AutoArt will re-release these fan favorites
AutoArt's latest attempt to convert diecast holdouts just might work...
It seems like the reissue trend isn't slowing down any time soon. AutoArt recently announced on their European Facebook page that they are releasing several of their all time greatest models in 1/18 scale later this summer. There's a catch though: the body panels will be made of composite plastic this time around.
A lot of diecast fans, and I mean A LOT, have been holding out from adding AutoArt's new models to their collections on account of the recent change of material. There have been complaints about the flimsiness or even fragile-ness of the plastic bodies, rather than the heavy and solid feel of diecast metal. Others have been rightfully upset that this obvious cost-cutting measure has not resulted in any savings for us, the collectors.
The obvious "must-have" from this series of re-issues is the Lexus LFA. The original diecast models will set you back over a half-a-grand if you check out eBay. Sure, this one will be ABS, but you'll probably be able to buy two models instead of the one. AutoArt is offering all the best color choices too: Whitest White, Matte Black, Red, Pearl Yellow, Pearl Blue, and wait for it...
If that doesn't get your credit card tingling, the Nissan R34 GTR sure will. Not too long ago, these diecast icons could be had for just over a hundred bucks. Now, eBay sellers are just rabid with their prices, asking several Benjamins for their metal models. If you want a specific color, you might have to fork over even more dough. The composite Godzilla will come in two flavors: V-SPEC II and Z-Tune
Two of the V-SPEC cars will be available with BBS wheels, but every color option will come with stock wheels. Millennium Jade will be available in V-SPEC trim, but Midnight Purple will come on a Z-Tune car. Both trims will be painted in Bayside Blue and Black Pearl. What to buy, what to buy...
Needless to say, this is shaping up to be a very expensive summer. I wish I could stop there, but the list also includes the Toyota Celica 2000GT, Lamborghini Veneno, and Veneno Roadster. I've already caved to the composite New Normal from AutoArt, and I don't see any reason here for you not to either.
Images courtesy of AutoArt.