Fast Lane - Honda S2000 (Hard Top)
While not even dreaming about it earlier, I suddenly found this car in the assortment from the Fast Lane cars corner in the local toy shop and immediately I grabbed it. It's quite difficult to get his particular car from Takara Tomy and Hot Wheels... they do have it but you are lucky if you can get it - always sold out very fast!!!
The Honda S2000 is a roadster that was manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. It was launched in April 1999 and was created to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.
The car was first shown as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, following which it was launched in world markets in 1999. The S2000 is named for its engine displacement of 2L, carrying on in the tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 roadsters of the 1960s.
Several revisions were made throughout the car's lifetime, including changes to the engine, gearbox, suspension and interior and exterior. Officially two variants exist: the initial launch model was given the chassis code AP1, while the AP2 designation was given to vehicles produced from mid-2003 onwards. Though cosmetically similar, the AP2 incorporated significant changes to the drivetrain and suspension. Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009.
Till today, Honda S2000 is still my most favorite sports car of all time apart from McDonald's Big Mac Happy Meal.... LOL...
If you can take this car somewhere where it can sing and dances like on the racing circuit or empty mountain roads, it's really and impressive machine - for everyday use in a big city, you won't really feel much of the power but surely it makes you looks pretty cool LOL....
This item is produced by Fast Lane a close relatives of the popular toy shop brand in Asia (Toy's R Us) owned by Toys Li Fung group.
I don't know much about them but one thing for sure is that they see the good potential of profits from this miniature 1/64 scale die cast cars segment which is dominated by big brands like Hot Wheels, Takara Tomy, Maisto and many others.... thus, they decided that they should joined the party and make the best use of their distribution networks - Toy's R Us..
Their approach are quite simple - they use a standard same packaging for all the cars, hell I don't even know what is the model of that red car that they choose to be their "poster car" on the label LOL... more importantly at such low retail price SGD 2.95 (USD 2.40) the end result of their cars thru their "simple approach" that almost mimicking "Takara Tomy" style are indeed quite good and some are surprisingly good....
And now the Honda S2000 (hard top type) - out of the packaging
I had several Honda S2000 model cars but all of them are convertible type (no roof) and this is the first one I had with hard top roof.
Honda logo on the front there;
S2000 name on the side as it suppose to be;
And another Honda logo at the back... that's it for the decals.... simple as that...
This how it looks like down there - just like Hot Wheels, they also use the "rivets";
This Honda S2000 is at 1/56 scale and not 1/64 scale as I thought earlier...
Size comparison with the other cars at 1/63 and 1/64 scale;
Overall, I'm happy with the price and the finishing of this item. Fast Lane, a relatively new player in this industry seems to be doing pretty well and off to a promising start. I look forward to see more exciting cars from them in the future. As for this Honda S2000 - it's red - and yeah, I love it so much....