Wide Wheel Silver (240)
  • 07/14 IG0037 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Wide Wheel White (220)
  • 07/14 IG0038 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Wide Wheel Red (160)
  • 07/14 IG0076 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1970 Silver (240)
  • 07/14 IG0077 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1970 White (180)
  • 07/14 IG0078 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10 1970 Red (160)
  • 07/14 IG0099 PIAA Accord Vtec 1996 JTCC #15 (180)

PIAA Accord

  • 07/14 IG0109 Itariya Sports R91VP 1991 JSPC #25 (220)


  • 07/14 IG0110 Itariya Sports R92CP 1993 Suzuka #25 (200)


  • 07/14 IG0113 Minolta 91C-V 1991 JSPC #36 (220)


  • 07/14 IG0153 Nissan R90V 1990 JSPC #85 (200)



  • 09/14 IG0101 Castrol Accord 1997 JTCC #16 (240)
  • 09/14 IG0102 KOOL Accord 1997 JTCC #1 (160)
  • 09/14 IG0103 Nissan 240 RS 1983 Monte Carlo #12 (160)
  • 09/14 IG0104 Nissan 240 RS 1983 Tour de Corse #12 (160)
  • 09/14 IG0107 Nissan 240 RS White (140)
  • 09/14 IG0114 Denso 91C-V 1991 JSPC #38 (220)
  • 09/14 IG0119 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES C210 White (200)
  • 09/14 IG0120 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES C210 Red (160)
  • 09/14 IG0121 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES C210 Black (220)
  • 09/14 IG0187 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Yellow (200)
  • 09/14 IG0188 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Blue (260)
  • 09/14 IG0189 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Red (200)


  • 10/14 IG0035 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Blue (180)
  • 10/14 IG0072 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 White (180)
  • 10/14 IG0146 Toyota Corolla WRC 1997 Finland #7 (200)
  • 10/14 IG0147 Toyota Corolla WRC 1998 Monte Carlo #5 (240)
  • 10/14 IG0190 Toyota Celica 1600GTV TA22 White (200)
  • 10/14 IG0191 Toyota Celica 1600GTV TA22 Red (220)


  • 11/14 IG0105 Nissan 240 RS 1984 Safari #2 (160)
  • 11/14 IG0106 Nissan 240 RS 1985 Safari #17 (160)
  • 11/14 IG0116 ESSO 92C-V 1992 JSPC #36 (200)
  • 11/14 IG0122 Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-ES C211 Black (240)
  • 11/14 IG0123 Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-ES C211 Black (200)
  • 11/14 IG0124 Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-ES C211 White (200)
  • 11/14 IG0148 Toyota Corolla WRC 1998 Catalunya #9 (160)
  • 11/14 IG0149 Toyota Corolla WRC 1998 Safari #6 (160)
  • 11/14 IG0193 Toyota Celica 1600GTV TA22 Metallic Blue (220)


  • 12/14 IG0115 TRUST 92C-V 1992 JSPC #99 (180)
  • 12/14 IG0117 Tom’s 92C-V 1992 JSPC #8 (200)
  • 12/14 IG0118 Kitz 92C-V 1992 JSPC #39 (180)
  • 12/14 IG0126 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo DR30 Silver (180)
  • 12/14 IG0127 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo DR30 White (160)
  • 12/14 IG0128 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo DR30 Red (240)
  • 12/14 IG0152 Toyota Corolla WRC 1998 Catalunya #6 (160)
  • 12/14 IG0167 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 1971 Fuji Masters 250km #3 (200)
  • 12/14 IG0168 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 1971 Fuji Masters 250km #1 (180)
  • 12/14 IG0212 Datsun 240Z 1971 Safari #11 (160)
  • 12/14 IG0213 Datsun 240Z 1973 Safari #1 (180)
  • 12/14 IG0214 Datsun 240Z 1971 Monte Carlo #62 (160)


