You can leave your Supras, this is my kind of Toyota: Tarmac Works Toyota Hiace Custom & Vertex Toyota MkII JZX100 (Hong Kong Toycar Salon special editions)

Ok don’t get my wrong I love Supras, but it’s refreshing to see attention being given to other Toyota products. I’m not usually the person to bring you Japanese cars on Lamley, but if you keep up with my ramblings you’ll know that I spent my youth as a car nut obsessing over modified Japanese cars. I wasn’t so much a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, more a lover of Gran Turismo and J-Tuner magazine; a short lived publication from the UK that took audiences away from Max Power’s ICE installs, flip paint and Lamborghini doors and introduced Tsukuba time attack battles, Tokyo Auto Salon and D1GP. Later on my love for Japanese cars evolved into collecting Tomica Limited Vintage, Diapet and Aoshima and my focus switched to older models: Toyopet Crowns, Mazda 3-wheeled trucks and tiny Hondas. But I maintain a healthy interest in all things Japanese and collect whatever piques my interest. And these two definitely have. The gorgeous Toyota Hiace custom and Vertex kitted Toyota MkII from diecast masters Tarmac Works.

I’m taking a slightly different line today and we’re not going to dive into the background of the vehicles themselves. No, this time we’re just going to bask in how cool they are and have a look at some of the best features starting with my favourite of the pair, the Toyota Hiace Custom.

I love the VIP tuned looks, the SSR Vienna Courage wheels and the maroon interior. They combine with the bodykit to make a very cool highway cruiser out of a normally pretty boring van. And I love the Ishikawa license plates. I always think an accurate set of license plates on a diecast give an added touch of realism yet Tarmac are one of the surprisingly few manufacturers that do this.

There is one downside: while the wheels do rotate I’d class this as a non-roller. The front wheels catch on the arches to the point where they’re pretty much jammed. But you know I’m not bothered at all by a static 1:64, and nor should you be.

Both the Hiace and the Vertex MkII are just ice cool. Do you ever look at a miniature and think ‘that’s how I’d run the real car’? Well, that.

The MkII’s proportions are spot on; it could sit happily alongside a Tomica Limited Vintage and not look out of place, and that’s a big compliment.

The Vertex kit looks great even in small scale; it’s aggressive without being totally over the top and suits the lines of the car perfectly.

These two could be easily overlooked in Tarmac’s growing catalogue of hits and in the sea of scale Supras out there, but they are really capable of holding their own. I look forward eagerly to the variations that Tarmac will inevitably bring to both castings.

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(Find the Tarmac Toyota MkII Vertex on Ebay here and the Tarmac Toyota Hiace Custom here)

5 Replies to “You can leave your Supras, this is my kind of Toyota: Tarmac Works Toyota Hiace Custom & Vertex Toyota MkII JZX100 (Hong Kong Toycar Salon special editions)”

  1. *Piques* your interest
    Always enjoy your articles! Love how you name check the rims haha so rare to get accurate rims.

  2. That MkII is GORGEOUS!!! Just perfect! The colour scheme is superb but the bodykit, aftermarket exhaust and wheels just take the cake for me! Not overdone, not underdone either., just the right amount of flair. If I owned one IRL, this is how it’d be, and if Hot Wheels ever wants to do a MkII (or the Chaser), this style is how it must be done or else don’t do it at all (the factory stock version is for Matchbox). I usually don’t collect Tarmacs (because they’re a bit too fragile for me; I broke a side mirror on mine just by mistakenly holding the car too tightly) but I might try going after this one, provided the prices aren’t crazy.

    The HiAce looks great too, and the same points apply here – love the subtle aftermarket bits, not too overdone and not boring bone stock either. Also wholeheartedly agree on the number plate point, I think they elevate the model a huge amount in terms of realism and just improving the aesthetics of the model in general (another point that Hot Wheels should note in their book and work on it, and I think they probably are, judging by how many 2023 and 2024 models have number plates, but more are always welcome).

    Thank you for the showcase and amazing photos! I think they themselves sold me on the MkII haha! (although photos from more angles as well as close-ups of both cars would’ve been greatly appreciated).

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