Buying die-cast off eBay on a whim can be scary, especially when you aren’t familiar with what you are buying. You can never be sure quite what you’ll get. Alas, the prospect of your wildest expectations being fulfilled is so alluring that it can be hard to resist. Especially when the price is right. So when I found this Ebbro JGTC Supra on an eBay seller’s store who I was about to purchase a number of Tomicas from, I had to pull the trigger. I had never even laid eyes on an Ebbro and certainly don’t know much about JGTC, but screw it, it looked shiny in those pictures.
Let’s just say it wasn’t a bad choice. I present to you the Tom’s JGTC Toyota Supra, recreated by Ebbro in 1/43 scale.
Design and Accuracy- 9/10
I’m not in the habit of handing out 10s. A 10 indicates that there is no room for improvement. I am not really qualified to make that judgement here as I am not a JGTC or Supra expert. But, wow, does this thing look spot on. The sponsor decals (and there are a lot of them!) look to be all there according to this picture I found of the 1:1 and little details such as the spoiler shape and wheel finish appear to be faithfully recreated. I find no fault here and feel that a 9 may even be too low.
Fit and Finish- 7/10
There are not too many problems here. Most of the parts fit together very well and you can’t see any issues at a glance, but a close inspection reveals some minor issues and what may be a big issue to some collectors. The biggest problem a visual inspection reveals is the small tab visible at the base of the spoiler buttresses. Also, the brake discs/calipers are quite good but not perfect. These are not even items that really even detract from the model, and if that was all that was wrong the car would score a solid 8 and maybe a 9 here. But the wheels do not roll. At all. This is not a huge deal for me, but I know there are collectors out there that will not even consider purchasing a non-rolling model. So I have to dock a point or two.
About the only thing this model is missing that you might expect to see at this scale is an opening hood. The interior is fully fleshed out, there are detailed brake discs and calipers, the tires are of course rubber, the wheels have their own tampo stamping...I could go on. With opening features, the score here would be a 10.
$50 + shipping is what it will take to bring one of these home on eBay. “But ep3,” you say, “that’s darn-tootin’ expensive! How can you give it an 8?” Well, you’re right, it’s not cheap. But this isn’t the “cheap” score, it’s the “value” score. And if you look at what other models in this scale look like and what they sell for, $50 is actually a pretty good deal. Many Minichamps and Autoarts will go for a Jackson more (that’s $20 for you non-American folks) than $50, but, aside from the rolling wheels, aren’t really as nice. There are other cars from high-end brands that sell for less, true, but not a whole lot and they still are not quite as high quality as this piece.
There are currently 4 of this exact car listed on eBay. So, not a Treasure Hunt by any means, but certainly not plentiful. I find the ho-hum score of 5/10 to be appropriate.
If you like Supras or the JGTC and collect 1/43s, this is probably a car that should be in your collection. The detail on this model is something you would expect on something more expensive and the white, red, and green Castrol colors are iconic. And at this point, you don’t even have to take a leap of faith in purchasing it- I’ve done the hard part for you! I hope you’ve enjoyed this review. Die-cast on, LaLD!