News : Tomytec 1/64 releases from January to March 2018

If you think it is difficult to keep up with all the Tomica Limited Vintage releases each month, Tomytec think it’s not enough ! There will be 30% more cars released from January to March 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

January 2018

TLV :

LV-170a Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-170b Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Tokyo Fire Dept.)

TLV NEO :

LV-N145c/d Honda Prelude XX

LV-N160a/b Nissan Prairie NV

LV-N163a/b Toyota Crown Van (1973)

Seibu Keisatsu #20 Nissan Silvia

Japanese Car Era #12 Datsun 200SX

February 2018

TLV NEO :

LV-N164a Toyota Crown Van Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-N160a Nissan Prairie (Nissan Service Car)

March 2018

TLV :

Nostalgic Hero Datsun Bluebird

TLV NEO :

LV-N35d Honda Ballade CR-X F-1 Edition / LV-N35e Honda Ballade CR-X

LV-N158a/b Honda Civic Type R 1997

LV-N162a Hino Ranger KL545

Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 #18

 

Review : Tarmac Works Global64 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Alongside the high-end offering of the Hobby64 line, clearly meant as collectible items, Tarmac Works has launched a line aiming at the wider toy car market : Global64. The first car featured in this collection is the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

With a tag price of US$8.90, half the price of a Hobby64 car, we were expecting a big downgrade in overall quality. But these Audi are looking quite good. They even come with a neat storage box like Tomica cars (unfortunately the box is the same for all cars). And like Tomica cars they roll very well.

The quality seems to be similar to the Kyosho x SunKus models : rubber tires, no suspension, clear plastic for lights and clean tampos/decals… A very close look can reveal a few paint chips and irregular lines but overall there’s not many visible flaws.


Audi R8 V10 Plus – Dubai Police (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Audi R8 V10 Plus – Dynamite Red (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

The wheels are, as usual with Tarmac, very well made.


Considering their low price the Global64 cars offer quite some bang for the buck. More R8 are coming with a German police version, a safety car version as well as silver and yellow colors. The next entry in this line will be the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV.

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

 

 

News : Tomica releases from January to April 2018

The news just dropped thanks to a leak. Let’s take a look at what is coming for 2018 !

Note : pictures for illustration purpose only. Confirmed colors and body types are marked with

January 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#24 Mazda CX-5 (regular and limited color)

#44 Toyota Land Cruiser JAF Road Service Car

Tomica Premium
#25 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

#04 Nissan Leopard

February 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#34 Lamborghini Huracan Performante (regular and limited color)

#35 Mercedes-Benz G Class

March 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#112 Lotus 3 Eleven (regular and limited color)

#87 New Honda Motorcycle

Long Tomica
#129 Sunflower

April 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#94 Toyota C-HR (regular and limited color)

#52 New Nissan Car

Tomica Premium
#26 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)

#27 Toyota 2000GT

 

News : Kyosho 1/64 GT-R new toolings?

Nissan updated their 2017/2018 official goods catalog with three new GT-R items from Kyosho: 1/64 scale BNR32, BCNR33 and BNR34.

If the promotional pictures are not deceiving it seems like the cars are from brand new toolings. The front grills in particular are much more detailed than the previous models from the GT-R Neo collection and Kyosho Original releases.

The details on the bodies appear to be sharper than before however the wheels just look off, especially on the R34. Too big and too thick. Let’s hope that this is a prototype shown and that the final product will have better looking wheels.

The three new models will be on sale in Japan exclusively through selected Nissan dealers sometime in November.

Update : the cars seems to be retoolings of the Beads editions from 15 years ago. The wheels are not similar though.