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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18th February 2015

The Spark Announcements Keep On Coming

Today we put another swathe of Spark new announcements onto the website. This new set consisted of subjects from the world of rallying, and the US motorsport scene.

Spark has been extremely quick ofd the mark to confirm, in 1:43 scale, replicas of the three Peugeot 2008 DKRs that were driven by Stephane Peterhansel (SPK4454), Carlos Sainz (SPK4455) and Cyril Despres (SPK4456) drove in the Dakar Rally recently.

There were also some more models added to the resin brand’s 1:43 Pikes Peak Collection, including the spectacular Audi Quattro S1 E2 that Walter Rohrl used to win the 1987 event (SPA43PP87), and Rod Millen’s Pennzoil liveried Toyota Celica Super Sport Turbo from 1995 (SPA43PP005).

The 1:43 American motorsport announcements included winning cars from the Sebring 12 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours and Indianapolis 500, as well as Trans-Am, IMSA and NASCAR machinery.

Three of our favourites are specifically from the 1967 Indianapolis 500: Jim Clark’s Lotus 38 (SPK4274), Graham Hill’s Lotus 42F (SPK4275) and Jochen Rindt’s Eagle Mk.3 (SPK4256) If we’re being honest, we didn’t even know that Rindt ever raced at Indianapolis!

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

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17th February 2015

Three Porsches and Four Ferraris

Today we received new models from Minichamps, Mattel and BBR.

Minichamps sent us a trio of 1:43 Porsches. Our favourite is the Warsteiner Porsche 956 that Walter Brun, Prince Leopald von Bayern and Bob Akin raced at Le Mans in 1984 (P846509). There is also the Skoal Bandit Porsche 956 that David Hobbs, Phillipe Streiff and Sarel Van Der Merwe drove in the 1984 Le Mans 24 Hours (P846533), and the 1:43 1950 Porsche 356 in silver (P069220).

Meanwhile Mattel released the 1:43 Kimi Raikkonen 2014 Ferrari F14 T (DC214407), and the 1:18 Heritage Collection LaFerrari in red (HWBLY52), while BBR delivered the Ferrari California T in metallic red in 1:18 (BBR1877) and 1:43 (BBRC139)

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