Gallery : Tomytec 1/64 July releases

More BMW series 3 this month, and we can’t get enough of them when they are made this well ! The 325i follows the 318i in the Tomica Limited Vintage NEO line and is stunning !

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In the TLV line, two new Daihatsu Midgets in Lotte liveries. Those green and red versions of the tiny car often appear on “retro style” decoration items in Japan, but it seems impossible to find a picture of the actual car on the internet… We will have to trust Tomytec.

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The popular Seibu Keisatsu release of July features the black Nissan Cedric 330 that was featured in the episode “Machinegun Rhapsody”, as well as the double that was destroyed at the end (an older Cedric 230).

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829 Japan Shop : Tokyo Disney Resort Tomica !

25 Tokyo Disney Resort (TDR) Tomica models have been added to the 829 Japan Shop ! Quantities are very limited because these cars are very difficult to get since they are sold exclusively at the Disney Resort in Tokyo.

They will be sold out pretty quickly but no worries : if you need a TDR Tomica that is sold out in the shop just send an email to info@829japan.com to request more. Please note that it will take around 10 days for us to get the items.

Availability depends on Tokyo Disney Resort’s stock (especially on the limited Event models like the current Summer Festival 2014 set).

You can take a look at these very unusual Tomicas below and get your favourites from the 829 Japan shop.

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Gallery : Tomica July releases

As usual two new models this month with the Renault Megane RS ‘Gendarmerie’ and the Ford Mustang GT V8. The limited color version doesn’t have opening doors while the regular color version does.

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AEON and Apita stores had their own exclusive Tomica. The Mazda Roadster NR-A version is the 15th release of the AEON Tuning Car series. The German Flag Toyota 2000 GT is the 8th release of the Apita World Flag collection (on sale in the 829Japan shop).

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Godzilla made is appearance in the Dream Tomica line, as well as Belle, Snoopy’s sister !

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Finally, many releases in the Disney Motors line : Dream Star II Maleficent, Poppins Snow White, Dream Star Aurora, Speedway Star Buzz Lightyear (that one is a re-release) and the Tomica Shop Exclusive Dream Star Special 39 Mickey Mouse (on sale in the 829Japan shop).

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I hope you enjoy the improvement on the pictures quality thanks to our new photo equipment !

Review : F-Toys 1/64 Japanese Classic Car Selection Series 1

Update : Sealed case of 10 added to 829Japan Shop !

F-Toys is a toy manufacturer that sells its product with a candy. This is why they are sold as confection products and not toys. It’s the same way Kabaya sells the Majorette brand in Japan. Cars, planes, boats, figures… the selection is huge but, often, the quality isn’t very good. The previous Lamborghini collection had a lot of issues, and so I was a bit apprehensive when I opened the boxes of this new Japanese Classic Car Selection.

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Thankfully, I was pleasently surprised! The overall quality is quite good. The line-up of this first series includes the 1970 Nissan Skyline GT-R (KPGC10), the 1969 Isuzu Bellett 1600 GTR (PR91) and the famous Toyota 2000GT (MF10) from 1969.

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These models have already been made at 1/64 scale by Konami or Kyosho, but the new F-Toys models introduce a few new features.
The first feature can be found directly on the box. F-Toys are sold in blind boxes, just like Konami and Kyosho, but this series of F-Toys boxes are numbered. This lets you know what model is inside without opening the box (the color is random though). Very helpful.

 

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The cars also feature details usually missing at this scale : side mirrors (included as a separate part – assembly required) and a hood that opens to allow a peek inside at the painted engine. The mirrors need patience to be cut out carefully and glued in position, but are totally worth the effort. The engine is suprisingly well detailed and painted, using many different colors.

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The only issue with the opening hoods is keeping them closed properly. You really have to push hard to lock them, but there is often a tiny gap remaining. Bummer.
Still, these new F-Toys are much better than the Konami versions of 2004. The clear lamps are really well done. There are a few paint issues and not very clean tampos, but it’s almost as cheap as a regular Tomica and the overall quality is very satisfying and close to Kyosho level.

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The only real problem I found is that the cars are not screwed into the base. All the Toyota 2000GT were loose in their protective shell. I didn’t find any damage though, the shell is doing its job.
One final warning: these minicars are not diecast. They are 100% plastic. This is not a bad thing, but they are very light and it’s a bit of an odd feeling when you are used to much heavier diecast cars.

While we wait for Tomytec to produce their own versions of the 2000GT and Skyline GT-R, those F-Toys versions are the best you can find on the market at 1/64 scale. I’m definitively looking forward a second series.