TakaraTomy recently launched a new Star Wars line. The Galactic Speed series is a reboot of the Star Cars line all about racing. The cars designs are inspired by dragsters and hotrods for furious races in a galaxy far, far away.
Wave 1 : September 2017
The first release features Darth Vader and the classic Stormtroopers. The V8 model seems to be inspired by the Ford Maverick drag car.
Wave 2 : October 2017
Two more V8 models in the second release with Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. Despite the same body all the V8 cars have different front grill, intake and rear lights.
Wave 3 : November 2017
The third release will introduce two new models. The Bub200 is clearly inspired by the BMW Isetta 300 dragster while the TR5000 looks exactly like a Ford F100 hotrod.
The Chewbacca car is carrying a dismantled C3PO just like in the Empire Strikes Back !
All cars appear to be part of a team. We have the Galactic Empire (Darth Vader and Stormtrooper), the Resistance (Poe Dameron), the First Order (Kylo Ren) and the Rebel Alliance (Chewbacca and Yoda). It is funny and sad at the same time that the Rebel Alliance is mispelled Revel Alliance. Hopefully TakaraTomy catches this and fix it before the production but to be honest it’s surprising such a typo made it all the way to promotional material without anyone noticing (especially on the Disney side who thoroughly reviews everything before giving any approval).
This Galactic Speed line is a surprising and fresh take on the Star Wars licence by TakaraTomy, and will probably prove very popular in Japan with this ‘exotic car’ yet recognizable look.
More models and characters will follow for Christmas and all 2018.