  • 01/15 IG0203 Mazda RX-7 Type RS FD3S White (200)
  • 01/15 IG0204 Mazda RX-7 Type RS FD3S Blue (180)
  • 01/15 IG0205 Mazda RX-7 Type RS FD3S Red (180)
  • 01/15 IG0206 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 1989 Monte Carlo #16 (180)
  • 01/15 IG0207 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 1990 Safari #12 (180)
  • 01/15 IG0208 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 1991 Swedish #4 (160)


  • 02/15 IG0129 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo-C DR30 Silver (180)
  • 02/15 IG0130 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo-C DR30 White (200)
  • 02/15 IG0131 Nissan Skyline 2000 RS-Turbo-C DR30 Red (240)



  • 06/14 IG0044 Nissan GT-R NISMO Brilliant White Pearl
  • 06/14 IG0045 Nissan GT-R NISMO Dark Mat Gray
  • 06/14 IG0157 Nissan GT-R NISMO Meteor Flake
  • 06/14 IG0185 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II R34 Black
  • 06/14 IG0186 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II R34 White
  • 07/14 IG0046 Nismo GT-R NISMO Vibrant Red
  • 07/14 IG0040 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC10 Silver
  • 07/14 IG0041 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC10 White
  • 07/14 IG0042 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC10 Red
  • 08/14 IG0087 Nismo R32 GT-R S-Tune Gun Gray Metallic
  • 08/14 IG0179 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Blue
  • 08/14 IG0180 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 White
  • 08/14 IG0196 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Red
  • 08/14 IG0039 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110 Custom Silver
  • 09/14 IG0158 Minolta 90C-V 1990 JSPC #36
  • 09/14 IG0144 Nismo R32 GT-R S-Tune Gun Gray Metallic
  • 09/14 IG0089 Nismo R32 GT-R S-Tune Crystal White
  • 09/14 IG0143 Nismo R32 GT-R S-Tune Red Pearl Metallic
  • 09/14 IG0181 Nissan Fairlady Z-G HS30 Maroon
  • 09/14 IG0160 Taka-Q 90C-V 1990 JSPC #37
  • 10/14 IG0088 Nismo R32 GT-R S-Tune Jet Silver Metallic
  • 10/14 IG0043 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC10 Custom Silver
  • 10/14 IG0219 Nissan Fairlady Z432-R PS30 Orange
  • 10/14 IG0220 Nissan Fairlady Z S30 Matte Black
  • 12/14 IG0161 Denso 90C-V 1990 JSPC #39
  • 12/14 IG0159 ESSO 90C-V 1991 JSPC #37
  • 12/14 IG0216 Mazda Savanna RX-7 FC3S White
  • 12/14 IG0217 Mazda Savanna RX-7 FC3S Black
  • 12/14 IG0218 Mazda Savanna RX-7 FC3S Red
  • 12/14 IG0194 Nissan R91CP 1992 Daytona #23
  • 12/14 IG0195 YHP R92CP 1992 JSPC #24


Photos credits : ig-model.com and 829japan.com



Gallery : Tomica May releases

This month releases includes two new regular Tomicas : Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4door Group R4 and the Ford Focus RS500 (the green version is the limited color).

One new Disney Motors with the Tap Marie from the Aristocats.

And one new Dream Tomica : the Peanuts Girls Bus.

Finally, the Apita stores exclusive Toyota 2000GT Argentina Flag edition.

Gallery : Tomytec 1/64 May releases

Beside the usual Tomica Limited Vintage and Tomica Limited Vintage NEO, this month is really special for Tomytec with the release of the Nissan IDx Freeflow. First car ever in the Tomica Limited Vintage line that is not actually a vintage car, this model will be followed in June by the Nismo version. Fingers crossed that Tomytec will do more concept and modern cars in the future !


The box of the IDx Freeflow is bigger than usual. The artwork comes directly from Nissan’s Design Department and the two tone beige and white matches the car’s color.



Inside the box is a card with pictures of the real car, the whole purpose is to hold the detachable TLV points.

The car itself is secured in a big plastic shell and the mirrors in a plastic bag at the bottom of the box.


