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.
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.
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.
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 tarmacworks.com)
BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1991 #6 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1992 #1 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
BMW M3 E30 – DTM Norisring 1992 #14 Joachim Winkelhock (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
BMW M3 E30 – Plain White (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
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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Tomytec shifted a few things around on their release schedule. Here is their updated planning up to May 2018.
LV-N165a/b Honda Civic Type R 1999
LV-N166a Hino HH341
LV-N139e Isuzu Erga Keihin Express Bus
LV-172a/b Isuzu 117 Coupe EC
LV-N168a/b Nissan Cedric V30 Turbo Brougham
LV-150c/d Isuzu Bellett 1600GTR
LV-N167a Hino HE366 Wing Roof Trailer
LV-N170a/b Nissan Skyline 25 GT-V
The Beast of the Green Hell is joining Tarmac Works’ Hobby64 lineup !
Exciting to see this car finally get a proper 1/64 release. Overall very nice model featuring gorgeous wheels and remarkable paintjob on the front grill. The rubber side mirrors are totally unbreakable but not always straight though.
Mercedes-AMG GT R – Designo Diamond White (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
Mercedes-AMG GT R – Solar Beam (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
Can’t wait for the GT3 versions !
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The R8 LMS is a favourite of Tarmac Works with many different version already available and certainly more to come. The attention to detail on the race liveries is impressive and because pictures speak louder than a thousand words just take a close look at four of these beauties.
Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Shangai – AAPE/Phoenix Racing Asia – #88 Marchy Lee (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Sepang – AAPE/Phoenix Racing Asia – #48 Edoardo Mortara (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Champion – #1 Alex Yoong (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
Audi R8 LMS – FIA GT World Cup 2016 Macau Winner – #8 Laurens Vanthoor (purchase on tarmacworks.com)
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