Pictures of the 9 possible combinations of the Tomica Factory Daihatsu Move.
It’s been a while since TakaraTomy dropped the ChoroQ license. The last release from the toy company was the ChoroQ Hybrid line in 2010. In 2011 Tomytec got the licence to produce high-detailed ChoroQ cars, called ChoroQ Zero, aimed at collectors.
Next month TakaraTomy will finally relaunch the traditionnal Choro Q line with a mix of japanese, foreign, old and new cars.
Those 6 cars are scheduled to hit the shelves on September 27th with a retail price of 540 yen (plus tax). Further plans to develop the line are unknown yet. Tomytec’s ChoroQ Zero line will continue alonsige the regular ChoroQ line, pretty much like it’s already the case with regular Tomica and Tomica Limited Vintage lines.
At the same time of the relaunch of the regular ChoroQ, TakaraTomy will start a new line called ChoroQMIX. This line will be very similar to the Dream Tomica line, with special models made in association with another licence. There will be 4 products at launch :
Retail price will be 830 yen (plus tax).
Probably because Tomytec planned 4 cars in the Tomica Limited Vintage line for September, there will be only TLV NEO cars in October.
LV-N95a/b Toyota Mark II Grande
This fifth generation of the Mark II (or Cressida outside Japan) from 1984 will be available in white or ‘Sleek Brown Toning’.
Seibu Keisatsu #15 Nissan Cedric 330 and 430 set
More cars from the show. The silver 330 was used by criminals in episode 5 while the 430 was appeared in several episodes of Seibu Keisatsu Part II. The lateral strip on the passenger door have been removed to be accurate to the show.
LV-146a Hiroshima Electric Railways 750 Tramway
This Tramway was first released in the Seibu Keisatsu line, however this one will feature a few modifications like wipers and cooling system, that were different on the older version destroyed in the show.
LV-N96a/b Toyota Town Ace
The popular van of the late 70’s, early 80’s will be available in cool colors.
Nissan IDx Freeflow (Auto Salon 2014 version)
If you missed the first release you’ll be happy to know that Tomytec plans a re-release in November. This is not exactly the same car. This one is the version that was on display at the Auto Salon 2014. The front grill is different from the version on display at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013.
Seibu Keisatsu #16 Super Z
We’ve already seen the iconic Super Z in the Tomytec Seibu Keisatsu line, but this one is actualy… a fake ! Taken from episode 14 of Part III, this car was actually built by criminals who stole the blueprint of the real Super Z. Of course the real one took care of the impostor. This release might look like Tomytec is taking it easy, but fans are welcoming this ‘new’ model. Many actually bought 2 pieces of the original Super Z just to recreate the chase between the two cars in this episode.
LV-147a/b Toyopet Crown
First generation of the Crown from 1955. This one is sure to sell like hot cakes.
LV-N97a/b Daihatsu Delta
Warm colors for Daihatsu’s take on the Toyota Town Ace. Except the front grill and sunroof, both models looks very similar.
Nissan IDx Nismo (Auto Salon 2014 version)
Same story as the Freeflow, this re-release feature the new front grill showed at the Auto Salon 2014.
SM05 Nissan Clipper Sewer Pump Truck
More cars from the real-fake company Snake Motors. Real because the company exist and was funded by Takeshi Kitano and George Tokoro to build replicas of ancient motorbikes. Nothing to do with cars, but the garage was used as a set for a vintage car dealer in movies and TV shows. Tomytec imagined what would this garage have looked like if it had been a reality in the 70’s. They also connect ‘Snake Motors’ with ‘Setagaya Base’, George Tokoro’s magazine about vintage cars (mostly US muscle cars). We can assume that Tomytec’s Snake Motors is a fantasy model car line based on real people and companies.
That Clipper was pictured in a fake advertisement for an organic curry-based sewer cleaner published in an issue of the magazine. Yes, that’s a totally obscure private joke that only diehard fans of Setagaya Base would get, but it seemed good enough for Tomytec. Two figures of Kitano and Tokoro will be included.
This year TakaraTomy released a total of 12 new Tomica Event Models. Those exclusives cars are sold only at Tomica Events around Japan. Seven 2014 models (#26 to #32) have been unveiled at the Osaka Tomica Event last April and five more (#33 to #37) have been released for the first time at the Tokyo Tomica Event earlier this month.
#21 Nissan X-Trail
Third generation of the SUV by Nissan.
#14 Formula Renault 3.5
The regular version is the 2010 Renault livery while the limited version is the 2009 Renault livery. None of them raced in Japan, making this choice of relatively unknown model pretty strange for the japanese market. The cars comes with stickers (not applied in the pictures) and the sheets are different for each version to make them accurate.
Dream Tomica AE86 Trueno White Hood (Initial D)
After the success of the first version with the black hood (and the “Toyoya” mistake), TakaraTomy keep going with the Initial D licence. The other cars of the serie will probably follow, Initial D having a huge fanbase.
New Pokemon Dream Tomicas and Hyper Rescue models have also been released in August, that I haven’t acquired. Here are some pictures from TakaraTomy for reference.
LV-79c Datsun Bluebird SOHGO Security / LV-144a Datsun Bluebird Nissan Service
Two new company cars that were cruising in the streets of Japan in the 70′s. SOHGO Security, established in 1965, was a security services company now known as ALSOK. Their Bluebird is based on a 1400 Deluxe from 1972. The Nissan service car Bluebird is a standard 1969 model.
LV-N94a/b Nissan Gloria 2000SGL
Fifth generation of Gloria (330), the 2000GSL was released in 1975. The tail lights and front grill are unique to this version.
Seibu Keisatsu #14 Nissan Cedric 2000GSL Extra
This Cedric was the getaway car of criminals escaping Sendai city in an episode of Seibu Keisatsu.