Monday, December 28, 2009

Flea Market December

China Square Flea market has seemed to be our regular event or meet up among ourselves. In this event, we get to know more collector friends. For those friends and patrons who is reading my blog, thank you for coming to our booth. We will be back soon with different collection for sale. If you have gotten my blog address from our booth, please send me a message or email so that we can get in touch in the near future. My email is bonu@starhub.net.sg

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tomica Lamborghini Miura vs Lesney Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura (1966 to 1973)

This is one of the prettiest Lamborghini ever build in history. If you think this car looks a little familiar, yes, it is a Ford GT inspired design but I like the Miura more than the GT. Total product numbers is slightly less than 800 during her 7 years reign. Miura is powered by 4.0 litre V12 engine. The first comparo of Go! Go! Tomica "Face Off" series will be a Tomica Lamborghini Miura SV vs a Matchbox Lesney Lamborghini Miura. Who makes better car? Tomy or Lesney? Read on.

Tomica Lamborghini Miura SV (1977),
1/62, Made in Japan

Lesney Lamborghini Miura (1969),
scale unknown: Approx. 1/60
Made in England

Tomica & Lesney Miura faces off each other side by side. Worth mentioning that the Lesney Miura adds some detailing as they included an engine shown on the rear. The reason could be the Miura they based on is the earlier Miura while Tomica based on the face lifted Miura with "blind" rear windows. Lesney scores on detailing. Lesney 1: Tomica 0

If you close up on both cars, yes, I always think that Tomica made an excellent Miura but the Lesney cast is even better. Look at those detailing on the bonnet and you know what I am talking about. The Lesney has more clean and accurate details on the cast. The Lesney also looks more defined and proportionate if you compared with the real thing. Lesney scores on its casting. Lesney 2: Tomica 0

More detailing on the rear on the Lesney made the Tomica looks plain in comparison. Lesney adds 4 exhaust and a number plate (looks like an old UK plate)

Before this Lesney Miura appears, I always love the Tomica Miura (I still love the Tomica). The Lesney is really beautifully crafted and packaged in a way like trying to install all round disc brakes, 7 airbags, 6 cogs into a super compact. How about build quality of these 2 little gems? Early Tomicas are always superb in this area and early Matchbox are not too far off too. This is how they fared. Quality of fit seems to be better in the Lesney, smaller gaps, making matchbox sized car looked serious in this budget sector considering they have slightly more detailing. Quality of finish seems brighter on the Tomica. Better paint finish and smoother edges, the Lesney has slightly rough edges but it doesn't bother me much. Lesney 3: Tomica 1

I like Tomica mainly because of their famous button wheels (usually 5 spokes but this is 4 spokes). I do like the metal wheels (with rubber tyres) of the Lesney too. Actually the metal wheels looks better in the Lesney but it doesn't rolls well and most old Lesneys have missing rubber wheels. The Tomica wheels finished nicer too without having larger "pin head" in the Lesney. I do like to give points to both but I can choose only one. Lesney 3: Tomica 2

I am not so particular of metal or plastic base but I quite like the information given on the Tomica as it tells us the scale and production year etc of the car. What I do like to share with you is that Lesney has pack an interesting feature into this little toy. The Lesney Miura front wheels do steers! It's a special feature which Lesney named it "Auto Steer". So Lesney score points again. Final Score, Lesney 4: Tomica 2
Verdict: I wouldn't say the Lesney is a winner here although it packs more features like an engine, steering. I grew up with Tomica rather than Lesney as Lesney are from the 60s while Tomica the 70s. Lesney give a much vintage feel overall and the Tomica much modern in the general finish. I like both Miuras but the Lesney is just better fit and proportionate compared to Tomica.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Go! Go! Tomica wishes all followers of my blog to have a wonderful Christmas and a blessing year ahead.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

What I found today Part 4

T-Hunt Fire-Easter and Super T-Hunt Fire-Eater

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What I found today Part 3

All are old new stock!!!! So I grab all.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tomica 2010 Feb

The Subaru Legacy B4 looks nice, this is the first time Tomica release a Legacy Sedan as previous models are all wagons. The side "chrome" panels looks a little odd though, hope the real item will look better than this.
New Mazda Axela! Looks a little similar to the Subaru Impreza in my opinion.

