By now JNC readers are probably familiar with large-scale subscription model kits. Iconic cars like the Nissan Skyline GT-R or Toyota AE86 are common subject matter, with a few pieces mailed to you each week over a period of about two years. In the end you’ll have an approximately 2-foot model of a single car. But what if you want a whole collection of tiny historic Japanese cars instead? Well, one of the companies that kicked off the modern subscription model trend has got you covered.
DeAgostini, the company that took the subscription model game to a new level in 2011 has just kicked off a collection of 100 historic Japanese cars. Unlike its 1/10 or 1/8 scale models, the cars will be rendered in 1/64 scale, or about the size of a Matchbox or Hot Wheels car. From photos, the cars seem to be of a quality level between that of a premium Hot Wheels and that of a Tomica Limited Vintage.
What’s perhaps more interesting is the fact that someone has effectively come up with a “Top 100” list of Japanese cars. Appropriately, it starts off with one of the earliest, rarest and most desirable cars from Japan.
1. 1967 Toyota 2000GT
2. 1970 Nissan Skyline GT-R
3. 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno
4. 1966 Honda S800
5. 1968 Mazda Cosmo Sport
6. 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R
7. 1958 Subaru 360
8. 1971 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG
9. 1990 Honda NSX
10.1968 Isuzu 117 Coupé
11. 1978 Mazda Savanna RX-7
Curiously the third slot is filled not by an early classic, but by a 1980s Corolla equivalent. It’s a pretty bold move to put the AE86, famous as it is, ahead of cars like Honda’s first passenger car and the world’s first rotary sports car.
The cars are made of diecast metal and ABS resin. Each one comes in a stackable acrylic display case with plastic base with the year, make, and model printed on it. Accompanying the cars are pamphlets about each model so that when it’s all over, according to DeAgostini, you’ll have a fairly complete history of Japan’s automotive industry.
The commitment starts out with an introductory price of ¥790 ($5.50 USD) for the first model, and ¥1,990 ($14 USD) for each model after that. That means if you make it till the end you’ll have spent ¥197,800 ($1,380 USD). As is typical with subscription models, there are bonus items available — for a a small additional cost, naturally — like a 25-car display case or a sleeve that combines all the pamphlets. Online subscriptions in the first two months get the perk of an extra model, the green and yellow Yatabe speed trial Toyota 2000GT. In another twist, this is a biweekly subscription, not the traditional weekly ones. All in all, collection all 100 cars will require almost a four-year commitment.
The next 11 models include the following, but the order has not been revealed:
- 1970 Toyota Celica 1600GT
- 1970 Mitsubishi Galant GTO
- 1964 Isuzu Bellett 1600GT
- 1988 Nissan Silvia (S13)
- 1972 Honda Civic
- 1986 Toyota Supra
- 1965 Toyota Sports 800
- 2007 Nissan GT-R
- 1967 Nissan Bluebird 1600SSS Coupé
- 1978 Toyota Celica XX
- 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
Beyond that, the DeAgostini site lists the following planned models, with the caveat that these are subject to change:
- 1991 Mazda RX-7 (FD)
- 1975 Mazda Cosmo AP
- 1969 Mazda Luce Rotary Coupe
- 1980 Mazda Familia
- 1970 Mazda Capella RX-2
- 1971 Mazda Savanna RX-3
- 1989 Mazda Roadster (Miata)
- 1989 Toyota Celsior
- 1972 Toyota Corolla Levin (TE27)
- 1984 Toyota MR2
- 1966 Toyota Corolla
- 1953 Hino Renault 4CV
- 1987 Honda Prelude
- 2016 Honda NSX
- 1976 Honda Accord
- 1985 Isuzu Gemini
- 1981 Isuzu Piazza
- 1974 Isuzu Gemini
- 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
- 1972 Nissan Laurel
- 1988 Nissan Cima
- 1989 Nissan Fairlady Z
- 1962 Datsun Fairlady 1500
- 1966 Datsun Sunny
- 1982 Mitsubishi Starion
- 1970 Suzuki Jimny
- 1977 Daihatsu Charade
- 1991 Subaru Alcyone SVX
It should be a fairly compelling list for many collectors. Where else are you going to get a 1/64 model of a first-gen Honda Accord or Daihatsu Charade? However, if having one giant model of your favorite car is more your thing, there are a few to choose from, like Hachette’s Seibu Keistasu DR30 Skyline, Hakosuka Skyline GT-R, Toyota Celica Liftback, or Toyota 2000GT. As mentioned above, DeAgostini’s has its own recently released Toyota 2000GT, a remake of the model that started the modern subscription model trend. If you want to know more about subscription models, here’s a brief history of them.
So great to see the original wheels, not some outlandishly wide chromey piece of kitsch for a change!
No matter how hard I look still can’t find my CB7!
AHHHHHHHH does anyone know a way to get these in the US?
I am not sure if it is possible to ship outside Japan, but it can be purchased through internet shopping sites such as amazon.co.jp (*amazon.com japanese website)
Please copy and paste this Japanese and search on amazon.co.jp. (not amazon.com)
At least the first six are out; I have them. I look forward to bamboozling a friend in Japan to subscribe for me!
How’d you manage that?
They just launched September 13th.
I have a friend in JP that subscribed for me, and so far he only has the 2000GT.
It would be nice to be able to get any single cars or, know what the whole lineup is … Nissan’s Pike Factory offerings, Autozam AZ-1s, Suzuki Carry (or, other micro trucks).
I love some of the models in big scale, just the prices are too high… so to have high grade scales around the 1/64 size is really cool.
Looking for any scale 88 Mazda 323GTX….
Here’s a link to the official website:
You can use your browser’s translator to navigate the site.