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.
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
TLV NEO :
LV-N164a Toyota Crown Van Patrol Car (Osaka Police)
LV-N160a Nissan Prairie (Nissan Service Car)
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
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.
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.