News : Tomica Exclusives in January recap

2015 will certainly be a busy year for TakaraTomy. New lines like the Tomica Star Wars and the Tomica Concept are underway, and on top of the always expanding Regular series many exclusives models are scheduled, starting as soon as January 1st. Here is a quick recap of what is coming.

Retailer Exclusives :

Aeon, Apita and Toys R Us stores will all have they own exclusive on shelves on January 1st.

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18th model in the Aeon’s Tuning Car Series, the Toyota 2000GT Speed Trial Edition is famous for setting many speed records in Japan in 1966. This car has already been seen in Tomica form before (in the Museum or Limited series) but this is the first time it is fitted with those wheels.

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Apita keeps adding 2000GTs to its World Flag Collection. The 11th model is a new version of the Japanese flag that looks actually more like a New Year edition than a proper flag, with gold paint and turtles.

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Toys R Us exclusives follow a simple pattern : a racing car and its dedicated transporter truck. After the Subaru Rally Team and RalliArt, the Calsonic Team Impul GT-R will join the recently released Calsonic Team Impul Transporter.

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A few months ago the Tomica Shop exclusives were just bright red and white models with a big ‘Tomica Shop’ logo on it, making them very appealing to kids. Now the new Tomica Shop Awards series is aiming at collectors. An alternate color (doesn’t have to be red anymore) and the ‘Tomica Shop’ logo is much more dicreet. After the ultra-popular gold Aventador and black Escalade, this Toyota Corolla Fielder will be for the first time available in Japanese Police colors. It is also rumoured that the Not For Sale Tomica Shop exclusives (only obtainable with Tomica Points) usually blue with a big ‘Tomica Shop’ logo will change in the same fashion, and that the next car offered will be the Nissan Leaf Patrol Car.

Event Exclusive :

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Tomica will be at the Auto Salon 2015 in Tokyo and will bring a very nice exclusive Toyota 86. This version is the replica of a real 86 tuned by My Style. After the yellow Fuji 86, no doubt TakaraTomy realized that the 86 was the model of choice for car tuning related events.

Campaign Exclusives :

TakaraTomy regularly runs special offers and campaigns for its customers. The “DoDoDo!” campaign is a raffle opened to anyone in Japan who send 5 Tomica Marks (found on every Tomica products) before the deadline. 10 000 lucky winners will get a free exclusive (and usually very cool) Tomica. This time there is not one but two models to chose from !

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Dubai Police version would look great next to the similar Nissan GT-R that was the gift of the last campaign.

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Even more obscure is this FJ Cruiser from the Mexican Tourist Police force.

The campaign will be open from January 1st to March 31st, and delivery to the winners should start in April.

Special Order Exclusive :

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Finally, Snap-On will close the preorders for its exclusive Dijon GT-R on January 15th (or before if the 6000 scheduled units are sold quicker). Delivery is expected to start in March. Update : preorders are closed already.

All those exclusives are proof that TakaraTomy is healthier than ever and Tomica collectors can expect many great things in 2015 !

News : Oversteer’s GT-R painted pre-production samples

When both Tomytec and Oversteer announced they planned a GT-R Nismo for 2015 at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show, we knew the battle between two of the best 1/64 diecast makers would be ferocious.

On the red corner Tomytec, who is delivering very high quality minicars with its Tomica Limited Vintage line for 10 years already. On the blue corner Oversteer, the rookie who just stepped in one year ago but already scored astounding achievements with only 3 releases.

Tomytec recently unveiled the painted pre-production samples of its GT-R, and many collectors were wondering how Oversteer could top that. The answer is : like this !

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This is another beautiful replica of the GT-R Nismo, and it will be tough to say which one is the more accurate. What we can already tell now is that Oversteer offers more choice with 5 colors just for the GT-R Nismo against only 2 for Tomytec.

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As for the details, it’s hard to tell on pictures of painted prototypes. We will have to wait for a side by side comparison in February when both final versions of the cars are available.

It seems like Oversteer will go with micro photo-etched parts again for the Nissan logos after trying it succesfully on the Mazda Roadster RS, and as always chrome stickers on the side mirrors.

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Your move, Tomytec !

 

News : TDR Pocket Tomica and new TDR Tomica models

Tokyo Disney Resort introduced last week some new TDR exclusives Tomica.

Two new models make their debut in the TDR Vehicle Collection : Donald’s Amphibious Car and Daisy’s Propeller Car.

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And for the first time two sets of Pocket Tomica models with TDR colors are released !

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The first set includes :

  • Disney Resort Cruiser Toon Town
  • Disney Resort Line Western Land
  • Disney Resort Cruiser Lost River Delta
  • Disney Resort Line Port Discovery

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The second set includes :

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A few of these exclusive cars are for sale on the 829 Japan Shop. As usual, first come first served!

 

Some pictures courtesy of MezzoMiki.

Gallery : Tomica Factory Mitsubishi Triton

This December the Tomica Factory model exclusively sold in Tomica Shops in Japan is for the first time the popular Mitsubishi Triton.

Customers have the choice between 3 body colors (blue, red and silver) and 3 interior colors (blue, red and black). Here is a gallery of the 9 possible combinations :

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Available now on the 829 Japan shop in sets of 3 or 9, with your choice of colors ! Limited time offer, first come first served basis.

News : Tomytec’s GT-R painted pre-production samples

Tomytec finally made public some pictures of the painted samples of their upcoming Nissan GT-R Nismo models. Very nice details and the side mirrors are here so not much to complain about !

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The minor differences between the Nismo and Nismo N Attack Package are clearly visible, from the rear wing size down to the red stripe on the N Attack version mirrors.

Can’t wait !

News : Kyosho 1/64 Nissan GT-R NEO Collection

Update : better pictures and Karuwaza exclusive informations added.

Next Kyosho Circle K collection will be a rerun of older Nissan models from various GT-R collections initially released in 2007 to 2011. So far only Ferrari collections went through the ‘NEO’ treatment, and it’s a bit sad that Kyosho is starting to do the same with other brands. But it’s still good news for collectors who missed the GT-R previous collections.

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As usual Karuwaza Online (now Circle K Online) will sell a limited exclusive version. The matte black GT-R.

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Release date is scheduled for January 20th, exclusively at Circle K / SunKus stores in Japan.

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