Not the best day for the land of the rising sun. The mega win over Scotland boosted the morale of the Japanese, who were down and out after the massive typhoon, but the celebrated journey of Brave Blossoms ended today.
On to the content now.
This is what happens with discounts, you don’t know how quickly your wallet will vaporize. However, this was a good discount, given that this 1/24 V-Spec II retails for almost thrice the price I got it for. Still, I never really had this in my shopping list. It is a nice addition regardless.
The model is a very well detailed 1/24, exactly what you would expect for this price tag. Unfortunately my camera was not good enough to capture some of the details properly. The engine bay and trunk have exceptional details, and so does the interior.
I am not aware of a mid - high range die cast 1/24s of the R34 GT-R, but even if there are any others, this would probably rank at the top echelon. Absolutely worth the price, just wish it was a Bayside Blue example though. Now I need someone to do the same price reduction to an Autoart / Kyosho 1:18, to complete the series from 1:64 to 1:18. xD
The model in the middle is almost the polar opposite of the Ebbro. Tomica Premium usually nails the model for the price you pay for it (ex: the car at other end), but they went too far with this venture to 1:43 models. In isolation the RS range is perfectly fine, but factor in the price (it retails at almost the purchase price for the Ebbro!) and it becomes plain pointless.
The model itself is not bad at all. It is a very decent replica (without rear view mirrors) that would stand out very well as a budget - esque 1:43. The opening door (which will remain permanently shut in my case) is a job very well done (with the fully raised glass). Panel gaps are acceptable too. Details are typical Tomica - esque; brilliant.
The rear light cluster is a messed - up bit of work, with the clear glass part not getting enough brightness to match the rest of the body. It is the only major woe in this model (which appears to be common, based on posts in Facebook by other owners). Hence, it may seem unfair to say that the RS Skyline is a failure, but the asking price (circa 3700 Yen) sure makes it one. Hope that the future iterations in the RS series will be better than the Skyline on a value basis.
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