So the rest of the new “Premiums” have arrived - and the news is all good there. Let’s start off with the one that most will probably like: The NISMO R34 GT-R Z-tune:

As you can see, it looks like a classic Tomica casting - proper diecast metal, opening doors, decent details and tampos. It’s about what you’d expect for the money (even if the door fit could be a bit better), though not on par with the Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34 V-spec which I reviewed earlier here. But that was also a lot more expensive.

It does look the part for a Premium offering and pretty much continues down the same path as the old “Limited” offerings did. And like the “Limited” versions, it is not a strict 1/64 offering, but comes in at 1/62, like the regular Skylines. I presume it is based on the regular casting, but with significant changes and upgrades.

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The paint does not look quite as grainy as it does in these shots - I needed the flash unfortunately, but once again, it is not quite up to the standards of, say, the TLV models. The savings in price has to come from somewhere.

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Godzilla is pretty happy to get his hands on this one!

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Next up, a car with a really lengthy name: Mazda RX-7 FD3S RE Amemiya Specification

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Of course, all of this means only one thing: A real Japanese tuner. The question is of course if you like that sort of thing. For me, yes, it’s a model of real car and as such, I like it. Would I buy the real thing? Naahh.

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No opening features on this one, but it is also a solid enough casting and looks very much like the real car. (The real ones have way more stickers, and I’m not that disappointed that they didn’t reproduce all of them).

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And that brings us to the last Premium model, and the most obscure of the three: The Morita Wildfire Truck.

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This is a concept truck rather than a production vehicle. It looks like something we could really do with right here in Australia! The scale is 1/100 - in real life, this is a massive machine.

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The details are nicely captured, but I wouldn’t have minded a few working features to justify the Premium price. The front cabin is made of metal, but the back section is plastic and the difference is quite visible on the model.

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Once again, that could - should have been handled a bit better on a Premium model. But it is still a nice looking machine.

I really do hope our local fire fighters will have something like this at their disposal soon. Last time I drove past a rural bushfire, there was a lonely FJ40 Land Cruiser battling a huge fire,. Not good.

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And that’s all for today. I’m still a bit puzzled by what the general direction of the new Premium line is. What we have here is a bit of nostalgia, and some heavy duty new technology - and a space craft. But “What the...?” has always an FAQ with Tomica. That’s part of the fun, I guess.

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