9th March 2015

Over 40 new 1:43 Announcements From Matrix

We’ve been offering Matrix replicas for over a year now, and we love the brand’s range of rare and often unusual classic road cars. They always seem to come up with excellent subjects that haven’t been done before.

It may seem surprising, but one of the highlights is the 1:43 1965 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage in silver (MX10108021). We don’t think anyone has produced a model of the Aston in 1:43 before, certainly not a collector quality one.

They also announced the 1:43 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Drophead Coupé in light metallic blue (MX10108061).

You’ll also have a field day if you like coachbuilt estate conversions, as Matrix confirmed the 1:43 1974 Rover P6B Estoura Estate in red (MX11706011), 1:43 1980 Jaguar XJ SIII Ladbroke-Avon Estate in yellow (MX41001071) and the 1:43 1959 Bentley S2 Harold Radford Estate in black (MX40201101).

Finally, if you’re after something really bizarre, you should take a look at the 1:43 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sports Torpedo Barker that the Maharaja of Kota (MX51705271) used to hunt tigers!

Click here to see all of Matrix’s new announcements.

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6th March 2015

Loads Of Minichamps Announcements Online Now

Today we put a huge chunk of Minichamps’ 2015 programme onto the website. All of the larger scale diecast and ABS models are available to pre-order, as is the entire resin range.

We’ll talk about the 1:18 diecasts first. Minichamps announced three special edition Lewis Hamilton 2014 Mercedes F1 W05s in 1:18 scale. You can choose from his winning cars from Malaysia (DC21444M), China (DC21444C) and Abu Dhabi (DC21444AD). They also confirmed Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix winning Red Bull RB9 (DC21301SP).

There were a couple of nice road cars too, including the 1:18 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package in Martini Racing livery (PG062440), and the 1:18 1970 Ford Capri RS 2600 in green and black (PG089075).

There were over a 120 resin subjects announced in both scales, but the most interesting subject was a 1:43 replica of the Ralt RT23 that Michael Schumacher drove to second in the Sugo round of the Japanese F3000 Championship in 1991 (P910206).

Click here to see all of Minichamps’ new announcements.

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4th March 2015

Matrix’s Sharp Shooter

Today Matrix released what has been without doubt our best selling model from the brand: the 1:43 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Break by Harold Radford (MX10108052). We also received the recently announced 1:43 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Cabriolet in blue (MX40108021) from them as well.

Another unusual British classic arrived from Kess in the form of the 1:43 Jaguar XK150 Ghia Aigle coupé in metallic green (KE29000). Also on the delivery was the 1:43 1970 Ford Escort Mk.1 1100XL in silver (KE15010) and metallic bronze (KE15011).

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2nd March 2015

Minichamps Announces 1:18 Mansell 1987 Williams

It’s all about Minichamps today, as the Aachen brand confirmed two extremely exciting resin 1:18 classic F1 subjects, and delivered some new replicas to us as well.

We’ll start with the brilliant news that Minichamps has announced the 1:18 Nigel Mansell 1987 Williams FW11B (PG870005). Our Nige was at the wheel of an FW11B during one of his most famous moments, performing that famous dummy on Nelson Piquet on his way to victory in the 1987 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

This is without doubt one of the British hero’s most iconic machines and, to make it even more special, Nigel Mansell is going to sign a limited number of the 1:18 Williams FW11B when it is eventually released (PG870005S).

Minichamps also announced a Formula One World Champion that has never been replicated in the larger scale before: Nelson Piquet’s 1981 Brabham BT49 (PG180005). We saw a sample of this model at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and, although it needed a bit more work, it was taking shape nicely. Hopefully we shouldn’t have too long to wait for it.

In terms of new releases, we received the 1:18 Sebastian Vettel 2014 Red Bull RB10 (DC21401), as well as the 1:18 2012 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in red (PG121392) and white (PG121394).

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27th February 2015

New Announcements From BBR And Spark

Today both BBR and Spark confirmed new subjects.

Two interesting 1:18 Ferrari 250 GTO racing cars from the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours really stood out from the BBR announcements. There’s the UDT/Laystall car as raced by Innes Ireland and Masten Gregory (BBR1809), and the NART machine driven by Bob Grossman and Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts (BBR1808B).

