8th December 2014

Mattel Confirms Bond’s Aston Martin DB10

As soon as the new Bond car, the Aston Martin DB10, was unveiled at the press conference for the new James Bond movie Spectre, we were wondering which manufacturer was going to announce a model of it.

Well, it turns out we didn’t have long to wait as, today, Mattel confirmed that it will be producing the James Bond Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre in 1:18 scale (HWCMC94). Nothing generates excitement like a new Bond car, even more so if it’s an Aston Martin, so we’re delighted that Mattel has reacted so quickly.

Mattel also announced several other movie subjects, including the 1:18 Batmobile from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (HWCMC89).  They will also be replicating a couple of interesting sports car subjects too: the 1:18 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT (HWDGH06) and the 1:18 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (HWDGH07). Mattel hasn’t yet confirmed colours for either of these models.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Mattel’s range starts to take shape, after they gave up the Ferrari licence earlier in the year. Click here to see all of Mattel’s new announcements.

In other news, Sun Star released a 1:18 replica of Roger Clark’s Ford Escort RS1800 from the Rally of Morocco (SS4490). It is a limited edition of just 996 pieces worldwide.

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5th December 2014

More Exciting News From Spark

Today Spark announced three new 1:18 subjects, and sent sample images of some very exciting 1:18 models that are due for release early in the New Year.

After announcing the 1:43 version last week, Spark confirmed that it will be replicating Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 in 1:18 (DC21444ADK) scale too. And, just like the smaller scale version, the replica comes complete with a driver figure holding the Union Jack.

The other two 1:18 announcements were from the world of endurance racing: the Porsche 956 that Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell drove to victory in the 1982 Le Mans 24 Hours (SPA18LM82), and the Lancia Beta Montecarlo that raced in the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Michele Alboreto, Eddie Cheever and Carlo Facetti (SPA18S160). These two are just a few months away.

Also due for release in the not too distant future are two F1 world champions that have not yet been replicated in the larger scale before: Nelson Piquet’s Williams FW11B from 1987 (SPA18S118) and the Williams FW07 that was raced by Alan Jones in 1980 (SPA18S117), which is also available signed (SPA18S117S).

Spark has said that the Piquet car will arrive in February, and the Jones Williams will be released in March. Judging by the sample images, both of them are going to look brilliant. It looks like we’re in for a cracking start to 2015!

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4th December 2014

Six WTCC Chevys Arrive On Spark Delivery

Today we received a new delivery of 1:43 replicas from Spark, which mainly consisted of cars from this year’s WTCC.

Spark sent us the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1s of Tom Chilton (SPK2456), Tom Coronel (SPK2457), Gianni Morbidelli (SPK2459), Rene Munnich (SPK2464), Hugo Valente (SPK2458) and Dusan Borkovic (SPK2465).

The Chevy mob was joined by the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE that Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna drove in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (LM201497), and the BMW 635 CSi that Hans-Joachim Stuck drove to victory in the 1983 Macau Guia race (SPKSA052).

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3rd December 2014

CMC Reveals The 1:18 Aston Martin Zagato

There’s been plenty going on in the world of diecast today, but the most significant news is that CMC has sent us sample images of its 1:18 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato in Goodwood Racing Green (CMC132). It looks absolutely stunning, but we would expect nothing less from CMC.

We have to admit we weren’t expecting to see snaps of this model so soon. We were even more surprised when CMC told us that it will be releasing this model early in the New Year.

Greenlight Collectibles announced the 1:18 Duesenberg II SJ from the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby (GL12927), which starred Leonardo Di Caprio.

In terms of new releases, resin brand Jotus sent us the 1:43 1984 Toyota MR2 in dark green and silver (JT76504), metallic blue (JT76505) and blue (JT76506).

We’re very impressed with the models from this new brand. The quality and detailing is very good and, unusually for resin models, these MR2s all come with an opening engine cover.

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2nd December 2014

Bargain Bentleys From Corgi

Today we received new models from Corgi, Greenlight Collectibles and Norev.

Corgi sent us two very nice little 1:43 Bentley road car replicas, which are an absolute bargain for just £26.99. The cars in question are the Bentley Continental GT V8 S launch car from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (CG57001), and the Bentley Continental GT V8 S press car in Monaco Yellow (CG57002).

Greenlight sent us two movie cars: the re-release of the 1:18 Ford Mustang GT Fastback from the 1968 movie Bullitt (GL12885), which comes complete with a Steve McQueen figure and, in 1:43, the Ford Mustang ‘Eleanor’ from the 1974 movie Gone in 60 Seconds (GL86412).

