Tamiya XV-01 rally car

Really considering one of these.

Just wondering what bodies they will make in the short term, might wait to see. I like the look of this body, but I think something I like more may come out.


58519 Bruiser delayed in Japan

The new Tamiya Bruiser release date has been delayed in Japan. The new release date is March 31. Can’t say I’ve ever been more disappointed with Tamiya. Shops in other countries have them in stock already, but Japan is lagging behind.

I’ll update everyone on it when it comes in.

I’d say they didn’t expect to sell so many to foreign shops. Or that guy on eBay stole all the stock…

I hope it’s worth the wait.


Hornet: By Jun Watanabe

Fashion designer Jun Watanabe has designed a scheme for the Hornet.
It appears it will be on sale through ZOZOTown in Japan from March, very interesting design…

Colours are a bit too much for most I think, but a very unique Tamiya, would be good to have, just for its possible rarity.


The blurb on the Tamiya site translated into readable English be me.
★ This is a special model with purple chassis parts, white springs, pink wheel nuts and various other coloured parts as designed by Jun Watanabe.
★ body design featuring a black polka dots on white base, The polka dots are one large sticker sheet.
★ Tire & Wheel, includes standard black and white wheels for running and Pink tires with black wheels for display.
★ The new box art is completed designed by Jun Watanabe as well.

Event Announcement:
★ (Sunday) March 4 the “JUN WATANABE CUP” at Tamiya Circuit in Shizuoka! Competition classes are also scheduled to be held, including the match against a team of well-known brand members. Details will be announced again soon.

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I will build this. TAMIYA BRUISER

***********UPDATE: Japanese sale date is set now at March 17th 2012. ************

Tamiya announced today the re-release of the Toyota Bruiser.

The best decision they have made in the last 36 years.

more info at the TamiyaUSA site.

It will be expensive, but  I will get one and build it as soon as it comes out.

thank you to Tamiya for the video.


  • 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.
  • The Bruiser body, including the sleeper cab, is made of durable injection-molded ABS plastic.
  • Metal ladder frame chassis retains the original layout and features a black-finished surface.
  • Newly-designed die-cast transmission is equipped with planetary gears.
  • Refined clutch mechanisms offer smooth gear changes and superb durability. 3-speed gears are possible (1st gear=4WD, 2nd & 3rd gears=Rear Wheel Drive).
  • Newly-designed front/rear axle housings are equipped with differential gears to offer smooth cornering performance.
  • Front and rear differentials may be locked for enhanced off-road performance.
  • Front & rear large diameter tires offer superb traction.
  • Separately available LEDs can be installed in the light cases to depict realistic head and tail lights.
  • Type 540 motor included.