News : Tomytec 1/64 releases from October to December 2017

Here is a little recap of what Tomytec is cooking.

October 2017

TLV NEO :

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

LV-N148c/d Nissan GT-R 2017

LV-N156a/b Toyota Cresta GX71

November 2017

TLV :

Safari 5000 #01 Datsun Bluebird

Ogikubo Damashii #05 Nissan Skyline 2000

TLV  NEO :

LV-N157a/b Nissan Laurel 2000GL-6

LV-N139c Isuzu Erga Shinki Bus

December 2017

TLV :

LV-169a/b Mazda Cosmo Sport

TLV  NEO :

LV-N159a/b Nissan Laurel SGL-E

LV-N161a/b Datsun 200SX Custom Roadster

 

Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 Honda Civic Type R (FK2) Motul

For the first time ever in 1/64 scale thanks to Tarmac Works, the Civic Type R (FK2) made its debut in a Modulo limited edition at the HK Toy Fair alongside the Lancer Evo X Final Concept.

This Motul version is another special edition released at the Toycon 2017 in the Philippines as well as through Tarmac’s website and limited to 2544 pieces.
 

The livery is directly taken from a car running in the TCR series.

Original picture by Mat Canyon

Unfortunately the race modifications are not featured on the model, which is the stock FK2.

The model itself is beautiful and the attention to detail once again striking. The rear wing is surprisingly well reproduced at this scale and the brake calipers are visible through the wheel’s spokes. The side mirrors are functional thanks to chrome stickers and there’s even a harness on the driver’s seat !

Somehow the Honda badges seem to be crooked on some of the pictures but not at all to the naked eye. Not sure why, probably the lighting. The only defect visible on our model is the Motul plate at the rear of the car not really straight.

Except for this minor inconvenience this is a very satisfying model. The livery is simple but effective.

Many different versions of the Civic Type R (FK2) are already scheduled in the Hobby64 line: Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Solid Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Championship White, Castrol WTCC livery and Advan livery ! If you like the FK2 Tarmac definitely got you covered.

 

 

 

News : Tomica releases from September to December 2017

TakaraTomy recently officially revealed the Ford GT and Toyota Estima for September, but now we know their plans for October, November and December thanks to a leak.

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

September 2017 :

Regular Tomica
#19 Ford GT (regular and limited color)

#100 Toyota Estima

Long Tomica
#139 Shikisai Island Train Suite

Dream Tomica
#148 The Circuit Worlf Lotus Europa Special

Gift Set
Tomica Racing Transporter

 

October 2017

Regular Tomica
#93 New Nissan model (regular and limited color)

Which car do think it will be? Nissan Leaf?

#20 Isuzu Erga Toei Bus

Tomica Premium
#05 Lamborghini Jota SVR

#24 Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2017

 

November 2017

Regular Tomica
#37 Mini John Cooper Works (regular and limited color)
 

#119 Morita M13 Boom Truck

Dream Tomica
#151 Justice League Batmobile

#158 Harry Potter Hogwarts Express

December 2017

Regular Tomica
#40 Chevrolet Camaro (regular and limited color)

#8 Mitsubishi Fuso Aerostar Tachikawa Bus Rilakkuma

Many different Rilakkuma buses in different colors are cruising around Tachikawa, not sure which one will be made.

Long Tomica
#122 Sunflower Ferry

Not sure which one yet.

Stay tuned for more informations.

 

 

Kyosho 7eleven VS Kyosho SunKus 1/64 Porsche comparison

Recently released in 7 Eleven stores in Taiwan, this new collection by Kyosho and PaoFeng raised many questions. Brand new models or reruns of the previous Kyosho Porsche collections by SunKus in Japan? Ben Kiehn took these comparison pictures to help us get a better idea of what this latest collection really is.

First, let’s end the debate on who’s the maker. Kyosho officially took credit for this 7eleven collection on their Taiwanese Facebook page and their badge can be seen everywhere. Yes, those are definitely Kyosho cars. The manufacturer however is not the same as for the Japanese SunKus collections. This time PaoFeng was in charge of the production and they did entirely new tools for the 10 cars. The deal was obviously made for licensing reasons but in the end we have Kyosho models made by PaoFeng. It is not the first time Kyosho works with a another company to produce specific models.

Now that we determined who the parents are, let’s look at the cars and start with the 911 GT3 RS (997).
Can you tell which one is from 7Eleven Taiwan and which one is from SunKus Japan?

Hard to tell from a distance but a closer look will reveal some differences.


On the left is the new 7eleven version, on the right is the older SunKus version. The headlights look better on the PaoFeng edition, as well as the wipers. The Porsche crest however is way too big and the side mirrors appears to be too small.


