After FamilyMart merged with SunKus and started to overtake SunKus stores many were worried about what it would mean to the collaboration between SunKus and Kyosho. The past week has seen lot of rumours on Twitter about the end of the Kyosho 1/64 collections that took a serious turn of event when CircleK online removed all the Kyosho products from their pages and Kyosho removed the SunKus collections from their website.
However today SunKus made the surprise announcement of a new Audi collection ! Is it a swansong or a rebirth? At this point nobody has any idea what is going on behind the scenes.
This new Audi collection comes 9 years after the first one, back in December 2007. After all this time we would have expected updated versions of the models, unfortunately that is not the case. Except the new R8 Spyder and the new R8 LMS, all the other cars are almost a decade old.
Circle K Online will have two exclusives editions of the new models in Suzuka Gray Matte Effect color.
If you missed the previous Audi collection this is a good opportunity to get some of them, despite their age they are still very nice 1/64 models.
Kyosho is back with a new lottery similar to what they did with the McLaren collection. Prizes include 1/64, 1/43 and 1/16 RC models as follow :
First prize : Gift set of two 1/43 Nissan Concept Vision Gran Turismo.
Second prize : Gift set of four Nismo 1/64 models.
Regular prize : one 1/64 models from this lineup (Nismo 400R; GT-R Nismo GT3; GT-R Nismo N-attack Package; Nismo R34 GT-R Z-tune)
Special prize : 1/16 RC GT-R Nismo GT-3
The lottery will launch on August 2nd.
Kyosho being extremely quiet in summer let’s take a look at their latest release.
Two new models in three colors each for this little collection that is not disappointing.
The Circle K Online Verde Ithaca limited editions. The green paint looks actually much better than on the promotional pictures.
A few sets are now available for preorder at the 829 Japan Shop, grab them before they are gone !
I will try to add more so check back later if they seem to be sold out already.
The Asterion LPI 910-4 and the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo are coming to the 1/64 world thanks to Kyosho and Circle K.
Only 2 models in 3 colors for this special collection. The case of 6 cars will include one of each variation.
Circle K online shop will also have two exclusive editions in Verde Ithaca color.
The Asterion and the Huracan Super Trofeo will be released in July.
Kyosho is back with SunKus for a “new” collection. Very similar to the third Alfa Romeo collection, this edition introduces the fan favourites 8C Spider and 4C. Another interesting addition is the 155 V6 Ti in Jägermeister livery (from what appears to be the 1996 ITC championship).
The online exclusive will be a blue 8C Spider.
The Alfa Romeo Minicar Collection 4 will go on sale at SunKus on May 3rd.
Next month Kyosho and SunKus are coming back to the good old blind box system. But this time there is only two different cars in the collection : the good old Fiat 500F and the new Fiat 500. Both cars will be available in four colors for a total of 8 variants.
The online exclusive will be the accurately named Shocking Pink Fiat 500.
The sets of the Kyosho 1/64 Initial D Collection arrived right on time. We started shipping the sets already reserved.
We do not plan to get more but we can probably help if you missed the reservations. Just send an email to email@example.com for informations.
The packaging is quite large, revealing the 4 regular sized boxes.
Toyota 86 (High-tech two tone)
Mazda RX-7 FD3S
Mazda RX-7 FC3S
Nissan Skyline GT-R R-32
Toyota 86 Rally Competition Model (Online exclusive)
As you can see the cars are well done and detailed, with accurate licence plates and decals. Even the mirrors are painted this time, something Kyosho was not doing anymore !
Here is the new Kyosho x SunKus collection, introducing a new lottery system. We now have more details on it. As we reported before the collection includes 4 different 1/64 McLaren cars in two colors, a special set of the 4 cars in matte black and a 1/18 Lamborghini Veneno.
The cars are quite nice, with a level of detail you would expect from Kyosho. There is not many McLaren cars at this scale and it’s always good to see new models. The cars come with a card as before.
Now let’s talk about the lottery system and the changes it means for the Kyosho 1/64 collectors.
Each SunKus stores participating in the operation (roughly 1 out of 5, finding a store carrying the cars is already a game in the game) receive a bundle of 60 prizes. The breakdown is as follow : 1 x 1/18 Lamborghini Veneno; 3 x Set of 4 McLaren cars; 7 x each of the 8 different 1/64 McLaren car.
Statistically, by buying one ticket there is 1.7% chance to get the 1/18 Lamborghini, 5% chance to get the special set and 93.7% chance to get a McLaren car. However there is only 11.7% chance to get the car we have our eyes on, and each time we get one car the odds to get the same one increase dramatically.
This makes this system really inconvenient to collect a full set. Buying just 8 tickets has only 1.5% chance to result in 8 different cars, meaning we have to buy more tickets and inevitably get many duplicates. That was already the case before with the blind boxes but buying a sealed case of 20 cars online would guarantee 20 unique cars and no duplicates, making it easier to look for the 4 remaing cars to complete a set. Since Circle K Online (ex Karuwaza) do not sell McLaren cases the only way to get them is to find the right store and buy more cars than necessary to complete a set. In our experience we had to buy 20 tickets to get the 8 cars, and we were not lucky enough to score the special set or the 1/18 Lamborghini. Much random. Not much fun.
In January Kyosho and SunKus will release a special Initial D minicar collection to celebrate the third episode of the Legend movie series.
The collection includes the yellow FD3S RX-7, the black Skyline BNR32 and the white FC3S RX-7 as well as a special Toyota 86.
The online exclusive will be another version of the Toyota 86.
This car ran in the TRD Rally Challenge last month.