16th February 2009

..And That’s A Wrap On The Minichamps F1 ‘08 Grid!

We received the rest of the new Minichamps delivery today. Some of these items we do have stock remaining of after fulfilling our pre-orders; quite a rare occurrence at the minute!

These items include the last ‘regular’ 1:43 2008 F1 car, Adrian Sutil’s Force India VJM01 (DC28420). And, of course, the 1:12 McLaren F1 in silver (PG133129)!

We received a new delivery from Spark as well, with their latest classic F1 car the most popular new release, of Jacques Laffite’s 1976 Ligier JS05 (SPK1630).

Away from new releases, IXO confirmed some new announcements today. The highlight is the next subject in their Le Mans Winners collection, the 1973 Matra MS670B of Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrouse (LM1973).

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16th February 2009

Leighs Diecast Diary Vidcast Episode 65

Welcome to the sixty fifth Leigh’s Diary Vidcast. This week, Leigh Hobden reads out your fanmail and comments, gets attacked by a deadly barrage of paper, and takes his shirt off.

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The replicas featured on this weeks podcast are;

1/12 Rossi Riding Figure - Mugello 2001 - Minichamps (SOLD OUT)
1/12 Suzuki GT 750 Candy Lavender - Minichamps
1/43 McLaren M26 US East Grand Prix 1978 # 7 J. Hunt - Minichamps
1/43 McLaren M26 US East Grand Prix 1978 # 8 P. Tambay - Minichamps
1/43 Mini Cooper Clubman S 2007 Metallic Green - Minichamps

1/43 Volkswagen Passat Variant 2005 Red - Minichamps
1/43 Jaguar XF 2007 Metallic Black - Minichamps
1/43 Matra MS120 French GP 1970 #21 J-P. Beltoise - Spark (SOLD OUT)
1/43 BRM P57 French GP 1962 #10 R. Ginther - Spark
1/43 Mercedes W154 1st Tripoli GP 1938 #46 - Spark (SOLD OUT)
1/43 Pescarolo P01 Le Mans 2008 #18 J.Barbosa/ S.Gregoire/ V.Ickx - Spark
1/43 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR Test Car Paul Ricard 1980 - Spark
1/43 Triumph TR5 1967 Blue - Spark
1/43 Alfa Romeo 164 V10 Pro-Car 1988 - Spark
1/43 Ford Transit Motorsport 1979 - Spark
1/43 Ferrari California 2008 Red - Red Line
1/43 Ferrari 158 1st German GP 1964 #7 J.Surtees - Red Line
1/43 Ferrari 158 Mexican Grand Prix 1964 #7 J.Surtees - Red Line (SOLD OUT)
1/18 Porsche 901 Coupe 1964 Yellow - CMC
1/18 Ferrari 156 Sharknose German Grand Prix 1961 #3 W. Von Trips - CMC
1/18 Ferrari F2003GA Japanese Grand Prix 2003 #1 M. Schumacher - Mattel Elite
1/18 Ferrari Dino 246 GT 1969 Yellow - Mattel Elite
1/18 Ferrari 575M Maranello 2002 Red - Mattel Elite
1/18 Peugeot 908 HDi 2007 #8 S. Sarrazin/P. Lamy - Solido

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13th February 2009

Norev’s First F1 Car Is Here. See What You Think!

Today we received new deliveries from Mattel and Norev.

There were three new 1:18 cars from Mattel; the Ferrari 410 Superamerica in silver (HW2048) and black (HW2049), and the Michael Schumacher 2007 Ferrari F2007 testcar racesuit special (HW5423). There was also a new 1:43 replica, in the form of Chris Amon’s 1967 Ferrari 312 (HW5589).

Norev’s highlight in 1:18 was the 2007 Porsche RS Spyder of the Dyson team (NV187518). In 1:43, we received Fernando Alonso’s 2008 Renault R28 (DC28405NV).

Right at the end of the day we received two new items from Minichamps, both sold out to pre-orders. These were Sebastian Vettel’s 1:43 2007 Toro Rosso STR2 (DC27419V), and the Valentino Rossi 1:12 2004 ‘kissing’ figure (PO40246).

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12th February 2009

Sun Star Snatch The Headlines

Yesterday it was Kyosho, today it was Sun Star’s turn to announce their 2009 subjects.

There will be four 1:18 2008 Ford Focus WRCs, of Mikko Hirvonen (SS3935), Jari-Matti Latvala (SS3937), Henning Solberg (SS3936), and Gigi Galli (SS3938). Sun Star’s prices have gone up however, quite significantly, to £51.99.

Some of the classic rally Escorts that had been previously announced but not yet released have also gone up to £51.99. So, a £12 saving for those of you who ordered them from us before the end of last year!

The most exciting road car subjects are the next variants of the 1:18 Ford Escort, the RS1600i, in red (SS4996) and black (SS4995). These are only £5 dearer than Sun Star’s roadgoing Escorts last year, at £34.99.

