News : Kyosho 1/64 Porsche 6 Minicar Collection

Kyosho just announced that the next Circle K collection for May will be the sixth Porsche series.

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Back to the usual format with 8 models in 3 colors each for a total of 24 different models. And of course the Secret Model and the Karuwaza online exclusive.

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The line up of the Porsche 6 collection consists of the usual suspects :

– Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

– Porsche 911 RS (964)

– Porsche 962C

– Porsche 911 RS (993)

– Porsche Carrera GT

– Porsche 911 GT2 RS

– Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

– Porsche 911 Turbo (991)

Except for the two 911 Turbo originally released in the Porsche 3 collection, all of the models comes from the Porsche 4 collection. Nothing new here unfortunately. Update : it seems that the 991 is the only new mold.

The online exclusive will once a again be a black car, this time the 991.

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The Porsche 6 collection will be released on May 5th.

 

News : Tomica Disney TsumTsum Line

TakaraTomy just unveiled the new “TsumTsum” line with a dedicated page on their website (you can check it out here).

TsumTsum is originally a puzzle game for smartphones where the player has to stack ball shaped Disney characters.  The game spawned a lot of goods, from plushes to keychains, and it makes sense that Tomica would jump on the bandwagon.

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The designers at Tomica decided to add the “stacking” play value to their new line and developped two different types of TsumTsum Tomica : The ‘base’ type and the ‘top’ type.

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The base type models are all identical in shape, with different colors and decoration for each character depicted. They look like a van and feature 4 notches on the top to hold the wheels of other TsumTsum Tomica and allow the player to stack them in columns or pyramids.

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The top type, like the name suggest, can only be placed on top of the stack. Those look much more like a TsumTsum character in Tomica form, with more details and unique features like ears and hats.

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The “TsumTop”, as they are called, also carry a number like the Disney Motors models (DMT for Disney Motors TsumTsum), while the base type “TsumTsum” do not. This clearly indicates that the “TsumTop” will be the main collection, and the base “TsumTsum” mostly a nice support sub-collection.

Take a look at some exemple of stacks. This is totally cute and this line will without any doubts appeal to Disney Tomica collectors as well as ‘kawaii’ characters enthusiasts.

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The Tomica TsumTsum line will launch April 25th. The first wave will consist of :

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DMT-01 TsumTop Mickey Mouse

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DMT-02 TsumTop Donald Duck

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DMT-03 TsumTop Marie

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TsumTsum Chip

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TsumTsum Dumbo

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TsumTsum Minnie Mouse

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TsumTsum Winnie the Pooh

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TsumTsum Daisy Duck

You can place a preorder on the 829 Japan Shop for the complete set of 8, only the 3 TsumTop models, or only the 5 base TsumTsum models.

 

 

 

Gallery : Tomica March releases

Many exclusive models this month, but let’s start with the regular Tomica :

The new #77 is the Hino Profia truck from Nippon Express, the famous logistics company whose trucks can be seen on the roads all over Japan.

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The new #106 on the other hand is an obscure Japanese sports car : the Tommykaira ZZ. This model has been released in two versions : yellow for the regular edition and red for the limited first release edition.

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It’s been six months already since Tomica last released a train in the Tomica Long line. After the E7 type last September, this time is the Shinkansen E3 type. The regular edition is the new livery for the Tsubasa E3 sets while the first release limited edition is the replica of the Toreiyu Tsubasa excursion train only running on weekends. Both come with a sticker sheet (not pictured).

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Now let’s see the exclusive models from various retailers. First is the already ultra popular Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in matte gold sold at the Tomica Shops.

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Toys R Us stores are enforcing the limit of one piece per customer for their Original Tomica models, with staff posted at every corner to make sure no one tries to get away with two. After Subaru, Mitsubishi and Calsonic, Honda is joining the collection. Ridiculously hard to get and sold out in a breeze despite the limit !

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Aeon keeps going with their Tuning Car Series. The Toyota Ractis Race type is the 19th model in one of the very best Tomica collections. Aeon is not as strict as Toys R Us and fixed a reasonable limit of 3 pieces per customer.

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Apita stores will release their exclusive Italian Flag version of the Toyota 2000GT next week-end, this post will be updated with pictures later.

No retailers exclusives are scheduled next month, but the new Tomica Premium line will show up very soon. Stay tuned for pictures of those highly anticipated resurrection of the Tomica Limited line !

 

Gallery : Tomica Limited Vintage March releases

Second version of the Nismo GT-R, the N-Attack Package feature a bigger wing.

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The Nissan Gloria 280E from 1979 is the 102nd release in the TLV NEO line.

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Tomytec continue the new “Japanese Car Era” line with number 3 and 4, both featuring a special edition of the Toyopet Crown : the left-hand drive version and the car that ran the Mobilgas Australian Rally back in 1957.

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After Seibu Keisatsu and Tokusou Saizensen, Tomytec introduces a new line for a police TV show from the 70’s – 80’s. The first model in the Taiyou Ni Horeo! line is a fifth generation Toyota Crown unmarked police car.

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Finally, the sixth release in the Snake Motors collection : a Toyota Crown Hard Top.

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Gallery : Kyosho 1/64 Bentley Minicar Collection

Bentley is a brand we don’t get to see much at 1/64 scale, and Kyosho did a fantastic job with this collection ! Kyosho managed to recreate the luxury feel of their original counterparts in these tiny reproductions with a smart choice of paint and a flawless design. Definitively one of the best SunKus/Kyosho collection.

This time Circle K is trying a new format with only 2 colors per car instead of 3 (only one color for the GT3) making all the 15 different cars fit in one case. This is much easier to complete the collection than when it is 24 models that require to buy 2 cases of 20 and obviously get a lot of unwanted duplicates.

However, because a secret car is included in a few cases, that means not every case is guaranteed to have one of each 15 models. But most of them will.

In case you are wondering, the secret car of this Bentley collection is the Continental Supersports Convertible in black (not pictured).

As usual, Karuwaza online produced their exclusive Continental Supersports in matte black with red seats (first car pictured).

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The Bentley Collection is still available on Karuwaza online, but they do not send outside of Japan. You can send us an email (829japan@gmail.com) if you need help getting a case.