Finally, along with a couple of Mercedes road cars, Norev sent us a 1:18 replica of the Martini Racing ‘hippie’ liveried Porsche 917K that Jo Siffert and Kurt Ahrens drove to second place in the 1970 Kyalami 9 Hours (NV187581).

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28th November 2014

Big Road Car Delivery From IXO

Today IXO released 20 new 1:43 road car replicas under its Premium-X brand.

Best of the bunch was definitely the brilliant looking Jaguar F-Type Coupé R in dark grey (PRD361). We also received this model in red (PRD362) too, but we don’t have many left.

Another exciting replica that arrived on the delivery was the 2014 Range Rover Sport, which came in both blue/silver (PRD359) and white (PRD360).

Other interesting subjects included the Saab 92001 Ursaab (PRD374), which was Saab’s first ever prototype car, the 1987 Volvo 780 Bertone coupé in dark blue (PRD371), the 1983 Lancia Delta Selene Semi Convertible in dark grey (PRD0023), and the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Loewy in Champagne (PRD0243).

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27th November 2014

Just In: CMC’s 1:18 Le Mans Alfa

Today we received new models from CMC and Spark.

CMC’s 1:18 replica of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Speciale Touring Coupe that Raymond Sommer and Clemente Biondetti drove in the 1938 Le Mans 24 Hours (CMC111) landed in our warehouse just before the close of play.

There are a number of differences between the road car and the race car and, of course, CMC has gone to great lengths to include these on this exquisite replica.

Some of the modifications include an entirely new, hand-made front grille, additional front and rear licence plates, elongated oil and fuel fillers, a fire extinguisher inside the left door, an engine-starting crank, headlights that are fitted with removable red-tinted covers and protective mesh nets, and so on. We should also mention that it’s a limited edition of 3,000 pieces worldwide.

It’s incredible that Spark has managed the release the 1:43 Mercedes F1 W05s of Lewis Hamilton (DC214444K) and Nico Rosberg (DC214406K) just days after the championship was decided in Abu Dhabi.  Our first delivery of the Hamilton car, by the way, sold out completely to pre-orders, but we will be getting restocks in the near future.

Other 1:43 highlights included the Citroen C-Elysees that Sebastien Loeb (SPK2461) and Yvan Muller (SPK2460) drove in this year’s WTCC, and the Ligier JS27 that Rene Arnoux raced in the 1986 British Grand Prix (SPK3971).

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

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26th November 2014

Abu Dhabi F1 Specials Announced By Spark

Today Spark confirmed some very exciting 1:43 F1 specials from this year’s season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Spark certainly acts quickly when it comes to announcing new replicas.

The most exciting new subject is Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 (DC214444ADK), which will come complete with a driver figure holding the Union Jack.

In Abu Dhabi both of the Williams cars had a different livery due to alcohol laws in the United Arab Emirates. They removed all of the Martini logos and the red stripes, but the car still looked rather nice we thought. So we’re pretty glad that Spark will be producing the cars driven by Felipe Massa (DC214419ADK) and Valtteri Bottas (DC214477K) from last weekend’s race.

Finally, Spark will also be making the Caterham CT05 of Will Stevens (DC214446ADK).

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25th November 2014

2014 F1 Presentation Now Available To Pre-order

To celebrate Lewis Hamilton claiming his second world title in Abu Dhabi last weekend, we have now decided to offer, for the 20th year in succession, our exclusive 1:18 Formula One World Champions Presentation (DC2014).

The presentation is similar in construction to the one we supplied for Sebastian Vettel in 2013. A Minichamps 1:18 replica of Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 will sit on our specially designed 300 grade stainless steel base, with an inset panel at the back detailing all the races in the 2014 championship, the points scored by Lewis in every round and his overall season statistics.

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24th November 2014

Pull Your Pants Up Valentino!

Today we took delivery of some new replicas from Minichamps.

We can’t remember the last time that we received a Valentino Rossi figure, so as you can imagine we were very pleased when the 1:12 Valentino Rossi 2011 ‘Pants’ figure showed up (PO110146).

A limited edition of just 864 pieces worldwide, the figure depicts Vale re-arranging his Ducati leathers as he tours down the pit lane, an act that he performs at the start of every single practice session, qualifying and race.

The figure was joined by the 1:2 Valentino Rossi helmet from the 2009 Misano Moto GP (PO92056). This was the design that famously featured Donkey from Shrek.

On four wheels, we received a very nice 1:43 replica of the 1938 Auto Union Type C Streamliner (P381900), and the 1:43 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe in blue (P020026).

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