Guesses and Wishes for Tamiya 2011 Releases

2011 ????


As in the previous years

a) which products do you think Tamiya could release this year (static, RC, mini, anything else) and

b) which products would you personally like to be released (regardless of if their chances are realistic)?

Feel free to use the comments link at the end of this entry (comments are shown after being checked which can take some hours).

The team of tamiyablog.com thanks for the growing reader base and

support in 2010 and wishes everyone a great 2011!

54 thoughts on “Guesses and Wishes for Tamiya 2011 Releases

  1. dunebuggy

    Ok, as every year, here are some of my thoughts for the upcoming Tamiya releases:

    1/12 Ducati 1198R – static kit

    1/10 Tamiya Blackfoot

    1/10 Tamiya Fox – Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Wild One Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Classic Lotus Europe (M-06), i still believe !

    and now my wishes, not very realistic, but i still hope for:

    1/10 Renault Alpine A310

    1/10 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I

    1/10 Renault R5 turbo

    1/10 Tamiya Falcon 1/10 – Off Road Racer

    1/12 Ducati Hypermotard – static kit

    1/10 Tamiya Hot Shot II – Off Road Racer

  2. admin Post author

    a) Possible to be released:

    RC Toyota / Lexus LFA

    RC 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan

    RC Astute Re-release

    RC Ferrari 312T with lexan body on current F1 chassis

    RC Ligier Matra with lexan body on current F1 chassis

    RC Williams FW07 with lexan body on current F1 chassis

    RC Golf I GTi on M-05 chassis

    RC Renault 5 Turbo on M-06 chassis

    b) My personal wishes:

    RC Dune Buggy like Sand Rover on a modern chassis

    RC Short Course Truck on a new chassis

    RC Baja Truck like Blazing Blazer on a modern chassis

  3. dunebuggy

    Another favourite car i forgot to add to my wish list:

    1/10 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato M-06 chassis

  4. Miramar

    I can just mostly agree to previous posters with regard to likely releases and even most wishes, but I have a few more wishes:

    RC:

    Fiat 131 Abarth on M06L or DF-03Ra

    Lancia Fulvia HF Rally RMC Winner 1971 on M05

    Brabham BMW BT50 on F104W

    Lancia Stratos on M06

    Land Rover Series 2 on CC-01

    Mercedes G-Series on CC-01

    VW Karmann Ghia on M06L

    Porsche 356A Speedster on M06

    Porsche 550 Spyder on M06

    Porsche 917K on whatever suitable RWD-chassis!

    Renault 17TS on M06

    VW Type 181 / Thing on M06L-Ra

    Jeep FC on CC-01

    A “CC-02” chassis with live front axle as successor for the CC-01.

    Citroen DS East African Safari Rally on FF03 or DF-03Ra

    Alfa Romeo T33 TT12 on F103GT or a possible F104GT?

    Porsche 917/10 or 917/30 Can Am on F103GT or a possible F104GT?

    Lotus 72D JPS on F104W

    (1/10 scale) Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar on DF-03Ra

    Jaguar E-Type on whatever suitable RWD-chassis

    Renault R8 Gordini Rally

    Mitsubishi Pajero (58044) re-released on an extended WR-02 (Wild Willy 2) chassis.

    1/16 Stalwart Mk. I (very unlikely, I know!)

    Holiday Buggy body parts set in different colours than blue!

    Static models:

    1/35 Stalwart

    1/35 VW Type 87 or 82E

    1/24 Porsche 997

    1/24 Lola T333

    1/24 Matra-Simca 670B 1973 Le Mans Winner

    1/24 Lamborghini Espada

    1/24 Lamborghini Urraco

    1/24 VW Type 34 Karmann Ghia

    Mini 4WD:

    Grasshopper (I) Jr.

    Sand Scorcher Jr.

    Buggy Champ Jr.

    Holiday Buggy Jr.

  5. admin Post author

    Very nice and interesting choices, these would be also my favourites:

    Fiat 131 Abarth on M06L or DF-03Ra

    Lancia Stratos on M06

    Porsche 550 Spyder on M06

    Porsche 917K on whatever suitable RWD-chassis!

