No Supercars, no Skylines, “just” very traditional Tomica subject matter. And I, for one, am quite happy about that. First up is the new #114 - the Toyota Century. Yeah! And I want both colors, please.
It’s not the fist time I’ve shown a Tomica. Not even the second time. Nope - I’m a repeat offender and this is my third time. First there was the “Old vs New” edition:
This model has already been reviewed in detail by Fintail - so I won’t go into too much detail here. But at the time of his post, I did remember that this was one Tomica casting that my collection was sorely missing. Well, thanks to Yahoo Japan auctions, I managed to track down an affordable mint, loose version.
One of the Hot Wheels “Silhouette” series, the Prosche 935/78 was a mighty racing car indeed - though not really a Silhouette car. But - let’s not be pedantic.
The release of the new Toyota Supra has to be the most drawn out slow reveal of any car ever. The first proper look at what the actual car might loo like was the reveal of the “GR Surpa Racing Concept”. This was a theoretical racing version of the production car.
Today we have a look at two totally new castings of a new car - and a new manufacturer of 1/64 scale models as well. Because the Jimny Sierra is the first effort by a new outfit calles “EraCar”.
Tomica is still doing the strange, staggered announcements. So we get to know a lot about the July releases - and only a little about August. And the news is good, if you like Japanese Sportscars. So - in August we get the #117 GR Supra, which is great to see:
I couldn’t resist putting this one straight to its intended use.
Yup, I have found another model of my favourite Japanese oddball - the Hino Contessa. This time, it is the Coupe version in 1/43, cast in “White Metal” by ii ado in their “FineModel” range.
It wasn’t so long ago you only found the Advan livery on a few Tomica models.
Yup, it turned up here - and it looks neat.
I haven’t really kept up with the Matchbox news, so I was surprised to find this one in the Supermarket.
One thing that makes collecting Tomica fun is that you don’t have to shell out megabucks to get your hands on an old casting. Like this one - the old #27-1 Toyota Crown Fire Chief.
The Nissan Cima (pronounced Shima) is a model that is largely unknown in this Hemisphere. The first Cima was launched in 1988 to take on the Toyota Crown Royal. It was based the lengthened Gloria / Cedric platform and equipped with the 4.5l V8 from the Nissan President.
The story of the “Mark II” Toyota brand is a bit complex, but here’s the short of it: The Corona Mark II, first offered for sale in Japan, September 1968, at Toyopet Store dealerships, was intended as an larger alternative to the more established luxury sedan, the Crown, sold at Toyota Store dealerships, and the…
Today we have something a little bit different here. It’s a plastic model, about HO Scale, and by an unknown maker. But as an obscure model of an obscure car, and painted as a Taxi to boot, it ticks all the boxes for me.
So Tomica put out a new casting - and almost no one noticed. It’s the Countach LP400. And if you know your Tomica history, you will know that there already was an LP400 casting - the F37. A good excuse to pull that one out and compare the two.
2004 doesn’t seem like such a long time ago to me, but then again, a lot has changfed since then. Like the quality of diecast - it has improved in leaps and bounds. Tomica launched the Limited Vintage range in that year, and they were the bee’s knees. But today, we can do better. And so, Tomica have re-cast on of…
Well I have been busy not posting lately, but I hope that will change soon. Anyhow, here’s the latest Tomica updates: