News : Tomica Kuji #22 Fire Fighters Collection

Emergency services have been heavily represented in Tomica toys for a long time especially police and fire departments, always popular with kids. After countless classic red fire department vehicles TakaraTomy is trying something new and original with this 22nd Kuji collection.

This time the cars will carry the colors of fire fighters uniforms from different groups of the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department.

Fire Rescue Task Force

Hitachi CM Astaco; Daihatsu Copen; Toyota FJ Cruiser; Nissan GT-R; Lamborghini Murcielago.


The Fire Rescue Task Force was created after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995. The members specialize in disaster rescue with heavy machinery and extrication equipment.

Command Team

Toyota 2000GT; Lotus Exige S; Daihatsu Midget.

Just like you would expect from the Command Team, their role is to assess the situation and decide the best course of action.


Daihatsu Cast; Jeep Wrangler; Subaru WRX S4.

The Paramedics make sure to treat the injured on site and to organize their transport to another point of care.

A-one Fire Unit

Toyota Sienta; Toyota Crown; Suzuki Hustler; UD Trucks Quon Tank Lorry.

The A-one Fire unit are experts in dealing with extreme fires of highly flammable materials (oil, tires) or in confined space (subway, factories). They use top of the line equipment.

Ladder Corps

Suzuki Escudo; Nissan Fairlady Z; Mitsubishi Triton; Toyota Voxy.

The Ladder Corps has the difficult task to reach fires in high locations such as tall buildings. Ladder trucks operators in particular need to quickly put their vehicle in the right position for the fire fighters to be able to intervene in the smallest amount of time possible.

Volunteer Fire Corps

Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

The Fire Brigades are composed of part-time fire fighters and volunteers in small or remote locations that do not have a proper Fire Department nearby. They are trained to deal with many situations such as fires, floods and rescues and have the tough task to handle major events until better equipped professionals arrive.

This collection is definitely a smart and fun way to teach the different roles and careers opportunities in fire departments to the young generation. And we get cool looking Tomicas on top of that !

The 22nd Kuji Fire Fighters Collection will be released on March 17th in Japan.


Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 BMW M3 E30

Many versions of the BMW M3 E30 are already available in Tarmac’s Hobby64 line, offering quite a rainbow of racecar colors. All these iconic liveries are flawlessly scaled down to these 1/64 replicas in an impressive display or precision and accuracy.

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1990 #3 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1991 #6 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1992 #1 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – DTM Norisring 1992 #14 Joachim Winkelhock (purchase on

BMW M3 E30 – Plain White (purchase on

The interior is very detailed as well, with harnesses on the seats, a complete rollcage and even a painted gear stick. On that note, the rollcage seems to be a bit lower than it should be. That’s probably due to the construction of the model itself, working at such a small scale is not leaving much room to cram many things inside.

It is worth mentioning that the plain white version features a passenger seat, where all the race car versions accurately have the driver seat only.

On the outside, the Mobil 1 car has an antenna while all the others don’t. According to the few pictures of the real cars we could find on Google it seems accurate as well.
The wheels are once again beautiful, it is fair to assume by now that Tarmac will never disappoint on that aspect. The front lights could have been nicer with a little more care. Tomytec did it better on their 318 and 325.


The pictures speak for themselves : these E30 are just great ! Missing from this review is the newly released orange Jagermeister DTM version that look awesome.

And more are coming with emblematic liveries : FINA, Marlboro, Advan, Falken, Michelin, Bastos and even TicTac !


Products provided by Tarmac Works for review

Update : Tomytec 1/64 releases from January to May 2018

Tomytec shifted a few things around on their release schedule. Here is their updated planning up to May 2018.

January 2018


LV-170a Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-170b Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Tokyo Fire Dept.)


LV-N145c/d Honda Prelude XX

LV-N160a/b Nissan Prairie NV

LV-N163a/b Toyota Crown Van (1973)

Seibu Keisatsu #20 Nissan Silvia

Japanese Car Era #12 Datsun 200SX

February 2018


LV-N164a Toyota Crown Van Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-N160a Nissan Prairie (Nissan Service Car)

LV-N158a/b Honda Civic Type R 1997

LV-N162a Hino Ranger KL545

Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 #18

March 2018


Nostalgic Hero Datsun Bluebird


LV-N35d Honda Ballade CR-X F-1 Edition / LV-N35e Honda Ballade CR-X

LV-N165a/b Honda Civic Type R 1999

LV-N166a Hino HH341

LV-N139e Isuzu Erga Keihin Express Bus

April 2018


LV-172a/b Isuzu 117 Coupe EC


LV-N168a/b Nissan Cedric V30 Turbo Brougham

May 2018


LV-150c/d Isuzu Bellett 1600GTR

LV-N167a Hino HE366 Wing Roof Trailer

LV-N170a/b Nissan Skyline 25 GT-V


Gallery : Tarmac Works 1/64 Mercedes-AMG GT R

The Beast of the Green Hell is joining Tarmac Works’ Hobby64 lineup !

Exciting to see this car finally get a proper 1/64 release. Overall very nice model featuring gorgeous wheels and remarkable paintjob on the front grill. The rubber side mirrors are totally unbreakable but not always straight though.

Mercedes-AMG GT R – Designo Diamond White  (purchase on

Mercedes-AMG GT R – Solar Beam  (purchase on

Can’t wait for the GT3 versions !


Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.