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Military Monday: JSDF High Mobility Vehicle Military Monday: JSDF High Mobility Vehicle

Yeah, nah, that’s not a Hummer, it’s a “Kohkidohsha” - Japanese for High Mobility Vehicle. Developed by Toyota as a private venture, this military machine is based around components of the Toyota Mega Cruiser civilian heavy-duty off-road vehicle which was sold exclusively in Japan.

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Cherica Toyota Celica 1600GT Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Cherica Toyota Celica 1600GT

It’s easy to think that Tomica had the Japanese 3-inch market to themselves all this time, but that isn’t quite the way it went. For a few short years, there was a bitter rival: Cherica.

New Tomica for February 2019 New Tomica for February 2019

#16 - Lamborghini Urus, And if you haven’t anything nice to say... Oh wait, there is something nice here. That awesomely awful rear door handle of the actual awfully ugly car is carefully recreated here. Meh.

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: トミカパトロールカー Land of the Rising Sun-Day: トミカパトロールカー

Today we have a selection of Tomica Police cars - two new ones, including one ofvthe brand new Tomica 4D models - with sound and vibrations! But let’s start with an oldie - the Toyota Corona 2000GT Hardtop.

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Subaru 360 - It's Cheap, and it's Ugly Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Subaru 360 - It's Cheap, and it's Ugly

Hard to imagine that anyone would use that as an advertising slogan. But Malcolm Bricklin decided that this was the best way to market the car in the US.

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Two very different TLVs Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Two very different TLVs

I had no particular reason to put these two together, other than that I had not gotten around to having a closer look at them. And they both fit into the same 1960s timeline, so I thought why not.

Tomica Update: More New Ferraris! Tomica Update: More New Ferraris!

Yes, the new ones for December have been revealed - and it should please the Ferrari Freaks. The next Premium is indeed a 512BB with opening engine cover. That gap looks a bit like that on the Miura though...

Spaghetti Sunday: Rosso, Bianco e Nero Spaghetti Sunday: Rosso, Bianco e Nero

Let’s have a little triple Ferrari treat today. :In the front you can see the Tomica Premium Testarossa in white and the LaFerrari in black.

Rennsport Reunion: Safety Fast Rennsport Reunion: Safety Fast

And now that it is coming to an end, the Police would like to remind us to drive home safely and to stick to the Speed Limit. But if you don’t, they are prepared with a range of appropriate enforcement vehicles:

Rennsport Reunion: Zylmex Porsche 935 Turbo Martini Rennsport Reunion: Zylmex Porsche 935 Turbo Martini

Today’s offering looks a bit more like the real thing than yesterday’s Summer:

I'm sorry to interrupt, but here's some Ferrari and Lambo news... I'm sorry to interrupt, but here's some Ferrari and Lambo news...

Tomica have now officially announced the Ferrari 488 GTB as a November release. Good luck getting a yellow one!

Rennsport Reunion: The Summer of '78 Rennsport Reunion: The Summer of '78

This is a Porsche 935-78. By Summer. Which really explains everything that is going on here.

Rennsport Reunion: Porsche Audi 917/10 CanAm Rennsport Reunion: Porsche Audi 917/10 CanAm

Today I have a little YatMing model for the Rennsport Reunion. And cars don’t get more Rennsport than the 917/10. Speedhunters.com called it and its younger, even more powerful sister the 917/30 “the most ferocious, raw racing cars ever constructed. “

Rennsport Reunion: Porsche 928 Canon Racing Rennsport Reunion: Porsche 928 Canon Racing

This little Tomica model had me scratching my head for ages. The “Canon” racing livery looks real enough. The names of Tony Dron and Richard Lloyd are certainly familiar and connected to both Porsche and Canon Racing. But a 928 Racing Car? No way, there’s no record of that ever happening.

Rennsport: Interscope Porsche 935 Rennsport: Interscope Porsche 935

Normally collecting is easy. You buy, you enjoy. Unless you buy an old Solido model, where the water slide decals are supplied separately.

Land of the Rising Sun Day: Tomica Dandy Toyota Corolla Lift Back Land of the Rising Sun Day: Tomica Dandy Toyota Corolla Lift Back

Today’s subject is a model of a car that had no equivalent in the Regular Tomica line-up - the E30 Corolla Lift Back.

Here's a Suzuki Swift for your viewing pleasure Here's a Suzuki Swift for your viewing pleasure

Because we can’t just have Porsches, Ferraris and GT-Rs all of the time.

Tomica October / November Update Tomica October / November Update

TakaraTomy seem to have changed their updates policy recently. At the moment, we are getting dribs and drabs rather than one monthly announcement. Which I find a bit annoying. But here is what we know for sure so far:

Spaghetti Saturday: Tomica Premium Ferrari Testarossa Spaghetti Saturday: Tomica Premium Ferrari Testarossa

What was the biggest news in diecast in 2018? Pop up headlights return in small scale. That’s my answer.

Tomica has already made a model of the new Supra - and No, you can't have one. Tomica has already made a model of the new Supra - and No, you can't have one.

Not unless you fork out big $$$ on the secondary market anyway, or happened to be lucky enough to attend the 2018 Tomica Expo in Yokohama.

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