Today’s subject is a model of a car that had no equivalent in the Regular Tomica line-up - the E30 Corolla Lift Back.
Because we can’t just have Porsches, Ferraris and GT-Rs all of the time.
TakaraTomy seem to have changed their updates policy recently. At the moment, we are getting dribs and drabs rather than one monthly announcement. Which I find a bit annoying. But here is what we know for sure so far:
What was the biggest news in diecast in 2018? Pop up headlights return in small scale. That’s my answer.
Not unless you fork out big $$$ on the secondary market anyway, or happened to be lucky enough to attend the 2018 Tomica Expo in Yokohama.
Here’s the latest version of the Hot Wheels Subaru Brat from the “Shop Trucks” car culture series.
Because there is never too much Countach, or Zylmex.
Today I have a 4 pack - chock full of Sant’Agatas finest: The Tomica Lambo Set from a couple of years ago.
It’s not the sharpest casting of this car, but a lovely period piece nonetheless.
Here’s an example of the modern Matchbox Miura casting, and I’ve got to say that they got it pretty right. Not much to complain there. And here’s a pic of a 1:1 I saw in a Museum last month:
I didn’t really have the time to take new photos - so I will just run with some old favorites. Here’s one - the Zylmex Lamborghini Miura.
So there seemed to be very little new for Tomica in September - and the reason was that they didn’t put all the new releases on their website initially. Now the website has been updated again - and we get a few more goodies.
We are obviously deep in the 1970s here. Back when people travelled the Hippie Trail (head full of zombie) in old Camper Vans. And this Toyota is here to remind you that you didn’t have to use an old VW Kombi. You could have used a HiAce instead.
This is a rather odd release. We only get one new model in the regular range, and that’s a Motorbike - the Honda CBR 1000 RR.
So the first of the long awaited Type Rs have arrived at mine - the red version crossed the line first. And the first impressions are good - very good.
There isn’t a big story behind this one: In 2013, Mitsubishi supplied two Safety Cars for the Pikes Peak race:
Today’s Japanese entry has a definite Burger and Fries flavor. Obviously, it is a Datsun (as they were still called Datsuns in the US then) - but it found success and moderate fame on the race tracks of the USA.
It’s good to tick one off the “Most Wanted” list, like I managed to do with this one. Most of you will know the 1/64 Tomica Fiat X1/9. But the 1/43 Dallara version from Tomica Dandy is much less well known, and oh so hard to find. At least for the kind of money that I’m willing to pay.
Because that’s the car in the original Radcast post
On the whole, I like my models like the 1:1 cars: Bog Standard. But I’m willing to make exceptions. Like the Aoshima Grachan models. The 430 Cedric just qualifies for Radwood, as it was made from 1979 to 1983. However, it is what the Japanese customizers did to the second hand cars in the 1990s that makes them a…