21st November 2014

Matrix Confirms 11 New Models

This week Neo, Trofeu and Top Marques have all announced new subjects. Today it was the turn of Matrix, as the Dutch brand confirmed 14 new 1:43 models.

It’s the same mix of rare coachbuilt beauties and one-off concepts that we’ve come to expect from this fantastic resin model maker, with the highlight taking the form of the 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider By Bertone in red (MX40108031).

Also worth a mention is the significant Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental Sports Tourer by Barker (MX41705121), and the 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I DHC ‘Honeymoon Express’ by Freestone and Webb (MX41705101).

If you’re after something really different, check out the 1954 Packard Panther Daytona Concept (MX41601021), the 1974 Tatra 613 Vignale Coupe in metallic green (MX41901021) or, if you’re really unhinged, the 1983 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Eureka Regent Landaulet Hearse in silver and black (MX21501341).

Matrix has given these models a release date of December, so we could well see the majority of them before the year is out.

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20th November 2014

New Announcements From Top Marques and Trofeu

It was all about new announcements today, with both Top Marques and Trofeu confirming new subjects.

There are several new 1:18 Maseratis in the pipeline from Top Marques, including the 2014 Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition coupé in red (TOP12R), but we are most excited about the brand’s first motorsport inspired 1:18 models: the Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA that Riccardo Patrese, Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siviero drove to victory in the 1988 Giro D’Italia (TOP04R), and the Lancia Beta Monte Carlo that raced in the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Beppe Gabbiani and Emanuele Pirro (TOP21C).

In the smaller scale, Trofeu revealed that it will be producing seven new replicas. Both of the highlights are Castrol liveried cars; there’s Didier Auriol’s 1995 Tour de Corse winning Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 (TR707), and the Ford Escort Mk.II that Barry Williams drove in the 1978 Algarve Rally (TR1815).

Click here to see the rest of Trofeu’s new announcements.

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19th November 2014

Just A Single Release

It’s been a pretty quiet day today, but luckily we were saved by value brand Oxford. They released the 1:43 Lotus Elan Plus 2 in black with a silver roof (OXF074).

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18th November 2014

Exciting New Announcements From Neo

Today Neo announced several new 1:43 subjects, and we received some new releases from Minichamps.

There were some extremely interesting announcements from Dutch company Neo, including the 1961 Aston Martin Jet Bertone in metallic grey (NEO44575). The real thing was sold for over three million pounds last year, making it the most expensive Aston ever sold at auction.

Other highlights included the Jensen Interceptor Series III Drophead Coupe in dark metallic red (NEO43399), the 1971 Ford Granada Mk.1 Coupe in green with a black roof (NEO49525), and the 1986 Jaguar XJ Series III Vanden Plas in metallic red (NEO49526).

Minichamps sent us, amongst others, the 1:18 1948 Land Rover in grey (PG168904), which is limited to just 504 pieces worldwide, and the 1:2 Valentino Rossi 2007 Jerez test helmet (PO72046).

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17th November 2014

Rare Road Cars From Kess and Matrix

Today resin brands Matrix and Kess released new 1:43 replicas.

First off, Matrix sent us the first in its Louwman Museum Collection: the Fiat 8V Vignale Demon Rouge (MXLM010602).It’s a gorgeous model, which comes in proper Louwman Museum branded packaging, but at £101.99 it is a little more expensive than your average Matrix release.

Other highlights included the gorgeous 1957 Alvis Super TC108G Graber Convertible in grey (MX50105051), the 1950 Austin A135 Princess Mk.2 Vanden Plas in blue (MX42101021), and the 1963 Pininfarina Rondine I Corvette in metallic blue (MX50302031).

From Kess, we received five Alfa Romeo models, with the highlights being the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TZ2 Coupe Pininfarina in white (KE00227), and the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900SS Ghia Coupe in red (KE00210) and yellow (KE00211).

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14th November 2014

All You Need Is……A John Lennon 1:18 Rolls-Royce

Today we received new models from Paragon and Neo.

