The best toy cars and models from films

We recommend worthwhile toy cars and models based on those from films. This includes die casts, LEGO, and even Scalextric.

Collection of toy cars from films

by Chris Williams |

Please don’t mistake this for a big list of merchandise rubbish. We don’t go in for that here. Instead, we like to share our slightly nerdy and geeky knowledge on car matters, which extends into the world of toys.

We like certain toy cars from films often for no reason other than that they look brilliant. Here, we’re looking at a range of excellent toy cars and models from films that come in the form of die casts, LEGO, even Scalextric. They're suitable for all ages too.

Kits

LEGO Creator James Bond Aston Martin DB5

LEGO Creator James Bond Aston Martin DB5
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A highly detailed Creator Expert set consisting of 1,295 pieces. The kit aims to be as rewarding to look at as it is to build with its rotating number plates, deployable scythes in the wheels, and other Bond bits. The model measures 34cm (L) x 12cm (W) x 10cm (H).

LEGO Batman Batmobile Tumbler

LEGO Batman Batmobile Tumbler
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The LEGO Batmobile isn't the biggest set ever - 45cm (L) x 25cm (W) x 16cm (H) - but it's exquisitely detailed and aimed at the LEGO and/or Batman enthusiast. It consists of 2,049 and comes with a display plaque.

LEGO Technic Dom's Dodge Charger

LEGO Technic Dom's Dodge Charger
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One of our colleagues over at CAR had a play with this kit and concluded this 1,077-piece kit is a great but possible challenge for youngsters while being a satisfying build for adults. It possesses lots of detail such as the 'working' V8 engine and the nitro tanks in the boot.

Playmobil Back to the Future Marty's Pick-up Truck

Playmobil Back to the Future Marty's Pick-up Truck
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In contrast to the LEGO Batmobile is this 35-piece kit. We've got our hands on Playmobil kits before and they're excellent and carry more detail than one expects. Where the LEGO kits are more complex, this is good for even the youngest of car fans. It's robust enough for them too. Dimensions are: 25cm (L) x 12cm (W) x 13cm (H).

Playmobil The A-Team Van

Playmobil The A-Team Van
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Another neat, simple, and fun Playmobil kit. This 69-piece includes the four A-Team members and the van itself has a removable roof and opening tailgate, amongst other things.

Playmobil James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition

Playmobil James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition
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If the LEGO kit is too LEGO-y, the sleeker lines of the Playmobil set may tickle your fancy. Don't worry, it still has the ejector seat and wheel scythes, plus other gadgets.

Micro Scalextric James Bond No Time To Die Battery Powered Race Set

Micro Scalextric G1161 James Bond No Time To Die Battery Powered Race Set
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The Micro level of Scalextric is very easy to control but still fun and is therefore good for a range of ages. You get a generous 408cm track that has 10 layout configurations. The track is battery-powered but a mains powerbase can be bought and used. You get an Aston Martin DB5 and an ominous black Jaguar XF saloon to race.

Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit

Hot Wheels Mario Kart Circuit
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Granted, this isn't film-related but it is too cool to ignore. Mario Kart and Hot Wheels make mad tracks on their own; combined, the fun levels should be through the roof. The little Mario Kart characters (Mario and Yoshi) are launched from boosters and your racer needs to be the first to complete the set number of laps. There are obstacles of course. The track can be added to and you can acquire additional characters too.

Models

Die casts and models don't require individual explanation like the kits do. What we will say of our collection of favourites below it that they are all well made, detailed models from brands that have been doing this many years.

Corgi Her Majesty's Secret Service Aston Martin DBS

Corgi Her Majesty's Secret Service Aston Martin DBS
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1:36 scale; comes in a wonderful display case.

Scalextric Batmobile

Scalextric Batmobile
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Highly detailed 1:32 scale car.

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