I’m not sure if I should say that the Jada JDM line has been a subject of controversy, but something tells me that it has. Jada 1/64 has always been a sort of oddity in my mind, as they seem to capitalize on whatever’s the hot thing with the cool kids at the moment. Back in the early 2000s, it was the DUB line, featuring cartoonish proportions and humongous chrome wheels. I have a few of those models left, mainly because they’re the only manufacturer who made a 1/64 scale of my 2003 Cadillac CTS at the time, and let me tell you...they’re something else, for sure.
But now they’re trying their hands at the hella JDM yo lifestyle with their JDM Tuners line, available in 1/64, 1/32, and 1/24 variants respectively. When this line came out, I was considering buying one of each scale and taking a look at each, but when they finally hit the store shelves, my optimism dipped severely, and I’ll explain why here in a little bit, but let’s take a closer look at the models I’ve chosen for this review.
First off is the Toyota FT-1 concept. Jada made a wise decision by being (from what I know) the first company to produce a scale model of the very hot FT-1 concept that apparently gives us a look at the new Supra. This is honestly a great idea because as the car gets closer and closer to production, a lot of people will be looking for die-casts of it, and Jada can claim they were first to the jump. And, this cast isn’t really that bad at all. Everything seems about right, it’s got some nice hefty weight to it and it all seems about in order.
However, there are a few discrepancies in the way of detailing and the painting. There are some pretty nasty casting lines left over on the body and the paint seems to feel blotchy in some areas, which is strange considering the old DUB line toys I have seemed to have better paint on them. These things are only $3.99 at Toys-R-Us, so it’s a cheaper alternative to Greenlight, JL, and AutoWorld, but sadly you can definitely see why. Overall, though, the FT-1 gets okay marks from me, it’s something I can proudly display without any qualms...just don’t look too closely at it.
Next up is the JDM Tuners 1995 Toyota Supra, and this is where the line begins to fall short. Now, keep in mind, the Supra is one of the most popular cars in the JDM craze, it’s a very beloved car by many people, and it’s crucial to get it right. And at first glance, it does appear that they did do just that with a very good-looking paint job that fits the modern JDM track-day lifestyle. However, once you look closely at it, you start to notice a few details that look off.
That’s right, this car is merely a repaint from Jada’s days of having the Fast and the Furious license, as this car is only a red version of the orange Supra so proudly displayed in the first movie. It’s really a travesty, but I wouldn’t expect much else from Jada...they seemingly just took the cheap and easy way out. Why waste money and resources on a new cast?
This actually seems to be a glaring issue with this new line from JDM, as the Supra isn’t the only one suffering. You can see here that the 2002 Lancer Evolution from the line suffers from the same issue, but it’s even worse...
It’s the 2 Fast 2 Furious cast, with vinyls from the Tokyo Drift Evo! Oh the shame.
So, yeah, once I found all this out, my optimism and feelings towards this line went straight through the floor, and outside of the FT-1, it’s safe to say I’m not a fan at all. If you can get over this, there’s some pretty good looking widebody GT-R and NSX casts also on offer which I may look at later, but I don’t see it happening very soon, but the general quality is mediocre at best. I hope we can get some better results from a different company soon, or hopefully Jada cleans up their act.