All pictures taken from TakaraTomy website:


Save for the 40th Anniversary Set, not again.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

40th & 41st Tokyo Motor Show

This was bought in HK last month and this is not mine but belong to my brother who is never a Tomica collector. He only owns 3 Tomica, Swift Sport Yellow, Swift Sport Racing and this one above. I don't think a normal Singaporean will buy this because somehow I know the buying pattern of our fellow country men. The reason why my brother will buy this (4 times the price of a normal Tomica) is because he owns the same ride with same color. Below is the Swift Sport as one of the gift set (limited 20,000 set) in the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007, each maker has a car each and total 8 if to collect all. There is also 300 limited number of a special color for each model so it will be 16 in all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brand New Vintage

These are brand new vintage all the way from Uruguay today. Seller even ask me if I wanted Made in Singapore Tomica, I supposed Tomica accessories.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What I found today Part 2

Well, it is covered with years of dirt, has a missing cardboard on top of the kiosk and also a missing signage. Luckily, everything works well and it has a box. Car not included in my find today.

What I found today!

Tomica in box and loose Tomica

Empty Boxes

I think you wouldn't believe what I found today. I been wanting to go into that shop which I saw some old Tomica some months ago but a little embarrased as it is now a shop selling women's garment and some tailoring (which used to be a toy shop). Today, I pluck up my courage and approached the shop filled with aunties who are plucking vegetables. The aunty, who supposed to be the shop owner, gladly sell me all her Tomicas at a really good price. I wouldn't say that all are old or rare Tomicas but these are some generations ago and some Tomy logo are still in red. Then the aunty brought out a plastic bag full of Tomica boxes and gave it to me FREE. She told me after Tomica raise their price to $3.50, she stop selling them and gave to her grandchildren. Oh my, $3.50 is price 4 years ago. Even when I told her the price is $5.95 now, she still sell me at a really low price since I told her I will buy all. She told me that she had thrown away the display case some years back as she decided to stop selling Tomica, she said that if she still have it, she will give it to me. I think I am just a little too late.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Loose Tomica

I was tidying my room yesterday and surprised to find that my loose Tomica (Japan Made) population is increasing day by day. So I gather some of them to take a "group photo".

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Launch of Go! Go! Web Shop

Launch of this Go! Go! Web Shop today.


This webshop is still quite "raw" so please bear with me. Reasons for this webshop not to make profit but to share with collectors and to make new friends of the same interest.

More Tomica coming soon including as I will try to introduce new Tomica for collectors who wanted them early (if I am able to get them early).

More to come, so please do come in often.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tomica 2010 Jan

This is first ever Bentley Tomica has made so it's a must have for me. Tomica made the sister car Rolls Royce Phantom VI (regular and Dandy) in the past and it is a really nice effort. This Bentley looks good too especially the front grill that looks really Bentley. I am always excited whenever Tomica made a foreign car but the actual product is always a little disappointment (in my opinion, look at the Smart Fortwo). I do seriously hope that they consider to revive the F-Series as I think there are many nice foreign cars in the market today. In my opinion, this should be better buy than Matchbox Bentley in terms of quality. Hope I am right when I see this Bentley next year.
I do hope Tomica can release new casting than to based on the existing. I will still buy this since this will be a hot item too and it looks hot. Nevertheless, it is nothing exciting for me to look forward to it compared to the Bentley.

Pictures taken from TakaraTomy website:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tomica Ford Model T

Saw this Vintage Ford Model T in HK.

Yes, it's a Ford.

Vintage Tomica Ford Model T
There are also other variations of Ford Model T, a sedan with roof and a panel van with advertisement. Will post photos upon request of followers of my blog.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tomica Rallycar Collection

This set is total sold out in HK. Managed to get only this WRX. I actually wanted the EVO, not that I am an EVO fan but this is the only Tomica EVO that has a button wheel. Tomica has never produced a Lancer or EVO that c/w button wheel since the 70s except for this series (EVO X Rally) and the keychain series of the EVO IV.

Hong Kong (November)

Special request from Pooh. Taking pictures on each individual sections so that he can choose what he like on my next trip to Hong Kong.

This time consider biggest haul among my HK trip. I could buy more if I have more space.

Toy's Dream Project

One make Racing set (4 sets)

Hasemi Masahiro Racing Skyline Collection

50th Anniversary Skyline Set
See my earlier post on Skyline History

Earlier Toy's Dream Project

Tokyo Auto Salon

Wind-up Car Wash Set from year 2000

Bulldozer comes with a Tomica mat

Tomica Limited Toyota Soarer Patrol

Coca-Cola Trucks!!!!!!!

F-Series Neoplan Bus Skyliner

Discontinued Tomica Lot 1

Discontinued Tomica Lot 2

New Tomica Lot
Suzuki Lapin is made in Vietnam and it comes with a big decal

Tomica Limited Vintage Lot

Most of these items are for sale. To get them, please look for Anthony of Gift Greeting which is located in Great World City (Singapore).