The wheels on the PaoFeng feel slightly more detailed, the spokes have more substance and look less flat than the Kyosho’s. Same remark on the door handle.


The stance of the PaoFeng is definitely wrong here, this may have to do with the fact that the model comes in a kit as we’ve seen pictures of the same model with a correct stance.

Next up is the 911 Speedster (997):

The blue version is from 7eleven and the white one from SunKus Porsche Collection 5.


The interior is sharper on the PaoFeng but once again the side mirrors are tiny.


Both have the same stance. The headlights on the PaoFeng are too large. And the crest is way too big again. Do they have an issue with tiny tampos?


Well it seems not since the ‘Speedster’ tampo at the rear is very small… seemingly too small. The rear lights however are much better on the PaoFeng.

On the 911 GT2 RS (997), the differences are easier to spot:

Silver is 7eleven, white is SunKus Porsche Collection 6.


Again, big headlights, big crest, tiny side mirrors. Overall the older version from SunKus is cleaner and more accurate.


Both look good though.

The 911 Turbo (991/1) :

As you can see the wheels of the 7eleven version (yellow) are clearly wrong.


But this time the headlights seems to be the right size while they are apparently too large on the SunKus Porsche Collection 6 ! The side mirrors are fine but the crest too big as usual. That was probably made on purpose on every car.


PaoFeng did the rear wiper, nice touch.

Finally let’s look at the 911 Turbo 3.3 (930) :

It may be because of the shape of the real car but both look extremely good.


Just by looking at this huge crest you can tell the black one is from PaoFeng. Although the headlights are different I am not sure which one is more accurate.


See what’s missing on the SunKus Porsche Collection 6? Twin exhaust !

The bases bear some differences too :
 

Conclusion : looking good overall, it is not too difficult to spot inaccuracies on these 1/64 Porsche models by Kyosho and PaoFeng. But on a few occasions they have better details than the older versions Kyosho made for SunKus. If you already own the SunKus editions you definitely don’t need them, but if not you shouldn’t be disappointed by these 7eleven Taiwan exclusives.

Thanks again to Ben Kiehn for the pictures and detailed comparison !

Tarmac Works : “Not settling for less.”

Relatively newcomer in the model car world, Tarmac Works is actually manned by people with years of experience, knowledge and connections. What started as a passion project by a professional pilot, an automotive insider and an avid minicar collector is blossoming into a force to be reckoned with.

In 2016, after a few very nice 1/18 and 1/43 scale models, the young company decided to test out the 1/64 market with two unique cars : the Audi R8 LMS and the Honda Civic EG6 Group A. The success was immediate and Felix Kwong, Managing Director at Tarmac Works, knew he was onto something. “The response was simply overwhelming and we got tons of requests on which models we should produce. Our team went to the drawing boards and there were just so many models we wanted to produce in a variety of categories such as JDMs, modern and classic racing cars in different classes, European models, etc. So we decided to go big and aim for 15 [new cars in 2017].”

The first batch of these brand new toolings for 2017 in the Hobby64 line are coming very soon. We will be thoroughly reviewing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X but in the meantime we’ll take a look at the Final Concept version released at the last HK Toy Fair.

We’ve been waiting for a 1/64 Evo X for what seemed to be an eternity. Not a single 1/64 scale manufacturer – not even Kyosho, the specialist of modern Japanese sports cars – tried to make a proper 1/64 replica. To be honest, even an okay model would have made us happy but clearly Tarmac Works is not the kind to be satisfied with “okay” stuff. They pushed this Evo X tooling to the limits.

The level of detail featured on this tiny model is astounding. The last time our jaw dropped like this was when looking at an Oversteer car for the first time.

From the headlights to the exhausts; from the brake callipers to the micro-decals; everything is achieved with quasi perfection. Macro pictures may reveal a decal crooked by half a degree, but to the naked eye this Evo X model is very impressive.

Two more versions of the Evo X (the octane blue color and the Advan rally inspired livery) are about to be released. If you are thinking about getting one make sure to act fast ! The Tarmac models are limited and there will be no re-run for a long, long time. At least 5 to 8 years according to Felix. “We understand it often ruins the collectible value of the first run if a second run is done.” A second batch will be considered only under special circumstances many years after the first run.

Picture by Tarmac Works

But Tarmac Works is more than pretty cars in a display cabinet, it is a new take on the model car collecting hobby, allowing the collectors to be involved in the development. Tarmac is welcoming people’s suggestions and go through them regularly. “This is how we have decided to make a number of our future models. For us this is a very important aspect of our development as we need to make cars for collectors and not for any other reason.

Communication and social interactions are also a big part of Tarmac Works’ ‘revolution’. Felix and his team share a lot of work in progress pictures and even do live chats with the community over Facebook.

WIP pictures shared by Tarmac Works on their Facebook page.

