gogotomica

gogotomica

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Toy Car Shopping in Hong Kong

KEN'S GARAGE
Ken's Garage: Tin Hau MTR exit A1 @ Apple Mall
This is a small shop but full of treasures. Pictures will say a thousand words, please see below in order to verify my words. Every time I go to Ken's Garage, I will be welcomed by a "muscular" keeper in the shop but fear not, Ken is very friendly and welcomes any Tomica collector who loves new and vintage Tomica. Only one thing that I may complain is, if shop too crowded, I will be sitting on a chair outside of the shop waiting for Doctor Ken to serve all his "patients" before my turn is called.

Ken does keep an updated supply of Tomicas, specials or regular as he visit Tomica land once or twice every month. Above box of Tomicas are his new stock freshly open from his recent Japan trip. Unfortunately, I did not get anything because those Tomica which I really like are too expensive for me. For example, a racing BMW 320 (limited or special edition) cost more than HKD1000, I didn't know exact price but it is more than HKD1000. I was 10 days in Hong Kong and I went to Ken's Garage thrice. First time to grab his newly source Tomica from Japan and place order for Tomica. Second time was to collect my stuff and bought more Tomica. Third time to see more new stuff which Ken acquired from a collector giving up his collection so of course I bought more too. Total spend this trip in Ken's Garage alone is approx. HKD3500. Mixtures of regulars, special editions and vintages.

Mainly Tomica (99%) and occasionally some others like Johnny Lightning. This time I do see some Bburago on consignment too.



Vintage Gift Sets

More Vintage Gift Sets

Mixture of all era Tomicas

Foreign Series Tomica

Black Box Series Vintage Tomica

Special Edition Tomica

Red White Box Tomica (Japan Made)
If you want to buy reasonably priced Tomica, this is the place you must go. Ken's Garage has almost any Tomica of different era or series (if they are available). If they are not available, you can request and he will hunt it for you during his Japan shopping trip if you are his regular. I got 6 sets of Rally Tomica Set (WRX & EVO)from him as I requested from him months ago.
TOYZONE
Toyzone: Causeway Bay MTR exit D towards SOGO

See this bridge, walk towards it.


Upon reaching the stairs of the round bridge, you should be in Sugar Street. Look out for this building, Causeway Bay Commercial Building, on the left. Take the elevator to 16th floor.


This is how Toyzone look like inside. They have display case filled with toys sold by collectors who are selling on consignment. Toyzone carries mainly vintage or hard to find toys which is not available in shops. You can find all kind of toys in Toyzone from model cars, model kit, figurine, tin toys etc. If you are a collector of new toys or new Tomica, then I will tell you not to waste time here because this is paradise for vintage collectors. I did managed to buy some vintage toy cars like Playart, Corgi and Tomica (bought around 20 pcs this time). Condition from loose, played with to mint in box condition.


Saw this article in Toyzone. Shop owner found 79,000 pieces of old new stock of 60 different Tomica models in Uruguay Customs warehouse. He paid a total of 7 digit for these old stocks. All box and cars never been open before so they are MINT car in MINT box. But if your target price is only HKD20 per car, I think you better move on to continue to collect your new regular Tomica. These are worth at least HKD200 each or more depending on model.

F1 Cars

Vintage Dinky, Corgi & others

Some vintage Hotwheels & Tomica

Vintage Tin Toys

I bought one bus from this case
Above shown are just some cases showing different types of model cars. There are actually quite a number of cases featuring vintage Tomica. If you are into vintage Tomica, you should come here but the price is set by collector and not the shop so no way for you to bargain with seller. Staff of Toyzone are quite professional as I requested my bus to be packed as I need to carry it back to Singapore. As the bus is loose, they help me packed it in a box filled with foam packing. If you are first time there and like to see all kind of vintage, you could spend at least 1 to 2 hours there.
TAI YUAN STREET

Tai Yuan Street: Wanchai MTR exit A3 Johnston Road

There are a total of 5 to 6 toy shops in Tai Yuan Street aka Toy Street in Hong Kong. I usually patronize in 2 shops there only. The most famous is Hung Hing. You will definately know this shop if you are a Tomica freak.

