Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ken-Box Matsuri by Go! Go! Tomica

First of all, thank you everyone for attending Ken-Box Matsuri on 26th July 2015. Thank you for helping me to make this happen. It all started 6 weeks before the actual event when I know Ken-Box has the intention to sell their Tomica in Taiwan. I managed to talk them through to come to Singapore. Sorry, Taiwan. Initially location was a problem and eventually with the help of my good friend (Let's Play's owner), we finalized it in Let's Play. I also do have other choices of places but Let's Play should be the best option for this event.

There is a lot of hard work for this event. We have to handle 800 over Tomica, taking them out from their boxes and re-pack in plastic display box. We worked from noon till midnight but it was a fun experience for me.

I get to know from Kenichi San that they prepare these special edition Lamborghini for the Singapore Event. Once I posted these cars on my facebook group, my "pm box" goes crazy from over all the world. I was replying "pm" almost whole day.

I simply love this job. I am able to look at cars that caught my eye which packing.

Here is another cattle truck.

This is the first flag series and the most rare among all flags now.

I was buying and working at the same time. Sorry guys, got to buy this one, yes, because of the box, car is the same as regular.
I do love this but it is too much for me to swallow.

There are 2 pieces for this event.

There are a couple of nice Skyline for this event. I keep my hands off all of them. I need to control myself.
I do want that Civic Motul and NSX Targa. I couldn't afford so it's for you guys.

It's one of my favourite cars for this event. It's mine now. Thanks boss.

One and only Mini Cooper variant in the world.

And it's for sale and it's nearly sold.

We packed all cars in 10 cartons full.

Sunday came. The day when Go! Go! Tomica turned into Ken-Box's staff.

My car was fully loaded. I just felt that this car is still not large enough.

Asking Kenichi San to pose before we set off.

Meanwhile at the event. I was surprise that there are members coming as early as 9am because our event will start only 11am.

We have done the set up and waiting for 11am to start sales.

I can recognize quite a number of members.

Moments before start of event.

Customer browsing what they need at the event.

On actual day, I get to know that we have a queue number system, initially thinking of creating a queue because of the small space.

Each customer only allow to buy 5 cars per transaction intially so that members who got a larger number can have something to buy also.

By queue number 40, we set the limit up to 10 cars per transaction. I know it doesn't please everyone but we have to control the crowd so this will be the best system.

My good friends from Ken-Box. They are really fantastic people. Only that my Japanese is really raw.

One of our assistant, Pooh. He is a big customer at the end of the event also.

A good friend came to support also and overly support. Haha. Thanks bro, appreciate your support.

At the end of the event, all of you emptied 7 cartons and we still have 3 cartons full.

Just when I thought even was over....
I posted these on my group....
I received "pm" from many countries again and plus a friend came over before midnight to my home and bought 1 more carton leaving only 2 cartons to bring back to Japan. Kenichi San was telling me that he is surprised to see Singaporean collectors being easy going, gentlemen and he got a very good impression of us. He wanted to come again soon if time permit for him. I will try to arrange for another with Ken-Box if they like to come again. I declare this event a success. Thanks again.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ken-Box Go! Go! Tomica Event

Hi guys, I am proud to say that I will be organizing the first international join venture Toy Car event held in Singapore. I bet you have heard of Ken-Box if you have been following my blog well enough. The above is their 7th event held in Tokyo which I attended last month. Read more for the event that is going to be held in Singapore below.

Their event back in Japan have about 30 stalls consist of minicar shops and private collectors.

It's very hard to move from stall to stall probably due to small event hall and too many people.

The event in Singapore is firm on 26th July Sunday. The location to be advised on my Go! Go! Tomica facebook group so I urge you to join my group to find out more. The event will be starting from 10am till 5pm.

What will you expect to see at the event? It will not be as large scale as the one in Japan. Only one shop will be coming to Singapore because our market is still pretty small. Ken-Box will bring around 500 to 1000 piece of Tomica for this event. You don't have to travel that far to Ken-Box now as I have brought them here for you. I will do more posting of updates in my facebook group for this event. See you there.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Toy Car Carnival

31st May (Sunday) 2015, team Singapore, the 5 of us marched from our hotel towards the event location. It is only 9:15am in the morning and we joined the queue after 30 people.
 By 9:30am, the queue extended way behind us.

The event hall is quite small and often have to squeeze or push through the crowd. It was so crowded that I took break out of the hall at times.
There are quite a number of Dandy and Diapet from this stall.

I remember buying from this seller some years ago in Yokohama. He had some interesting models on display. I visited his stall last year too. Some cars are from last year Yokohama show because the Mandarin are still not sold yet.

I love buying loose cars too as I do have some empty boxes. I will match the cars according with aid from my Tomica encyclopedia.

They sell Diapet empty box too. I have too many Diapet empty box with no cars at home. Pass.

This event is very unhealthy for our wallet. We bought so many Tomica and other toy cars like no tomorrow.

There is an auction for this event as well. The ending price for many cars are not low.

