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There are a lot of Ferrari-deprived collectors out there. Of course that isn’t a surprise, as it has now been a few years since Hot Wheels lost the Ferrari license. Some of you collect Bburago, but the large size of their smallest replicas and sparse distribution in many countries have left the 1/64 collectors a little out in the desert.
Unless you collect Kyosho.
We have discussed this many times before, but Kyosho brilliantly works around the exclusivity of the Maisto/Ferrari license by making their 1/64 Ferraris technically model kits. All the pieces are there, you just have to put them together. And when you are done, the model is just like any other Kyosho. Really the only difference is that all the Ferraris roll. Many Kyoshos don’t.
So for someone like me, who doesn’t even do wheel swaps, putting together an unassembled Kyosho Ferrari is kind of fun. I can hunch down and for 90 seconds pretend I am Luke Baumstark working on another creation.
While going through all my stuff this weekend, I cam across a bag of Kyosho boxes, all from the last Ferrari release, Ferrari 12. Japan Booster had sent them over, and I put them aside and totally forgot about them.
Among them were the five red models from the series that I wanted most: the 599XX Evo, 488 GTB, 458 Speciale A, 458 Speciale, and the bonkers FXX K.
What a group. While I will call the 599XX Evo my favorite, there is no getting over how cool the FXX K is. Just over-the-top brilliance. There is also a retro vibe to the 458 Especiale A. Maybe it is the stripe and the black rims, but I keep thinking low slung GT40 for some reason. Don’t know why, I just do.
I am happy to add this beautiful set of 5 Ferraris to the collection, and happy that Kyosho has found a way to make them. Now, with the 812 Superfast announced, I cross my fingers for a Kyosho replica soon…