Gallery : Tomica April 2016 releases

Many new Tomica Premium models this month, with the release in the main line of the Toyota S-FR and Nissan IDS Concept sold previously at the Tokyo Motor Show. The only difference between the main line and TMS version of the Nissan IDS is the color of the front and head lights.

Tomica #90 UD Trucks Quon Eneos Tank Lorry

Tomica #105 Nissan NV350 Caravan

Tomica #105 Nissan NV350 Caravan (first release limited color)

Tomica Premium #13 Nissan IDS Concept

Tomica Premium #14 Toyota S-FR

Tomica Premium #15 Subaru Impreza 22b STI

Tomica Premium #16 Toyota 86GRMN

Thunderbirds #09 TB-4 Work Mode

Thunderbirds #10 Elevator Pod

 

Disney Cars and Star Wars new models will be released later this month and added to this page.

 

 

Gallery : Tomytec April 2016 releases

Nothing really new this month from Tomytec, but interesting color variations for models we already know.

LV-157a Suzuki Fronte SS360 1969

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LV-N106c Toyota Supra 2.0 Twin Turbo Black Limited 1988

LV-N106d Toyota Supra 3.0 GT Turbo 1986

Japanese Car Era Vol.08 Suzuki Fronte SS360 ‘Motorway of the Sun’ Test Car

This car was driven by Stirling Moss in 1968 over the 750km of the Autostrada A1 in Italy, connecting Milan to Napoli. The car achieved an average speed of 124.44 km/h, which was quite fast for a kei car at the time. It was accompagnied by a yellow Fronte driven by Mitsuo Itoh.

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Gallery : Tokyo Disney Sea 15th Anniversary

Despite a 20% price increase the TDR commemorative Tomicas are selling like hotcakes. This time not two, not three, but six models have been released at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

TDS 15th Anniversary Disney Resort Cruiser

TDS 15th Anniversary Disney Resort Line

TDS 15th Anniversary Wing of Wishes

TDS 15th Anniversary Gift Set : Mickey’s Roadster, Minnie’s Convertible and Donald’s Surf Wagon

 

Gallery : New TDR Vehicle Collection Models

Four new cars have been discreetly released at the Tokyo Disney Resort, as well as the Starspeeder 1000.

Genie’s Dump Car

Mickey’s Wheel Loader

Pluto’s Taxi

Stitch’s Pizza Bike

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Special Auction : Apita World Flags Collection complete set of 19 cars

Apita stores started to sell exclusives Tomica variants back in 2003, most of them police cars. Their favourite model quickly became the Toyota 2000GT and every year since 2009 (except 2011) they would release a New Year edition of the 2000GT ornated with the Japanese flag. The succes of these cars in particular certainly sparked the creation of the World Flags Collection. In 2013, after the New Year special and a Sakura edition to celebrate spring (that some consider as the prototypes of the World Flags Collection), a 2000GT wearing the USA flag was released and became an immediate hit.

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Since then, like clockwork, Apita provides new Toyota 2000GT wrapped in the flag of a different country every two months. It seems like they plan to go on with that collection for a while. In the meantime you can catch up with the 19 previous releases on eBay.

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All cars and boxes are in mint to near mint condition, except for a slight tear on the Switzerland box. Apita stores certainly take more care of their items than Aeon or Toys R Us.

#01 Toyota 2000GT USA – 2013.05

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#02 Toyota 2000GT Brazil – 2013.07

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#03 Toyota 2000GT France – 2013.09

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#04 Toyota 2000GT Canada – 2013.11

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#05 Toyota 2000GT Japan – 2014.01

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#06 Toyota 2000GT UK – 2014.03

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#07 Toyota 2000GT Argentina – 2014.05

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#08 Toyota 2000GT Germany – 2014.07

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#09 Toyota 2000GT Australia – 2014.09

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#10 Toyota 2000GT Philippines – 2014.11

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#11 Toyota 2000GT Japan II – 2015.01

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#12 Toyota 2000GT Italy – 2015.03

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#13 Toyota 2000GT Jamaica – 2015.05

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#14 Toyota 2000GT Sweden – 2015.07

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#15 Toyota 2000GT Malaysia – 2015.09

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#16 Toyota 2000GT Switzerland – 2015.11

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#17a Toyota 2000GT Japan III Raijin – 2016.01

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#17b Toyota 2000GT Japan III Fujin – 2016.01

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#18 Toyota 2000GT South Africa – 2016.03

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Special Auction : Aeon Tuning Car Series Complete set of 25 cars

Launched in 2011, the Aeon Tuning Car Series has been going on with a new model released exclusively at Aeon stores appromatively every 2 months. Last month marked the 25th car of a very nice collection including some of the most sought after Tomica variants.

