19th August 2014

Neo Releases and Matrix Announcements

Today we received nine new 1:43 models from resincasters Neo, and Matrix announced some exciting new 1:43 British classic road cars.

The highlights of the Neo delivery were two unusual Alfa Romeos: the unique 1964 Alfa Romeo Canguro in red (NEO43170), and the 1967 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sport Zagato in red (NEO45600).

These were accompanied by more obscure subjects, such as the 1971 Puma GTE Spyder in silver (NEO46150) and the 1948 Waibel Porsche Special Sport Cabriolet in metallic green (NEO46190).

Click here to see the rest of Neo’s releases.

The most exciting Matrix announcement, in our opinion, is the 1947 Bentley Mk.VI Cresta Pininfarina I in green (MX40201041). Also confirmed was a replica of the 1965 Jensen C-V8 Mk.II in metallic dark red (MX41002072), and the 1953 Armstrong Siddeley 346 Sapphire Four Light Saloon in black and sand (MX40107011).

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18th August 2014

Automodello’s Noble Announcement

American company Automodello has already produced several classic British road car subjects from the likes of TVR and Sunbeam. Today, the resin model maker announced a modern British machine that supercar collectors have been after for ages: the Noble M600.

Automodello will be replicating the car in 1:43 scale. These replicas will be limited to just 499 pieces worldwide, and will be available in Demonstrator Orange (AM026) and Baby Blue (AM028)

For the really serious collector, Automodello will be producing two massive 1:12 scale versions too, which will be limited to a mere 299 pieces each. Like the 1:43s, they will be coming in Demonstrator Orange (AM027) and Baby Blue (AM029). We can’t wait to see them released.

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15th August 2014

Jags And Astons Star On New AUTOart Delivery

We received a very exciting new delivery from AUTOart today. It arrived a couple of weeks before we expected it too, which makes a nice change!

The top release was the 1:18 2011 Jaguar XKR-S in French Racing Blue (AA73641), which we think looks absolutely gorgeous. An Italian Racing Red Jaguar XKR-S (AA73642) is also in stock too.

A close second in the excitement stakes was another modern British road car: the 1:18 2009 Aston Martin One-77, which is available in grey (AA70242) and black (AA70241). This is the first time a high quality replica of the One-77 has been produced; the only other company that has released a 1:18 model of the car before now was Mondo Motors.

Other notables included the 1:18 2011 Koenigsegg Agera in white (AA79008), the 1:18 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 R in black (AA81071) and the highly detailed 1:43 Signature Collection replica of the 1994 McLaren F1 in black (AA56002).

Click here to see all of AUTOart’s new releases.

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14th August 2014

Spark Releases 2014 Lotus E22s

Just a week after Minichamps released the first 2014 F1 cars of the year, Spark joined the party by delivering the 1:43 Lotus E22s of Romain Grosjean (DC214408K) and Pastor Maldonado (DC214413K) in 1:43 scale.

Both of them look the part and, as ever, the packaging, which is officially licensed by the Lotus F1 Team, looks very smart too.

The latest classic F1 arrivals were Wilson Fittipaldi’s Copersucar FD01 from the 1975 Argentinian Grand Prix (SPK3934) and the McLaren M5A BRM that Jo Bonnier raced in the 1968 Italian Grand Prix (SPK3124).

If you’re a Loeb collector, then this has been a pretty good delivery, as we received the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup that he raced at Macau in 2013 (SPKSA042), and the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 that the Frenchman drove with Alvaro Parente in the 2013 FIA GT Championship (SPKSF065).

This car, by the way, is specifically from Navarra, where the pairing scored a double victory. Both are limited to 750 pieces worldwide.

Finally, there is one exciting road car we would like to mention: the 1968 Jaguar E-Type S2 in silver (SPK2128).

Click here to see all of Spark’s new releases.

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12th August 2014

New Models From Four Manufacturers

Today we’ve had seven new releases from three different manufacturers.

The most significant replica came from Mattel. They released their highly detailed 1:18 Elite replica of Fernando Alonso’s 2013 Ferrari F138 (DC21303B), which is specifically his winning car from the Chinese Grand Prix. The Elite version boasts race worn tyres, carbon fibre effect finish on key areas such as the suspension, and a fully detailed cockpit.

