Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing

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.


Tomica Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4door

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.

All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V

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.

Fire Engines

oldno55 5alarm
backdraf My wife and I don’t collect fire engines but we’ve bought a few of the weirder looking ones. Shown above left is an Old Number 5.5 from 2007 (not to be confused with the Old Number 5), and shown above right is a 5 Alarm from 2009. The one shown on the left is a recent acquisition: a Backdrafter from 2015. All three are either first or second releases. We also have a 2009 Fire-Eater Treasure Hunt. (Note that the 5 Alarm shown here has a circle flame logo on its side, but it is not a Treasure Hunt.)
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