Pushing this concept further, Tarmac Works is getting ready to host their own model car events through 2017, starting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 5th. The Minicar Festival will be open to all brands, scales and collectors to celebrate the model car culture. Tarmac will have the JUN Evo X for sale at their booth (and also via their website) and will organize a charity auction where die-hard fans will have a chance to score pre-production samples and other not for sale items. All proceeds will go to a local charity helping children. The Minicar Festival plans to visit a different city once every quarter in the future.

Speaking of the future, many cars are coming in the Hobby64 line and we will even see a new 1/64 line called Global64. The Global64 cars will be less detailed than the Hobby64 cars, but will have many variations and the lowest possible price tag at US$8.90. The first Global64 car will be the Audi R8 V10 Plus, followed later by the Lamborghini Aventador SV.

Picture by Tarmac Works

In the Hobby64 line the schedule is overwhelming : not only will there be more versions of the Evo X, Civic FK2 and R8 LMS, but also the Mercedes-AMG GT-R (and it’s GT3 version), the BMW M3E30 Racing, the Civic Type R FD2, the Lancer Evo V, the Nissan GT-R GT3 as well as the completely unforeseen Pandem GT-R and RWB 930 !

You must have noticed by now that we are totally impressed by Tarmac Works’ 1/64 cars and looking forward their next releases ! The passion and hard work they put in their products is clearly visible.

Many thanks to Felix for his kindness and assistance and big ‘Thank you!’ to everyone at Tarmac for making such beautiful models. Keep up the good work !

Lastly, we would like to share an important message from Felix to the community:
I’d really like to thank all the collectors that have been supporting us as it is always challenging to accept a new brand to the market. And I really am thankful to have a great team working in the Tarmac team as they all love model cars and have put in so much effort and heart into each of our cars.

 

News : Tomica Event Model 2017 second batch

New Tomica Event Models will make their debut at the Yokohama Expo next month, adding 7 more cars to the first batch released in Osaka last April.

TEM #08 Mazda RX-7 Patrol Car

TEM #09 Toyota Prius

TEM #10 UD Trucks Quon Tomica Milk Tank Lorry

TEM #11 Toyota FJ Cruiser Safari

TEM #12 Lamborghini Veneno

TEM #13 Subaru 360

TEM #14 BMW I8

The Fairlady Z Yokohama DeNA Baystars will also be available at the venue.

The Tomica Expo will be in Yokohama from August 10th to 20th at the Pacifico Convention Hall B.

 

 

 

News : Tomytec 1/64 releases from July to September 2017

Tomytec has many interesting models coming this summer.

July 2017

TLV NEO :

LV-N149a Nissan Cedric Turbo SGL / LV-N149b Nissan Cedric Turbo F

LV-N153a/b Nissan GT-R Nismo 2017

LV-N155a Hino Blue Ribbon Yokohama City

August 2017

TLV :

LV-166a Toyota Patrol Car / LV-166b Toyota Unmarked Patrol Car

TLV  NEO :

LV-N150a/b Nissan Gloria V30 ProAm

Seibu Keisatsu #21 Gazelle

September 2017

TLV :

LV-168a/b Nissan Bluebird SSS

TLV  NEO :

LV-N154a  Nissan Gazelle XE / LV-N154b Nissan Gazelle XE-IIG

Mazda 787B 1991 LeMans Winner

Mr K’s Selection #2 Datsun 510

 

 

News : Tomica Marvel T.U.N.E. line

Tomica annouced a new line in collaboration with Marvel coming this summer. The Tomica Marvel T.U.N.E. is officialy launching today at the Marvel Age of Heroes exhibition in Tokyo with the release of the first model Evo 0.0.

Just like the Disney Motors and Star Cars lines, the Marvel T.U.N.E. collection will feature original models inspired by Marvel’s characters, ad-trucks and character’s trucks.

The first release will be available in July.

Elixion Zeeta Ironman

Bullet Shot 2000 Spiderman

Evo 1.0 Masked Carry Spiderman

Evo 2.0 MAsked Carry Ironman

Ad Truck Spiderman Homecoming

The trucks are designed to be displayed side by side, like a comic book collection.

You can preorder the first wave on the 829 Japan Shop.

 

 

 

News : Kyosho 1/64 Honda NSX and Honda S660

New distribution system for the next Kyosho 1/64 in July : no more blindboxes, the cars will be sold in display boxes. This convenient feature comes at a cost : the retail price will be significantly higher than it used to be with blindboxes.

Only two models in 3 colors each for this small collection.

 

There will be two special editions for two different stores: GoodSmile Company exclusive blue S660 and HMV exclusive gray NSX:

Preorder the set of 6 now on the 829 Japan Shop

Limited quantities available for preorder.