    β€œCC-02β€³ chassis with live front axle as successor for the CC-01.

    (1/10 scale) Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar on DF-03Ra

    Citroen DS East African Safari Rally on FF03 or DF-03Ra

    Alfa Romeo T33 TT12 on F103GT or a possible F104GT?

    Porsche 917/10 or 917/30 Can Am on F103GT or a possible F104GT?

    Holiday Buggy body parts set in different colours than blue

    Grasshopper (I) Jr.

    Sand Scorcher Jr.

    Buggy Champ Jr.

    Holiday Buggy Jr.

  6. Nige

    Hi

    I’m hoping Tamiya re-releases the following during 2011:

    58036 Audi Quattro Rally
    58037 Opel Ascona 400 Rally
    58040 Lancia Rally

    And fingers crossed they’ll re-release the 58024 Sand Rover very soon!

    πŸ™‚

  7. chris

    Hello

    For me, my wishes:

    1/10 Bigwig

    1/10 Bruiser

    1/10 Monster Beetle

    Porsche 959 Dakar Rally

    and the Toyota Toms

    Happy Nex Year for all Tamiya Lovers

  8. Matt

    How about something really off the wall:

    An R/C 6 x 6 Amphicat
    Or an R/C Mitsuoka Orochi

    I’d like to see the Sand Rover make a return as well.

    Maybe an updated 4WD version of the old 1980’s Pajero?

  9. plumator

    Hi

    I’m hoping Tamiya releases during 2011:

    1:16 Sturmtiger, full option
    1:16 T34, full option
    1:16 Mk I (ww1), full option
    1:16 B1 bis, full option
    1:16 Churchill, full option

  10. Eugene

    1/10 Tamiya Hot Shot II – Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Fox – Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Wild One Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Falcon – Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Bigwig – Off Road Racer

    1/10 Tamiya Super Shot – Off Road Racer

    With best regards from russian fans!

  11. Eugene

    And my personal favourite cars:

    original 58037 Opel Ascona 400 Rally

    original 58064 Toyota Celica Gr.B 4WD

    Super Champ

    Bear Hawk

    & Hot Shot II forever!

  12. drover

    Hi i hope Tamiya re release

    RC
    1/10 Volkswagen Golf Mk.I

    1/10 Renault R5 turbo

    1/10 Renault R8 Gordini Rally on M06

  13. GreatDane

    Hi guys

    I was thinking Tamiya Tam Tech series (1/24) and the Formula 1 series (1/14) they had many years ago. They have, to my knowledge and for some reason, never been mentioned as a wish for a re-release. But they were very nice indeed.

    But will Tamiya release some totally new and innovative stuff this year (rc or modelkit)?

    All in all, I am with many of you when it comes to the wishes mentioned above and adding to that list of wishes is a new 1/12 big scale modelkit being a formula one or a GT racer etc.

    February is just around the corner and so is the Spielenwarenmesse in Germany. Can’t wait πŸ˜‰

    Best Regards

    GreatDane c”,)

  14. admin Post author

    Hello,

    after the relative flop (unfortunately, although they were both great) of both the old and new Tam Tech series, I think the word TamTech is taboo at Tamiya, INC. πŸ˜€

    As you may have seen in our previous comments, the team of tamiyablog also would rather have some real new stuff than some re-releases of average 80s kits, as, lets face it, most of the interesting and innovative for their time stuff has been re-released already.

    As in the previous years we will be reporting the future releases live from Nuremberg Toy Fair, but in the last years most interesting releases were presented at the Japanese fairs, in Germany usually a new truck and/or tank are presented.

