27th January 2015

Spark Surprises By Announcing Mansell Lotus

We were just looking through one of the Spark release schedules that we regularly receive, when we came across a very exciting replica, which hadn’t yet been announced by the resin brand. Even more excitingly it was due in May.

The subject in question is a 1:43 replica of the Essex Lotus 81 that Nigel Mansell drove to third in the 1981 Belgian Grand Prix (SPK4287). This Lotus, as far as we know, has never been done before and, to make it even more desirable, it is a replica of the very car that Nigel Mansell took to his first ever podium finish in F1.

It’s unusual for a model that significant to just turn up out of the blue like that, but it was a nice surprise nonetheless.

Other new 1:43 announcements included the Matra MS5 that the late Jean-Pierre Beltoise drove to victory in the 1966 Monaco Formula Three race (SPK4307), and the BMW Z4 GT3 that Alex Zanardi raced in the Portuguese round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series (SPKSP072). This car featured a special livery, which commemorated the Italian’s Para-cycling successes.

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26th January 2015

Over 20 New Releases from Spark

We’ve received a mammoth new delivery of over 20 new replicas from Spark today. There’s such a wide variety of subjects present; everything from classic and modern F1 machinery, endurance racers, road cars, a rally car, and even a NASCAR and a couple of IndyCars.

We love all things Stirling Moss here at Diecast Legends, so we’re very pleased to see the 1:43 Aston Martin DB3S that Stirling Moss and Peter Collins drove to second at Le Mans in 1956 (SPK2409).

In terms of other 1:43 round-the-clock racers Spark has also released the Bentley Embiricos as it raced in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of H.S.F. Hay and Hugh Hunter (SPK3818), and the 2014 Spa 24 Hours winning Audi R8 LMS of Laurens Vanthoor, Rene Rast and Markus Winkelhock (SPKSB071).

It’s all about Red Bull in the modern F1 stakes, with Spark delivering both its Vettel (DC21401K) and Ricciardo (DC21403K) 1:18s, as well as Ricciardo’s winning RB10s from Canada (DC214403CK) and Belgium (DC214403BK) in 1:43.

Interesting classic 1:43 F1 cars included the Copersucar FD03 that was raced by Arturo Merzario in the 1975 Italian Grand Prix (SPK3935), Alex Caffi’s 1991 San Marino Grand Prix Footwork FA12 (SPK3981) and the Brabham BT33 that Rolf Stommelen drove in the 1970 French Grand Prix (SPK3509).

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

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22nd January 2015

458 Speciale Arrives In 1:43

Not much to report in the diecast world today, but we did receive a few new models from Mattel. They released the 1:43 Ferrari 458 Speciale in red (HWBLY45), yellow (HWBLY46) and matt black (HWBLY47).

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21st January 2015

IXO Beats Spark To Release Hyundai i20 WRC

Today we received a new delivery from IXO, as well as a solitary new release from Minichamps.

Usually it’s resin brand Spark that beats diecast manufacturers to market with new F1, rally or Le Mans cars, but today there was an exception to this rule, as IXO became the first brand to release the Hyundai i20 WRC in 1:43 scale. More specifically, we’re talking about the Hyundai i20 WRC that Thierry Neuville drove in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally (RAM568).

Other 1:43 highlights on the delivery included Robert Kubica’s WRC2 class winning Citroen DS3 RRC from the 2013 Rally of Germany (RAM539), and the Jaguar Mk.VII that Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1953 Silverstone Touring Car Race (RAC238).

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

Meanwhile, Minichamps delivered a 1:43 replica of Nico Rosberg’s 2014 Australian Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 (DC214406).

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20th January 2015

TrueScale Confirms 2015 Programme

Today TrueScale Miniatures revealed the subjects that it will be producing for 2015. There are over 100 subjects, including 70 1:43s, over 20 1:18s, as well as 1:12 Le Mans cars and 1:8 helmets. There’s certainly plenty to choose from.

The highlights in 1:18 were predominantly of the classic F1 variety, including a replica of Niki Lauda’s famous 1978 Swedish Grand Prix winning Brabham BT46B Fan Car (TSM151803), Emerson Fittipaldi’s Gold Leaf liveried Lotus 56B from the 1971 Race of Champions (TSM151811), and the McLaren MP4/5 that Ayrton Senna took to victory in the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix (TSM151819).

In both scales there are also a number of variants of the Bentley Continental GT3, including the Generation Racing machine that competes in the British GT Championship. In 1:43 Brabham, March and Tyrrell classic F1 cars all feature, along with several retro Alfa Romeo and Porsche endurance racers, and even two of the unusual GM Futurliners.

A new addition to TSM’s range is the new Collection d’Elegance, which features rare and beautiful classic cars that have appeared on concourses all over the world; such as the 1:18 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Berlinetta in light blue (TSMCE151805) and the 1:18 1930 Mercedes SSK Count Trossi Roadster in black (TSMCE151806).

Click here to see all of TrueScale Miniatures’ new announcements. 

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19th January 2015

Mattel Releases Its Last Modern 1:18 Ferrari F1 Cars

Today we received a new delivery from Mattel. The American company released their last ever modern 1:18 Ferrari F1 replicas because they have, of course, chosen to give up the lucrative Ferrari licence.

