News : Tomica releases from May to August 2018

Only Japanese cars until August with… a Ferrari ?!

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

May 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#76 Toyota Prius PHV GR Sport (regular and limited color)

#104 Kawasaki BK117 D-2

June 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#58 Honda Civic Type R (regular and limited color)

#106 Honda N-Box

July 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#109 Tomica Swift Sport (regular and limited color)

#85 Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great

August 2018 :

Regular Tomica

#62 New Car (regular and limited color)
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#5 Toyota Dyna Wrecker Truck
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The silhouette of the new car leaked by Tomica themselves is very close to the shape of the Ferrari 488 ! Could it be that Tomica secured the Ferrari licence?

That would be a very welcome after so many years !


News : Oversteer 1/64 Toyota C-HR

It’s been a year since we last heard from Oversteer so it’s very exciting to find out they are still kicking and ready to release a new cool model !

The Toyota C-HR seems to be doing quite well in Japan and more are visible in the streets every week. No doubt this 1/64 scale replica will be as, if not more, popular.

Oversteer gives us the choice of no less than height color variations from Toyota’s catalog.

This C-HR is open for preorder on the 829 Japan Shop.




Gallery : More Tarmac Works 1/64 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

I just can’t get enough Evo X by Tarmac ! They are just perfect at this scale. Here is a look at their most recent versions, including the Malaysian police edition.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition – Rally Red (purchase on

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Ralliart Edition – Black (purchase on

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – 311RS (purchase on

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – Malaysian Police Car (JL Hobby Malaysia exclusive)

They all are fantastic. And with perfectly positioned hard plastic side mirrors.

The signature red version of the Final Edition.

The Ralliart livery, with the tagline “the spirit of competition”.

Tuned by 311RS with blue wheels.

The Polis Evo Helang Malaysia.

I need more ! Can’t wait for the Gulf livery and the Pikes Peak Safety car !


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News : Kyosho 1/64 Lamborghini Minicar Lottery

Kyosho is back ! After a year of sporadic releases through 16d the famous minicar maker will be back in Japanese convenience stores next month with Lamborghini models.

The format will be a lottery similar to what they did with the McLaren Minicar Kuji Collection and the Nismo Minicar Kuji Collection : customers can buy a ticket and exchange it for a random car from the listing.

As usual there is only two new models : the Centenario and the Aventador SV Coupe. Here is the list of the 24 cars:

Prize A : Pearl White set of 3 Centenario / Aventado SV Coupe / Veneno Roadster

Prize B : Pearl Green set of 3 Centenario / Aventado SV Coupe / Huracan

Prize C : Blue set of 2 car Centenario / Aventado SV Coupe

Prize D : Silver set of 2 cars Asterion / Huracan Super Trofeo

Prize E : Asterion (black)

Prize F : Huracan Super Trofeo (yellow)

Prize G : Aventador SV Coupe (red)

Prize H : Centenario (gray)

Prize I : Veneno Roadster (black)

Prize J : Veneno Roadster (silver)

Prize K : Veneno Roadster (blue)

Prize L : Huracan (orange)

Prize M : Huracan (red)

Prize N : Huracan (gray)

Prize O : Miura (blue/gold)

Prize P : Miura (orange)

Prize Q : Countach (green)

Prize R : Countach (yellow)

Maybe not as exciting a lineup as the Hypercar collection from 7eleven Taiwan, but it’s good to see Kyosho coming back to the 1/64 scale.


News : Aoshima 1/64 Subaru Sambar Collection

Aoshima just released a new 1/64 scale collection in Japan. This time the cars are so tiny they are sold in capsule vending machines !

The Subaru Sambar kei-truck appears to be quite detailed for a cheap full plastic toy and is available in five different colors. And there is a secret version as well.

Some of them even come with boxes or covers.

829 Japan has a few sets of 5 coming. You can make a reservation by sending an email to Price is US$20.00 plus shipping fee to your country.

All gone !





Gallery : Tarmac Works Mercedes-AMG GT3

Now that is something really nice. The first Mercedes-AMG by Tarmac was a hit and that new GT3 version is another one!

Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 2017 #70 – Mori, Heyer (purchase on

Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Nurburgring 24H 2016 #9 – Müller, Haupt, Buurman, Engel (purchase on

Unfortunately the Hello Kitty came with a broken wing. The reason was a screw too short that couldn’t keep the car attached to the base properly. Bad luck I guess. I glued it back but it started leaning when I took the pictures. I managed to fix it properly later, so no big deal in the end. My only concern with those cars are the rubber mirrors, especially on the blue one.

