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Happy 8-6 Day!

Happy 8-6 day! We are proud to announce the worldwide debut of our Scion FRS (Toyota FT-86) HyperChargers R/C by Jada Toys. Available in stores now!

Designed and developed with the auto enthusiast in mind, we have added details as homage to the 8-6 community. From the aftermarket rims and spoiler down to the custom graphics that will inspire the next generation of 8-6 fans.

Shout out to our @jadaclub fans, show us your Jada Toyota AE-86 (die cast or R/C) or your Jada Scion FRS (R/C) if you have them! Make sure you tag them @jadaclub and #jadainstaslam

#86day #8-6day #86 #jadatoys #jadaclub #jadainstaslam #corolla #trueno

Play Re-Imagined, Jada Toys

About HyperChargers RC:

HyperChargers RC is the next generation in radio control. Developed with Patent Pending Technology, means NO MORE BATTERIES TO BUY FOR YOUR CAR. Simply plug the built-in USB adapter to any USB port from these popular devices:

  • Desktop Computers, Laptops
  • Game Consoles
  • Car Chargers
  • Smart Phone Adapters
  • Wall Outlets with USB

HyperChargers RC are: POWERED TO PLAY!!

About Jada Toys:
Jada Toys, Inc. is a privately held leading manufacturer of authentically licensed and highly stylized die-cast collectibles, radio control vehicles, and toys. Popular brands produced by Jada include Cutie Pops, Battle Machines, Lopro, Big Time Muscle, Just Trucks, Hero Patrol, Badge City Heat, and Big Time 4-Wheelin’. Jada has also acquired major toy licenses for top brands such as Robocop, Marvel Entertainment, Guitar Hero, Speed Racer, Halo, Disney and Hello Kitty. Jada Toys’ products can be found at major retailers and hobby stores worldwide.  For more information about Jada Toys and all its innovative products, please visit www.jadatoys.com

 


HelLA Occupy Little Tokyo

On December 11th, 2011, I left my house just east of Downtown LA at 6am to get parking. Why so early you ask? Occupy Little Tokyo is a take off the Occupy movement. The organizers thought it would be cool if we could line all the public street parking around one square block of Little Tokyo with fixed up cars. Parking is free on Sunday and that area of Downtown L.A. gets pretty busy so going early was a must.

We arrived about 6:15 to find that 98% of the free spots were filled. There were even cars cruising around trying to find a prime spot in front of the Illest Boutique (the organizers of the event).

This was not a car show. It felt more like a cars and coffee or a meet and greet but it was fun non-the-less.

Other shops involved besides the Illest Boutique are:
Standard Functions
Bowls
RIF Los Angeles
Royal Origin
NightImport.com
CanIbeat.com
Team Supastar
Autoconevents

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.


Car Kicks

Looking through car magazines and browsing car sites to check out the latest rims reminds me of my pre-driving days when I was collecting sneakers… well I never really collected sneakers because I didn’t have the money to buy all of the ones I wanted. I guess that’s why I get all nostalgic when looking at rims. I can’t have them all and it brings me back to that feeling I had when the new Penny’s or a new AF1 colorway came out.

Just like sneakers, rim styles change but at the same time there are a few that will always be in style.

One of my all time favorite rims is a JDM classic; SSR Supermesh.

These rims worked on old school 1972 Datsun 240z’s to late model Mazda Miata’s. I have even seen them 2010 GTi’s! If I could find them just to have them in my garage, I would totally jump on a set.

Nothing means business more than Centerline’s Solid Face Auto Drags!

If you are rocking these rims on the street, your car better be able to justify having them because they don’t just look good, they also says that there is a lot of power under the hood.

Now my favorite rim in today’s market has got to be Douglas Wheel Technologies Rockstars!

Ok, ok.. I know these are not car rims, but hear me out. One of the trends in rims that is starting to catch on a bit more are concave rims. That is when the rim is designed to curve from the outer edge of the rim down into the center creating like a bowl. Volk has been doing that with their TE37′S for some time, but these Rockstar wheel have got to be the best representation of concave rims on anything that is drivable on the street. I love deep dish rims, but deep concave is FRESH!

Just like when shopping for shoes, sometimes timeless classics are just the right fit. But every once in a while a new design comes out that catches your attention and screams in your face saying, “I AM IT!” This look does that for me and I cant wait to see more of it on the streets.

I am totally considering them for my Ruckus… **sigh** Only if I had the money.

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Starting a Collection

By Andy Goodman

 

The first thing you need to ask yourself when starting a collection is what do I look for?  The best advice any collector can give you is to collect what interests you.  If you love imports, collect imports. If you have a passion for muscle cars, then collect muscle cars.  Build your collection around the eras and styles that you admire.   Now, that you have decided what to collect, the next thing to consider is what scale to collect. Most small die casts are 1/64th scale; however, there are larger collectibles as well. Remember, that when it comes to scale factor, the larger the number the smaller the car.  For example, a 1:64th is smaller than a 1:24th which is smaller than a 1:18th.  Your collection should be based on your preferences.  Collect a specific vehicle make such as Mustangs or Skylines.  Collect specific lines such as Heat Patrol or Big Time Muscle.  Collect a scale such as 1:64th or 1:24th or mix and match as you please.

It’s all up to you. Something else to consider is display space.   If you only have a small area to display your collectibles, you may want to choose a smaller scale such as 1:64th.  If you do have ample room and want to cover your walls with beauty, you may choose to go with 1:18th scale vehicles.  Another consideration when deciding how to display your collection is whether to set them free or leave them in their original packaging.  Some collect for pure enjoyment. They are not thinking of investment purposes and are therefore more inclined to open the packages. This type of collector may purchase vehicles that remind him/her of their childhood or past memories.  Others collect for investment purposes. This does not mean it’s all about the money, but to some the passion is also looked at as an investment.  This type of collector leaves his/her collection in the manufacture’s original packaging.

When purchasing your first or thousandth diecast, check for details just as you would when buying a real vehicle. For instance, the paint should be brilliant not dull. The graphics should be crisp and clean and the moving parts such as the hood, doors, and wheels should move easily and fit properly.   Just as with 1:1 scale cars, diecast cars do come off of an assembly line and therefore may be subject to imperfections.

Die-cast car collecting is a hobby that each member of the family can contribute to.   It can be a great way to bond with your spouse and or children.  There are all kinds of events such as hobby shows and swap meets where you never know what you will stumble across. It also can be fun when you go with your kid(s) to your local retailers hunting down specific pieces you are looking to acquire.

It’s that simple, there are no rules except collect what makes you happy, enjoy and remember it’s about having fun!  It’s about the people you meet, the friends you make and the family time that’s most important when collecting.

 

 

Andy Goodman

Editor-in-Chief

Die Cast X Magazine

 


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