News : Tomica at the Tokyo Toy Show 2018

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.

 

News : Tomica releases from January to April 2018

The news just dropped thanks to a leak. Let’s take a look at what is coming for 2018 !

Note : pictures for illustration purpose only. Confirmed colors and body types are marked with

January 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#24 Mazda CX-5 (regular and limited color)

#44 Toyota Land Cruiser JAF Road Service Car

Tomica Premium
#25 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

#04 Nissan Leopard

February 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#34 Lamborghini Huracan Performante (regular and limited color)

#35 Mercedes-Benz G Class

March 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#112 Lotus 3 Eleven (regular and limited color)

#87 New Honda Motorcycle

Long Tomica
#129 Sunflower

April 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#94 Toyota C-HR (regular and limited color)

#52 New Nissan Car

Tomica Premium
#26 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)

#27 Toyota 2000GT

 

Gallery : Tomica January 2017 releases

Videos available on 829 Japan YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/829Japan

Tomica #50 Toyota Prius

Tomica #50 Toyota Prius (first release limited color)

Tomica #113 Suzuki Every Patrol Car

Tomica Premium #09 Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX Twin Turbo

Tomica Premium #21 Honda NSX Type R

TakaraTomy Mall Honda S2000 Type S

Tomica Shop Toyota Crown Patrol Car

Gozen Collection #1 Tommykaira ZZ Ii Naotora

Toys R Us Subaru BRZ OT Motul

Apita Toyota 2000GT Japan IV

 

 

Gallery : Tomica August 2016 releases

#86 Toyota 86

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#86 Toyota 86 (first release limited color)

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#94 Nissan Serena

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TCN Toyota Crown Athlete S Sky Blue Edition

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7eleven Dream Tomica Initial D GT86

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Toys R Us Autobacs Racing Toyota Vitz

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TakaraTomy Mall Premium Mazda RX-7 FD3S Re Amemiya Specification

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Warlord Collection #4 Nissan Fairlady Z Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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Dream Tomica Rilakkuma (Nonbiri Neko)

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Tomica Shop Dream Tomica Korilakkuma (Nonbiri Neko)

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Gallery : Tomica July 2016 releases

A lot of releases in July and a new record for the fastest selling Tomica in Tokyo. The new Honda Civic was sold out in a couple of hours. Consider yourself lucky if you managed to secure the black first release limited version. The white version should be re-released soon but the black version is definitively gone and already sells at a high price on the after market.

Tomica #76 Honda Civic Type R

Tomica #76 Honda Civic Type R (first release limited color)

Tomica #99 Toyota Sienta

Aeon Tuning Car Series #27 Nissan Fairlady Z Nismo RC Edition

Apita World Flag Collection #20 Toyota 2000 GT Singapore

Toys R Us Toyota 86 Autobacs Racing

Tomica Shop Mazda Roadster

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary (Dealer Edition)
This not for sale exclusive limited edition (7500 pcs) is given away at the Jeep dealerships through a lottery campaign only.

Tomica Premium #17 Honda S2000 Type S

Tomica Premium #18 Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo

Dream Tomica #170 Initial D S13 Silvia

Cars C-25 Rip Clutchgoneski (Standard)

Cars C-26 Lewis Hamilton (Standard)

Cars C-28 Matter (Tokyo Race)

Star Cars SC-02 BB-8 Scooter

Star Cars SC-05 R2-D2 Scooter

Disney Motors Good Day Carry Alice Through the Looking Glass

Tomica Shop Dream Carry Special 39

 

 

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.

 

 

News : Tomica July 2016 releases leaked

It has not been officially announced by TakaraTomy yet but a leak from Twitter revealed a bit of what is coming in July 2016.

Note : early prototypes pictured. Final products will be much better.

Tomica Premium #17 Honda S2000 Type S (feature : suspensions)
PRE 17 S2000

Tomica Premium #18 Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo (feature : suspensions)
PRE 18 GTO

Tomica #76 Honda Civic Type R (features : suspensions, opening hood). Regular color : white. First release limited color : black.
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Tomica #99 Toyota Sienta (features : suspensions, opening rear door)
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Source : Tomica Research Team

Gallery : Tomica February 2016 releases

The Mazda Roadster and Nissan Skyline are stealing the show this month !

Tomica #26 Mazda Roadster

Tomica #26 Mazda Roadster (first release limited color)

Tomica #109 Volkswagen Polo Police Car

Tomica Premium #11 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nur

Tomica Premium #12 Toyota Celica GT-Four

Disney Motors Chim Chim Minnie Mouse White Day Edition

More Disney Motors models are coming soon and will be added to this page.

 

News : Tomica releases from April to June 2016

We now know what’s coming from TakaraTomy after March.

April 2016 :
Tomica:
#90 Eneos Tank Truck
TOM-90

#105 Nissan NV350 Caravan (regular and limited colors)
TOM-105

Dream Tomica:
My Melody (Little Red Riding Hood version)
DT-MY

Tomica Premium:
#13 Nissan IDS Concept
PRE-13

#14 Toyota S-FR Concept
PRE-14

#15 Subaru Impreza 22B STI
PRE-15

#16 Toyota 86 GRMN
PRE-16

 

May 2016 :
Tomica:
#42 Hato Bus (regular and limited colors)
TOM-42

#89 Suzuki Carry
TOM-89

Dream Tomica
#169 Thomas Car

DT-169

 

June 2016 :
Tomica:
#30 Hino Ranger Heavy Haul Flatbed (regular and limited releases)
TOM-30

#46 Daihatsu Cast
TOM-46

#140 140 Komatsu Motor Grader GD675-6
TOM-140

Tomica Gift Set:
Fire Fighter set.
TOM-GIFT

Gallery : Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Tomica Exclusives

Tomica salon exclusives are more and more difficult to get. At the Tokyo Motor Show in October, visitors were allowed to purchase only two pieces of the Tomica Premium Nissan ID-S and Toyota SF-R. This time at the Auto Salon visitors were limited to only one piece of the exclusives Tomica ! As a result many Japanese collectors who could not attend the venue and required the help of a friend to get the cars have now no choice but hunting them on Yahoo Auctions. And when the demand largely exceeds the offer, prices are escalating.

We managed to get hold of the two Auto Salon exclusives, so you can take a good look at them before emptying your wallet.

Tomica Premium Nismo R34 GT-R Z-tune Proto.


This car is exactly the same as the Premium #01 Nismo R34 GT-R Z-tune, with a new decoration.

Dream Tomica Initial D Takahashi Brothers Set


This set includes the RX-7 FC3S and the RX-7 FD3S Project D Version. These cars will get a regular release in March.