Event : All Japan Model & Hobby Show – Rai’s and F-Toys

Rai’s finally decided to add some variety to their 1/64 Japanese police cars collection after many variations of the Toyota Crown 180. In 2015 we will see Honda NSX, Nissan Fairlady Z432, Nissan Slyline GT-R R34 and R32 as well as Mazda RX-8 (and a bit more Crowns).

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On the same booth the other brand from Hiko7, Car-nel, was introducing a new 1/64 line based on custom cars. First batch will be composed of 4 Nissan models, all of them available in two colors. There will be the Fairlady Z & 240ZG and Skyline GT-R KPGC10 & KPGC110. The models are quite good looking.

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F-Toys was displaying the upcoming Skyline GT-R R32 Japan Touring Car Championship collection. Last F-Toys collection was surprizingly good and it seems the R32 collection will be from the same overall quality. The cars still feel like cheap plastic and the paint job isn’t perfect, but it’s still great value for under 800 yen.

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This concludes the 1/64 scale presence at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2014 !

Event : All Japan Model & Hobby Show – Oversteer and Kyosho

Oversteer products could be found with 1/43 Hi-Story and Modeler’s, all of them being distributed by Interallied.

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After the beautiful Toyota 86 and Mazda CX-5 (both amongst the finest 1/64 cars ever released in our opinion), the third model will be the Mazda Roadster RS. It is very similar to the 25th Anniversary edition recently sold by the Japan Post in Hiroshima and now we know it was Interallied who produced it. The RS version will be available in white, red, black, silver, gray and blue.

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Oversteer also announced the Nissan GT-R Nismo and Nismo N-attack Package, exactly like Tomytec did. It will be very interesting to compare the final products from the two best 1/64 diecast makers. The prototype already looks very nice.

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In contrast to Interallied’s tiny booth, Kyosho’s booth was huge and, as usual, focused mostly on RC models and slot cars.

In 1/64 scale the incredibly hard to find 2013 and 2014 JKB86 were on display but unfortunately not for sale.

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The new Kyosho line consisting of recycled models from the SunKus collections was revealed to the public for the first time. All models come from the Ferrari Racing 2 and Lamborghini 5 collections, with new colors and an acrylic display case.

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The first car to be available will be the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster (in red or gray). This one will be released in October with a booklet in collaboration with Model Car magazine. Release dates for the other cars are unknown (if they ever make it to the shelves). So far, it includes the Lamborghini Huracan, Miura P400, Jota, Gallardo, Murcielago R-GT, Countach LP500S and Silhouette, and the Ferrari 512BBLM, F40GTE and 599XX.

 

Another 1/64 car on display was the 2014 Toyota Hiace Super GL. As usual with Kyosho little is known yet.

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And that’s it for 1/64. The resin line scheduled for a release last July has completely disappeared from Kyosho’s planning.

 

Not much things to see in 1/43 scale either. JKB86 and a new Savanna RX-7.

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At least there was the prototype of the 1/18 Lamborghini Veneno and the new Fiat 131 Abarth.

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Everything else on the quite large diecast corner in the Kyosho booth came from other manufacturers like FrontiArt, Ertl or Premium ClassiXX.

 

 

Event : All Japan Model & Hobby Show – Tomytec

Tomytec powers up ! The biggest surprise of the show (in 1/64th scale) was the prototype of the GT-R Nismo that will be released in the Tomica Limited Vintage Neo line. Tomytec always said that the TLV line would include only “common cars from the Showa period”. A few cars from early 90’s made it through the TLV Neo but hope to see cars from late 90’s or even 2000’s were very low. It seems the succes of the Nissan IDx pushed them to change their mind. The GT-R as LV-N100 opens new horizons and is very exciting news for collectors.

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LV-N100 Nissan GT-R Nismo (available in February 2015)

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LV-N101 Nissan GT-R Nismo N-attack Package (available in March 2015)

 

The prototype of the Toyota Town Ace from the 80’s was on display too, and to prove the new position of the TLV line the prototype of the Toyota Century second generation (1997) was also present.

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A new model with a nice livery will be added to the Snake Motors line, the Toyota Crown Hard Top from the 2 Beat synchronized driving team.

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The Nagashi Curry Clipper was displayed with the fake commercial published in Setagaya Base magazine it originated from. Yes, that’s Takeshi Kitano disguised as a japanese farmer.

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After Snake Motors and Crazy Ken’s Car Club, Tomytec is ready to introduce two new sub-collections called Nihonsha no Jidai (that can loosely be translated as ‘Japanese Cars Generation’) and Nihon no Motorsport Shi wo Furikaette (‘Remembering Japanese Motorsport’).