The American company also sent us a 1:43 replica of Herbie from the 1968 movie, The Love Bug (HWBCK07).

High-end Italian brand Look Smart delivered two gorgeous new 1:43 resin replicas to us: the 2013 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster in red (LS429A), and the 1939 Horch 930 V Roadster in black (LS432).

At the opposite end of the price spectrum, we received two excellent value 1:43 models from Corgi. Both the Rover SD1 3500 Vitesse Twin Plenum in red (CG09011) and James Shead’s Volkswagen Golf Mk.2 GTI from the 1988 BTCC (CG13601) look great for the price.

We also took delivery of one model from GMP: the 1:18 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 in green (GMP1805602).

Finally today, Spark announced a 1:43 replica of the rather nice Martini liveried Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 that won the 2014 Zandvoort 12 Hours in the hands of Peter Schmidt, Christian Bracke, Renger van der Zande and Mirco Schultis (SPKSP054).

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11th August 2014

Brumm Announces Ferrari 250 GTO Collection

Today we had some exciting new announcements from Brumm. The Italian model maker has confirmed a set of ten 1:43 racing Ferrari 250 GTOs, which hopefully has scope for further expansion in the future.

Brumm is covering the famous subjects, such as Graham Hill’s 1963 Tourist Trophy winning Maranello Concessionaires (BR537) car, to the more obscure liveries like the 250 GTO that Ulf Norinder and Picko Troberg drove in the 1964 Targa Florio (BR536).

A complete set will look epic!

All of these replicas, by the way, are limited to a mere 250 pieces each. You can click here to see the full collection.

There was also one non-Ferrari related announcement from Brumm: the 1:43 Jaguar C-Type that Roy Salvadori drove to victory at the Goodwood International in 1954 (BR546).

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8th August 2014

More From Top Marques

We’ve had our second delivery in the space of a week from Top Marques Collectibles.

The three 1:18 Italian stallions in question are the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte in silver (TOP06A), the 1989 Alfa Romeo SZ in black (TOP01B) and the 1986 Lancia Thema 8.32 in Bordeaux Red (TOP05A).

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7th August 2014

Minichamps Releases The First 2014 F1 Replicas

We would have put our respective houses on Spark being the first company to release a 2014 F1 car in 1:43 scale here at DCL HQ.

It’s lucky that we didn’t because, today, Minichamps sent us the Sauber C33s of Adrian Sutil (DC214499) and Esteban Gutierrez (DC214421). Both of these replicas, by the way, are resin rather than diecast.

We received more 1:43 resin replicas from Matrix too, including interesting road cars like the 1965 Intermeccanica Mustang Station Wagon in red and gold (MX20603102), the 1955 Arnolt Bristol Bolide in white (MX40204011) and the 1962 Moretti 2500 SS coupé in grey (MX41309081).

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6th August 2014

More Excellent 1:43 Replicas From Spark

We’ve had 15 new releases from Spark today and, as usual, the subjects are all brilliant.

Our top picks hail from American races. The first is the Lola T90 that Jackie Stewart drove in the 1966 Indianapolis 500 (SPK2391). The Scot looked on to win the race in his first attempt when a fuel scavenge pump failed with eight laps to go.

The second was American NASCAR Legend Richard Petty’s 1970 Falstaff 400 winning Plymouth Superbird (SPK3590). For a 1:43 it’s massive!

Other replicas of note included the Alfa Romeo 184T that Riccardo Patrese raced in the 1984 Italian Grand Prix (SPK3871), the strange looking 1975 Copersucar FD01 press car (SPK3933) and the 1969 Lotus Seven S4 in yellow (SPK2185).

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

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4th August 2014

New Top Marques Releases

Today we received a new delivery from 1:18 resin brand Top Marques.

The only new tooling that we received took the form of the 1:18 2013 Maserati Ghibli in blue (TOP08B). We like Masers here at Diecast Legends, so it’s very nice to see some of the modern Ghiblis and Quattroportes starting to come through in the larger scale.

The other four replicas are all new colourways of models that we’ve had before. We received the 1:18 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C in metallic dark silver (TOP03C), and restocks of the red (TOP03A) version that was released a couple of months ago, as well as the 1:18 1985 Fiat Uno Turbo in metallic silver (TOP02B) and white (TOP02W).

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