By Robin Godwin
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
On sale at Walmart in Canada and the US is a Jada Toys (jadatoysinc.com) series called JDM Tuners in roughly 1:60ish scale. It is a series of Japanese high performance cars liveried in different tuner styles, which may or may not be fictitious (see photographs below). ‘JDM Tuners‘ is a registered trademark of Jada Toys Inc, but is remarkably close (not by accident, I’m guessing) to JDM Legends (jdmlegends.com) of Salt Lake City, Utah. JDM Legends specialises in restoration and importation of full size Japanese Domestic Market automobiles. They were founded in 2008, and currently have a popular reality television show (less the silly dramatics of most reality shows) which details projects in progress. Jada’s JDM series has been around for two years, and I have seen five separate releases, all numbered the same, just to confuse things. I have only picked up the Toyota Supra models which include silver, metallic grey, white, metallic blue, and this red one. Jada prints licensing details for Honda, Acura, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota on the back, but not for any of the Tuners names they use, hence my suspicion that they are fictitious. I have yet to see either a Mazda or a Subaru in the series. Aside from the vehicles shown on the back of the card in the photo, there are also different versions of a 1986 Toyota Trueno (AE86), 1973 Datsun 510 Widebody, 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10), and a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34).
The Supra has appeared in all five issues, with both wheel and rear spoiler variations, and similar variations appear with the other castings as well. Generally the models are well made, with diecast body and base, rubber tires on realistic wheels, superb paint and flush glazing which would put many 1:43 scale collector models to shame. The Supra features a well detailed interior including a roll cage, emphasising the sporting intentions. These retail for less than $6.00 Canadian (or about 4 pre-Brexit UK pounds) so are good value, but economies have to be exercised somewhere, and that means tampo printed head and taillights, black for all the Supras. The shape of the body is pretty good, but the roof is too flat when compared to really accurate 1:43 scale Supra models, and this definitely detracts from the beautiful lines of this 1990s supercar.
The cars come in a fully enclosed blister, so those so inclined can keep the card artwork once the packaging is open. The cards are specific to each model in each colour
The red Supra and others shown on the back of the card are the second issue of the series
Not so evident from this angle is the slightly flattened roofline. Headlights are black tampo
Fine tampo printing on rear, including taillights. Very fine flush glazing for what is sold as a cheap toy in Walmart