I saw a post describing today as, “Land of the rising Sun-day,” so I decided that today would be as good a day as any to make a short review of the latest line from M2 Machines: Auto-Japan, a Walmart exclusive that focuses on some classic Japanese steel.

Earlier this week, I grabbed my hands on the first few from the set and promptly gave quick praise on here for them. I called them the best true 1/64 JDM pieces outside of Tomica Limited Vintage, and that’s a statement that still stands, because these little models are absolutely wonderful.

The quality is there as is the details to an extent (I’d say Tomica beats them on a detail front, but by a very slim margin). I’ve seen frequent M2 collectors claim that this isn’t up to usual spec for the brand but I disagree heavily, I’d say it’s almost better than most, but I’m not a humongous M2 collector.

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The one very minor complaint I do have is the variety of which M2 casted for this line. So far, we’ve had only Nissans. That’s not particularly a bad thing, but it would be nice to have some older Toyotas and Hondas mixed into the selection. Maybe an old Subaru 360 and Sambar? It’s a brand new line, so I’m not gonna ask for much.

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All in all, it’s nice to see a quality collection of old JDM classics on this side of the pond, and $6.00 will always beat $50 to import a TLV cast. Soon I’ll buckle down and get a TLV to compare with, but for now, M2, you’ve done a damn fine job. Keep it up, please.