Hello fellow die-cast addicts. I've been lurking here since the start of the LALD blog and my buddy Frosted the Boxy Car Guy gave me authorship a few weeks ago, so it's time for me to introduce myself. As you can probably tell by the Big Boys call-out, I don't do 64th scale. Nope. My scale of choice is 1/18 (though I do have a few little ones in need of a caring home) and I've been collecting for about 15 years now. I stopped tracking what I had, but I have around 400 models. Corvettes and 911s make up a decent percentage of my collection, but I have something in just about every genre.
So with that out of the way, let's get to what we're all here for. Now our fellow Jalops/Opponauts will have you think that heaven is a brown diesel wagon. I ask you to consider a blue, V8, RWD, manual transmission one instead. Yes, if you lived on the right side of the Atlantic, BMW offered the E61 with the V8 and RWD, a combination that we didn't get in the States. And it is this version of the Touring that Kyosho chose to model. Allow me to apologize in advance for the potato pics
Since this is a hobby edition, the color is only referred to as blue, but it appears to be Monaco Blue. As you would expect of a car in this price range, the paint is well done with minimal peel and the panel gaps are consistent and fairly tight. Tires are unbranded as is typical, and the brake rotors rotate while the calipers are fixed, but again this is expected for the price. As is the case with most Kyoshos, the car has a "suspension", but don't expect to see any suspension pieces moving. That requires a few steps up the price ladder.
The interior is nicely done to a high standard, but everything is fixed unlike many of the Chinese market models that have working interior features. One nice thing this model has (relative to the time it came out) is the full headliner. Typically you only got the roof portion as a separate piece with the pillars only receiving paint. The one gripe I have with this model is that the interior is black, but Kyosho gave it a medium gray carpet. It's not noticeable in the pictures though.
Under the hood sits BMW's N62 V-8. As is the case with most modern cars, much of the engine is hidden under the cover, but Kyosho has done a good job with whats available. As indicated by my finger, the hood does not stay open on its own, but I think that may just be this particular model.
All in all, this is a good solid effort by Kyosho, and if you like wagons it would make a worthy addition to your collection.