• Aug 18, 2010
Finally, something from our youth returns in a good way, not another Incredible Hulk reboot or power balled Cure cover. Tomica (or Tomy), which left the U.S. in the Eighties after some financial troubles, is coming back next month – and almost just like it was before. A line of miniature diecast cars will be sliding into an as-yet-unnamed retailer next month on their little plastic wheels. They'll be sold alongside playset combinations like the Hypercity Gas Station, pictured, so your child can learn to spend his or her money just like you did.

Tomica Mitsuoka Orochi diecastThere will be models such as the Daihatsu Mira and Mitsubishi i-MiEV from which to choose, as well as the eternally popular Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Queen bus. They'll be paired with a mat that has roads and buildings drawn onto it. Step up to the floor-hogging world of the Hypercity, Super Big Set and Mega Station, though, and you'll find more familiar models like the Subaru Legacy sedan, Mazda's Axela/Mazda3, and Toyota's Harrier/Lexus RX. Non-Japanese models may come in the future, but come September, it'll be JDM-only dreamtime, at $4.99 and up. Here's hoping they bring over the Mitsuoka Orochi (right).

[Source: Hemmings | Image: Sir09 via CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget Corgi. They were my favourites.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tomy?! I just had about thirty simultaneous 80s flashbacks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Total flashback. I don't think I've seen or even thought of the Tomy brand name since the mid-80s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These will be sold at TOYS R US, I just set up the graphics for these today, but the product has not arrived yet, should be in store with in the next week or two...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have more tomica and hot wheels the different was the tomica more can open the door or hatch etc it is not only japan car then also have foreign car the hummer h2 and jeep and lamborghini murcielago and mini cooper and bentley continental gt and porshe boxster etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Orochi picture was taken by me. I'm happy that it would be used in a Tomica article like this. For readers who like Tomicas, please join our International fanbase community at http://www.tomicafanclub.com

      I hope the author of this article would find it permissible to post a link like that for the joy and sharing of Tomica collecting =) cheers!
      • 4 Years Ago
      would love to see them here, when i lived in HK, these were easy to get, i had quite a few of them, they had great quality, and little doors that actually open, hope its still a good product
      • 4 Years Ago
      JDM-only, and that's the best you can come up with?

      What about the NSX-Rs, the Supras, RX7s, the Evos and STis, the S2000s, and LFAs?

      These are the cars my kid should be lying down on the ground playing with. I don't want him dreaming of i-MiEVs, Orochis, and RXs.

      JDM, more like PDM.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I remember looking all over my parents house 16 years ago trying to find my dinky car collection. I could NOT find it, I sure was bummed and still am as I have a small family now.

      But would I let her play with them is a different story.

      So I'd like to rebuild my collection and might go this route...
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB - put down your hooked on phonics and learn to spell BALLAD. Balled is the past act of balling someone, not a type of verse.

      On topic - If toys r us carried these that would be the first time I stepped in there in 14 years
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually have a Tomica Mitsuoka Orochi right here, I picked it up on my last trip to Japan.

      (I feel kind of bad about all the jokes people make about it; my former employer did some work for Mitsuoka and I know the guy who designed it, as he was one of the designers of the car that I was doing catalogue work for. People should remember that the Orochi was designed about ten years ago and was actually a big deal at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show; people were raving about the design, which is pretty impressive considering the designer was only about 23 at the time.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      A micro-scaled Orochi isn't nearly as ugly as the full-sized thing ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want that play set for christmas and I'm 28.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I heard that and I'm 45. My playset as a kid was a living room chair for all my hotwheels and matchbox cars. I still have all my cars in the storage building.
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