I have the Herbie but I still want another. The price is very high even before the auction ended. We stayed till the event ended and I went on to meet my Japanese friends for dinner.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Day in Daitokai III and Morinaga Museum

30th May 2015 (Saturday), 2nd day of my trip. Today Atsushi San made a special arrangement for me. He told me that there will be friends coming in 2 cars to pick us up so I thought that he is arranging collectors of similar interest to meet us. We met up with him at the train station and he used his walkie-talkie to radio his gang to drive over. When I saw the first car approach from a corner, I was really surprised. It was a Cedric 230 followed by a Cedric 330. Atsushi San knows that I love classic cars and Cedric is one of them so he made this special arrangement for me. I was really overwhelmed.
We reached the first Hard-Off and had a small agony here. We were seated in the 230. The front door of the 230 couldn't open from inside or outside and Atsushi San was paralyzed.

Eventually he got out from the driver's door. We switched to the 330 after visiting the first Hard-Off store. Not much luck here.

2nd Hard-Off store and not much luck either.

We are now on our way to the 3rd Hard-Off.

Really love this car.

Because of the original hub cap of the wheel.

3rd Hard-Off we visited.

This looks more promising.

The toy department here is huge for a Hard-Off.

There are many junk yards in the outskirts of Tokyo. Honda S600?

There are many classic cars in the outskirt of Tokyo too. My hands are too slow so I managed to capture only this. Could be a Suzuki LJ80 or a Daihatsu TAFT/Wildcat. Other cars seen on the way are Honda Z, Citroen 2CV, Celica 1600GT, Austin 1100 and many more.

We took photos of the Cedric everywhere we went. According to Atsushi San, this place used to be the old Nissan factory many years ago manufacturing Cedric and Gloria. They came home finally after 40 years.

Something which puzzled me, the number plates are identical. The numbers are the same for both cars. Sugi San, owner of 330, told me that they are following exact registration number on the drama series Daitokai III. Both cars have sirens too. Wow, true enthusiast!

I bought some AEON cars here. Each person can only purchase 3 AEON Tomica.

Next stop, Morinaga Toy Museum.

Beautiful cars from any angle.

If you have the intention to visit, you can forget about it unless you have a vehicle and if you can schedule your itinerary to this place on a Saturday. It opens only on Saturday.
Peko-Chan welcomes us at the door.
Morinaga San is a TV presenter and a serious toy collector.

He collects drink cans from all over the world too.
There is corner of Tomica on the first floor. Many are rare and hard to find ones.

Whole cabinet full of Tomica.

Close up for your pleasure.

These are the expensive ones.

Some more.

 And more of this cabinet.

On the same storey, there are other toy cars by other toy makers too. These are arranged by makes of car manufacturers. I love VW Beetles.

Here are the VW Microbus or T1/T2 bus.

Here comes the super heroes.

Just when I thought there are no more Tomica, you will be thrilled if you step onto 2nd floor. There are so many Tomica all around the area. 

One of my favorite in my collecting list. Diapet.

Cherryca Phoenix, Model Pet, Micro Pet and Diapet.

These are the Tomica Dandy. Cool!

Tomica gift set and all series of Tomica mini cars.

Tomica Subaru 360 and Honda NSX.

Tomica Honda cars.


Here are more Tomica for your enjoyment.

Saw a display case full of Hong Kong made cars. This case made me really excited.

I saw a car that I wanted very much. A Winner Colt Galant.

A Winner Toyota Crown.

There are also a few Korean made Kingstar.

A Winner Toyota Celica and a Playart Toyota Celica behind it.

Another Winner Celica, Toyota Crown and a Isuzu 117.

Some Yatming in the case too.

There is also a case full of Majorette. What caught my eye is the red Mercedes.

Something which is high on my list. Schuco from West Germany.

I don't know if anyone is into Choro Q? Here are some.

Some Italian Penny.

Tomica Japanese patrol vehicles.

Tomica Suzuki Carry carries monkey now.

I should consider the Safari gift set. They look fabulous. High on my list now.
Toyota Hiace with cows.

Pigs!!! I love all Tomica animals.

Hiace with monkey.

Tomica wild life.

The one and only Tomica in the world and it is only for view in this museum.

Looks weird but unique since it is one and only.

According to the information, it is a Tomica Dream Motors series made for Morinaga San.

We decided to drive on for a coffee break nearby somewhere.

Have the chance to look at engine bay of the 230.

 Everyone gathered to look at the car.

I have a large Japanese caramel Ice Kacang. It's delicious and I finished it within 5 minutes.

Time to move on to next destination.

Last and final Hard-Off.

There's a Citroen 2CV, 2nd one we see within a day.

Tomy racing set. The price is amazingly low at 1080 yen.

All is completed and Wata San bought it. Extremely good buy, what we don't know is if the set works. By this time, my battery went flat. Couldn't take any more photo of us having dinner. I like to thank Atsushi San and everyone who is with us for this trip on this special arrangement for me.