That means that the 1:18 Fernando Alonso 2014 Ferrari F14 T (DC21414), and the 1:18 Kimi Raikkonen 2014 Ferrari F14 T (DC21409) are in stock now. It will be interesting to see what Maisto/Burago will do with regard to the 2015 Ferrari Formula One challenger. The 1:43 F14 Ts should follow shortly.

Mattel also, finally, released the 1:18 2013 LaFerrari in red (HWBCT79), yellow (HWBCT80) and black (HWBCT81).

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16th January 2015

Plenty Of New Releases

As we didn’t do a diary entry yesterday we’ve got a hell of a lot of releases to get through today! We’ve recently received new models from Minichamps, Kyosho and TrueScale Miniatures.

We’ll start with Minichamps as it won’t take long! They released just one subject: the 1:8 Valentino Rossi 2010 Valencia test helmet (PO100866).

Kyosho finally sent us the 1:18 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 that Juha Kankkunen drove to third place in the 1992 Monte Carlo Rally (KY8342C), and it was certainly worth the wait.

In 1:43, we received the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish in silver (KY05581SS), red (KY05581VR) and black (KY05581NX), as well as the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 in dark silver (KY05591MS), white (KY05591SW) and black (KY05591NX).

14 new 1:43 subjects (and a few 1:18 accessories) arrived on the delivery from TrueScale Miniatures, with highlights including the 1:43 1968 Land Rover Series IIA SAS Patrol Vehicle (TSM144327), the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 that Toine Hezemans and Masten Gregory drove in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours (TSM144313), and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe that Roger Penske drove to third place in the 1963 Governor’s Trophy at Nassau (TSM144321).

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

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13th January 2015

New Announcements From Corgi

Recently, Corgi announced its range for the first half of 2015, and they are now all on the Diecast Legends website for you to look at.

The first thing to mention is that all their road cars now represent even better value, being priced at just £19.99. It’s a little thin on the ground in terms of new toolings, but we are very pleased to see the introduction of the 1:43 Triumph Stag Mk.1 in white (CG10107).

Other highlights include the 1:43 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton in Imperial Green (CG14003) and the 1:43 Lotus Esprit S2 World Championship Commemorative Model (CG14201), which comes resplendent in the black and gold colour scheme of the JPS sponsored F1 cars.

The only 1:43 motorsport model is the Volkswagen Mk.2 GTI that Alan Minshaw drove during the 1987 British Touring Car Championship season (CG13603).

There were plenty of aircraft replicas too, including the 1:72 Short Sunderland Mk.III EJ134 that was used by 461 Squadron RAAF in 1943 (CG27501). With a wingspan of 47 centimetres, this should be an impressive piece.

Click here to see all of Corgi’s new announcements.

While we’re on the subject of Corgi, we also received a few new releases from them too. Most excitingly there was the 1:43 Bentley Continental GT3 Launch Car (CG56901) which, priced at £29.99, is less than half the price of TrueScale’s release a few months back.

This was joined by the 1:43 Volkswagen Golf Mk.2 1.3C in Nevada Beige (CG13602A), and the 1:43 Vauxhall Carlton Mk.2 2.6L that was used by the South Wales Police Force (CG14001).

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9th January 2015

Spark 1:43 Hamilton Mercedes Back In Stock

Today we received a very exciting new delivery from Spark consisting of 14 new models.

Excitingly, we took delivery of our second batch of the 1:43 Lewis Hamilton 2014 Chinese Grand Prix winning Mercedes F1 W05 (DC214444K). The model was originally released shortly after Lewis had clinched his second world title in Abu Dhabi, and was unsurprisingly completely sold out to pre-orders.

After the second batch of this particular model has sold out we will not be getting any more. We don’t have huge numbers of them left either, so if you don’t want to miss out again you should act soon.

Also on the delivery were some excellent classic F1 replicas. In the larger scale, we took delivery of Jim Clark’s Lotus 25 from the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix (SPA18S119).

In 1:43, there was Graham Hill’s Lotus 43 BRM from the 1967 South African Grand Prix (SPK2144), and Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1973 Argentinian Grand Prix winning Lotus 72D (SPK2149). Away from Lotus, what we believe to be the first ever replica of an Amon F1 car arrived: the AF101 raced by Chris Amon at Monaco in 1974 (SPK3891). Bruce McLaren’s 1969 McLaren M7C from the French Grand Prix (SPK3132) was also delivered.

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

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8th January 2015

AUTOart’s Last Ever Zonda

Today we received new 1:18 replicas from both AUTOart and Sun Star.

The most exciting model from AUTOart is what will be the brand’s last ever Pagani Zonda replica. We thought the R would be the last; then the the R Evo came along, but now it looks like the 2013 Pagani Zonda R Revolucion in blue/carbon fibre (AA78373) will be the final flourish. AUTOart’s 1:18 Pagani Zonda models are fantastic and are incredibly highly detailed; they will be greatly missed.

We also took delivery of the legendary Bugatti EB110 GT in dark red (AA70977) and silver (AA70979), along with the 2005 Gumpert Apollo S in black (AA71301).

And last but not least, four colourways of the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster arrived: metallic light blue (AA74697), dark metallic blue (AA74698), yellow (AA74699) and white (AA74696).

Meanwhile, Sun Star finally released the British Saloon Car Championship Ford Escort RS1600is of Chris Hodgetts (SS4963) and Richard Longman (SS4964), as well as Kris Meeke’s 2009 San Remo Rally winning Peugeot 207 S2000 (SS5437).

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