    Best regards,
    Admin

  15. Papi

    Well, in 2010 Tamiya’s released new TC belt driven TRF417 chassis and shaft driven TRF502X chassis… In 2011 Tamiya could release new shaft-driven TC chassis.. TB-EVO6… Or Tamiya TRF407? πŸ˜€

  16. dovoc

    i wish they gonna make better website in 2011! lol
    where is add to cart buttons at tamiya.com???
    seriously…

  17. admin Post author

    Tamiya.com is a international product webpage and as almost all other such sites its not an e-shop but has links to the different national distributors (who aren’t allowed to sell to other countries) with their shops/dealers. For Japan they have made an own e-shop recently http://tamiyashop.jp .

  18. GreatDane

    I forgot to ad the Tamiya 801Xe to the list of wishes. I understand that it was present at the Toy Fair last year as a prototype, but only for v.i.p. to see.

    @admin

    If Tam Tech is a big taboo at the Tamiya HQ, why not change the name then? πŸ˜‰

    As for the lack of interesting new releases at the Toy Fair I didn’t think much about it until you (or one of you) mentioned it to me in a comment last year I think it was.

    And looking back I think you are right. The most interesting releases are presented at the Japanese fairs.

    But then again I am a BIG Tamiyafan and welcome any new releases from Tamiya. πŸ˜‰ Even if it is something I am not too keen on.

    If of any interests the 2011 Avante manual is available at tamiyausa.com.

    BTW when does the Toy Fair commence is it thursday the third of next month?

    Best Regards

    GreatDane c”,)

  19. admin Post author

    @GreatDane:

    I don’t think the name was the problem of the Tamtech πŸ˜‰ but rather the scale (especially first generation) and closeness to M-chassis and success of M-chassis in Japan (especially second generation).

    We also welcome of course ANY new release from our favourite company. πŸ™‚

    Saw the AV manual already, but many thanks nevertheless for the info!

    Yes, the fair starts at 3rd February, stay tuned!

    Best regards,
    Admin

  20. 2010 low innovation

    2010 was low for new items in mini 4wd, only rerelease.
    2011 i’m hoping to see :
    1. horizon pro, proto emperor pro.
    2. new fm chassis with crimson glory, neo burning sun, and strato vector body (super fm 2 chassis/ crimson glory premium?) something like that.
    3. rerelease of geo emperor, top force, thunder boomerang, rayhawk gamma rtc. ( zaurus tokuda sensei rulez)
    4. new ms chassis.
    5. more soviet tanks and planes.

    thank you and please uncle tamiya!!

  21. beermoker

    Hi there,

    my wishes (RC) :
    – Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye (on M06RA or DF03RA SWB)
    – Opel Ascona 400 Rallye (on M06RA or DF03RA SWB) with scale body (no rere- from 5839)
    – New Stratos (on DF03RA SWB)
    – BMW Schnitzer CLS Β΄73 (on F103/104)
    – Mercedes G (on a new CC Chassis)
    – BMW M1 1/10 scale (on TA05 or other 4WD Chassis)
    – 1/10 scale Short Course Truck
    – Lamborghini LM002 1/10 scale (on DF03RA with scale tires)
    – Porsche 959 Paris Dakar 1/10 (on DF03RA)

  22. beermoker

    my wishes – part II:

    – NSU Prinz TT (on M06)
    – Autobianchi A112 (on M05)
    – Karmann Ghia on M06 (great idea from miramar)
    – FAV (on modern 2WD-Chassis)

  23. Eugene

    Lancia… I see everybody likes this legendary cars. Stratos, 037 rally, Delta… So… What about Lancia Delta S4 (ofcourse “martini racing”) Tamiya? This is a greatest car of legendary group “B”, and nobody have not ever done this RC body.
    I think, nobody can do it with better quality then Tamiya πŸ˜‰

  24. narec

    hey what about some rc motorcycles?

    mx style would be my first pic, but anything on 2 wheels would be new ground for them in rc right?

    or helis or paragliders, why not?

  25. David Joos

    Tamiya is currently releasing some great F1 cars and there seems to be a big interest in F1 cars again.
    Something noone ever did is releasing the early F1 cars. Imho the 1966 F1 cars, especially the Ferrari with it’s beautifull white exhausts or the Lotus BRM. The F104 would be an ideal car to sport such a body because it’s width is quite small. Such a car would off course need different tyres, and will be difficult to drive without the spoilers, but it would look great on the track.
    I’m also very fond of the 1971 F1 cars, which were the first with a “modern” look and integrated spoilers. The F1045 chassis would again be possible for such bodies.

