Beside the usual Tomica Limited Vintage and Tomica Limited Vintage NEO, this month is really special for Tomytec with the release of the Nissan IDx Freeflow. First car ever in the Tomica Limited Vintage line that is not actually a vintage car, this model will be followed in June by the Nismo version. Fingers crossed that Tomytec will do more concept and modern cars in the future !
The box of the IDx Freeflow is bigger than usual. The artwork comes directly from Nissan’s Design Department and the two tone beige and white matches the car’s color.
Inside the box is a card with pictures of the real car, the whole purpose is to hold the detachable TLV points.
The car itself is secured in a big plastic shell and the mirrors in a plastic bag at the bottom of the box.
Despite the fact that the IDx was introduced as the TLV 10th Anniversary special model, there is no mention of it on the box. This could, hopefully, lead to more concept cars using the same packaging.
The other TLV releases of May includes the LV-141a Prince Skyway (Fire Inspection Loudspeaker Van), the LV-47c Prince Skyway and the LV-N92a Nissan Fairlady Z 2by2 (All Japan Student Automobile Federation).
Eleventh release of the Seibu Keisatsu line, this silver Fairlady Z 2by2 was featured in a memorable car chase scene in episode 104 (aired in November 1981). You can see it performing a huge jump over a river on this video.
In July F-Toys will release a new collection of minicars : The Japanese Classic Car Selection.
The F-Toys models are sold in blind boxes and come with a candy. They are considered “confectionary products” instead of toys and sold in the candy section of stores.
The lineup of this collection consists of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the Isuzu Bellett 1600GTR and the Toyota 2000GT.
Each car will be available in 3 different colors.
Completely new tools, those models feature an opening hood, detailed engine, and mirors. F-Toys models are made of plastic, hopefully the quality will be worth the comparison with Konami, Kyosho and Tomitec diecast versions of those cars.
No new models this month, only new editions of previous releases.
The big LV-103c Nissan Diesel SunGreat (’64 – ’71) is joining the version a and b released in 2011 in the TLV line up.
Two more Nissan cars in the TLV NEO Line. The first one is the Nissan Skyline Van from 1972 as a JAF service car (LV-N54c).
The second one is a Nissan Skyline Van, from 1975 this time, in its 1600 GL version (LV-N67b).
In May the Tomica Assembly Factory model is the Nissan March. Three body colors and three interior colors to choose from. Here is a gallery with the 9 possible variations.
If you are looking for these exclusive cars, send me an email at yannick@829japan
Third Rally themed exclusive Tomica from Toys R Us stores in Japan, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Ralliart is pretty cool.
TakaraTomy is currently running a special campaign with a possibility to win an exclusive not for sale Nissan Leaf Police Car through selected retailers.
AmiAmi published new pictures of the Tomytec IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo, as well as new informations.
The two cars will be released later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tomica Limited Vintage line. Strangely, the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 Concept cars 1/64 scale replicas will be part of the TLV Neo line, and crush all dreams of Tomytec launching a new modern cars line.
The IDx Freeflow will be released in May 2014 for 2300 yen.
The IDx Nismo will follow in June for 2500 yen.
Both cars feature now a detailed interior, as it was expected from Tomytec.
Starting today, Feburary 1st 2014, TakaraTomy is increasing the price of the regular Tomica and Disney lines.
Retail price for regular Tomica is up 90 yen (+25%)
Retail price for Disney Motors is up 50 yen (+7%)
Retail price for Disney Cars is up 100 yen (+15%)
To “celebrate” the price increase, TakaraTomy produced a special edition of the Nissan GT-R Dubai Police version.
Limited to 20 000, this exclusive edition will be available through a raffle. From February 1st to March 31st, anyone who sends in 5 proof of purchase to TakaraTomy will be entered in the raffle. This campaign is, of course, offered to Japan residents only.
Other than that, not much activity in February. Only two new models : The Lotus Exige R-GT (replacing #10 Subaru Sambar Van) and the Toyota Crown Athlete (replacing #92 Toyota Ractis).
The Lotus Exige R-GT regular edition livery is inspired from the Geko Ypres Rallye 2012. The limited edition is inspired from the Turin Test Car 2011
The Crown Athlete is the Pink Edition, on display at the Toyota booth at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013.
The Tomica Shop exclusive model for February is the second version of the Tomica Shop Transporter.
A few pictures of the real cars for reference :
Nissan GT-R Dubai Police
Lotus Exige R-GT Geko Ypres 2012
Lotus Exige R-GT Test Car 2011
Toyota Crown Athlete Pink Edition
According to a message on Amiblo, Tomytec is planning to release the IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo in June 2014.
The 1/64 prototype by Tomytec on display during the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, along the 1/43 version by Ebbro and the 1/10 RC version by ABC Hobby, was (at the time) not scheduled for commercialization. The number of preorders of the 1/43 Ebbro may have convinced the Tomica Limited Vintage maker to give contemporary cars a try.
We do not yet know if the cars will be released individually or in a two car set. Nor do we know if it will be a Nissan dealer exclusive or a one-shot not related to the Tomica Limited Vintage line. Or perhaps the first model of a new line? The last possibility would have a huge impact on the high-end 1/64 scale market and would give Kyosho/Circle K some serious competition.
Here are some pictures taken at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013.
Schedule for Kyosho releases in January 2014 (updated January 14th)
Calsonic Impul GT-R #12 Super GT 2012 (Karuwaza exclusive)
First 1/64 edition of the car driven by Matsuda and De Oliveira in 2012