Mitsuoka Rock Star by Tomica
When you want a C2 Corvette with a Japanese Heart
Maybe a Mazda MX5 Miata is just too common for you. Or you really like the style of the C2 Corvette but can't be bothered daily driving an old car? Don't worry, Mitsuoka is here to help.
The Mitsuoka Rock Star is a remarkably good recreation of the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette based on the current Mazda MX-5.
It's certainly easier to love than some of Mitsuoka's other creations, like the Orochi mid-engine sports car, and various Jaguar-inspired models based on the Nissan Micra. And wherever Mitsuoka goes, so does Tomica, apparently.
In addition to being smaller than the Corvette it's inspired by, the Rock Star misses out on pop-up headlights. Instead it features small round lights perched above its protruding chromed bumpers. Given the difficulty in overhauling a modern car's interior, Mitsuoka has only made a few small changes to the MX-5's cabin, including new badges, and retrimmed seats.
The Tomica model of the Rock Star is my contender for best Tomica release of the year, no matter if you pick the "Los Angeles Blue" regular release, or the "Chicago Red" Limited First Edition. I couldn't decide which I liked better, so ended up with both.
And both have the removable top. As it were, for me the blue one looks better to me with the top down, the red one with the top up. So that's how I took most of my pictures.
Tomica have lavished a fair amount of details on these models - a bit more than, say, the Supra release. Perhaps they figured the Supra models would sell anyway? Either way, I am glad they made this one and I managed to get my hands on them. I think they are really enjoyable,