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And the Winner is…

The year 2016 came and went without much fanfare for us collectors. We at Diecast Society felt like it was a mixed year, with some highs, but many more lows. The hobby is in a state of turmoil, and who knows where it’ll head. On the one hand, resin manufacturing is proliferating, and on the other hand, newcomers like the recently announced Almost Real Models show that the opening diecast model has some life in it yet.

Having said that, the Model of the Year competition was the hottest one we’ve ever had. We’ve received a whopping 5000 + votes, so thank you voters for letting your voice be heard. The lead was swapped several times, and at the end of it all, certain conclusions are as clear as day.

The fight for first place was fierce, with the sensational CMC Mercedes LO 2750 transporter leading for the most part. However, in the eleventh hour, after slowly creeping up through the weeks, the humble Bburago Ferrari 488 GTB gave all the other manufacturers a bloody nose, stealing the title by just over 50 votes. The collectors have spoken – the underdog is still very much valued. It certainly helps that it’s a Ferrari, but it also underlines the disappointment collectors feel after the departure of the splendid Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari models. We definitely see the potential in the Bburago Signature line, and are watching it to see what will come next.

The CMC transporter is a masterpiece, as was expected, and did extremely well, considering it’s very much a niche product. The next three spots were firmly occupied by Autoart models, with the awesome Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 leading the pack with its cool looks and functional suspension. An honorable mention goes to the Honda RA272 for being a proper signature model with jaw-dropping detail. It had my vote.

The MR Collection Bugatti Chiron leads the second half of the bunch, and comes first as a resin and sealed model, leading the very popular GT Spirit Porsches by RWB and Singer. Sealed models failing to crack the top five is a recurring theme, and underlines the preference of the majority of the collectors.

The Schuco Cayman GT4 split the two GT Spirit Porsches, and was a well-received model overall. Minikraft’s RS7 was a pleasant (albeit pricey) surprise as well. The excellent Kyosho Bentayga and the unique Ariel Atom V8 by Soul Models round out the dozen finalists.

With the Nuremburg Toy Fair around the corner, expectations and excitement are palpable in the collector community. We’re looking forward to the reveals, and keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll see some long awaited wish list models. Thanks for your votes, and as always, stay with for the latest!


Poll Results:

Bburago (Signature) Ferrari 488 GTB (16%, 803 Votes)
CMC MB Racing Car Transporter LO 2750 (15%, 760 Votes)
AUTOart Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6×6 (13%, 647 Votes)
AUTOart Aston Martin V8 Vantage (1985) (10%, 490 Votes)
AUTOart Honda RA272 F1 Grand Prix (9%, 452 Votes)
MR Collection Bugatti Chiron (8%, 394 Votes)
GT Spirit Porsche Singer 911 (7%, 369 Votes)
Schuco Porsche Cayman GT4 (7%, 343 Votes)
GT Spirit RAUH-Welt Begriff Porsche 964 (6%, 292 Votes)
MINIKRAFT Models Audi RS7 Sportback (5%, 229 Votes)
Kyosho Bentley Bentayga (3%, 167 Votes)
Soul Models Ariel Atom V8 (2%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,040


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13 Responses to "And the Winner is…"

  1. DS Team says:

    It is very refreshing to see a diverse 1, 2, and 3. The top spot is well deserved by Bburago, the Signature Ferrari 488 GTB embodies most of what this hobby is all about. They can only get better and stronger in the years to come!

  2. Douglas Morales says:

    Is hard vote for these models, where the detail and price is very different. For the next year should appear categories for price and detail

    Congratulations Bburago !!!!!!!!

  3. JS Coleman says:

    A worthy winner, and a result I’ll be cheering on.

  4. Moondawn says:

    Burago deserves to win (although I think the Chiron would have been the better choice) but I can’t help thinking that someone didn’t want CMC to win again and put in some more votes. And again, CMC doesn’t belong in this contest, not from a price, topic or comparison point a view. And again, a multitude of Autoarts, although a step up from last year, when we saw 4 of them. And what for crying out loud is the Vantage doing on this list. The model was issued about ten years ago and this is just a rework. Do we consider that a remarkable achievement? Because you can keep saying that this contest is not about the best, detailed model, but your DCS doesn’t seem to understand it. I think there were a lot of interesting new models last year but none of them (Burago and Schuco aside) found a way to this list. Yes, I know, you can’t keep everyone happy. But you cán make a better preselection.

    • DS Team says:

      ” I think there were a lot of interesting new models last year but none of them (Burago and Schuco aside) found a way to this list. Yes, I know, you can’t keep everyone happy. But you cán make a better preselection.”

      Thanks for the comments. Both website and forums we opened up to all users. We complied our candidates with others from both website and forums, user selections. Our list was basically a operation of the three. Yes it is not a perfect science, but it isn’t possible to make all happy. So what models on this year’s list were missed? Did you share these when requested? TIA

      • Moondawn says:

        Some of us just like to see a more even representation of what was remarkable. If you let your DCS decide that every time, we’ll end up with the same batch every year.
        My vote is not going to change that.

    • Wes says:

      The V8 Vantage is not the modern version but the 1985. The models that make the list are the ones that receive the most nominations. Nothing on the list was includes without receiving at least 3-4 nominations. The top nominated models then made it in. And the CMC absolutely belongs. We include all prices, subject matter, since – as is plainly obvious from the results – they have absolutely no difference to the results. David took on the Goliath and won.

  5. Peter says:

    The Bburago 488 as the Model of the Year..? Oh my… I think something went wrong here.

    I would never say that the more expensive simply the better but that model’s quality doesn’t deserve a MotY title (I have the Bubu 488 because of financial rea$$$ons). My level of required quality is somewhere around an AutoArt and a BBR Blue Moon.

    • Wes Shakirov says:

      We were told Bburago went on twitter and told people to vote. After that there was an upsurge. But even before that, it was in 2nd or 3rd place. It’s just the combination of mass appeal and affordability. We all have our favourite on that list, but the people’s choice is unlikely to impress the more picky collectors.

  6. Ben says:

    Bburago shd not rest on their laurels with this victory. They must keep improving & equally importantly, place more emphasis on their quality control dept. I had the Race & Play version of their 488 & it was relatively defect-free. Sold that & bought the Signature Series 488. Initial joy turned to disappointment & frustration when several defects were discovered which led to my vote here not going to the 488. Although more expensive models of more high-end brands do have defects too sometimes, I was just plain unlucky with mine. I hope these manufacturers don’t neglect to put the interest of the consumers at heart; customer satisfaction must be regarded as one of their top priorities, not just the bottom line i.e. profit. After all, customer is king. Without ’em, you might as well close shop.

  7. Zoki says:

    There was a post on the Maisto/Bburago fan page on Facebook, telling their fans to vote here with the link of the poll page included. There are about 60k followers there. So, maybe thats how Bburago Ferrari got the 1st place here.

    Anyway, no offence, congrats Bburago !!!

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