Not a toy, ladies and gentlemen, but an accurate scale model. Let us see if it walks the talk, then. (And let’s see if Kinja will be kind to me this time).
Packaging: The Beads Collection is the premium line of Kyosho, and it shows on the packaging. The regular releases come in a blind box (you don’t know the exact model you are going to get), which yields a 1:64 casting attached to a base and is covered by a plastic blister (thinner than the HW blisters). The card which holds the base against the blister slides out, which in turn yields another card showing information about the car.
The Beads collection, on the other hand, is encased in an acrylic case, and the box does not cover the case, so you can peek at the car while it is boxed.
However, I had to modify the display a bit, as I avoid having the rubber tires stick on the base. I made some clearance by wedging Tack-It in between the base and the car.
Verdict: If you have it, flaunt it! The Beads is doing the flaunting very well while keeping the car safe inside.
Exterior: In a word, “Amazing.” Kyosho painstakingly went over the details on this car. The badging is accurate, and they even put the hood badge on the hubs! The wheels are a virtual copy from the real car, including the size. They are, as mentioned above, shod in rubber.
The headlights stubs are placed in a manner that mimics the real car’s lights, while the lip spoiler is painted matte black. The side mirrors mimic the actual car, unlike that of the old Tomica casting.
It is not at all perfect, though. First issue is the paint imperfections, which you can see below the window. These rashes are also present on the roof and on the trunk lid. This is, in my opinion, a major pitfall of Kyoshos, as I have another model whose paint is in a worse condition! Hopefully the rashes will not spread over time. Also, Kyosho could have painted the window surrounds black.
Second, the “GT-R” emblem at the rear is too big. See the pic below of a real R32 and compare.
The base is highly detailed, showing various power train and chassis components. The markings on the top say “KYOSHO 1/64” while the bottom characters say “SKYLINE R32” “MADE IN CHINA”
Verdict: So far, this is the best 1:64 R32 I’ve encountered. The imperfections are outweighed by the sheer attention to detail Kyosho put out to make an “accurate scale model “ of the R32.
Still, one must watch out for the paint.
Price: I purchased this for 450 Philippine Pesos, or US $ 9.6. With that I could buy 4 mainline HWs (plus change). eBay has a Beads listing for US $ 29 plus $9 for shipping. If I bought that, it would cost me 1,725 Pesos, or SEVENTEEN HWs.
In short, I bought this at a bargain.
FINAL VERDICT: 8/10
Truly an accurate scale model of the R32, for a price that is hard to beat. Minus two points for the paint, both for the quality and color. I prefer the gunmetal grey.
With a 1:72 Real X R32.
With my custom 1:59 Tomica.
Bonus: with the Kyosho Ford GT-40
They both have quad circular taillights!
The GT-40 is low!
Thanks for looking!