Paragon has released its sensational 1:18 replica of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V that was owned by Beatles star John Lennon (PA98212). Paragon has done an excellent job recreating the Rolls’s psychedelic paintjob. It’s a very weighty and sizeable piece, which is must for any Beatles, John Lennon, or Rolls-Royce fan.

Other models from Paragon included the 1:18 1967 Daimler 250 V8 in black (PA98311) and maroon (PA98312), as well as the 1:18 1968 Jaguar Mk.II in Opalescent Silver Blue (PA98321).

Neo gave us three 1:43 models today: the 1963 Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato in red (NEO45165), the 1:43 Volvo Amazon Coune Convertible in white (NEO45212) and the Porsche 968 that RS Turbo that John Nielsen, Thomas Bscher and Lindsay Owen-Jones drove in the 1994 Le Mans 24 Hours (NEO43837).

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13th November 2014

New Models From Spark and Corgi

Today we received new batch 1:43 replicas from Spark, as well as a couple of new releases from Corgi.

Of the 14 subjects on the Spark delivery, the highlight was the 1993 Light Car Company Rocket in red (SPK3152), which was designed by Gordon Murray.

There were a couple of classic F1 cars too: the Lola Mk.4 that John Surtees took to second in the 1962 German Grand Prix (SPK1815), and Guy Ligier’s Cooper T81 Maserati from the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix (SPK3517).

Other notables from Spark included the Lotus XI that Colin Chapman and Herbert MacKay-Fraser drove in the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPK2183), and the Honda TN360 that was used by Essex Team Lotus (SPK2688), which comes complete with a miniature DFV engine to put in the back of it.

Click here to see the rest of Spark’s new releases. 

From Corgi, we received an impressive 1:32 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2970 that was flown by Geoffrey Page (CG35509). The replica comes with a detailed engine, a retractable undercarriage, and has a wingspan of 39 centimetres.

This was joined by the 1:43 Ford Cortina Mk.3 2000E in Modena Green (CG10310).

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12th November 2014

McLaren Stars On Minichamps Consignment

Today we received a new delivery from Minichamps. Three of the four subjects we received were McLarens.

Minichamps sent us the 1:43 2014 McLaren MP4-29s of Jenson Button (DC214422) and Kevin Magnussen (DC214420). Both of them, by the way, are specifically from the Australian Grand Prix, where Magnussen and Button finished in second and third respectively.

Minichamps also finally released the 1:18 Sergio Perez 2013 McLaren MP4-28 (DC21306). The Button (DC21305) version is due in January, which means that it will be two years out of date when it arrives!

The only other model was a 1:18 ABS replica of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 that Marcel Leipert and Oleg Petrishin drove in the 2011 ADAC GT Masters (PG111112).

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11th November 2014

Viva La Zonda R Revolucion!

Today we received a new delivery from AUTOart.

Present was the absolutely stunning 1:18 2013 Pagani Zonda R Revolucion in Black Carbon Fibre (AA78272). AUTOart pulls out all the stops when it produces its Pagani Zonda R replicas; the detail on them is always phenomenal.

The Revolucion is made up of around 700 individual parts, and features a fully functioning suspension, photo-etched grilles, stainless steel exhaust tips and an amazingly intricate engine bay.

We also received the 1:18 2012 Pagani Zonda R Evolution in white and carbon fibre (AA78271).

Other releases included 1:18 2005 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) Nismo Z-Tune in Bayside Blue (AA77354) and black (AA77355), as well as the 1:43 2011 McLaren MP4-12C in red (AA56008), orange (AA56006) and silver (AA56007).

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7th November 2014

McRae Subaru Arrives From Sun Star

Today we received three new 1:18 replicas from Sun Star.

The undoubted show stopper was Colin McRae’s 1994 RAC Rally winning Subaru Impreza 555 (SS5506), which is limited to 1,998 pieces worldwide.

Other new 1:18 arrivals included the 1983 Ford Escort Mk.III XR3i in Caspian Blue (SS4982) and the Peugeot 207 S2000 that Manfred Stohl drove in the 2008 Rally of Portugal (SS5436).

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