News : Tokyo Disney Resort Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 Tomica

Each year the Tokyo Disney Resort release special editions of the TDR Tomica to celebrate their Christmas and New Year events.

In November a set of three Christmas 2014 models will be available exclusively at Tokyo Disney Resort for a limited time :

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Christmas 2014 Dream Cruiser

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Christmas 2014 Omnibus

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Christmas 2014 Police Wagon

Another special model for Christmas, not tied with the event, will be released later :

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Christmas 2014 Pooh’s Mixer Car

 

The 2015 Special Edition set will be available in December.

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Special Edition 2015 Dream Cruiser

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Special Edition 2015 Western River Railroad

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Special Edition 2015 SS Columbia

 

If you want to make a reservation for some or all of these upcoming exclusives TDR Tomica, please send an email to 829japan@gmail.com for more informations. Price will be $18 each (plus shipping). Very limited quantity, first come first served basis.

News : Tomica releases schedule from January to March 2015

Updated with cars colors.

Amazon Japan spilled the bean in their last Tomica listings update. Here are the regular Tomica coming in 2015 !

January 2015:

  • #13 Unknown model (regular and limited colors)
  • #34 ALSOK security car
  • Valentine Gift Set – Subaru Legacy B4 Patrol Car
  • Valentine Gift Set – Morita CD-I Fire Truck
  • Dream Tomica Kiiroitori
  • Dream Tomica Pikachu Lightning Yellow
  • Dream Tomica Evangelion NERV Official Business Coupe
  • Star Wars TSW-01 Millenium Falcon
  • Star Wars TSW-02 X-Wing Starfighter
  • Star Wars TSW-03 Tie Fighter
  • Star Wars TSW-04 Star Destroyer

We don’t know yet what will be the first model. This secrecy usually happens when the real car has not been officialy presented to the medias, so we can expect a japanese car that will make its debut at the end of the year.

ALSOK is a security company in Japan. Tomica already released the armored HiAce they use for funds transportation and it is unclear wich car will be released in January.

The Legacy B4 Patrol Car will be the sixth generation and slightly different than the #112 released in 2010 while the Morita CD-I should be the same as #41 from 2011. Both cars will come in a gift set with three chocolate.

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In the Dream Tomica line Kiiroitori is a yellow bird from the Rilakkuma universe and everyone knows Pikachu. What’s interesting is the Evangelion NERV Coupe that is actually a very good looking white Mazda Cosmo Sport with a red stripe ! Let’s hope to see the Alpine A310 from the original series in Tomica form too.

AutoArt already made a 1/18 version.

AutoArt already made a 1/18 version.

The long awaited Star Wars Tomica line will be ready in January.

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February 2015:

  • #118 Lamborghini Veneno (silver)
  • #118 Lamborghini Veneno (yellow) First release limited edition
  • #103 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Disney Motors Tap Minnie Mouse White Day Edition

The Veneno will be available in silver for the regular edition and red for the limited color, while the 2015 Land Cruiser will be black.

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White day is a ‘reverse Valentine’s day’ in Japan. On Valentine’s day the tradition is that women offer chocolate to men, and on White day the men return the favor by offering a gift to the women. This is why Tomica gift set for Valentine’s day are aimed at boys and the White day Minnie Mouse car is aimed at girls.

 

March 2015:

  • #106 TommyKaira ZZ (yellow)
  • #106 TommyKaira ZZ (red) First release limited edition
  • #77 Hino Profia Nippon Express
  • #139 E3 Shinkansen (regular and limited colors)
  • Dream Tomica Hyper Rescue 0
  • Dream Tomica Pokemon Mega Charizard Y
  • Dream Tomica Miffy
  • Tomica Kuji 19 – Fantasy Police Rescue
  • Hyper Blue Police line

The original TommyKaira ZZ is a fresh addition to the Regular Tomica line. The regular edition will be yellow with a black stripe and the limited edition will be red with a white stripe.

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More Poket Monsters cars in the Pokemon sub-line with Mega Charizard, and the Hyper Rescue 0 huge playset will make its appearance in miniature form in the Dream Tomica line, as well as the cute bunny Miffy.

After the ‘Fantasy Police’ Cars collection from Kuji 18, the ‘Fantasy Police’ Rescue collection will feature 8 models : Security Command Car (Lamborghini Aventador), Lifeguard Water Rescue Vehicle (Rescue Truck Type III), Lifeguard Transport Vehicle (Aquarium Truck with Shark), Special Rescue Team Fire Truck (Hino Fire Truck), Special Rescue Team Disaster Vehicle (Komatsu PW200), Special Rescue Team Transport Vehicle (Unimog), Medical Corps Mobile Vehicle (London Bus) and Special Rescue Team Kitchen Car (Subaru Sambar Ramen Shop).

Similar to the Hyper Rescue line, a new Hyper Blue Police line will make its debut with single cars, figures sets and playsets. Both lines will be compatible.

 

 

 

Event Report : Kids Motor Show / American Picnic Day 2014

The first edition of the American Picnic Day event in Odaiba, Tokyo drew thousands of curious visitors. Events about custom american cars and motorbikes from the ’60s and ’70s are not mainstream in Japan, but this time the word was well spread thanks to famous George Tokoro, co-organizer of the America Picnic Day.

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Taking place on a huge parking lot, between to the Tokyo Motor Festival ’14 and the 1/1 scale Gundam statue, many booths displayed custom american cars or bikes, parts, goods or antiques.

George Tokoto is a big fan of scale models (he works with Tomytec on the Snake Motors line), that’s why he created the first Kids Motor Show, miniature version of the Tokyo Motor Show showcasing all the 2014 products from the main makers: TakaraTomy of course, but also Hot Wheels, Ebbro, Kyosho… All the minicars that were on display at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show last month gathered at the same spot. Pretty neat. The only inconvenient was the reflection on the windows, making pictures of the cars difficult to take.

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All kinds of Tomica :

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Hot Wheels was embedded in the theme of the event and took the more space at the Kids Motor Show :

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AutoArt 1/18 :

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Ebbro and Spark 1/43 racing cars :

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1/43 Ignition Models, always looking awesome :

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MakeUp / Eidolon high end 1/43 :

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Hi-Story 1/43 :

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Oversteer 1/64 GT-R Nismo prototype. The battle between this one and the Tomytec version will tell who really is the best 1/64 maker :

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The ‘new’ Kyosho Originals 1/64 :

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The main attraction of the Kids Motor Show was the exclusive Tomica VW Beetle from Setagaya Base in four versions. Surprizingly popular items, many visitors didn’t mind waiting in line for more than one hour just to get one.

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829 Japan listed one set on eBay with free shipping anywhere in the world, check it out ! http://www.ebay.com/itm/331345990190

Another fun attraction was a full size ChoroQ. This is a real pullback car that can travel as far as 20 meters in straight line just with spring power.

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Let’s conclude this report by taking a look at the cars on display at the American Picnic Day.

The real Snake Motors company. Goodies were given away through giant rock-paper-scissors games :

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Many foreign cars and motorbikes (mostly american) not common on japanese roads, more or less modified :

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News : Kyosho 1/64 Toyota II Minicar Collection

Finally a new Toyota collection from Kyosho ! The first one was released in 2005 and was the third Circle K collection after Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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And this time Kyosho did the things right : except the 86GT, all the models are new tools !

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All Toyota ranges of cars are represented in this selection with vans, SUV, sports car…

The Karuwaza exclusive will be a cool Hiace with Circle K SunKus logo.

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The Toyota II minicar collection will be available exclusively in Circle K stores on November 4th.