I discovered the collection in 2013, and it took me time to find all the 2011 and 2012 releases I missed. Then it proved quite difficult to get the new releases, Aeon being the only Tomica retailer still not selling online. Having to take a 2 hours round trip to the nearest Aeon mall, often to find out that the car was already sold out, was not the most enticing collecting experience and I had to resort to Yahoo Auctions many times.

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Now is time for me to part with most of my Tomica collections, and this Aeon Tuning Car Series is going to eBay to find a new home. The starting price may seem high but that’s less than half the market value, and EMS shipping is included.

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All the cars are in excellent condition, as far I can tell none has any defect (they were not on display and kept in storage, no dust or fingerprints). The state of the boxes vary : most are in very good condition (with regular shelf wear), and I highlighted the noticeable marks on some of them.

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#01 Toyota Alphard (TRD version) – 2011.08

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#02 Nissan Skyline Coupe (Nismo version) – 2011.11

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#03 Toyota 2000GT (Racing type) – 2012.01

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#04 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (Racing type) – 2012.03

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#05 Subaru Impreza WRX (STI version) – 2012.07

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#06 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (Ralliart version) – 2012.09

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#07 Honda CR-Z (Motorsports version) – 2012.11

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#08 Toyota 2000GT (1967 Suzuka 500km #60) – 2013.01

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#09 Toyota Hiace (TRD version) – 2013.03

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#10 Toyota FJ Cruiser (TRD version) – 2013.07

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#11 Mitsubishi Triton (Malaysia version) – 2013.09

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#12 Nissan Fairlady Z (Nismo Decal version) – 2013.11

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#13 Toyota 2000GT SeV – 2014.01

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#14 Nissan Elgrand (Nismo Decal version) – 2014.03

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#15 Mazda Roadster (NR-A Race version) – 2014.07

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#16 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (24h Endurance Race version) – 2014.09

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#17 Honda N-One (One-make Race version) – 2014.11

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#18 Toyota 2000GT (Speed Trial version) – 2015.01

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#19 Toyota Ractis (Race version) – 2015.03

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#20 Mitsubishi Mirage (Rally version) – 2015.05

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#21 Mitsuoka Orochi (Kabuto version) – 2015.07

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#22 Mazda CX-5 (Safety Vehicle version) – 2015.09

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#23 Suzuki Hustler (Roadbike Style version) – 2015.11

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#24 Toyota 2000GT (SCCA Racing version) – 2016.01

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#25 Mazda Atenza (Daytona Race version) – 2016.03

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The marks I noticed on some boxes :

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The Apita World Flag collection is next.

 

News : Kyosho 1/64 Alfa Romeo Minicar Collection 4

Kyosho is back with SunKus for a “new” collection. Very similar to the third Alfa Romeo collection, this edition introduces the fan favourites 8C Spider and 4C. Another interesting addition is the 155 V6 Ti in Jägermeister livery (from what appears to be the 1996 ITC championship).

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The online exclusive will be a blue 8C Spider.

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The Alfa Romeo Minicar Collection 4 will go on sale at SunKus on May 3rd.

 

Gallery : 7eleven Tsum Tsum Season Edition

More exclusive Tsum Tsum cars from 7eleven, this time with easter bunnies.

 

Gallery : Zootopia Tomica

Zootopia is coming to Japan at the end of April and the toy stores are stocking up on goods.

The Police SUV is huge and barely fits in a regular Tomica box. In comparison the ZPD vehicle looks tiny. The van is smaller than a regular Tomica van and I wished it would have been a bit bigger, but that may be to keep it on scale with the SUV (haven’t seen the movie yet).

If the launch is succesful TakaraTomy may release more cars from the movie. I certainly hope so since Zootopia seems to be filled with great car designs from J Mays.