Initial D Diecast Collection Rare Toy Collectibles - Movie Cars Diecast Part 4

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Initial D Diecast - Initialize!!!

Initial D diecast collecting is perfect for audience who enjoyed the manga/anime, likes racing (particularly the drifting scene), and into the toy collecting hobby.

Initial D originally started out as a manga and became quite popular. It was then adapted to different media like anime, video/arcade games, OVAs, etc…

Anyway, for those are not familiar with the Initial D story, the plot focuses on the illegal world of street racing in Japan which is mostly done on mountain passes. The race consists of both uphill and downhill races from various local and visiting teams.


What to expect from this post

This post will be quite detailed with lot of pictures. The post will also be divided into sections for easy reading by the viewers. The table below summarizes the contents of this Initial D diecast post.

Section
Topic
I
Toy manufacturers that produced Initial D diecasts (Jada, Tomica, Kyosho, etc...)
II
Where to buy Initial D diecast?
III
Why are Initial D diecast expensive?
IV
How to spot a hidden or unofficial Initial D diecast

Initial D Diecast Manufacturers

Jada Initial D Diecast

Let us begin with Jada - the Initial D diecast manufacturer that has been widely received by diecast collectors.

Jada is popularly known with its JDM diecast collectibles. This is quite perfect as Initial D is a Japanese anime/manga. Obviously, almost all of the vehicles featured are of the Japanese market.

Jada's Initial D merchandise are highly accurate. The details are amazing - even the rims are spot on. Unfortunately, the company no longer produces this particular toy line which is why prices of Jada's Initial D are usually pegged 3 to 5 times of its original value.


Below is a breakdown of Jada Initial D items

Car Model/ Driver
Scale
Description
Takumi's Trueno (AE86)
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Keisuke's Mazda RX7 (FD)
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Ryosuke's Mazda RX7 (FC)
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Nakazato's Nissan Skyline (R32)
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Mako's Nissan Sil80
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Sado's Mitsubishi Evo III
1:64
Singles and from 5-pack box set
Keisuke's Mazda RX7 (FD)
1:18
Singles
Nakazato's Nissan Skyline (R32)
1:18
Singles
Jada 1:18 Nissan Skyline R32 of Takeshi Nakazato
Jada 1:18 Nissan Skyline R32 of Takeshi Nakazato
Jada 1:18 Mazda RX7 (FD) of Keisuke Takahashi
Jada 1:18 Mazda RX7 (FD) of Keisuke Takahashi

Tomica Initial D

In the early 2000s, Tomica has released numerous Initial D diecast replicas in 1:64 scale. Most of the car models produced are from the first and second season (anime) or early volume (Manga).

With the exception of Takumi's AE86 and Ryosukes's FC, all Tomica Initial D diecasts are released in 1:64 scale (the two mentioned above have diecast models manufactured in 1:43 scale)


Below is a breakdown of Tomica Initial D items

Driver and Car Model
Description
Takumi's Toyota Trueno (AE86)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Keisuke's Mazda RX7 (FD)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Ryosuke's Mazda RX7 (FC)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Nakazato's Nissan Skyline (R32)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Mako's Nissan Sil80
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Sado's Mitsubishi Evo III
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Iketani's Nissan Silvia (S13)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Itsuki's Levin (AE85)
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series
Seiji Iwaki's Mitsubishi Evo IV
Included on 5-car box set, Tomica Limited series

Dream Tomica Initial D (2013)

Interestingly, Tomica has re-launched Initial D diecasts in its Dream Tomica series last 2013. A hub was dedicated to this which can be found on the link below
Interestingly, Tomica has re-launched Initial D diecasts in its Dream Tomica series last 2013. A hub was dedicated to this which can be found on the link below | Source

AutoArt Initial D

Elite diecast manufacturer also produced Takumi's Toyota Trueno in 1:18 scale. AutoArt only manufactured two versions of this diecast - one with a white hood (the original color theme) and the other with a black hood (Project D version)

AutoArt diecast manufacturer is known for its excellent quality - and of course, high price tag. This is the reason why AutoArt's Initial D diecasts are also expensive.

Kyosho Initial D

Just like AutoArt, diecast manufacturer only produced Takumi's Toyota Trueno in diecast replica. But unlike AutoArt, Kyosho produced it in 1:64 scale.

However, these two diecast manufacturer also share the same reputation when it comes to excellent details and high priced items. Additionally, Kyosho's Initial D items are quite hard to find outside the Japanese market.

Initial D Diecast from RealX

Lastly, RealX diecast manufacturer also produced Initial D items but in 1:72 scale (a size lower than standard Matchbox or Hotwheels sizes).