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Top : ‘Nihonsha no Jidai’ Datsun 1200 Truck and Toyopet Crown American versions with left hand drive.
Bottom : LV-15d Datsun 1200 Truck Yamashino and ‘Nihon no Motorsport Shi wo Furikaette’ Toyopet Crown Australia Rally version.

 

More models for 2015, with no reference number yet.

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Isuzu 117 Coupe 1800 and Mitsubishi Galant Sigma 2000GSR/1600GL

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Nissan Cedric 2000 SGL-E and Nissan Cedric Taxi

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Nissan Gloria 280E and Toyota Mark II Grande Limited

 

Fans of Seibu Keisatsu will be happy to see this :

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Carried on by the huge succes of the Seibu Keisatsu line, Tomytec decided to give a try at less popular japanese police shows :

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Left : ‘Tokusô Saizensen’ Nissan Cedric Deluxe and Nissan Gloria 2000 SGL

Right : ‘Taiyô ni Horeo’ Toyota Celica 1800GT-TR and Toyota Mark II GT Twin Turbo

 

And all the late 2014 TLV products were of course displayed.

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LV-N96 Toyota Town Ace Van / LV-N97 Daihatsu Delta

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LV-N98 Toyota Mark II Grande / LV-N99 Toyota Town Ace Wagon

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LV-147 Toyopet Crown / LV-148 Toyopet Crown Deluxe

 

Only two models on display for the 1/43 scale TLV line :

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LV-43-09a Nissan Gloria and LV-43-10a Nisan Cedric Taxi

 

On the ChoroQ Zero side, here is what’s coming :

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And to finish, a look at other Tomytec activities : 1/150 model trains and dioramas, 1/144 planes and 1/12 guns.

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Stay tuned for Kyosho and more !

 

 

 

 

Gallery : Kyosho 1/64 Lamborghini V

The eight different models available in the latest Lamborghini V Minicar Collection from Kyosho.

News : 7eleven Disney Motors Halloween 2014 exclusives

Update : new pictures and Aeon Halloween exclusive added.

7eleven announced a new exclusive Tomica Disney Motors mini-collection for Halloween. As usual it will consist of 3 cars :

– Poppins Pumpkin Minnie Mouse Halloween Edition (slightly different than the Poppins Pumpkin Mickey Mouse Halloween Edition released this week).

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– Jolly Float Trick or Treat Halloween Edition

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– Poppins Vampire Mickey Mouse Halloween Edition

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Aeon stores will also have a special Disney Motors for Halloween :

– Poppins Minnie Mouse Thriller Pink Version

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This one comes in a gift box with candies.

Like all the 7eleven and Aeon exclusives so far, these models will certainly be difficult to get !

News : Dydo and UCC minicar campaigns coming soon

Dydo is ready to launch a new campaign in collaboration with Kyosho. This time, the collection of approx. 6cm long minicars will be about SUV.

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The line up will include the Audi Q7, BMW X6, Lamborghini Urus, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Skyline Crossover and Toyota Landcruiser.

 

UCC Coffee, in collaboration with RUF, will release a collection of 5 models, 6cm long and all black.

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The line up will include the RUF SCR (911 base), RUF Slantnose (930 base), RUF THR (993 base), RUF RGT (996 base) and RUF RT35 (991 base).

 

829 Japan is happy to help the collectors interested in those minicars, however they are not available for a long time in stores and it is very difficult to complete a whole set a few weeks after the release.

If you need one of these set, please contact 829 Japan (yannick@829japan.com) before the release date : September 16th for the Dydo SUV collection or September 30th for the UCC RUF Collection. Price for a set would be $25 (plus shipping) and does not includes the coffe cans (too heavy).

News : Kyosho teams up with Model Car magazine

A special edition of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster 1/64 from Kyosho will be released with a 44 pages booklet in collaboration with Model Car magazine and Circle K.

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Called “Kyosho Minicar Collection Special”, this Vol.1 might well be the first of a new series of model car + magazine combo similar to what Tomy did some years ago with the Tomica Limited Collector’s Book series.

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Release date is scheduled for October 1st.

Gallery : TDR Halloween 2014 and TDS 13th Anniversary Tomica

The Tokyo Disney Resort launched today new decorations for Halloween and the 13th Anniversary of the Tokyo Disney Sea, and as usual produced a few commemorative Tomicas.

A few sets are on sale now in the 829 Japan Store !