There were also three 1:18 road cars: the 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica in dark blue (BBR1815A), the 1966 Ferrari 365 California in metallic blue (BBR1814C), and the 1:18 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast in metallic blue (BBR1821).

In the smaller scale, BBR will be replicating the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C that was owned by Bernie Ecclestone (BBR09E).

In other news, Spark announced over 70 classic and modern 1:43 road car models today, with interesting subjects including the 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportman Estate in dark green (SPK2424), the MGB GT Sebring (SPK4142), and the Renault Sport RS01 presentation car (SPK3849).

You can click here to see them all.

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26th February 2015

A Trio Of New 1:18 Models From AUTOart

Today we received a small consignment of 1:18 replicas from AUTOart.

The 1:18 2013 Lamborghini Veneno in metallic grey (AA74506) was the highlight. This was joined by the 1:18 2013 Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 in black (AA81308), and the 1:18 1991 Bugatti EB110 GT in blue (AA70976).

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25th February 2015

Three Brands Release New 1:43 Road Cars

Today we received new 1:43 replicas from Kess, Neo and Corgi.

Kess sent us a couple of lovely little models of the 1981 Mini Clubman 1100 estate in silver (KE25001) and beige (KE25000), along with the 1:43 1976 Ford Gran Torino Brougham in metallic blue (KE15030) and metallic green (KE15031).

The best of the 1:43 Neo releases was the 1964 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupé in green (NEO43423). This arrived with a trio of modern Audis: the TTS coupé in orange (NEO46405), the TTS Roadster in dark metallic red (NEO46410), and the S8 in black (NEO46425).

And finally, Corgi released the 1:43 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk.3 Turbo in Diamond Black (CG13106A).

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24th February 2015

Two 1:18 F1 Cars Star On Minichamps Delivery

Today we received a new delivery from Minichamps.

The star of the show was the 1:18 Daniel Ricciardo 2014 Red Bull RB10 (DC21403), which we are also offering signed (DC21403S) by the man himself. We don’t have a date for the signing yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.

We also finally received the 1:18 Jenson Button 2013 McLaren MP4-28 (DC21305), along with two 1:18 ABS replicas of the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in orange (PG121391) and matt black (PG121390).

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23rd February 2015

CMC’s 1:18 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Arrives

We had a great day today, with new deliveries from both CMC and Spark.

CMC finally sent us its first ever British subject in the form of the 1:18 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato in green (CMC132) which, just to remind you, we are offering at £25 off the RRP. This is, without a doubt, one of our best selling models of the year so far.

We also received a large new delivery from Spark, which starred the 1:18 Martini Williams FW36s of Valtteri Bottas (DC21477K) and Felipe Massa (DC21419K). Both look sensational in the larger scale. The Bottas car is specifically from Australia, while Massa’s is from Malaysia.

In 1:43, highlights included the 2014 Le Mans winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer (LM201402), and the Arrows FA1 that Riccardo Patrese drove in the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix (SPK3900), which was the Arrows team’s first ever F1 race.

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

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19th February 2015

Another 1:18 F1 Champion Announced by Spark

Today we put Spark’s 2015 1:18 new announcements onto the website, and we received new releases from Matrix and Minichamps.

Spark announced yet another F1 World Champion that has never been replicated in 1:18 before. The car in question is Nelson Piquet’s 1981 Brabham BT49 (SPA18S166), which will be specifically the 1981 Argentinian Grand Prix winner.

There was also an exciting new 1:18 Le Mans winner confirmed in the form of the Bentley 3 Litre Sport that John Duff and Frank Clement drove to victory in the 1924 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPA18LM24).

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

The best of Matrix’s new 1:43 releases consisted of three British classics: the gorgeous 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental Sports Tourer 10EX By Barker (MX41705121), the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Touring Spyder in light green (MX10108012) and the 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe in red (MX10201041).

Meanwhile, along with the 1:2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull helmet from the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix (P120201B), Minichamps delivered to us the 1:43 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair model (P062136) and the Minichamps 2015 catalogues (MCCAT15).

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