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Comparison- 2016 Honda Civic Type R

jedimario
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February 4th, 2018, 8:12 pm #1

Today I received my first ever Tarmac Works model in the mail, the 2016 Honda Civic Type R. It’s a beauty and I will definitely be after more from Tarmac Works in the future. However, this addition present a surprisingly uncommon scenario to me- the Tarmac Works has a nearly identical specification to another 1/64 Civic Type R in my collection, the recently released Hot Wheels. So, naturally, they need to be compared!



As you can see, even down to the wheels these things are pretty much identically spec’d out. The only real difference is that the Hot Wheels is left hand drive while the Tarmac Works is right hand drive. They even both have the OEM style black wheels with a red rim.



Honestly, the biggest takeaway I had comparing these two models is that the Hot Wheels is very, very good once you consider price. Looking at the details, it lacks a few specifics but has most of the important things included. Things like the black door handle, spoiler, and mirrors are missing from the Hot Wheels. It also has parts bin wheels like every mainline, but even those are a good approximation of the real thing. We also see a solid red interior on the Hot Wheels, which looks nice but is not correct like the Tarmac Works’ mostly black interior with red seats and trim. Other than these minor things, the Hot Wheels is excellent. The tampo stamps are clear and accurate and there enough of them- more than I’d expect from a mainline at this point, to be honest. And it’s close enough to actual 1/64, which is not always a given with Mattel.



But make no mistake, the Tarmac Works version is far superior. It has all the trimmings you would expect considering its price and is thoroughly well executed. Multiple pieces for the spoiler and mirrors, jeweled lights, correct wheels with rubber tires...it’s all there. Additionally, the casting itself is more accurate, particularly in rear fender flare area. To top it off, the Tarmac Works car has no defects, which is more than you can say for the vast majority of Hot Wheels cars these days. Of course, that comes down to a car-by-car basis, so your mileage may vary there.



The Tarmac Works is $20 USD+ shipping, unless you’re lucky enough to have a brick and mortar store local to you that carries it. Probably not, and if so, it may charge more than $20. Meanwhile, the Hot Wheels can be had at your local big box store for under $1. The Tarmac Works is a collector’s item, the Hot Wheels a toy. A very good toy, but a toy nonetheless. At the end of the day here, we have two excellent pieces that serve their intended purposes extremely well. If you want a collector piece and don’t mind the cost, the Tarmac Works is the way to go. If you want something a little more durable or don’t like spending double-digits on 1/64, the Hot Wheels is also a great replica of this car and will fit nicely in your collection.

Of course, if you’re like me, you just want both of them. That’s ok too. They’re each well worth their respective cost.
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February 4th, 2018, 8:26 pm #2

I only have the Hot Wheels example as I have never even heard of the brand Tarmac Works until this thread. You said it best as the Hot Wheels version is a toy and the Tarmac Works is more of a collector's piece. For $20 I think I will keep the $1 toy in my collection. Great side-by-side comparison of the two! :thumbup:
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February 4th, 2018, 8:37 pm #3

There is a cheaper line of Tarmac Works cars that I think go for $10. They are almost as nice as the $20 line, but the Civic is not part of it.
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February 4th, 2018, 8:58 pm #4

Great review! :thumbsup: Like you, the Civic was the first Tarmac Works model in my collection, along with the R8 from the Global64 (lower-tier) line. I originally wanted the Championship White version of the Tarmac in order to complement the Hot Wheels model (as you have done), but sadly the store didn't have them when I had it picked up. Fast forward two weeks later, they stocked the re-release of, you guess it, Championship White.

Looks like you might need to add the Tomica version to complete the trifecta...although I will say that the white on the Tomica is a little off.
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February 5th, 2018, 6:47 pm #5

Nice comparison! Thanks for the write-up and photos!

The Hot Wheels really does look quite good for only a dollar!
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April 3rd, 2018, 3:39 pm #6

A third car joins the group! The Tomica brings a comparable level of detail to the Hot Wheels (a little less here, a little more there) and adds an opening hood and working suspension. From a detail perspective it's a wash, but it absolutely wins out as a toy. It ought to be better at something as it retails for $3-4 worth of Japanese yen.

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April 3rd, 2018, 8:09 pm #7

Glad to see the Tomica join the group! As you mentioned, there are many good aspects to it (my favourite is the detail on the grille), but it's unfortunate the colour is a little off compared to the others.
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April 3rd, 2018, 9:32 pm #8

Yeah, the color is off. Sometimes Championship White looks a little off to me, sometimes it doesn't, but I'm not sure what Tomica was going for here.
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April 4th, 2018, 4:37 pm #9

I have a set of the blue and white Tarmac Works Civics on order (have been back-ordered since January). Apparently there was a production flaw and the cars that had been shipped to the distributors had to be returned to be returned to the manufacturer to be destroyed. I paid $25.00 for the pair including shipping- so I'd say $10.00 per car sounds about right.

From the side by side photos, I am amazed at how good the Hot Wheels version looks in comparison. The tampo is quite good on the HW, and while the Tarmac Works car is clearly better in every way- I don't think you could say it is 10 times better. I'm hoping I'll be more impressed with the TW cars when (if ) I finally get them.
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April 4th, 2018, 6:27 pm #10

I think you are mixing up Tarnac Works and Mini GT.
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April 5th, 2018, 7:16 pm #11

jedimario wrote:I think you are mixing up Tarnac Works and Mini GT.
You are absolutely right. It's been so long since I ordered them I forgot the manufacturer! My bad.
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