Ferrari Friday: Tomica Premium F40
Takara Tomy has gifted the 1/64 market with some classic recreations of the Maranello cars. Will the Tomica Premium F40 continue the trend
First of all, I would congratulate everyone on surviving the week until the blissful Friday!
The Ferrari F40 and its contemporary rival, Porsche 959 will likely remain as automotive marvels until the end of time, for obvious reasons. Interestingly, they were attempts by two classic carmakers at the same target; to build an outrageously fast car. Fundamentally they were polar opposites of each other, with the Ferrari's analogue, mechanical nature in contrast with the futuristic, digital 959. Not many people will be lucky enough to see one in flesh, let alone own or drive. Hence, die cast remains the easiest path to celebrate the existence of these works of art.
Ever since the inception, there have been 959s and F40s reproduced in various scales. The ancient Bburago 1:24 F40 is probably one of my earliest memories of die cast; I remember fiddling with the opening hatch, steering and doors, even though the car was ultimately reduced to a frame (and eventually disappeared into a pile of goods in the attic, never to be seen in 20 odd years), and also how I literally chopped the roof and spoiler off a Matchbox F40! Made me feel furious with my little self when I realized the sheer level of destruction I had done back then. Incidentally there were few additions to the F40 scales ever since I restarted collection, but 2018 and 2019 turned out to be mega, with May Cheong licensing Takara Tomy to produce Ferrari models.
The Testarossa was a resounding entrance for Takara Tomy into the world of Ferrari models
The collectors rejoiced at the Testarossa, which was launched in late 2018 by Tomica Premium. It was by no means a perfect model, but offered an excellent compromise of accuracy, detail and gimmickry for the price. There was a period where the eBay prices for regular TP Testa went sky high, never mind the Mall - limited yellow and ultra - rare first edition white release. Then came the TLVN F40. The rest is history.
Unfortunately, I was not courageous enough to dish the money Tomytec asked for the F40, and was over the moon when they announced the Tomica Premium variant, which I finally got hold of.
The first impressions are usual for a Tomica Premium; details are very nicely reproduced, and the model itself has accurate proportions. There is a good reason why I hate opening features on a 1:64, and the F40 proves it yet again. These are supposed to be semi- collectible toys, so complaining is honestly unfair. However the poorly sealed engine lid (which itself is beautifully executed with the glass cover) reveals a very nicely detailed engine.
Rear detailing is top notch as well.
Will never grow tired of this tail end.
However there are some minor worries; I encountered a proper paint chip right off the package, for the first time in a TP, and it took a bit of sticking to keep the chipped part in place. So far it has worked, and I hope that is just a chance mishap off the production line, since Tomica is one of the finest brands when it comes to QC, well in line with its Japanese origins.
The 288 needs to join them, to make the ultimate Ferrari triad of my dreams.
The Tessa was luckily devoid of opening doors and engine hood, and the pop - up lights were a brilliant addition.
I am no professional to offer a convincing verdict, but in my view, the TP F40 is a clear winner, and is a very good addition to any collection. There are places which could have been slightly different, but the overall package is hard to ignore at the retail price. It is a very good representation of a car that is undoubtedly beautiful, inside and out; a faithful homage to Enzo's last personal attempt at automotive art.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantabulous weekend!