Despite the fact that the IDx was introduced as the TLV 10th Anniversary special model, there is no mention of it on the box. This could, hopefully, lead to more concept cars using the same packaging.


The other TLV releases of May includes the LV-141a Prince Skyway (Fire Inspection Loudspeaker Van), the LV-47c Prince Skyway and the LV-N92a Nissan Fairlady Z 2by2 (All Japan Student Automobile Federation).

Eleventh release of the Seibu Keisatsu line, this silver Fairlady Z 2by2 was featured in a memorable car chase scene in episode 104 (aired in November 1981).  You can see it performing a huge jump over a river on this video.

News : Wonda and UCC coffee minicars collections in June

Wonda Coffee is launching a Capsule Tomica campaign in Japan on May 27th !


Capsule Tomica are roughly 1/100th scale and all plastic. They are usualy sold in Capsule Toys machines.

The Wonda coffee can will come with one of 10 different models :

  • Toyota Aqua (blue)
  • Toyota Aqua (red)
  • Honda Fit (blue)
  • Honda Fit (yellow)
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius Alpha
  • Toyota Crown
  • Honda Step Wagon
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Mazda CX-5



In June, UCC coffee is launching two miniature collections in Japan. The first one consists of 5 Lamborghini cars, around 1/50th scale.

  • Lamborghini Reventon
  • Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota
  • Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
  • Lamborghini Countach LP500S
  • Lamborghini Countach LP400 Production Prototype


Display case sold separately


The second collection is special Nissan cars with 8 different models at 1/72th scale :

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R35)
  • Nissan Fairlady Z-L (S30)
  • Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX (CZ32)
  • Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33)
  • Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34)


Display case sold separately


If you are interested in getting these exclusives minicar collections please send me an email at yannick@829japan.com .


Event Report : Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014

The Shizuoka Hobby Show is mostly an event about RC and model kits, but scale models manufacturers are also present. Here is a little tour.


Not many manufacturers fight in the 1/64 arena, but they all try their best to deliver quality products. Tomytec, Kyosho, Spark and F-Toys revealed new items at the Shizuoka Hobby Show. Aoshima didn’t have any scale models, focusing exclusively on model kits. Interallied (Oversteer) was sadly absent.


The Tomytec booth was mostly occupied by the Tomix train line. Only two tall cabinets and a little section special Seibu Keisatsu were dedicated to the Tomica Limited Vintage. Tomytec keeps quality levels very high and displayed the best looking 1/64 cars from the show. A bunch of ChoroQ Zero were on display as well as 4 prototypes.


Kyosho had one of the largest booths, with tons of RCs. The minicar section was very narrow and crowded. It was difficult to approach the models on display manufactured by Kyosho or by other brands that Kyosho distribute in Japan. The coming Subaru Minicar from CircleK/SunKus was there and the models look very good, one of the best CircleK releases. Those cars, exclusively sold through the CircleK network, cost less than 700 yen. How do the cars from the new Kyosho Original resin line compare to them at a whopping 4500 yen? They have chrome stickers on the mirrors, but at best they are just as good looking. The Crown Athlete and the Vellfire are below Kyosho’s 1/64 standard, hopefully the samples on display are pre-production prototypes and not the final product. The N-One looks good and the prototype of the Skyline is gorgeous. Are they really worth 4500 yen? Absolutely not. Kyosho is trying something, putting the customers to the test and seeing how much would be the highest acceptable price for a 1/64 scale miniature. Rai’s 64 lead the way, with 2500 yen models selling like hot cakes, justifing the price with a limited production number (undisclosed). It will be interesting to see how well the Kyosho Original resin line will sell next month.


The new Spark 1/64 line is making a buzz recently and everybody hopes they will be as good as the 1/43 line. The models on display have minor issues, but they are probably pre-production samples. The Deltawing already looks very good. The TS030’s paint job is poorly done above the windows. The 901 needs some fine tuning on the headlights and the windows. Retail price is still unknown. The packaging looks cheap, hopefully the cars will be too.


