|© francis gan (2003, 2004)
Saico's model of the 2001 Honda Civic Type R has good exterior and interior
detail considering it's a pull back toy. The car comes in black, yellow,
red, silver, blue and white.
In some markets, this model is available individually boxed in a windowed
blue box complete with base. Otherwise, it comes on a tray of 12 cars and
sold in bulk.
The exterior of the car include some fine details such as finely printed
badges - on the rear hatch: "H" logo, the UK flag next to the "Civic" badge, and
the "Type R" badge; on the side: "Type R" behind the front door; and on the
front grille: "H" logo and "Type R". The windows (front, rear and rear side)
have black borders including even the fine dots that transition from the black
border to the clear window. The rear window has defroster lines molded
into the window. The front windshield has wipers and a rear mirror molded
in it as well. Operating parts include opening doors and hatch. The wheels are
very good replicas of the 14-spoke Civic Type R wheel. The headlight and
taillight reflectors beneath the outer lenses are quite accurately molded as
The grey interior is RHD like the UKDM Civic with accurately modeled dash,
shifter, steering and front seats (Recaro). The rear seats are a tad high
(to accommodate the pull back motor) and there is a partition between the
passenger compartment and trunk which should not be there.
The undercarriage has some semblance of suspension and engine sump detail but
not accurately representing that of the real car. Markings on the bottom
include: "DP5205", "Made in China" and "1/32 Honda Civic Type R". An interesting
undercarriage detail is the separate chromed exhaust muffler and tip.