Today Minichamps officially confirmed the two new Valentino Rossi figures that were in their ‘Edition 2’ catalogue recently.
However, they have come through at £29.99 each, not £26.99 as we had assumed, so those of you who have pre-ordered from us early have saved £3 each on those two figures! Just to clarify, these are the 2004 ‘kissing’ figure (PO40246), and the 2002 Donington figure (PO20146).
Minichamps also confirmed three 1:12 Casey Stoner figures. The first is a 2006 riding figure, from his days on the white LCR Honda RC211V (PO60127).
The second figure has confused us slightly, as it’s from the 2007 Phillip Island race (PO70127), which Casey won in his championship year. But Minichamps have already announced a ‘special’ 1:12 Ducati Desmosedici replica for Stoner from that race that comes complete with a riding figure (PO70097), so we’ll have to wait and see how that one develops.
The final figure is a ‘podium celebration’ (PO70227), so we assume that it will be along the lines of the Rossi Materazzi standing figure, which was the one that had him spraying champagne.
Away from Minichamps, Dutch brand NEO confirmed a couple of exciting new 1:18 subjects, both classic Jaguars that have never been replicated before. These will be the 1957 Jaguar Mk.VIII in black and pewter (NEO18035), and the 1960 Jaguar Mk.IX in two-tone grey (NEO18036).