Special Edition Chinese GP Red Bull Die Cast Cars announced by Minichamps


This was quick. Only four days passes since Red Bull’ maiden F1 win (and 1-2 finish) and Minichamps already announced special Chinese GP Die Cast editions. There are several products available to pre-order now (ready late 2009):

For Red Bull fans 1:43 Minichamps die cast model Red Bull F1 RB5 2009 2-Car Set – Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber first win and second place for Red Bull at the Chinese GP – Limited Edition with rain tyres.

For Sebastian Vettel fans there is also 1:18 scale 2009 Chinese GP race winning car or the smaller version in 1:43 scale.

For Mark Webber fans there is his 2009 Chinese GP Red Bull car either in 1:18 scale or in 1:43 scale.

7 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DankNo Gravatar says:

    I have just about every RBR minichamps model released as a friend of mine sells them on eBay on the side. Prices seem to go up just about every year which is a shame. £35 is an awful lot to pay for a 1:43 scale model.

    Danks last blog post..Vettel expects top teams will strike back

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      we can talk about the prices of all the F1 team merchandise, for example USD50 for a cap … yes, the merchandise is important source of income for the teams but so high prices are driving many people towards the not so genuine stuff sold at fraction of the prices of the official merchandise. perhaps the teams believe that if the prices were lower the possible higher quantity sold would not generate more income that less quanity sold at these high prices …

  2. DankNo Gravatar says:

    You not perhaps going off on a tangent here? The Minichamps models pricing has apparently rocketed in the past 12 months due to increases metal prices apparently, which seems like a bit of a cop out given prices of zinc etc haven’t gone up by about 30% which is the case with the Minichamps models pricing.

    Yes merchandising is vastly overpriced (though a cap in the UK is about £25/USD35), but at least their pricing seems to remain steady and not fluctuate because of the cost of nylon or whatever supposedly jumping up over night.

    Danks last blog post..Vettel expects top teams will strike back

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I happen to know quite a bit about die cast cars production (although I have no connection with any of the F1 die casts :-) ) and I can tell you that the skyrocketing prices of the F1 models must have been caused by some factors other than raising cost of metals. the manufacturing cost is only a fraction of these retail prices and the metal cost is only one part of the manufacturing cost. and … the metals prices have been falling for at least 6 months …

      what is very expensive is the tooling and development cost. so if these are limited editions with some unique parts that may affect the production cost per unit. well, and there is the weaker pound too


2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
8. Romain GROSJEAN
10. Lewis HAMILTON
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
24. Jules BIANCHI

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil


2010 Mercedes GP F1 Merchandise