I am not a fan of Pokémon; I haven’t played the video game, watched the anime, collected the cards, or read the manga. I don’t know much about them, but when I saw this Tomica Ride On R10 Pikachu & Monster Ball Car, I decided to buy it a few months ago because it looked like it had a lot of play value.
It’s been eight months since my last blog post about scale models, and two months since my last blog post. Since then I’ve bought a lot of scale models. I’ve forgotten when I bought this Tomica Event Model No. 4 Suzuki Carry Pig Carrier Truck. I saw it on display out of its box. I was attracted to it by its bright colors and its loose pigs, and when I saw that it was a Tomica Event Model, I knew I had to buy it.
The only supercar scale model that I had when I was a child was a black Lamborghini Countach with a red interior and an opening engine cover. Its scale was around 1:64. I don’t remember what toy brand it was; it probably didn’t have the brand name on it. I wanted to take a picture of it for this blog post, but for some reason I couldn’t find it.
I’ve been collecting Hot Wheels for a while and I’m familiar with their variations: models that are essentially the same except for some details like color, wheel type, or card. A few years ago, I was surprised to see Tomica scale models start having their own variations: one version would be a “regular color” version, and another would be a “limited color” version. The Japanese text that I’ve seen for the latter is 初回特別カラー (roughly translated by Google Translate as “initial special color”) and 初回特別仕様 (“initial special specification”). Shown below are a few pairs of models in “regular color” and in “limited color.”
I’m not a fan of supercars in general, but I do love wedge cars, especially those of the 1970s. Here are some of my scale models of wedge cars that I haven’t blogged about before.
For me, the best color for a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 is white with black trim, and the second best is black with gold trim (like the color for the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am used in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”).
The only Lamborghini that I like is the Countach. (The other models are too curvy for my taste). This Lamborghini Countach Pace Car is a first casting. The red metal body and plastic base go very well with the blue plastic windows and emergency lights.
Another beautiful wedge car with emergency lights is this Tomica Hyper Blue Police 01 Blue Phoenix. The glass roof windows are really nice. Unlike the Esprit and the Countach which are very recent purchases, this HBP01 was bought many years ago. (I’ve forgotten what year.)
The Toys”R”Us in Alabang I went to a few weeks ago had a lot of Tomica Event Models for sale, but the one below caught my eye and there was no question that I had to buy it.
The base is plastic and the rear wheel axle is loose and noisy with no “suspension.” Aside from the wheels and the loose multi-colored plastic pieces inside the transparent rear compartment, there don’t seem to be any moving parts. Nevertheless, this is the coolest Tomica I’ve seen so far.
The one I bought was a display unit and was the last one of its kind. I had a hard time looking for its box. The sticker states that the price is around 500 pesos, but I was only charged around 350 pesos for it.
One of the main reasons I bought this model was the presence of multi-colored plastic pieces in the rear compartment. I had no idea what they represented. Later, I was very surprised to learn from Retroletra.com that this model is of “a road cleaning vehicle” and that “it seems that the inside of the rear clear box is the sucked garbage.” (I used Google Translate.) The base of the vehicle supports this claim. You can see the tubes from the front of the car to its rear, with some fans at the rear to provide the suction.
This TDM Suimax MB differs from the earlier TDM Suimax (shown below). (I got the image from http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/event/eventlist2/images/tdm_suimax_s.jpg.)
I recently passed by The Block at SM City North Edsa in Quezon City and found quite a few Tomica Event Models for sale at Toy Kingdom. I chose this Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing because it reminded me of my Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX.
The body and base are metal painted in metal flake silver. The front wheels are smaller than the ones in the rear.
Both front fenders have the word “Skyline” embossed on the metal. (I was not able to take a good picture of them.)
It was fairly priced at around 500 pesos. The box was not covered in plastic.
Its scale is 1:62. The base states that it is a Tomica No. 21, but the box states that it is a Tomica Event Model No. 26.
The two doors open. The interior is in black plastic and the doors are quite detailed even on the inside.
I bought this Tomica Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4door around one and a half weeks ago at the Toys “R” Us in Robinsons Place Naga. There were two units for sale.
At 500 pesos, it was not that expensive, considering that a typical Tomica costs around 200 to 300 pesos, with premium models costing around 400 pesos. I noted that a previous price tag had been removed, which I took to mean that it was previously being sold for a higher price.
The model had a plastic base and what I assume is a metal body covered in what I assume is chrome paint. I had absolutely no idea how rare the model was, but I finally decided to buy it because of the plain looking box. My previous experience with Tomica models is that the rarer the item, the simpler the box.
After I bought it, I searched the internet for more information about it. I didn’t find much, but unofficial sources say that this model was never meant to be for sale; it was a give-away during special events. A few of these were being sold. One selling for HK$ 125 (around 800 pesos) had been sold, and I think another one selling for around 900 pesos had also been sold. One priced at US$78.80 (around 4000 pesos) is still available.
I passed by the same store this afternoon and the other unit was still unsold.
This long Tomica appropriately has a long name: All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V. I bought it for around 400 pesos around a month ago at the Toys “R” Us in Robinsons Place Naga.
The model has a scale of 1/80 and is made in Vietnam. It seems that the two vehicles cannot be separated without removing some screws. The red bodies are made of metal; the black bases are made of plastic. The emergency vehicle lights on the top of each vehicle are made of clear red plastic and the windows are made of clear gray plastic. The continuous tracks are made of rubber and can be removed. Although it looks like each track has seven axles, only the frontmost two and the rearmost one can move.
Inside the box, the model is inside a plastic bag together with a cardboard insert (to prevent rattling). There are two unused stickers (with white text “Morita” on a transparent background) intended to be placed on the front of the front vehicle and on the back of the back vehicle. I don’t know why stickers are needed; the vehicle already has writing of the same size and color painted on.
I’ve kept the box in the original plastic wrapper. “Protect the toy, protect the boy.”
This is one of my longer blog posts which I think is appropriate for a long model.
During my recent trip to Mandaluyong City, I was able to pass by the Toys “R” Us at Shangri-la Plaza Mall. There were so many beautiful (and expensive) models, but I had to force myself to choose only one.
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