Our favourite film-themed car toys, models, and kits

As a car fan, you'll quite possibly have a weekend driving toy in the garage. But you'll want to adorn your desk with your passion too.

Collection of toy cars from films

by Chris Williams |

You can always put non-film-themed car models on your desk but that's not quite as exciting and is unlikely to distract you from the home office tedium to the same degree. Cars in films capture our imaginations in a firmer and admittedly more Hollywood grasp.

In pursuing this train of thought that occurred to me whilst docked at my home office, I've put together a collection of the best film-themed car toys, models, and kits. Fear not, I have a distinct disdain for tacky merchandise, so it's not simply a list of garbage. Without further ado, let's dive in.

Kits

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 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 Technic Dom's Dodge Charger

LEGO Technic Dom's Dodge Charger
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We've 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.

Revell Fast And Furious Dominic's 1971 Plymouth GTX

Revell Fast And Furious Dominic's 1971 Plymouth GTX
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Revell, along with Tamiya, is well-known for its detailed car, boat, and plane models. And like almost everyone else, Revell is tapping into the Fast And Furious franchise goldmine. Revell's Plymouth GTX is a 1:24 scale kit, consisting of 81 parts. It's skill level four (out of five), meaning it's a reasonably complex build and requires glue and paint. There are a couple of other Fast And Furious models from Revell too, such as Dom's infamous Dodge Charger and Brian's neon green Mitsubishi Eclipse.

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 kits above is this 35-piece kit. We've got our hands on VW and Porsche 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 kit includes the four A-Team members and the van itself has a removable roof and opening tailgate.

Playmobil James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition

Playmobil James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition
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If the LEGO DB5 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 408c 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.

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 an excellent display case.

Scalextric Batmobile

Scalextric Batmobile
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Highly detailed 1:32 scale car.

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