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).
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 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.