So here it is, a review of my Tomica Limited Honda CR-Z, 1:61 scale. I received this guy in my first HWEP trade, an international trade might I add, from Singapore, via TE71Xin, who came through brilliantly. This guy is also one of three first Tomica cars I have now. This is a lot of firsts!
The Honda CR-Z is a gorgeous looking car in real life. It's sleek, quick-looking, and for lack of a better term, sexy. Does this transfer to the diecast? Yes it does! It looks amazing, every aspect of it. It is to my understanding that the Limited line are the more expensive cars, and it shows. It's worth every penny.
Front profile. As you can see, the grill is actually 'meshed', and the fog lights are denoted as well. I should mention the biggest gripe of the car now, the color. If you look closely, you can see the silver/white headlights in the front. They unfortunately blend in with the rest of the car. You sometimes have to squint to see the headlights. I love the silver color, but it doesn't really emphasize the headlights. Does this make the car bad though? Not at all, it's still awesome to look at!
Side profile. The tires are skinny but rubber, which is really cool. Plus, you can see where you put the gas in, how cool is that?! And I love the rims. One issue with normal HW cars is that the wheels sometimes don't really 'mesh' with the rest of the body. This is not true here, the rims fit the body and profile of the car spot on. Also, look at the antenna on top of the car!
The rear. As you can see, the rear lights look amazing. You actually feel like you are behind the car itself! A curious design choice was the rear window, namely, where the circles are. I can only speculate that those circles are holes for the window pegs, meaning that the rear window is a separate piece from the front window. Why would they do this? To give the car a 'cleaner' profile. It works beautifully.
The infamous Tomica suspension. I noticed that on this car that the front suspension is really bouncy, but the back tires barely move. This is unfortunate, but I think it was design that way on purpose. You wouldn't normally notice it though, but I was intentionally looking testing the suspension and playing it. I also noticed that all three cars suspension is different. Not sure if that's normal, but it's something I noticed.
Inside the car. If you look closely, you can see that the dashboard is black and the seat is a tan/white color. Why is that curious? Because it means Tomica spent the extra money to make the interior out of two different pieces of plastic to make it more believable! This car is also RHD (cuz Japan), and on a more curious note, the seating is 2+2. I wasn't aware of this, but the original car is normally 2+2. But when it was taken to the American market, it was changed to a 2-seater. So I feel like I own an import now!
The undercarriage. This is pretty detailed, and I'm not sure how 'accurate' it is, but it is believable. You can also see how thin the tires are as well. The bottom says it's No. 81, and has the year 2010 on it. It's curious because according to this website, it's Tomica Limited No. 0148, released in October 2012. The plot gets thicker because the CR-Z came out in 2010, so it could either be a copyright date or the year of the car.
Top view. It looks great, doesn't it? Very shapely and attractive. It imitates the 1:1 scale car identically in my opinion. Did I mention I love this diecast car?
So in conclusion, would I recommend this car? Yes, completely. I love the car and it's fun to play with. The details on it are amazing, making it look like a miniature version of the real car. 10/10, would purchase again.
With this purchase, I can see how and why Tomica cars are so popular. Or at least the Limited series. Will the regular cars be on par with with the Limited series? I guess you'll have to wait for my next review, :).