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For the most part, they have been met with a positive response, and are seen as an economical way to enjoy something that looks vintage. One guy was so enthused that he was planning on going to the Local Tamiya stockist (Steve Webb Models) to pick one up later that day. Excellent to hear Jason – sounds like you’ve gathered a fantastic array of items there, and are about to have a lot of fun restoring all that vintage gold. I am doing my own paint scheme as well, only planning on using some of the decals. Thanks. For me that’s annoying, they won’t stop till everything is out of range for most people just so they can boast of what they own. Watch; Vintage RC Car Truck Tamiya Blackfoot Beetle Blaster Large Mix G part shock body. For me, I could never afford these great RC’s back in the 80s. Tamiya 1/10 Blitzer Beetle RC Offroad Buggy Kit 58502 This is a re-release version of the Blitzer Beetle R/C assembly kit, which was inspired by the exciting off-road desert racer designs seen in the United States. This perfect scale replica of the famous off-road Mercedes Unimog 4WD truck is one of the nicest looking ready-to-run R/C models produced in the 80s. The good news is you can still get those 2 stick transmitters. Im hugely grateful of the reissues, and i don’t mind if it was purely a cash in. The only way to get your hands on one of them was by winning one in the contest. I can’t believe how much I remembered in detail from 30 years ago on the build. These products are not only sold in Japan but also exported in vast quantities to the United States, Europe, South East Asia, and … But practically every single remake Tamiya comes with fake sponsor decals. Now Tamiya is offering more than 3000 different products, both in the fields of precision static models and high performance radio control vehicles. And this view is shared by many collectors, in all areas of toy collecting… from Transformers to Care Bears. The original kits have several things in their favour – first, they’re different (as described in this article). Good points Ben. Oh also – yes the original 1985 Hotshot (not Hotshot II) has nothing at all embossed on the bottom half of the chassis. TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDED • 4-way wrench. A new in box kit will go for about $450 to $500. I didn’t collect them, I played with them and modified them. But in the early 1990s when I first started collecting Tamiya cars, spare parts for the early and most popular kits were becoming hard to find, as those kits had been discontinued. The main differences are of course in the cars themselves – parts, bodies, tyres, electronics etc. They give me the chance to get that feeling of buying a Tamiya rc car from a hobby store. Obviously. Fact: Every single Tamiya remake has physical/parts differences, to the original. They were great times to be a kid! But on the other hand, it’s now been 10 years since Tamiya began reissuing in earnest. 5 out of 5 stars (3) 3 product ratings - Tamiya 58650 VW Beetle Rally 1/10th Kit w/ FAST CHARGE COMBO. I have a (used) Tamiya Wild One from the 1980’s (I’d guess 85/86) had it when I was 15yrs old and built painted etc to look like the box. Original and now ‘vintage’.. All parts are still sitting in boxes but I’m about to pull it all out and build them back to as original and running car as I can …. Hence top and bottom of chassis in remake Hotshot are the Hotshot II chassis (but probably with different embossing to the actual, original Hotshot II chassis). The quality of output from factories in foreign countries cannot be controlled as tightly as many companies would like you to think. I am interested in the cost comparison of the 1980’s price (the actual retail price back in the 80’s, maybe even the inflation adjusted price too) vs. the current reissue price. View and Download Tamiya Monster beetle 2015 assembly manual online. I may even be able to help you if you get in touch via the contact page. To use an analogy from another type of collecting – book collectors will regularly pay tens of thousands of dollars more simply to own first edition books, when they differ from second editions by only a few printed words. And when you add in all the differences (old technology, original box art, manuals, decals etc), I just love having them the way they were, when first released. Only the 1986 Tamiya Monster Beetle is the original vintage Monster Beetle. Always wanted to build a place to display them. Brand New. who try to catalogue the history a bit – so that everyone (yourself included) can fully decide which items to seek out and collect. And if collectors start to feel that everything in a particular field is fair game for a remake version, they might lose some interest. But many have also begun to seek out the true original kits and cars. And I definitely don’t agree that Tamiya has done this for a quick buck. The Tamiya FF01 uses a tub chassis with transverse battery mount, identical to the TA02 chassis with which it shares a number of parts. After a long absence it is back as an updated assembly kit ready to traverse back yards across the country. Modern Tamiya releases and remakes are now made in the Philippines (not Japan), though many of Tamiyas products are still made in Japan. Ford, dodge and Chevy have all release retro versions of their 60’s vehicles. In the 1970s and 1980s, toy companies were more free to use other company brands and names on their toys and products, and Tamiya really took advantage of this, covering their racing buggies in authentic brand names – all in the name of scale model realism. For example, a Tamiya Hornet kit back in 1985 might have been about $150. Hence Tamiya decided to trumpet their inclusion in the remake kits. But this page has not been written as “investment advice”, merely from the point of view of an interested collector. It was bought as a gift years ago but only used once. I tend to write here from a purist perspective – because it’s about preserving the history, and the changes that have occurred along the way. I have the instructions