In the past, F-Toys collections quality was between passable and okay. The “cheap plastic” feeling doesn’t help to forge a good reputation amongst collectors. This new line focusing on Japanese classic car seems to raise the overall level of quality with good looking models and nice work on the engine. One of the good surprises of the show.


1/43th is the scale of choice for many car enthusiasts. Many manufacturers displayed their new products as well as recent releases. Some of them kept their release pace and price range, some of them pushed the limits of accuracy (and price). The good thing is that none are bad. But a few are – clearly – better.

Ignition Models

This was my first time seeing the Ignition models in person. I’m glad I took many pictures so I’m sure it was not my imagination ! Those 1/43 scale models are just incredible, from absolutely perfect proportions to an extreme level of detail matched by no other. No need trying to describe them, they have to be seen in person. These pictures don’t do justice. Retail price range from 10 000 to 15 000 yen. Are they worth it? Absolutely !


MakeUp/Eidolon is the only manufacturer that can challenge Ignition Model on the level of detail. Both lineups are complementary and, despite beeing a bit more expensive than Ignition Model, MakeUp delivers very high quality.


New brand launched by Hobby Japan, Mark43 tries to fill the gap between regular and high-end 1/43 models and they do it pretty well. The price is kept well under 10 000 yen but the overall quality is very good.

Century Dragon

The minicar shop Gulliver distributes the Chinese brand Century Dragon in Japan and had a few of them on display at their booth.


Ebbro had two exclusive editions of the SuperGT 500 Nissan GT-R and many models on display.


Kyosho had its new 1/43 models on display as well as models from the brands they distribute in Japan like Frontiart, OldTimer, Hot Wheels, Minichamps and True Scale Miniature.


The 1/43 collection by Aoshima only had three models on display. Small presence with very disapointing products.


Many 1/43 scale models in the Spark’s booth.


Many other brands had a few models on display targeting the Japanese market. They are distributed in Japan by Kokusai Boeki Kaisha.

Stay tuned for more pictures of the 1/18 scale and smaller, as well as model kits, and customs by expert modellers !

News : Tomica Event in Tokyo 2014

The next Tomica Event in Tokyo will be held from August 8th to 17th at the Makuhari Messe convention center.

Many exclusive models will be available, like the 2014 Event Models (as well as previous Event Models from 2013) and the Tomica Factory Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota 86 and Nissan Elgrand.

Limited quantities of these models are available for preorder in the 829 Japan Shop.


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News : F-Toys Japanese Classic Car Selection

In July F-Toys will release a new collection of minicars : The Japanese Classic Car Selection.


The F-Toys models are sold in blind boxes and come with a candy. They are considered “confectionary products” instead of toys and sold in the candy section of stores.

The lineup of this collection consists of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the Isuzu Bellett 1600GTR and the Toyota 2000GT.




Each car will be available in 3 different colors.

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Completely new tools, those models feature an opening hood, detailed engine, and mirors. F-Toys models are made of plastic, hopefully the quality will be worth the comparison with Konami, Kyosho and Tomitec diecast versions of those cars.

829 Japan Online Shop Launch !

After a long and hard work the 829 Japan Shop is finally live ! Not many items yet but more are coming very soon. Quantities are very limited for a start.

To browse available items just clic on the Shop button in the menu above. Clic the Cart button to see the items you added to your cart, add/remove quantities and checkout.

Payment procedure is completely and safely made through Paypal.

More work and fine tuning are probably needed, please bear with us as we gradually improve the Shop.



829 Japan Team.


Event Report : Toyota History Garage – Shotaro Kobayashi Exhibition

The current attraction at the Toyota History Garage (situated in Toyota’s own MegaWeb complex in Odaiba, Tokyo) is an exhibition of photographs by Shotaro Kobayashi, creator of Car Graphic magazine, about pre-WWI automobiles.

Photos and comments by the author can be found around the authentic cars preserved in the museum. Here is a little tour of the featured models, as well as pictures of other cars parked all around the MegaWeb complex.