February 24, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
A red BMW in the boot of a Buick, Spotted in China on a snowy dirty day in the capital Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The BMW appears to be of the sporty kind, the Buick is a China-made Excelle.
September 11, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
The massive Hongqi CA7600J is a mighty popular parade car in China, but sadly only for the government and a tad too big to play with anyway. No worry! A entrepreneurial Chinese toy maker has developed an electric variant for the children, complete with the famous grille and flags on the fenders.
August 13, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
Yesterday we brought you the over-hyped Bentley Bentayga, causing a media storm around the world. Unfortunately, the Bentayga doesn’t look very spectacular. We, and many others, were hoping for a bit more of the as spectacular as we and many others were hoping for a bit more Bentley EXP 9F.
Fortunately, China can help us out. A Chinese toy maker called Yuelejia makes a sweet children’s electric car, inspired clearly and openly by the EXP 9F. Bentley indeed, is getting toyed with in China.
April 14, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter
A giant Teddy bear on the roof of a Jaguar XJL sedan, Spotted in China in the great city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. The bear is beige with white feet soles and brown tows. The animal’s legs completely obscure the rear window.
December 10, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Hello Readers, we are in the great city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province for business and beer, so we are a bit low on news until Monday. But we have other! Guangzhou is the Chinese Capital of Toys and thus a true paradise with toy markets all over the place. We went to a many and found a few very interesting alternative-Lego sets, including this brilliant ‘Terrorists Air Car’ which I bough for eight yuan or 1.3 US dollar. Back in the hotel I built it:
August 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A team of six brilliant brick builders working for famous Chinese toymaker Sluban has created a masterpiece. This is the 9.02 meter long ‘Liaoning’, a giant model of the Chinese navy aircraft carrier with the same name. The builders used 440.000 bricks and the job took 180 days.
February 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Earlier this month we were contacted by master model reviewer Animesh Shrivastava of India, saying he wrote an article on a 1:18 scale model of the famous Hongqi CA770 state limousine. The article turned out to be a manic masterpiece with brilliant photos of the model and a complete history of the real car.
December 3, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A coin operated kiddie ride shaped like a tank, seen in a faraway suburb in east Beijing. The turret and gun are in pink because Pink ain’t no peace but war. The chassis is colored in a more traditional army green with some red accents. The turret is equipped with a steering wheel, two orange search lights, a large orange warning light, and a visor. The chassis is equipped with two additional red lights.
November 28, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the fantastic Laos Lais Phontom, a new children’s electric toy car from China, full of Bling. Design is apparently inspired by Rolls-Royce but it isn’t called a Rolls-Royce, at least not exactly. There are three different names on the vehicle, all sound-translations of the famous British brand, leading to some interesting new words…
September 28, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very dangerous green-crocodile-tank coin operated kiddie ride, seen on a residential compound just east of the Fifth Ring Road. The crocodile theme makes this tank a far more fearsome weapon than a sorta similar red tank we met earlier in the same area. It also is a rather big machine, measuring a full 1.2 meters in length.