HUNG HING

Hung Hing is always packed with customers regardless of the time or the day you go.

If you manage to get in, you will need to squeeze through the narrow passage for one person. You might need to wait a little while if the shop is too crowded but it is worth the wait if you are craving for Tomica because the whole stretch of the display case on the left are filled up with regular, special and vintage Tomica. Hung Hing not only sell Tomica and also various brands like Ebbro, Choro Q, Siku, Corgi etc. Usually I will buy some special edition or vintage in Hung Hing. There are also some other vintage available, this time I have bought Eidai (package as MadMax), Lone Star, Dinky Hong Kong etc. They have almost anything in the shop including Hotwheels as Hotwheels are never taken seriously by Hong Kong collectors.

Vintage Foreign Series Tomica

Blister Pack Discontinue Tomica

Vintage Long Tomica

This is a must go for any Tomica enthusiast. This is also a place where I broke my wallet every visit.

YAT SING
Yat Sing is a toy shop but do sell regular Tomica and loose Tomica. They open up various gift sets and sell them as loose. They do have some old stock of Tomica Limited selling at low price but limited selection. There are some special edition Tomica as well but in small numbers. I scored in this shop for the "Not for Sale" Chrome Toyota Celica as I swept 10 pieces at a good price.

At a corner of the shop, Hotwheels are dumped into a 2 full containers as "junk" selling at HKD10 but nobody bother to take a 2nd look at all. Among all Asian countries, Hotwheels are treated seriously only in Singapore and Malaysia which I really don't understand why. Personally, I never like Hotwheels as I think they are junk as well. See how Hotwheels are treated in Hong Kong and you know how lowly they are treated there. Try asking any Hong Kong collectors if they really will buy Hotwheels? I bet it will be a no as they are not as widely available as compared to Tomica. I have seen children with parents in shops buying lots of Tomica and I believe the love for Tomica is cultivated since young. This is quite different from Singapore as I know some Tomica collectors here never played with Tomica during their childhood and they only cultivate the love for Tomica in their 30s. The worse collector I have seen are those who used to collect figurine and brought the mint box mint toy behaviour into collecting Tomica.

There are also quite a number of toy shops in Star House, Kowloon, but not so many Tomica. Any questions about shopping of toy cars in Hong Kong, you are welcome to send me a email or message.






65 comments:

  1. Oh boy! I love this post. Actually I just passed around the link on my site's mailing list. Thank you for the insight, it is really amusing and interesting to read about the different collector habits from the other side of the World. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Sam.Joe, well, I am also helping my friend, Ken, to promote his shop in the mean time. I have already check around in Hong Kong. The 3 main place to buy special or vintage Tomica is only Ken's Garage, Hung Hing and Toyzone. I am hoping to post my haul in HK soon by today.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Prawn, thanks. You going to HK soon or another Japan trip?

    ReplyDelete
  4. did you buy the chrome celicas recently? i went in august 09 and saw them there, but regret not buying... i hope they still have some..

    chen

    ReplyDelete
  5. oh, i'm going again in mid april, forgot to say

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Ian, where are you from? They still have the Celicas there.

    ReplyDelete
  7. hello again, i'm from canada actually. these days i focus on collecting tomica regular & specials, as well as maisto 3/5" series

    i'm also hoping to drop by ken's garage. hope the shop won't be closed due to him being in japan sourcing inventory

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Ian, do you have msn or yahoo messenger? Mine is juliansclim@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I sent you an email. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  10. nossa muito legal o seu post..aqui no brasil não temos lugares tão interessantes para adquirir miniaturas de boa qualidade!!

    luigi (santos,sp,brasil)

    msn: ragazzodellaspiaggia@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Napoletano, just added you in MSN. Although not easy to buy miniature cars in Brazil but I believe there are many places selling old new stock in south America like Argentina who produces toys from 70s to 80s.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow! what a good bog it's really amazing, if you want to know about kids toy shopping then you can check it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Laser Pegs, will be shopping there soon.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Some of my models of Lancia cars,
    http://djaferisp.blogspot.com/ (Alitalia liveried)
    http://lanciamodels.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. can you recommend a good and cheap source of new Tomica models by mail order?

