Thursday, January 23, 2014

Auto Art 1/18 Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86) from Initial D - Project D Version



This is a 1/18 scale die cast car model of Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86) from the popular Initial D anime series with the updated look (mainly that carbon fiber engine hood cover) based on "Project D" as seen in the anime. This die cast car model is produced by Auto Art, a well known brand/company for producing scaled die cast car models with great detailing that seems to be almost the same as the real model. If you are a die cast car model collectors then I guess you at least knew about Auto Art, their brand's and products.

Nonetheless, let's have a look at the car now...

First the edited pictures of the box;



Out of the box;



So this is now the most popular 86 - the one that appear in Initial D anime and this car is indeed the main inspiration for the modern Toyota FT86 and Subaru BRZ and beyond that certainly this car have such a unique popularity amongst classic Japanese car enthusiast and those who familiar with drift sports series around the world. Keiichi Tsuchiya, a popular veteran in Japanese motorsports world love this car so much and he have 1 unit of it presented to him by Toyota TRD. 

One thing unique about this car is that it is suddenly become popular again starting in the late 1990's thanks to that anime "Initial D" and the rest is history. Since then, the price/value of this car (and the siblings - Levin AE86) on the second hand market suddenly increase and little by little this car become "rare" and "special" to the point that many peoples start repairing their old "86" or those that they could find somewhere from the junk yard and make this car appear on the road once again and the rest is history. 

Anyway, enough of that, let's have a look at this scale model from Auto Art;




The casting and painting finishing quality is superbly excellent while the exterior marking, additional parts and accessories are made from the best material - certainly great - it is indeed from Auto Art.


Feature wise... well, we can start from the front - the retractable front lights;



And of course at this 1/18 scale, we would expect such great engine details and Auto Art did their job very well;



The wheels and tires;



The familiar "Fujiwara Tofu Shop" label on the driver side's door;



The decals are all there where it should be - just like the real car;



The exhaust pipe;


Underneath the chasis;



Other usual features at this scale from Auto Art is the openable doors;



Thus we can peep a bit into the inside;





The interior detailing is brilliant, almost real, exactly what we could expect from Auto Art at this scale and price point. There is a lot more to observed on the interior though it's pretty hard to do using camera lens but if you happened to have this model, you would love to spend some time admiring the interior of the car - it's not as fancy as the modern Audi car but surely you can feel the classic elements when you look at the interior detailing accordingly. Again, it's job well done by Auto Art.

Other than that, we can also lift the rear "hatchback" door;



Overall, this is an excellent representation of the legendary Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86) of Project D team from Initial D anime. Everything from the casting quality, painting finishing, fittings and detailing are all at the best level and I can understand why this particular model was long sold out even before they released it to the mass. 

At SGD 193.00 (about USD 150 / EUR 110 / 15,707 Yen) it is indeed quite pricy but I think the high quality finishing of this item deserved such commanding price and surely over time the price of this item will increase further in E-Bay. Just like many other Initial D fans or die cast car collectors who managed to get this item, I'm pretty happy with it, it may not be the greatest car to some of you but for us the fans of the series, this is really meaningful and the joy to have it is simply unexplainable.



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3 comments:

  1. HOHOHO !!!... i didn’t realize that AUTOart has such collectible in its portfolio !!!... slow but wisely, this brand is creating diecast models from certain cult classic movies/anime/TV series... the only reference i have is my Interceptor, which is a gorgeous sample of what AUTOart is able to do... no wonder about the top notch quality in this scale replica, it looks as realistic as it should be, bearing in mind that the actual car belongs to an anime series... you already know that my love for the asian vehicles is growing faster so, my sincere congrats for this haul... i think is the best scale replica ever made for this mythical car !!!... =)

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    1. You can try to get it from HobbyLinkJapan (www.hlj.com) or E-Bay (www.ebay.com)

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