TakaraTomy tease about a new concept line is finally over with the opening of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 today.
Well hidden from the crowd in a corner of one of the eleven huge halls of the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, a little display with no signs was standing behind the MyStyle cars. On the front was a collection of (almost) all the versions of the Tomica Toyota 86, including the show exclusive 86 ‘MyStyle’. On the other side was for the first time for everyone to see (at least the ones who could find it) the new Tomica Premium line.
Important : all models pictured are “work in progress” and do not represent the final quality of the products.
The short description says “high detail collection model” making it clear that these models are not intended to be toys but rather collectible items. If we take a close look at the cars, they are indeed much more detailed than a regular Tomica.
Actually they look a lot like the Tomica Limited models, so why not just resurrecting the Tomica Limited line?
A few reasons come to mind : first, those models are probably not ‘limited’ and reruns could occur if needed. Second, because there is not only cars in the line.
The launch line-up will include 3 cars, 1 truck, 1 tank and 1 spacecraft. It looks like the Tomica Premium line as been developped as a bridge to guide young collectors into the miniature hobby.
Expect to see more of Tomica Premium in the news before the release of the first wave in April 2015 as 829 Japan will follow this line with the attention it deserves. In the meantime, check out these pictures and chose your favorite !
01 – Nismo R34 GT-R Z-tune
02 – Morita Wildfire Truck Concept
03 – Type 90 Tank
04 – Mazda RX-7 FD3S Re-Amemiya version
05 – Lotus Europa Special
06 – JAXA Hayabusa 2