That’s a shame to have bad mirrors on such great models, I never had this issue with the previous Tarmac cars like the Evo X, the Civic FK2 or the R8 LMS, all with hard mirrors. And none ever came with a broken one. To the Tarmac team : please reconsider the use of rubber mirrors ! It doesn’t matter they are unbreakable if they are looking weird.

That said, I love this AMG GT3 and will definitely get the green version.


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Gallery : Tarmac Works Global64 Lamborghini Aventador SV

The Aventador SV is the second car in the Global64 line after the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

They feel very close to what Kyosho used to do, with surprising details like the neat Lamborghini emblem on each wheel. As usual with Tarmac the wheels and decoration are very nicely done, even at this lower price point.

Lamborghini Aventador SV – Giallo Orion (purchase on

Lamborghini Aventador SV – Need for Speed Police (purchase on

Lamborghini Aventador SV – Indonesia Police

Somehow on the NFS Police version the front lights are much better done than on the other two (they look quite bad on the yellow as you can tell). The rubber side mirrors are – once again – not properly oriented.

On that note, I am definitely not keen on that trend of using rubber for side mirrors. They are almost never in the right position. I would rather have a broken mirror once in a while that I can glue back than twisted rubber mirrors all the time that I can’t do anything about.

Also available : Dubai Police version and Verde Ithaca green.


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News : Tomica Kuji #22 Fire Fighters Collection

Emergency services have been heavily represented in Tomica toys for a long time especially police and fire departments, always popular with kids. After countless classic red fire department vehicles TakaraTomy is trying something new and original with this 22nd Kuji collection.

This time the cars will carry the colors of fire fighters uniforms from different groups of the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department.

Fire Rescue Task Force

Hitachi CM Astaco; Daihatsu Copen; Toyota FJ Cruiser; Nissan GT-R; Lamborghini Murcielago.


The Fire Rescue Task Force was created after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995. The members specialize in disaster rescue with heavy machinery and extrication equipment.

Command Team

Toyota 2000GT; Lotus Exige S; Daihatsu Midget.

Just like you would expect from the Command Team, their role is to assess the situation and decide the best course of action.


Daihatsu Cast; Jeep Wrangler; Subaru WRX S4.

The Paramedics make sure to treat the injured on site and to organize their transport to another point of care.

A-one Fire Unit

Toyota Sienta; Toyota Crown; Suzuki Hustler; UD Trucks Quon Tank Lorry.

The A-one Fire unit are experts in dealing with extreme fires of highly flammable materials (oil, tires) or in confined space (subway, factories). They use top of the line equipment.

Ladder Corps

Suzuki Escudo; Nissan Fairlady Z; Mitsubishi Triton; Toyota Voxy.

The Ladder Corps has the difficult task to reach fires in high locations such as tall buildings. Ladder trucks operators in particular need to quickly put their vehicle in the right position for the fire fighters to be able to intervene in the smallest amount of time possible.

Volunteer Fire Corps

Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

The Fire Brigades are composed of part-time fire fighters and volunteers in small or remote locations that do not have a proper Fire Department nearby. They are trained to deal with many situations such as fires, floods and rescues and have the tough task to handle major events until better equipped professionals arrive.

This collection is definitely a smart and fun way to teach the different roles and careers opportunities in fire departments to the young generation. And we get cool looking Tomicas on top of that !

The 22nd Kuji Fire Fighters Collection will be released on March 17th in Japan.


Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 BMW M3 E30

Many versions of the BMW M3 E30 are already available in Tarmac’s Hobby64 line, offering quite a rainbow of racecar colors. All these iconic liveries are flawlessly scaled down to these 1/64 replicas in an impressive display or precision and accuracy.

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1990 #3 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1991 #6 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1992 #1 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – DTM Norisring 1992 #14 Joachim Winkelhock (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Plain White (purchase on

The interior is very detailed as well, with harnesses on the seats, a complete rollcage and even a painted gear stick. On that note, the rollcage seems to be a bit lower than it should be. That’s probably due to the construction of the model itself, working at such a small scale is not leaving much room to cram many things inside.

It is worth mentioning that the plain white version features a passenger seat, where all the race car versions accurately have the driver seat only.

On the outside, the Mobil 1 car has an antenna while all the others don’t. According to the few pictures of the real cars we could find on Google it seems accurate as well.
The wheels are once again beautiful, it is fair to assume by now that Tarmac will never disappoint on that aspect. The front lights could have been nicer with a little more care. Tomytec did it better on their 318 and 325.


The pictures speak for themselves : these E30 are just great ! Missing from this review is the newly released orange Jagermeister DTM version that look awesome.

And more are coming with emblematic liveries : FINA, Marlboro, Advan, Falken, Michelin, Bastos and even TicTac !


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