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Well, 2012 is starting off with a bang. New Product Announcements, normally made at Toy Fair in early February, are already filling our mailbox. Exciting new 1/18 scale arrivals from Auto Art and Replicarz are hitting our shores this month, closely followed by the exciting new Grand Prix Heroes DVD Collection from Brunswick Films and Duke Video.
We'll start off with some new 1/43 scale models from Minichamps, due to land on Monday.
Di Resta Mercedes
Jan 9 MIN F1
New From Minichamps:
Highlights from our first Minichamps shipment of 2012 - all in 1/43 scale - include the 2010 DTM Mercedes of current F1 driver Paul DiResta, the 2010 Toro Rosso STR-5 of Sebastien Buemi, the Martini Lotus 79 of Mario Andretti (we asked about the 1/18 JPS Lotus 79 again, but there's no update), the 2011 Lotus Renault GP R31 of Nick Heidfeld and last, but not least, The Stig (with a Porsche 911 GT2 included at no extra charge). The shipment is due to land on Monday. You can reserve by clicking the links here or by going to our New Arrival page.
MIN Top Gear Porsche
Brawner Hawk
New From Replicarz:
Some great news from Replicarz to start the new year. Their first two 1/18 scale models will finally be in our hands by late January. There's still time to reserve the Limited Edition Mario Andretti 1969 Indianapolis 500 winning Brawner Hawk ($229.99) and the So-Cal Belly Tank Car ($189.99).
Click the links or go to the Replicarz page on our Online Shopping website.
Replicarz also announced their third 1/18 scale release, the iconic Marmon Wasp, driven to victory in the first Indianapolis 500 by Ray Harroun in 1911. A May 2012 release is hoped for (fingers crossed) by the Fothergill brothers and is the first of several new pieces planned by Replicarz this year. We reserved a bunch of these as soon as we heard the news. Sure to be an early sell out, you can place your order for the Marmon Wasp ($229.99) HERE.
Jan 12 Auto Art
January AutoArt Releases:
HIghlights from the mid-January US shipment from AutoArt include these spectacular 1/18 scale models:
70196 - Alfa Romeo TZ (1963) Red.....$163.95
89142 - Mazda 787B / 1991 LeMans Winner / Weidler-Herbert-Gachot / with Trophy.....$232.95
80906 - Lola Aston Martin LMP1 (2009) #007.....$218.95
Click on the part numbers to order.
Other News:
 - As we mentioned above, New Product Announcements from TSM (formerly TrueScale) and Fujimi arrived overnight. We'll post the complete lists on our site by the weekend. 
Highlights include a series of 1/43 scale Ferrari 512S and 512M models from Fujimi (including the '70 Sebring winner and the #6 Sunoco 512M), 1/43 Chaparrals, Grand Sports, McLaren F1 GTRs, Brabham and March Grand Prix cars from TSM and two new 'Signature Series' pieces featuring Niki Lauda. Fujimi will produce a Ferrari 312T, TSM a McLaren MP4/2, in limited editions featuring plates signed by Super Rat himself. 
1/18 scale offerings are to include both Andretti and Peterson Lotus 78s, a JYS Tyrrell 006 and the 'Spirit of Sebring' Greenwood Corvette. Sounds exciting. 
Hope they can put their production problems behind them and get these in our hot little hands soon!
- The main shipment of Autocourse 2011/12 ($59.95) is due to arrive in the US in about a week. 
-Author / Historian Janos Wimpffen stopped by last week and was kind enough to sign copies of his books that were on hand, including his latest epic on Elva. Signed books are listed HERE. First come, first served. Please note, Spyders and Silhouettes features a signed bookplate. Thank you, Janos!
We'll have the Fujimi and TSM lists for you by the weekend.
 - Paul
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