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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.


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2005 Taiyo CUSTOMAX 4×4 Subaru Impreza WRC 2006

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Ultra Rare

Ultra Rare
value25 50
4.5 out of 5
Incredible kits, so rare and interesting you'll struggle to keep them NIB on the shelf!
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Review CommentIncredible kits, so rare and interesting you'll struggle to keep them NIB on the shelf!


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The Taiyo Customax 4×4 Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 is a built-it-yourself Customax 4×4 kit released in 2005. Packing 4xAAA (6V) into a car this size makes for an exciting little package, with far more power than any Radican.


There’s few things cooler than a blue Subaru WRX, and this Customax Impreza kit hits the spot perfectly, with a beautiful reproduction of the car.

The downside? Super rare! (Oh and a little problem of GPS syndrome, see below)
 Just getting these photos proved difficult, so getting your hands on any Customax kit is going to be hard, but oh so worth it, especially when the car is as cool as this one!

Check our article on the CUSTOMAX products here.

The CUSTOMAX 4×4 products were 2WD/4WD selectable, take 4xAAA batteries (6V), and have a ‘Turbo’ mode, with custom accessory packs to upgrade the motor and suspension.

As they were only released between 2004-2006 in Japan, they are incredibly rare and hard to come by, so if you see one, snatch it up quickly!

Fragile warning!

The author recently obtained this exact blue Impreza, assembled it, and took it for a spin around the house. After about 30 seconds I hit another toy, and the front body of the car completely shattered into many tiny pieces.

This is a phenomenon common with particular plastics, and generally referred to as “Gold Plastic Syndrome” due to the vintage Transformer toys the symptom was named after.

There is no cure for this, other than simply  keeping them as shelf queens which is a right shame given how fun and awesome these little cars are. 

Are other Customax likely to break like this? Well this car in particular has a sparkly blue plastic finish, similar to the “gold plastic” finish in the transformer toys, and so I suspect it’s limited to cars manufactured with this polymer effect, and other plain colored cars should be okay.

Taiyo Customax Subaru WRC affected by Gold plastic syndrome Other
Taiyo Customax Subaru WRC affected by Gold plastic syndrome Other


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