Crown Hardtop SL

As much as I like having the diecast creations on display within the Garage, you sense that there is always something missing, namely that to see those re-created diecast on the road. Most have rusted away or been scrapped – metal does not hold out that long. But pictures live on. This Crown SL Hardtop…

My kick start to 2020 – TLV’s HiAce

Sorry 2020 was meant to be the start of writing again but it had somewhat stalled. However the recent notification of the new TLV’s caught my eye and re-inspired me to muse. Let’s look at the new releases for July 2020: the main one here is the Hiace. I have a huge thing for boxing…

I am looking forward to 2020.

TLV will continue to focus on famous cars in the early Heisei period. Tomica, September 2019 Possibly the best statement announced in diecast this year. For those not in the know: The Heisei era (Japanese: 平成) refers to the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of Emperor Akihito from 8 January 1989 until his abdication on 30 April 2019. So for Tomica to…

TLV – Neo for August 2018

Some fresh news from TLV-Neo: here are the next batch of releases for the latter half of this year. Re-jigs of castings (the Corolla) and a tweak on the Cedric casting recently mused about. The Low-Loader shows an interesting direction that TLV are going : larger more expensive castings, but still in 1/64. What say…

Catching the eye: 2018 Toyota Century

Wow. Only the second generation of this JDM S-Klasse barge! I am a massive fan of this car, simply for its Japaneseness – one has to work hard to have attained this car, which is seen as the ultimate status symbol in Japan, more so than Lexus. The below from motorauthority.com gives a background to…

Tomica Series – No.92 – Toyota CROWN ATHLETE

The Crown Athelete – to me – is THE JDM of the M5 genre. In TRD spec, it can do upto 180mph and packs 565bhp. Above all, it comes in a variety of daft colour schemes. I have already secured the 1/64 scale version for The Garage which I am extremely happy about. But I…