and all parts are original. Make your model look as real as possible today with accessories from Tamiya. Good for you Jeff. Some local hobby stores (at least in Australia) have been stocking the reissued kits. Tamiya 58649 RC NSU TT Jagermeister M-05 Kit. $220.00. Each to their own- I am not precious at all about vintage vrs re-re as long as the look is tidy. So not having to pay $500 for a grasshopper that sold for $80 so I can relive that building experience as well as my son is great. Anyway, we did a little bit each night; I’d say 70 / 30, him-to-me doing the build…I was there for guidance mostly…and maybe a little muscle. I stumbled across this site while doing some fairly generic searches for The Hornet. But they will only manufacture things if it’s very cost-effective to do so, and that means: profit. But I don’t find these products to be very significant or interesting. They are a company of modelers and builders who received pressure from modelers to rerelease these. Personally I am weird inbetween rc fan. The chassis was created to add to the scale accuracy by creating a front-motor, front wheel drive chassis for RC cars which received bodies of real-world FF-layout vehicles. Please note: All written material and most photos on this website are the original content of this website - unless otherwise stated. More money in their pocket keeps an old school company in business. No prizes for guessing which one is the original unbuilt kit from the 1980s. Does this makes a difference? We both had paper delivery routes, so we had some income that allowed us to get into the hobby…we both picked The Hornet as our first car. But if you talk to other collectors and learn about the physical differences between original and remake Tamiyas, you will be able to spot the parts differences more easily. Win win for me. Another possible effect of remaking items, is that their visibility in stores draws more interest from past or casual fans, and that this has a flow-on effect whereby a percentage of these additional buyers begin seeking out original vintage items as well. Although I did enjoy their now-defunct line of Tamtech-Gear buggies. R/C Toy Memories is a nostalgia blog run by a long-time collector. Well, just look a little closer at some other things, like…. Remake kits may awaken more “past fans”, who begin to seek out both remake and original items. Here’s a new kit that recently* sold for AU$192.50, And here’s one that recently* sold for AU$551.65, (*Note: both of these examples were current as of 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. But as the existence of remakes, along with their many differences, become more common knowledge over time, those who are more deeply interested in Tamiya history from a collecting or even curating point of view will come to the conclusion that it means somewhat more to own original examples of each car. Unfortunately, you appear to have missed (or ignored) the primary purpose of this article, which was: to help collectors spot differences between vintage and reissue Tamiyas, and examine how the reissues have affected the hobby of collecting vintage Tamiyas (a hobby I was involved in for nearly 15 years before the first reissue arrived). Each time a remake comes out, prices of original examples of that car tend to dip a little. I don’t collect the remakes. Nostalgia is without doubt (and unfortunately for my wallet!) Any ideas as to where to purchase a re isssue hot shot or similar (I am finding the Tamiya site a little confusing). While the originals will always be somewhere further out in front, as they dwindle but forever remain “the originals”. I must have been 15 at the time – and fell in love with the hotshot. I understand, some things have changed, but the car itself feels and performs just as I remember it. Having said all that, in the longer term, original Tamiyas do bounce back and regain their pre-remake value. google_ad_width = 250; I just got a Vintage Grasshopper, its mostly complete other then its missing the battery door. Tamiya 58650 VW Beetle Rally 1/10th Kit w/ FAST CHARGE COMBO. Just the smell of the tires, the blister packs and the box art was great! This is because not only are reissues different, but because they have no provenance relating to the era that an object was first made. However, once the uniqueness of original items becomes more apparent, demand for them inevitably climbs back up. All content © R/C Toy Memories and it's author, 2012 - 2020, unless otherwise credited. And it’s not just the decals – in some cases, physical aspects of the car changed, and even the entire name of the car was changed, hence these aspects needed to be reflected on the remake’s box art too. Today’s remake kits exist in a vastly different world. Very lucky to have it. Something i always wanted to find out was i bought a Wild willy 2 a couple of years ago from a local hobby store. If consumers are willing to accept and buy kits based on 30 year old technology, why not also create some new buggies and trucks based on the same old vintage design and technology spirit? Clear photos, preferably on a white background. But if your country has a competing online classifieds site that is popular, try that too. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-8276168990999899"; Inevitably, the reissues themselves will be discontinued (many have been), gain some value of their own, and be coveted too. I couldn’t compete, nor did I have the means to acquire one myself. Can understand collectors not being interested in the re-issues. Also, having other original extras – like the original box, any spare bits, and period correct radio gear etc, also helps. Featured here is the extreme rare ‘Milka edition’ of the Tamiya Volkswagen New Beetle on the front wheel driven FF01 Chassis, the Tamiya item number is 58217. Most companies have launched remakes of popular vintage toys over the years. I’m 41 now with a wife and 4 year old daughter. Describe the condition honestly. This item Tamiya RC Volkswagen Beetle Vehicle. I’m honestly glad to hear you are enjoying the reissues. On the other hand, if you are happy with it the way it is, then of course keep it that way . I built it over a three week period (every night) slowly and methodically. Early kits had a different bumper on the box art, later ones had the actual kit style bumper. The kit has been in continuous production, there has never been a “rerelease” per se. The way that car looks and feels, it’s like a buggy from Mad Max and a 1980’s Formula 1 car had a baby. In 1983/84, my best friend and I got hooked on the world of RC cars. Yes, I really had those very same feelings / experiences as you have written about here. These kinds of examples often represent a good opportunity to buy a “true original” car from the 1980s, because you can tell that it has been sitting in someone’s cupboard since the early days. Hence, a lot of people today still remember that era when they first owned (or wished they could afford) those early R/C models. This is in addition to the often extensive lists of physical differences between originals and reissues. Hello, I have an original Tamyia Vanessa’s lunchbox. I now have three boys of my own and want to let them experience this as well. I could not come to terms with the rerelease kits but when i met the guy behind the rerelease kits when i was in Japan i warmed up to them. It is generally thought that this has been done as a cost-cutting measure. I think it’s great that Tamiya has reissued their retro models! My first one has a mechanical speedy the others electronic. After a long absence, the classic 1980's R/C phenomenon returns as an updated "you build" kit ready to conquer and destroy anything in its path. Compared to book collecting, the physical differences between collectibles like first and second edition Tamiyas, are quite significant (while the prices are nowhere near as astronomical). In 2015, Tamiya produced a remake of the Monster Beetle… action figures) remakes have been around for decades – even going back to the 1980s and 1970s – and they have seen many ‘waves’ of remakes. Features. However, they will always play “second fiddle” to the original kits. Then while on holiday in Japan i bought 3 Wild Willy 2s all made in the Phillipines ,did they rerelease the kit at some stage? Some people seem to get defensive about the notion of “investment” – I am personally not an investor. I have been picking up these old vintage Tamiya cars for years, don’t even know how many I have. “a lot of it came down to the skill of the driver” – so true. If it’s not vintage it still bugs me in a way. Remake kits normally just have cardboard boxes inside and nothing much else. Such rises only make originals even more collectible. There are people from all over the globe that have posted here, all talk of similar experiences of how much enjoyment the cars provided, experiences with local hobby shops, experiences in local races, and so on…right down to the reverence (maybe even a little envy) you’d have for some kid in the neighborhood who owned the vaunted RC10 or a Hotshot. Enter your email address to follow R/C Toy Memories and receive email notifications of new posts. American companies generally manufactured their models in the USA. 1/10 sscale r/c off road car. The Monster Beetle is an Icon though, and the scale shell and bling gold rims make it look great as it whizzes around the stunt park with the sun glistening. I guess it’s the same as when full-scale car buffs like to restore cars with authentic period-correct parts, right down to the washers – it’s all about the truly old-school experience, warts and all. Japan), than those manufactured somewhere else (e.g. They were a big part of the fun of building and detailing these models. Where would be the best place to look for a good buyer? I have bought a vintage Tamiya Grasshopper in 2012. Condition. I haven’t used it in almost 30yrs, is there a market for such an item? This is a huge topic with too much information to be covered here, especially since I titled this A quick guide…. Here’s a good photo of someone’s original Hotshot (left) and remake Hotshot (right) that I’ve pinched from the interwebs…. Norm, you have an original Tamiya Wild One, and yes – there is definitely a market for them. I don’t think any plastics modelling company can afford to release products simply out of the kindness of their own heart, or because a few fans create a petition. Tamiya was such a ubiquitous brand back in those days, that their models were sold at hobby stores, toy stores, electronics stores, and even department stores and discount stores. Every single Tamiya remake has physical/parts differences, to the original. I can remember back to the days when I had my RC. Yes, even I was lured by the novelty of buying them from a shop again – which I did when they first came out Later though, I decided to sell them and went back to only collecting the vintage versions. And finally, yes Tamiya has managed to continue releasing high quality products, despite lowering costs over the years. To date, Tamiya has issued remakes of dozens of their most popular models. And I just searched eBay and found this original one for you – http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Tamiya-Hornet-Parts-Tree-C-X8615-Grasshopper-Original-Issue-/262070087680?hash=item3d04983000. If they managed to create a few new cars that felt like “lost” 1980s designs, I would buy them in a heartbeat. A few companies still make them, and they are pretty much the same as they were in the 80s (albeit with different styles). 3. It has got to the point where the type of glue seal affixing a toy in its packet, can mean hundreds of dollars difference in value if it proves an item was a true original. The Tamiya Monster Beetle is back! Haven’t restored any of them, tires seem to go to crap over the years. google_ad_slot = "6485821930"; $25.99. tamiya america, inc. tamiya europe gmbh. google_ad_slot = "4869487938"; The quality of the re-issue kit is really very close to the original. Here’s one example – the original Grasshopper/Hornet chassis versus the remake version…. 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