    Another favourite is the Ferrari 512s from 1970, the F355 (last classic road going Ferrari).
    A Delta S4 would offcourse also be a great car, just like the Peugeot 205T16 ….

  26. dunebuggy

    @David

    Good point.
    IΒ΄m a big fan of those classic 1960/70Β΄s F1 cars too. I donΒ΄t think we will see any of the 1960Β΄s F1 cars as an Tamiya RC in the future, but after the latest releases (Wolf WR1 – Tyrrell Sixwheeler JP GP – Lotus 79) more 70Β΄s F1 classics are possible. I would love to see a Brabham BMW turbo and Renault F1 turbo.
    Hope to see you again in Nuremberg. πŸ™‚

  27. tantemiya

    hoping tamiya re-releases 2011 :

    1/ 12 renault 5 turbo (on original chassis)
    1/12 vw golf racing group 2 (on original chassis)

    tamiya new releases 2011 :

    1/10 cc-02 chassis with new body design.

  28. Black Hole Sun

    Hi all,

    I don’t believe any new model of the first 100 on-road chassis will be re-released as per original.
    But bodies like Golf/Renault 5 could fit m-chassis. The same applies for Porsche 959/Celica that would also benefit from the Ra variant (just think of it…).
    For F1 cars, I think all are candidates to fit adapted F104 chassis.
    For Pan-Cars, they can’t fit any modern chassis so I guess they will never be re-released.

    On Off-Road side, the Falcon was a great success: the Stadium Blitzer re-release might be a clue.

    The Blackfoot question still remains: does Tamiya considers it as a candidate for a re-release (along with Monster Beetle) or do they plan to renew the Blackfoot series with a new WR chassis (BFX is quite old now)?

    OK, so where are my guesses? Well, I don’t want to make guesses anymore since Tamiya is unpredictable. I now prefer surprises πŸ™‚

    Cheers all,
    BHS

  29. Miramar

    @ Black Hole Sun:

    Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, no question, but I feel tempted to comment on some of your rather “firm” claims:

    “I don’t believe any new model of the first 100 on-road chassis will be re-released as per original.”

    How would you know? Until recently, hardly anyone considered a re-release of the Avante to be feasible, even though some in hindsight claim that they “knew it”. In other words, the Astute, Fox, Wild One or whatever could be around the next corner. There is no way to tell.

    As for the Golf/R5, they not only “could” fit an M-chassis. They DO fit, and there are enough enthusiasts who did this in the mid/late ’90’s on M01/M02. If Tamiya follows suit, is just a matter of whether they think it makes sense or not.

    “For Pan-Cars, they can’t fit any modern chassis so I guess they will never be re-released.”

    Well, the 280Z body fits the M05 and was re-released as such, and though the GT-01 chassis seems to have ended its commercial life, several of the old pan car bodies would fit on it. So again, if Tamiya would consider it to make sense, it’s technically feasible with an existing modern chassis.

    “On Off-Road side, the Falcon was a great success: the Stadium Blitzer re-release might be a clue.”

    Was the Falcon really such a great success? What do you judge it by? It wasn’t in Tamiya’s program for a long time and in the markets I know, it didn’t sell well at all. In other words, neither I nor you should make a firm claim just based on a local/domestic perspective. Also, as the Stadium Blitzer and and Falcon have practically nothing more in common than the tub, I can’t possibly see how the re-release of the Stadium Blitzer can be considered a possibe clue why the Falcon should be expected too. Then what about the Bigwig, Super Sabre, Hotshot II, to name just a few example where your argument would be more logical, but still hasn’t proven to be of any value?

    “Well, I don’t want to make guesses anymore since Tamiya is unpredictable.”

