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"Die Cast X", October 1, 2012

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XCO Lexus GS450h

Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:64 | $25

There’s a lot that makes this wee Lexus GS450h from XCO Models (distributed through Daboxtoys.com) so interesting. For one thing, the little model replicates the first Hybrid-drive car to be entered into the Macau Grand Prix, in 2010. Though the GS didn’t come across as a winner, its 3.5 liter V6/electric motor driveline had it munching its oats after the race while much of the remainder of the gas-only field was still out on the road course. The replica is a high-tech piece, too, and the resincast body is finished in white, tattooed nicely with high-quality decals, and sits atop six-spoke wheels and clearly marked Yokohama Advan race rubber. Between those wheels is a resincast chassis that terminates in sweet hollow-point exhaust tips. Take note: for around $25 U.S., you get a seriously detailed piece; individual lenses have been fitted into the front and rear, and good glazing affords views of a race-gutted interior with a full-on roll cage, a detailed dash, a safety net behind the glass, and a race harness with a photo-etched hasp. The inclusion of a piece like that, particularly in a spot where it can easily be missed, makes the model all the more intriguing. The good news is that thanks to Daboxtoys, unexpected pleasures like this relatively exotic, out-of-left-field piece, are available worldwide.

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