News : Kyosho 1/64 Lexus RC F and LC500h

Kyosho is back ! It’s been a while since their latest 1/64 release in collaboration with 16D. Next March two new Lexus models will be released in Japan : RC F and LC500h.

As usual with 16D each car will be available in 3 colors.

Lexus RC F

Lexus LC500h

Just like you would expect from Kyosho the cars come with a base and a card as well as a windowed box.

Unfortunately Kyosho increased the retail price by 20% compared to their last GT-R and Honda collections. It becomes really hard to justify such a high price. Especially with Tarmac’s Global64 and upcoming MiniGT lines doing as good but cheaper.

But if you want them you can preorder the box of 6 cars right now.

 

MiniGT 1/64 : everything we know so far

It is definitely a good time for 1/64 scale enthusiasts. Last year Tarmac Works’ success proved there was still a real interest in that scale and today many brands are following in their path: Ignition Model is taking a true collectible approach with high-end limited editions while Tiny is partnering with TSM for mass production of what seems to be comparable to the Global64 line by Tarmac.

MiniGT 1/64 cars are made using the same data TSM uses for their 1/43 and 1/18 cars. This certainly translates in reduced development time and cost leading to quicker availablity in stores and cheaper prices. Even though MiniGT aims for a retail price starting at $9.90, there will be no downgrade in components: the car body and chassis will be made of diecast metal, the interior of detailed plastic (with the choice of left or right hand drive on some models) and rubber will be used for smooth tires and mirrors. Some cars will be more expensive depending on decoration complexity and/or licensing.

This is very good news in regards of affordability and materials. What remains to be seen is the quality of the final product. TSM attaching its name to the brand is reassuring but mishaps happens to the bests too. We will know for sure next March with the release of the Honda Civic Type-R (FK2), followed in April by the LB Works GT-R (R35).

Prototype samples

A few Civic were available for presale at the ToySoul 2017 event in Hong Kong as well as the first exclusive edition of the LB Works GT-R in its ‘Zero Fighter’ outfit. The LB Works GT-R in Baby Blue and Light Grey was also on display (the bus and taxi in the pictures are from Tiny).

Many prototypes of upcoming models were on display and we must say even at this early stage they look very good already. In orange we have the LB Works GT-R with GT Wing and the LB Works 997. In grey from left to right: McLaren 720S, Ford GT, LB Works 997, Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 RS, Ford GT GTE, McLaren P1 GTR and Land Rover Defender.

And that’s just 10 of the 29 cars already in development, all of them available in many colors and variants. MiniGT aims to release around 6 cars every month, including 1 or 2 new tools. This is similar to what Tomytec is doing with the Tomica Limited Vintage line. On top of that we can bet there will be exclusive editions regularly.

Here is a look at what the first MiniGT catalog is showing :
Note : the MiniGT catalog features edited pictures for work in progress. Shown below are the original pictures not necessarily representative of what the final product will look like. For reference only. Click the thumbnails for larger size.

LB Works GT-R


The picture used for the matte orange color actually shows a red car. Maybe the matte orange model will look more like this:

McLaren 720S

McLaren P1 GTR


Here the Pebble Beach version is numbered 10 but the real car was actually numbered 01 (the picture in the catalog is reversed, maybe leading to the confusion).

Bentley Continental GT3 2018

Bentley Continental GT 2018

BMW M4 GTS (F82)

BMW M5 (F90)

Land Rover Defender 110

Acura NSX GT3

Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 RS


The catalog says “lava red” which does not exist. It will be either “lava orange” pictured above or “guards red” below.

Maserati Gran Turismo MC


The catalog says “blu mediterraneo” but the actual name is “blu sofisticato”.

Maserati Levante S

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)

Nissan GT-R (R35)


The white car pictured is the Nismo 2017 version while the other cars are Nismo 2015 version. Not sure yet which one will actually be made.

Honda Civic Type R (FK8)

Honda NSX GT3

That’s already more than 50 versions of 16 different cars !

Thanks partly to TSM’s ditribution network MiniGT will be available ‘worldwide’. Hong Kong (obviously), Taiwan, China, Australia, North America, South America, Germany and France already have an official distributor. Unfortunately for us no distributor in Japan yet…
While collectors in HK will have exclusive access to the ‘Zero Fighter’ LB Works GT-R, USA will get exclusive access to the matte black and matte orange colors. If more territories get their own exclusives versions it may encourage trade between collectors around the world. Or it may just bring more scalpers to eBay. Time will tell but in any case MiniGT is showing strong cards to make its place in the 1/64 world.

 

Model cars photos from Tiny/MiniGT social medias. Real cars photos used for information purpose. No copyright infringement intended. All credit goes to their original owners.

Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

Tarmac Works take on Godzilla is blowing hot and cold. The very high quality of their previous releases makes us more exigent and the pressure is real to deliver perfect models, which this GT-R partially achieves. Various versions are already available covering different championships.

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Bathurst 12H 2016 2nd Place #1A Chiyo/Kelly/Strauss (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – China GT 2017 #23 Andre Couto (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Gainer Tanax GT-R GT300 2015 Champion Car #10 Couto/Chiyo/Tomita (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Macau Road Sport Challenge 2010 Winner #1 Manabu Orido (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Taking the cars off their bases was particularly difficult this time. The screws were so tight that we feared damaging the base at some point, especially on the Bathurst that had a stripped screw.

Both on the Bathurst and the China GT the rear wing is not straight, hanging a bit low. May be able to fix it with a hair dryer but concerned about damaging the decals.

The Gainer Tanax GT-R is our first model by Tarmac on which we noticed a real defect : the red lines at the front are too high, covering the lights and looking quite bad.

Finally we were disappointed with the side mirrors, simply painted grey on the GT-R instead of featuring chrome stickers like all the Hobby64 releases before.

Overall those GT-R are satisfying (except the Gainer Tanax) and very detailed, but Tarmac didn’t hit it out of the park like they did with their previous releases. Maybe the very high level of detail aimed at is making the manufacturer struggling with quality control and letting small irregularities through. Hopefully Tarmac will address this situation before bigger issues arise.

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

News: Tomica Bakumatsu Collection

Another year, another historical figures collection from Tohan and TakaraTomy.

After famous warlords and female samurais, the Bakumatsu collection will pay tribute to six people playing major roles in the end of the Tokugawa shogunate.

As usual with Tohan’s collections a new car will be released every two months throughout the year and the first release will come with a collector box with a slot for each car.