    Exactly, Tamiya appears to be unpredictable because none of us have any substantial understanding of their market. Tamiya however, base their decisions on decades of experience and knowledge of their global market and of course have highly skilled and educated marketing specialists to do so. Their decisions are primarily not based on feelings, local and isolated perspectives or personal preferences, but instead on professional analysises. The vast majority of their decisions have for decades proven to be wise too, reflected by their longterm success in the market and product series that have been continously popular and profitable for several decades.

    As reflected by your and our guesses for new products in the past, we may by conincidence be right about some releases, in rare cases maybe even by common sense. This is easy to remember, but we tend to forget all the guesses that turn out to be wrong. In fact, in most cases, any Tamiya enthusiast is wrong in his/her considerations about what Tamiya should release or not, simply because hardly any of us have a single clue.

  30. Miramar

    @ Eugene. It’s not entirely correct that nobody have ever made an RC Delta S4. The German company Robbe had a 1/10 RC Delta S4 on the same chassis as their 205 T16. However, it was in Robbe’s program for a relatively short time and the body neither had great proportions, nor good details and the chassis was terrible, even for its time. But, it was an S4!

    I have to agree with you though, nobody could do an RC S4 better than Tamiya. πŸ™‚

  31. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    Dear Tamiya

    Please release the following cars:

    (all 1/10 scale radio controlled kits)

    Lamborghini Diablo
    Lamborghini Murcialago Super Veloce
    Lamborghini Reventon

    Thank you Tamiya!!

  32. Eugene

    @Miramar. Thank you for the interesting information. I’m a great fan of RC Vintage, but about Robbe’s model I knew nothing. Unfortunately, in the former Soviet Union, we knew very little about foreign RC models, and even a small picture of Hotsot was a great treasure!
    In this connection I want to thank Tamiya for glorious tradition to rebirth the old RC models. This is not only a talented marketing ploy, but it helps to realise the childhood dreams of my generation.
    I think many fans around the world will agree with me!

  33. admin Post author

    @Eugene: I think most agree with you, its making all our childhood dreams come true! πŸ™‚
    Best regards,
    Admin

  34. narec

    my childhood dream (like for many) is for a bruiser. i remember how the $330 price tag at the time when they originally came out seemed so incredibly expensive (oh how cheap that seems now). the 3sp hilux is close but a little too plasticy. i’ll eventually get a hilux probably anyways but a bruiser re re would be amazing.

  35. matt lynch

    hi all, i would love to see some more classic 60’s 70’s body shells for the M-Chassis , lotus elan, mgb , ac cobra, corvette stingray, all the fiat abarths , MK1 ,MKII ford escorts RS’s ,

    a full on carbon chassis, alloy bulkhead, TRF version of the M-05 ,M-06 chassis’s for all the mini racers out here rather than having to buy half baked conversion kits from other companies ,
    a tuber chassis sand rail would be really nice!
    we can dream at least.

  36. leonard

    I hope for;

    improved gearboxes for the 1/16 rc tanks
    slower please!!

    1/16 Churchill FO tank
    1/16 T-72 East Germany / Iraq FO
    1/16 RC M26 Dragonwagon
    1/16 RC Famo halftrack
    some nice trucks ore armored cars in 1/16 would be very welcome!

    1/16 figures from tv show “alo,alo”
    1/16 Tom Hans as capt. Miller
    1/16 Major Winters (band of brothers)

    1/10 RC dakar rally truck Kamaz Iveco MAN DAF

    keep dreaming….

  37. Black Hole Sun

    @Miramar

    I thought this was about “guess and wishes”: where do you read statements?

    Please, re-read the sentence: β€œI don’t believe any new model of the first 100 on-road chassis will be re-released as per original”. It means ON-road cars AND as per ORIGINAL: that’s chassis+body.
    Tamiya’s trend in the 100 first on-road models is to re-release the BODIES on current adapted chassis (934, P34, 312T3…). So my GUESS is Tamiya won’t re-release ON-road models among the 100 first with the original chassis+body combo.
    I did not take into consideration the TTG series since, again, it could be a body re-release but the chassis would be different. Again, this wouldn’t be an “as per original” re-release.