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11th February 2009

Today Is Kyosho Day

All of Kyosho’s 1:18 2009 announcements are now ready to pre-order from our website! You can click here to view them in all their glory. To be honest, not a lot else to tell you about today, things are flat out here from the annual ‘post Nuremberg fall-out’ as we tackle putting everyone’s new announcements on our system and our website!

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11th February 2009

Leighs Diecast Diary Vidcast - Nuremberg Toy Fair 2009

Welcome to Leigh’s exclusive vidcast diary of the 2009 Nuremberg Toy Fair. Join him as he gets an inside look at all of the latest announcements and samples from some of the biggest manufacturers in the diecast business. As there were so many stands to see, we’ve had to break the podcast down into three parts;

Part 1:- Introduction To Nuremberg, Mattel
Part 2:- AUTOart, Sun Star, Minichamps
Part 3:- Minichamps, Kyosho, Norev, Bauer

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10th February 2009

Minichamps Escorts Will Be All-White!

Last thing today Kyosho confirmed their new 2009 announcements. On the 1:18 rallying front it’s very exciting, with gems such as Paddy Hopkirk’s 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini (KY8102A), Walter Rohrl’s 1980 World Championship winning Fiat 131 (KY8373A), and Carlos Sainz’s 1993 Lancia Delta in the Repsol livery (KY8342D). All these, and the other 50 odd subjects, will be available to pre-order tomorrow.

The prices on all of Kyosho’s existing replicas also went up today. Almost all of their replicas are now going for £75 - £80.

Finally, there was some confusion about the Minichamps 1:18 replicas of the Ford Escort RS1800 (PG084470) and RS2000 (PG084300). We photographed some white samples of them at Nuremberg this year (and last year actually!), but it was unclear as to whether they would be coming through in white or if they were just unpainted. However, it has now been confirmed that they will both be white.

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9th February 2009

Price Reduction!?! You’re Having A Laugh!

Today we received the new Minichamps delivery, headlined by the latest 1:12 Valentino Rossi figure, the 2001 Mugello riding version (PO10176). It is in the dramatic ‘knee down’ pose, and is almost a sell-out on release. Notably, the Minichamps Rossi limited edition numbers seem to be coming down, as this one is limited to just 3,996 pieces worldwide.

Also new in were the blue McLaren M26s of James Hunt (P784397) and Patrick Tambay (P784398) from the 1978 USA GP East.

The last bit of Minichamps news today is that we now have their 2009 catalogue available to pre-order (MCCAT09). We should see it next week.

Finally, Mattel announced a price reduction at the end of the day. That’s not a typo, they really did! All of their 1:18 2009 announcements (excluding Formula One and Super Elite subjects) have been reduced by £10. Will the other manufacturers follow their lead?

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9th February 2009

Leighs Diecast Diary Vidcast Episode 64

Welcome to the sixty forth Leigh’s Diary Vidcast. This week, as our diecast guru Leigh Hobden was away at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, we were surprised when we came across another load of embarassing bloopers and outtakes, which we just couldn’t resist putting up for all to see! Be sure to check back later this week, when we’ll be showing Leigh’s diecast diary from the 2009 Nuremberg Toy Fair. Keep the comments rolling in. You’ll need quicktime installed to view the video on this post.Quicktime required

 
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6th February 2009

Nuremberg Toy Fair ‘09; The Sequel

The first visit of the day for Leigh and co was at Norev, who were proudly displaying Tom Kristensen’s 2008 Audi A4 1:18 replica (NV188326). But they also surprised us by displaying Mattias Ekstrom’s 2008 Audi as well, finished in the striking Red Bull livery. Perhaps there are more DTM cars in the pipeline? Time will tell.

Kyosho were next up, who had probably one of the biggest announcements of the fair, in the form of Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini which won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964. We at Grand Prix Legends have been suggesting this replica for a long time, and we’re sure this’ll be a very popular release. Also in the limelight were Walter Rohrl’s 1980 World Championship-winning Fiat and Carlos Sainz’s Repsol-liveried Lancia from 1993. Lots of potential there then!

Mondo Motors also had some tricks up their sleeves by announcing 1:18 replicas of the four-door Lamborghini Estoque (pronounced Es-to-kay) and the Pagani Zonda F.

The most unusual replica of the day though was spotted on the Bauer stand, who displayed a 1:18 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 encrusted nose-to-tail with Swarovski diamonds. What could stand out in a collection more then that!

Back in the U.K, new deliveries arrived in the warehouse. Mattel supplied the 1:18 Ferrari Dino 246 in yellow (HW2045), Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA in 1:18 (HW2077) and the 1:18 Ferrari 575M Maranello in red (HW2053).

Also from Solido and Universal Hobbies, we received the 1:18 2007 Peugeot 908 (SL118004) and the 1:16 JCB Majorloader (J2711).

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