Batteries Not Included: XCO Lexus GS450h

Sep 06, 2012 No Comments by

There’s a lot that makes this wee Lexus GS450h from XCO Models (distributed through 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 $25.00US, 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  photoetched 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.  – Joe Kelly, Jr.

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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.
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