    ReplyDelete
  16. Toys cars are very famous in kids. I like all tomica models. Kids are very fond of car toys.
    Learning Toys

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great tips! I’m really finding tips on how to buy used cars. And I think it’s important that we only deal with well-trusted people.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, Nice collection of Online Gift Shopping products, it's really amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It is possible that I go to Hong Kong for some days. I really would like to find some TOMICA Stores to buy some treasures. Now, does exist some store near the International Convention & Exhibicion Centre at Victoria's Harbour?

    ReplyDelete
  20. was yat sing the store where you the pic of hot wheels was from? how do I get to the store if I am coming from causeway bay by subway?

    ReplyDelete
  21. The blog is very informative and nice.Thanks a lot for sharing this.

    buy hot wheels cars online

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hello, is ken's garage still on their old address at causeway, Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  23. http://gogotomica.blogspot.sg/2011/09/notice-kens-garage-shifted.html This is the new address

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi, love all the info above. Im going to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Thailand in a couple of months...any info on best shops to go to for tomica and hot wheels? Im more of a hot wheels collector but want to pick up tomica too. Where would be best value/cheaper to get most of them from? Any help would be much appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi, do they sell mitsubishi mirage car toys?

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love your blog about Audi RS5 RC Rideon Car Toys. Children's first love. All children want this beauty. Even my little boy loves it a lot. Last week I was thinking to give him a present of Audi RS5 RC Rideon Car, So I found the link name www.thebeststock.co.uk, here Audi RS5 RC Rideon Car are awesome with huge variety. My little boy was so so happy to get this kinda gift. You all must try to give as a gift to your children and make them happy :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Coming to Hongkong in August2017 last week and will be there upto 3Sept2017. Had earlier come to HK in 1986!!! Cannot wait to buy some good dinky cars.

    ReplyDelete
  29. When you use a genuine service, you will be able to provide instructions, share materials and choose the formatting style. https://autopartsgh.com/

    ReplyDelete
  30. Wow, that was strange. I just wrote a really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well, I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!
    cash for cars adelaide
    scrap car removal adelaide

    ReplyDelete
  31. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specially the ultimate part :) I maintain such info much. I used to be seeking this particular information for a very lengthy time.
    Thank yyou and good luck.
    cash for unwanted cars brisbane
    Car Removal Brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  32. Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.
    cash for cars brisbane
    cash for cars Ipswich

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!
    Cash for Cars Brisbane
    Cash for Cars Logan

    ReplyDelete
  34. Generally I don't learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it!
    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very great post.
    Cash for Cars Melbourne
    Scrap car buyer

    ReplyDelete
  35. Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.
    cash for cars gold coast
    cash for scrap cars gold coast

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks, foг ones marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you miggһt Ƅe a great author. I wiⅼl made certain to booҝmark your blog and ѡill often come back sometime soon. I want to encoᥙrage yourself to continue your great job, have a nice evening!
    Cars for Cash Ipswich
    car disposal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  37. I have read your article couple of times because your views are on my own for the most part. It is great content for every reader. Toy Shop Cyprus

    ReplyDelete
  38. This article is an appealing wealth of informative data that is interesting and well-written. I commend your hard work on this and thank you for this information. You’ve got what it takes to get attention. kids toys

    ReplyDelete
  39. Unique cash for cars is one of the top companies in Gold Coast who pays top cash for cars up to $9,999 Cash For Cars Gold Coast Ipswich is an urban region in South East Queensland, Australia, famous for paying free same-day car removal Ipswich service cash for cars ipswich | Address: 135 Bradman St, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110, Australia | Email: info@uniquecashforcars.com | Phone: 0732 196 670

    ReplyDelete
  40. Our car removal services are free of cost. There are no unseen charges as so calm down as we don’t want to put you under any stress & We pay top cash for cars on the spot car removal brisbane | Free car removal brisbane | Address: 76 Sherbrooke Rd, Willawong 4110 | Phone No: 0421 223 011

    ReplyDelete
  41. Aussie Skip Bin Hire Brisbane has been servicing Brisbane for more than 23 years. Brisbane is a safe and welcoming city is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia Skip Bin Hire Brisbane At Aussie Bins, hire a skip bin in Brisbane for dumping any waste. FREE same day or next day delivery with instant hiring service available on a phone call with no waiting time Brisbane Skip Bin Hire | Address: 973 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly QLD 4105 | Phone: 0426 499 000 | Email: info@aussiebinsskip.com.au

