[Was there anyone who saw this corny Rising Sun design joke coming?] I’ll get to the nice photos and show off what I’ve learned from the past few days of diecast photography tips in a moment. Since this is a brand new model yet to be released in the US, I’ll share a few details about the product first.

Packaging. The box art is very creative and takes a lot of cues from the car’s sunshine livery. There’s less printed on the sides of the box, so only the Mini GT logo on one side and just a continuation of the sun on the other. I wish they added the LB Works logo on the “blank” side like how the Civic Type R logo was printed on the other release.

The HK package comes with just the two-sided folded holder that comes inside the box of the US version.

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They’ve changed the box thickness and design slightly compared to previous Tiny and Mini GT releases but dimensions are the same. The opening now latches to the side, harder to open and easier to damage.

Axles are pretty loose with lots of wiggle room.

Left: skewed to left; Right: axle centered

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The base is screw-on. You can take it apart just like the Mini GT Civic Type R and newer Tiny releases. The paint coat is thick but you can still find the Mini GT logo and “Made in China” casted on the metal base. No mention of which model it is.

I chose the RHD version (they offer both in HK) since the US version comes as LHD.

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This time you can’t take the interior off the base so you can’t take the wheels off… unless it’s just stuck and I’m having trouble taking it off.

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Does it roll? This feature doesn’t matter to me but this should answer your question:

Now here is a bunch of photos of this model for you guys to ogle over. I played around so you’ll find a cumulative display of some tricks I learned from you guys over the past few days. Some photos are as-is and some are lightly edited. Shout out to Kimba and Androooo for pointing out the obvious because if it wasn’t for their advice of cleaning my lens, I’d still be stuck with fuzzy photos. Enjoy!

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Some photos were just too bright but I managed to make something out of them via editing.

Using cartoon/drawing effect on overexposed photo

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Tried playing around with another Rising Sun joke to start the post but the yellow wasn’t blinding enough in these photos.

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Looks more like sunrise with this lighting.

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That should be enough of this model. I haven’t even gotten around to taking the wrappers off my other new acquisitions yet.