Interestingly, RealX produced the most car models out of all the showcased manufacturers. Bulleted below are Initial D diecasts from RealX

  • Takumi's Toyota Trueno (AE86)
  • Keisuke's Mazda RX7 (FD)
  • Ryosuke's Mazda RX7 (FC)
  • Nakazato's Nissan Skyline (R32)
  • Mako's Nissan Sil80
  • Sado's Mitsubishi Evo III
  • Iketani's Nissan Silvia (S13)
  • Itsuki's Levin (AE85)
  • Seiji Iwaki's Mitsubishi Evo IV
  • Bunta Fujiwara's Subaru Impreza WRX STI Coupe Type R Version V (GC8)
  • Kenta Nakamura's Nissan Silvia Q's Aero (S14)
  • Shingo Shoji's Honda Civic SiR-II (EG6)
  • Toru Suetsugu's Eunos Roadster NA Package (NA6C)

Where to buy Initial D diecast

Unfortunately, aside from Tomica, diecast manufacturers are no longer producing Initial D diecasts. Additionally, it is quite hard to find them outside the Japanese market. Because of this, Initial D diecasts are usually only found on online stores like eBay and Amazon. Although local hobby shops may also have one or two items on-hand.


However, one thing is for sure, most Initial D diecasts (like the ones from Jada are Kyosho) are very expensive. For those who are wondering where to buy cheap Jada 1:64 Initial D anime diecast cars, it would be advisable not to get your hopes up as these are much rare compared to Tomica because toy maker Jada has stopped production of Initial D diecasts.

Why are Initial D diecast expensive?

The answer is actually quite simple because Initial D diecast are rare, hard to find, and extremely difficult to complete.

This is the reason why it would be advisable to start collecting cars or vehicles which are mainly used by major characters of the manga / anime.

Tips on how to collect Initial D diecast

The first thing to collect when it comes to Initial D diecast replicas is to go for the AE86 Toyota Trueno. This is the vehicle used by the main character Takumi Fujiwara. Unfortunately, the cost is quite high so if you are able to spot a cheap one, don't hesitate to grab it.

Did Hotwheels also produced Initial D diecasts?

Hotwheels produce diecasts of the Toyota Trueno but it does not sport the paint job of the one used by Takumi.

If you know a great customizer, you may request to have the Hotwheels AE86 modified to have it looked like the one used in the manga or anime.

However, when modifiying a diecast, be sure that the customizer is a good one. Here is an example of where I had a relatively cheap Welly VW diecasts customized to look like the one used in Junkyard Herbie or Herbie Goes Bananas: Rusted Herbie Movie Diecast Car

Other Important Initial D diecast to collect

Other important Initial D car diecasts to collect are the following:

  • White Mazda RX7 FC used by Ryosuke Takahashi
  • Yellow Mazda RX7 FD used by Ryosuke Takahashi's brother (first picture of this post)
  • Black Mitsubishi Evolution III used by the leader of the Emperor racing group
  • Black Nissan Skyline R32 GTR used by the leader of the NightKidZ racing group (second picture of this post)
  • Takumi's AE86 with carbon fiber hood

How to spot a hidden Initial D car diecast

For new and seasoned collectors, don't let the rarity and high cost of Initial D car diecast replicas water you down. Both manga and anime used a lot of awesome hot cars which are unofficially produced by different diecast brands. All it takes is to know which one to look for.

Listed below are some Initial D car diecasts unofficially released by various brands like Hotwheels, Matchbox, and Johnny Lightning:

  • 1:64 Gray R34 Nissan Skyline used by GodFoot in Stage 4 of the manga
  • 1:64 Blue Honda S2000 used by GodHand on stage 4 of the manga
  • 1:64 Yellow Evo 4 and 7 used by various racers in the manga and anime

  • 1:64 Blue Subaru Impreza used by Bunta
  • 1:64 Red Nissan 350Z
  • 1:64 Yellow Civic

There are still others but this post is getting quite long so I'll just let the Initial D fans / readers do the rest :)

That's just basically it. Now you know some interesting facts about Initial D diecast collecting. Have fun and enjoy the hobby.

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Takumi 5 years ago

Nice!!!


DK 5 years ago

Nice diecast cars :)


SomeRandomAnon 4 years ago

Anyone here know where I could find a model of the Stage 4 FD? Been looking around and haven't seen anything.

Very nice collection. I like how you actually know about the stories behind the cars.


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writerjj 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. Hmmmm, as far as I know, the only diecast replica of the Stage 4 FD used by Keisuke is the one produced by Real X. You may notice from the first pic above (first version FD used by Keisuke) that it has a different hood and spoiler from the second pic (revised FD after crashing). The first pic is by Jada while the second one is by Real X.

eBay is the usual place to get this but be prepared for the price.

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