2014 Die-Cast MotoGP Racing Bikes from Maisto

1:10 2014 Repsol Honda RC213V #93 Marc Marquez
1:10 2014 Repsol Honda RC213V  #93 Marc Marquez
1:10 2014 Repsol Honda RC123V  #26 Dani Pedrosa
1:10 2014 Repsol Honda RC123V #26 Dani Pedrosa
1:10 2014 Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZR-M1 #99 Jorge Lorenzo
1:10 2014 Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZR-M1 #99 Jorge Lorenzo

The 2014 MotoGp World Title was won by Marc Marquez riding a Repsol Honda RC213V. He clinched the title at the Japanese Grand Prix, even though he finished second to Jorge Lorenzo on a Factory Yamaha YZR-M1.

The history of MotoGP has its origins in the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, first organised in 1949. The current MotoGP season consists of 18 circuits in 13 different countries in which purpose-built racing machines from Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha will vie for the Constructor’s top spot. Current World Champion Marc Marquez will face stiff competition from Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and the two Ducati riders, apart from his team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

MotoGP and its predecessor, the 500cc Class, have seen may famous champions, from the years when Giacomo Agostini was unstoppable in his 15 titles, to Mick Doohan who won 12 out of 15 500cc races in 1997 and Valentino Rossi the most successful contemporary rider, with seven (500cc + MotoGP) titles. Notable early riders include John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Phil Read, all of who, like Agostini, rode MV Agustas. Barry Sheene (Suzuki), Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey (all Yamaha) were dominant in the 1980-90s. Australian Michael Doohan (Honda) won 5 titles in the late 1990s before the era of Valentino’s domination began.

Lorenzo (99) battles with Marquez (93) in the 2014 MotoGP
Lorenzo (99) battles with Marquez (93) in the 2014 MotoGP

Great rivalries have contributed to making the sport colourful, the more famous ones being Rossi-Biaggi, Rossi-Stoner and Rainey-Schwantz, and lately Marquez vs Lorenzo.

MotoGP is an expensive sport, with estimated top-level bikes costing upwards of 3 million dollars for a racing season. However, these superb die-cast replicas of the 2014 season from Maisto would hardly burn a hole in your pocket! Highly detailed with quality paintwork, authentic individual rider’s markings and graphics, they are a must for any MotoGP fan.


John Lennon’s Phantom V from Paragon Models

Paragon 1:18 1964 Rolls Royce Phantom V "Lennon"
Paragon Models’ 1:18 1964 Rolls Royce Phantom V “Lennon”



John Lennon's original Phantom V painted in a 'psychedelic style' inspired by gypsy art
John Lennon’s original Phantom V painted in a ‘psychedelic style’ inspired by gypsy art


John Lennon, as quoted by him in his official biography “…always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire.” And his custom painted Rolls Royce is one great example of the eclectic style statements he, and the Beatles, set in the 1960s. The brand new 19-foot, three ton Phantom V delivered to him in 1965, FJB 111C, was to undergo a magical, and controversial (to die-hard Rolls Royce fans of the day) transformation after the Fab Four admired the circus decorations and gypsy caravans at a fairground they had driven to. Les Anthony, Lennon’s chauffeur, recalls Ringo Starr opining that the Rolls would look “cool” painted the same way. Lennon thought it was a great idea. And the Rolls, from its original Valentines Black limousine paintwork, became the iconic “Yellow Submarine”.

This die-cast metal 1:18 scale model from Paragon Models is one of the most accurate replicas of the original car. Measuring approx. 13″ and weighing almost two kilos, it comes in a specially designed box. Featuring opening doors, bonnet and boot and a detailed interior it is a “must-have” for any collector of Beatles memorabilia. In 1985 the original car was auctioned for $2.3 million, but you would hardly have to shell out a huge amount for this beauty!

For Rolls Royce lovers who would prefer the 1964 Phantom V in its original silver avatar, a limited edition version is also available from Paragon Models.