LaLD Spielwarenmesse 2020 Recap: 1/18 scale
With January behind us, it's time to look back at the exciting new models coming up for future releases! Spielwarenmesse is a toy fair that takes place every year in Nuremberg, Germany. All the top manufacturers set up booths and wow us with they're prototypes and hand samples of the next big thing in model car collectors. I'm going to do my best to bring you all of the 1/18 news that caught my eye, but stay tuned for recaps for 1/64 and 1/43 scale cars too.
AutoArt on Facebook
It's no doubt that AutoArt took home the Lombardi Trophy of all that is Spielwarenmesse this year. Day after day after day they were assaulting my Facebook feed with photos of samples and news of their upcoming models. I don't think there were more than a handful that I wouldn't shell out the coin for. There were supercars like the highly anticipated Bugatti EB110 SS, McLaren 720S, and Aventado SVJ, neo-muscle likes the Camaro ZR1 and Challengers of every flavor, and a LibertyWalk Lambo. Not only was the list of new models a mile long, they're also planning to resurrect old models for second chances in life wearing composite panels. Their classic R34 GTR was present dressed in Bayside Blue looking very tempting, even to diecast purists. The lists went on further to call out models that they didn't have samples ready for, such as the McLaren Senna, Aston Martin DB4 GT and classic DB5, Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR and the new Sian, Koenigsegg Jesko, C7 Corvette ZR1, and even a Ford Raptor,
BM Creations on Facebook
BM Creations is already taking the diecast world by storm before the toy fair. Their S550 Mustangs feature removable parts for total customization without needing a dremel. They teased a few more performance parts that can be swapped on to their Mustang model at their booth. They also displayed a prototype of a fully opening Raptor pickup. I can't wait to see what they have in store for that one!
Acme Trading Co.
Acme introduced a few new models at their booth, as well as their latest resin collaborations with GT Spirit. The first-gen Barracuda is finally getting some love with this '69 Cuda Street Fighter. They also had an Olds Cutlass SX Rocket for those who like their muscle cars stock. Look for a Torch Red C8 Corvette from their partnership with GT Spirit as well as a Rubicon Gladiator Jeep pickup.
The other necromancer at Spielwarenmesse was Kyosho, teasing several re-releases of their classic models. Cars like the Lamborghini Miura, Datsun 240Z, and Lancia Delta Integrale are all returning to Kyosho's catalog, but get this... all as opening diecast models! They did have some new resin models on display too: the MkV Supra and an R32 Skyline.
TopSpeed will soon complete their trifecta of Zagato Aston Martins. With a sample on hand, the Zagato shooting brake pairs nicely with the coupe and roadster. They also brought along their C8 Corvette, McLaren Speedtail, Aston Martin DBX, and a pair of Maserati's.
The best surprise though, came from KK Scale. This maker of sealed diecast models is getting more and more popular. They showed off a stellar trio of Alfa Romeo Montreals, which happen to be available now. They also previewed their model of the legendary Ferrari 288 GTO. Unless you are willing to shell out big bucks for a resin model from BBR or LookSmart, your only options for a GTO are essentially an older-than-dirt Bburago or the marginally better Hot Wheels model. This one will certainly get added to my collection.
Last but not least, I wanted to share this insane Apollo IE from One Model. Just insane!
What were your favorite 1/18 announcements and prototypes from Spielwarenmesse?
I'm sure I missed a few, and I'm sure you heard about a few more that I didn't, but 2020 looks to be a very exciting year for scale model collectors!