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.

 

Gallery : Tomica February 2017 releases

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

Tomica #22 Mercedes-Benz Unimog Snowplow

Tomica #81 Lamborghini Centenario

Tomica #81 Lamborghini Centenario (first release limited color)

 

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 December 2016 releases

Last gallery of 2016 with the Tomica releases !

Tomica #14 Suzuki Escudo

Tomica #43 Honda NSX

Tomica #43 Honda NSX (limited color)

Tomica Shop Not For Sale Garbage Truck

Nismo Festival 2016 Nismo GT-T Motul Autech 2016

Dream Tomica #157 Gudetama

Dream Tomica SP Snoopy Valentine

Cars Carbon Race Francesco Bernoulli

Cars Carbon Race Max Schnell

Cars Carbon Race Raoul Saroule

Disney Motors Dream Star II Mickey Mouse Valentine Edition 2017

Star Wars AT-ST

Star Wars Tie Striker

Star Wars U-Wing

Star Wars Tsum Top Darth Vader

Star Wars Tsum Top R2D2

Star Wars Tsum Tsum Boba Fett

Star Wars Tsum Tsum C3P0

Star Wars Tsum Tsum Luke Skywalker

Star Wars Tsum Tsum Stormtrooper

 

Gallery : Tomica September 2016 releases

#70 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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#70 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (first release limited color)

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#101 Isuzu Giga Dump Truck

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#137 Isuzu Giga Base Functional Formable Truck

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Gift Set Open Car Selection

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Dream Tomica Sweets Car

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Tomica Shop Aquarium Truck

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Aeon Tuning Car Series #28 Toyota FJ Cruiser Police

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Apita Toyota 2000GT Kenya

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DM-01 High Hat Classic Mickey Mouse

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Jamboree Cruiser Toy Story Halloween 2016

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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 June 2016 releases

Not many new Tomica models for June, but more Tsum Tsum and Disney Motors are coming at the end of the month.

#30 Hino Ranger Heavy Construction Machinery Transporter (First release limited edition)

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#30 Hino Ranger Heavy Construction Machinery Transporter

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#46 Daihatsu Cast

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#140 Komatsu Motor Grader GD675-6

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Fire Engines Collection 2 Gift Set

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TDR Seta Days 2016 Resort Cruiser

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Gallery : Tomica May 2016 releases

Better late than never ! Here is the gallery of the Tomica released last month.

Tomica #89 Suzuki Carry

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Tomica #42 Hato Bus

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Tomica #42 Hato Bus (First Release Limited Version)

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Tomica Shop Toyota Town Ace Double Hamburger Car

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Warlord Collection Mitsuoka Orochi Uesugi Kenshin

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Aeon Tuning Car Series Subaru BRZ Rally

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Apita World Flag Collection Toyota 2000GT Cuba

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Toys R Us Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Transporter

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Dream Tomica #169 Thomas Car

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Thunderbirds #11 Pod Dozer

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Thunderbirds #12 Fab1 Flight Mode

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Disney Motors DM-09 Caspals Tigger

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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.