News : Japan Post Minicar stamps sets #5 and #6

Started in 2014, the Japan Post is expanding their minicar stamps set collection in 2018.

After the one shot Mazda MX-5 and the begining of a classic car collection with the Skyline 2000GT-R (KPGC10), Skyline 2000GT-R (KPGC110), Skyline GT-R R32 and Honda NSX, the Japan Post released the Toyota 2000GT in March and the Honda S800 is scheduled for April.

Each set comes with a collectible box, a set of stamps and of course the 1/64 minicars from Kyosho.

Both sets are limited to 6000 pieces.





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 : 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.


News : Kyosho 1/64 GT-R new toolings?

Nissan updated their 2017/2018 official goods catalog with three new GT-R items from Kyosho: 1/64 scale BNR32, BCNR33 and BNR34.

If the promotional pictures are not deceiving it seems like the cars are from brand new toolings. The front grills in particular are much more detailed than the previous models from the GT-R Neo collection and Kyosho Original releases.

The details on the bodies appear to be sharper than before however the wheels just look off, especially on the R34. Too big and too thick. Let’s hope that this is a prototype shown and that the final product will have better looking wheels.

The three new models will be on sale in Japan exclusively through selected Nissan dealers sometime in November.

Update : the cars seems to be retoolings of the Beads editions from 15 years ago. The wheels are not similar though.


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 !

News : Kyosho 1/64 x Good Smile Company online exclusives editions coming soon

Previously released through the Circle K online store, the online exclusives editions will now be carried by Good Smile Company.

The Ferrari 599XX Evo and FXX K will be the first releases of this new partnership.

The Kyosho 1/64 collections are now sold at Family Mart stores as well as SunKus stores, making them much easier to find. It seems like 2017 is going to be a good year for Kyosho 1/64 scale cars.