Meet the Emperor, one of the fastest supercars to lap the Nordschleife, in all of its 770-horsepower glory. Bow to his majesty, the horned beast tamed only by the fact that it’s caged in glass cells. And realize that, for as long as there are scale models, the cars one can’t have in real life can be owned in miniature.
For this year’s LaLD Car Week, I present to you Tomica’s 1:68 model of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
It’s amazing how a single announcement can kick up a slob like me into high gear. Fortunately, unlike some of my older features, I’ve had this feature in mind as soon as I got the car in a good deal. Now, then. Let’s begin.
As the ultimate Aventador, the SuperVeloce Jota represents the final evolution of the car that debuted in 2011 to both rapturous applause and great expectations. It’s not easy being the successor to the now-iconic Murcielago, but eventually, the Aventador grows to fill the shoes of its predecessor, becoming the basis for a myriad of different concepts that pushed Lamborghini to the limit.
Now nine years old, the Aventador seems like an ancient beast, with a V12 powerplant that is slowly threatened to extinction. Yet Lamborghini continues to hold on, defiant, as Italy’s best engine builders do, resulting in one of the most powerful cars in the world—all without forced induction or hybrid power.
The SVJ made its headline lap of the Nordschleife a year ago, beating the base Porsche 991 GT2RS by about three seconds. Remarkable for a car that is 55kg beefier, but then, the car is equipped with the same active aerodynamics tech that the Huracan Performante has. And with extra 60hp on tap, it can eat any gap once the road got straighter.
Highly capable, then, but now without a price to pay. For the coupe, similar to the 63 Edition seen here, one must shell out $517,000—an eye-watering 26.2 million when converted to Philippine currency. That guarantees to bar anyone who isn’t a big name in sports, show business, politics, or regular business. Even then, why buy something like this in a place whose biggest metro area is called one of the worst places to drive?
Worse, the toy seen here is equally expensive. See, starting in January, the newest Tomica is now 10 pesos dearer to a billfold, raising the prices of Red Box models to Php260. Painful! And I wasn’t even buying that much Tomica already, as just one Red Box is equal to two Hot Wheels.
Fortunately, a seller on Facebook willingly parted with that and the Honda Fireblade for just Php250 total. Call it Valentine’s miracle, but I just thought it was luck—most sellers turn the mark-up dial to 11.
We now point the lens at the model. Is it worth the Php125 I paid for it? Definitely. For being my first actual Aventador (the Veneno and Centenario are built with the bones of the original), I reckon I got the best one yet. Tomica printed the details crisply on all areas, and the pearl-white paint shines so well in both daylight and flashlight. They also rendered the body accurately here, with each crease staying true to the real thing even at 1:68 scale.
That said, it does look and feel smaller than the scale suggests. It’s flat, almost like a pancake, smushed until I reckon it can fit under a trailer lorry. This means that areas like the rear wing aren’t as nicely-rendered as the rest of the car, and makes for proportions that seem weird when viewed at certain angles. It also doesn’t help that the white/black/bronze combo doesn’t pop as much as the wider-released green.
Overall, the casting is at once menacing and awkward, a beast that just about passes through on closer scrutiny mostly because it succeeds at depicting the real thing at a scale that’s smaller than the car deserves. It certainly scores high on value, which helps overcome any worry about the size not fitting the car or making it lose detail
Is it worth adding to your collection? Only if you’re not a stickler for scale. But even if you are, I reckon you’d be missing out on the sort of display of power that Tomica has been doing lately. They’re the ones bringing supercars to palm-sized toy scales and have been doing it with aplomb. And believe me when I say this: the Red Box cars are worth your time.
+ Clean detail & paintwork
+ Accurate body
* Robust yet chuckable
- a little too small
- looks squished
That ends Day 1 of LaLD Car week 2020. My feature, once again, comes in late, but better than never, I hope. There will be days that I shall skip either for a lack of worthy models, time, or gumption, so I’ll be focusing on reviews for now. Or an extra story.
Thank you for reading.