    I know Golf/R5 DO fit an M-chassis: but Tamiya still hasn’t decided to make models out of them along with a current M-chassis. So this is something possible (again, it’s a guess).
    You cite the 280Z: you’re right, it was re-released. Better said, the body was re-released on M-05 chassis but the original 280Z chassis was not: so this is no “as per original” re-release πŸ˜‰
    But you’re right on “Pan-cars”: I meant Racing Master models forgetting the only one being not so “low profile” compared to 956, Tom’s84C and Can-Am Lola. My fault. But still, I guess these models won’t be re-released as per original (ie original chassis+body).

    Concerning the Falcon, European sellers are not Japan sellers so it can only be a guess or a wish. The Neo Falcon wouldn’t be a reason not to re-release the Falcon: I learnt my lesson believing the Avante wouldn’t be re-released due to the Avante Mk.II. Now the Avante 2011 is on my list of models to buy πŸ˜€

    About the Bigwig, I don’t personally believe in a re-release since this model was a celebration of Tamiya’s 10 years in the RC business. Moreover, so far, Tamiya only re-released some models of a series, let’s say those that were most “emblematic”. Super Sabre would be an easy candidate though, but I don’t think they will make it. Don’t ask why: I don’t think they will. It’s all about guesses and this is mine. I already proved I can be right less often than I can be wrong (damn crystal ball).

    We both agree (and we’re not alone) that Tamiya is unpredictable: let’s be surprised and in the mean time, we can play guesses and wishes πŸ˜‰

  38. Doraemon

    My wishes

    Willys Wheeler
    Audi Quattro
    Ascona 400
    FAV – Wild One
    Big Wig
    Super Shot
    RM-Series

    and TB EVO 6

  39. Flatout

    I would like to see a re-re-release of the Cheetha ;o) (so I can buy one)
    En a brand new 1/10 nitro on road chassis, better than the TG10 Mk. 2

  40. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    Dear Tamiya

    Seeing that Avante is now being re-released, how about the re-release of Avante 2001? Possibly with a few upgrades-carbon chassis, metal oil filled shocks etc.

    I already have this car, but would love a re release-firstly for spares, and if improved, even ever so slightly, would justify me to get another car.

    Go Avante 2001!

    Thank you!

  41. Kanadanmajava

    Porsche 934 on F104W chassis would be quite nice combination of already existing parts (except the short wheelbase chassis plates). 1:10 version of Porsche 935 would also be nice thing. Re-releases of 90’s DTM cars are also in my wishlist.

  42. Bart

    I would like to see tamiya starting with Short Course trucks.
    These little one become really popular and Tamiya is really out of that at the moment.

  43. GreatDane

    @Bart
    I was thinking the same thing why Tamiya hasn’t jump the band wagon with the very popular Short Course Trucks.

    Maybe Tamiya has it best being the innovator rather then jump the band wagon with a certain r/c class.

    I don’t know, just my humble bumble opinion… πŸ˜‰

    In a week from now, all my Tamiya friends, The Toy Fair in Germany will open it’s doors and the good lads at Tamiyablog.com will upload great pics of the many great news that will be revealed. I do hope Tamiya will release some great news…

    Nah, any Tamiya news are great news πŸ˜‰ Fact!

    @Tamiyablog.com
    Please remember to carry as many charged batteries and flash memorycards to the Toy Fair as possible πŸ˜‰

    Best Regards

    GreatDane c”,)

  44. Kanadanmajava

    @admin: Nice looking car. Probably quite fun to drive. But F104W sized tires might looking even better under that body. Real 934s had pretty large tires. Wide tires from TA-02W cars might look quite nice too.

    Btw, re-release of TA-02W Porsche GT2 would also be a certain hit.

  45. Model Kits

    Would love it to be the Wild One! Tried to get hold one one for a while now as the two I had disappeared when I was a kid! (ended up in the bin more like) πŸ™

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