    ReplyDelete
  42. In North Brisbane We are committed to being Brisbane’s fastest, easiest way to get cash for a junk or unwanted car cash for cars north brisbane North Brisbane Wreckers is a team of professional car wreckers. We are committed to being Brisbane’s fastest, easiest way to get cash for a junk or unwanted car cash for cars brisbane north

    ReplyDelete
  43. I was reading some of your content on this website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up. centralina bmw e91

    ReplyDelete
  44. We offer more than what unwanted car owners want from their cars. We are a car buyer that will leave you with a happy face Car Buyer Hobart

    ReplyDelete
  45. Junk Car Removals is the best cash for cars gold coast and cash for cars ipswich up to $12000 with free car removal on the sameday

    ReplyDelete
  46. Do you want to get free space in place of your old cars and fistful of Cash? Then Sell your old and damaged cars to us and avail our free removal services of all types of heavy and light vehicles. During free home pick up time, we won't ask for any documents like rego slip and we will finish all the paper works and legal procedures.
    Cash for Cars Brisbane
    Cash for Cars Gold Coast
    Cash for Cars Sunshine Coast
    Cash for Cars Sydney
    Cash for Cars Logan
    Cash for Cars Toowoomba
    Cash for Cars Ipswich
    Cash for Cars Caboolture
    Cash for scrap metal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  47. Salisbury Car Removal Wreckers have been providing services of car removal Brisbane to Brisbane and other encompassing areas. Our car removal service is absolutely free, and we do not charge for that at all.


    car removal hamilton

    ReplyDelete
  48. We pay our customers instant cash up to $9,999 without any waiting time. It is our policy to not let customers wait for their money. We also provide free towing services, so customers save even more money when dealing with us. This strategy has been a great success with our customers in Queensland. Through this, we gained a lot of goodwill from our customers.

    car for cash logan

    ReplyDelete
  49. A1 Wreckers is reliable cash for car business in the Brisbane area. We believe that customers' time should be spent doing things they want, not spending time thinking of ways to get top cash for their car on the market.

    car recycling logan

    ReplyDelete
  50. Canberra Cash 4 Cars was started to fulfill the gap in the market for cash for scrap car services. End-of-life vehicles were piling up in the area with only a few places for them to be sold.

    Car Valuation Canberra

    ReplyDelete
  51. Cash For Cars QLD was started with the purpose to provide customers the best cash for car service possible in Queensland. In the beginning, we had only one branch located in Rocklea, but over the years we have grown our customer base in the whole of QLD.

    cash for car brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  52. Speedy Cash for Cars is an attractive new option for car owners in Brisbane who want to sell salvaged vehicles or want to get rid of old scrap. We provide a one-stop solution to all your car removal troubles.

    Cars For Cash Logan

    ReplyDelete
  53. Looking for the low budget, manual, and automatic rental cars in Chennai? Onroadz is the best car rental provider within the city and outstation which meets your budget needs. You can also hire premium cars for rent in Chennai airport for self driving within the city or outstation based on hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly packages at the most reliable cost.

    self drive cars rent in Coimbatore
    self driving rental cars in Madurai
    self driving rental car in Vizag
    self drive car rental in Vijayawada

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hello there, I do believe your blog could possibly be having browser compatibility problems. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent site!
    Cash for Cars Removal Ashmore
    Car Removal Ashmore

    ReplyDelete
  55. I really love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own site and want to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!
    Car Removal Palmerston North
    Car Removal Palmerston

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi there! I simply want to offer you a big thumbs up for your great information you have got right here on this post. I will be coming back to your web site for more soon.
    car buyer ipswich
    sell your car Ipswich

    ReplyDelete
  57. It's a pleasure for your opinion. this blog is very informative this blog will help those who are working on cash for cars ipswich service . Thanks for sharing great information with us have a nice day.
    cash for cars ipswich

    ReplyDelete
  58. Vehicle history check I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post.

    ReplyDelete