First of, big shout-out to Suzukawa Ayako who did a full coverage of the quite large Tomica/Plarail booth at the Tokyo Toy Show 2018.
You will find timestamped links to her video below but make sure to watch the entire thing for Tomica World, Disney Tomica and more.
The big reveal by TakaraTomy this year is a new line of electronic Tomica cars called Tomica 4D and scheduled for October 2018. They managed to cram a speaker in a car the same size as a regular Tomica, that vibrate and emit sounds to simulate an engine.
One push on the car turns it on with a power up sound, then it shifts to idling while the car gently vibrates. You can hear the “engine” revving up by pushing on the car again. Rolling the car forward (and backward it seems) triggers an acceleration sound. To turn it off, just long press on the car until it stops with the appropriate sound. Take a look at Ayako’s video to hear it in action. Note that the prototypes used for demonstration at the show are plugged to an external speaker (because the place is noisy as hell). It won’t be a feature of the final products.
Very clever design that will certainly be a hit, despite a much higher price tag: at 1600 JPY each (plus tax) they better be tough enough to withstand a child’s careless handling, or the line won’t last long.
To help differenciate the 4D from the main line, the boxes will be much bigger. But inside will be the standard Tomica box everyone’s love.
Six models will be available at launch : the Nissan GT-R (in red or black), the Honda NSX (in blue or white), the Toyota Crown Patrol Car and the Toyota Hiace Ambulance. As you would expect, the emergency vehicules feature a siren sound that will certainly not drive a few parents crazy.
Next up, the upcoming regular Tomica made their first public appearance. From the Civic Type R to the LaFerrari, all releases from June to August were on display. Check out Ayako’s video for close-ups.
The coming Tomica Premium are of course on display too. Interesting find : the first release limited color of the Testarossa will have a red box instead of the usual black.
And there’s more ! Remember the Tomica Limited S Series from early 2000’s? If you don’t, they were bigger sized Tomica (about 1/43 scale) with opening parts but lacking the attention to detail you would expect at that scale. Basically they looked like enlarged Tomica, and never found their public for that reason : too expensive for kids and too much toy-looking for 1/43 scale collectors.
Well, TakaraTomy wants to give it another shot with the Tomica Premium RS. The first release will be a Lamborghini Countach LP500 S. Here’s a few picts courtesy of Amiami :
Coming later this year for 3500 JPY (plus tax). Will it thrive or burn?
That’s it for the major Tomica news at the Tokyo Toy Show 2018. Once again, you can see more on Suzukawa Ayako’s video.