Being a Tomica collector, I am kind of ashamed to say that I have more Diapet than Dandy. Yonezawa Diapet came into the scene in 1965 while Tomica Dandy is 7 years late in 1972. I have yet to own a 60s Diapet as they are too expensive to buy, besides, I like the 70s Japanese cars better. If you like Japanese cars in Dinky scale, I would recommend Diapet rather than Dandy. Diapet actually produce more cars (Japanese or Foreign cars) as compared to Dandy and many models are much interesting compared to Dandy. Okay, I do understand that Dandy is a sub-line of Tomica. It's equivalent of Cherica being produced to give Tomica a run for the money (but failed). Perhaps I will do a comparo between Diapet and Dandy one day.
Diapet Standard Clear Window Box
One side showing dimensions of the car
This is how a 70s Diapet packaging looks like. The car is wrapped around with a piece of sponge material protecting the car. It does surprise me that the spongy material still look new or intact after all these 30 to 40 years. If you have the Schuco Modell (1:66), you will understand what I mean. Some of my Schuco "sponge" does disintegrate as there are bits and pieces which I just thrown the little fragments away keeping just the car and display box.
Isuzu Gemini 1800
Bonnet, boot and doors open. All Diapet front seats able to incline. This Isuzu has a sunroof that opens.
Toyota Carina 1600SR Coupe
Bonnet, boot, doors does what they should do.
Mazda Cosmo Coupe
Engine compartment, trunk, doors able to open.
Mitsubishi Galant Sigma 2000
All opens except rear doors. Press suspension of front wheels to push lever up allowing some assistance for bonnet to open.
I just can't lift the bonnet up. Too new and got stuck? Rear doors open too. This car is the heaviest of the lot here.
It will be last session of May flea market tomorrow till another months later. I will put these 5 up in my showcase to spice things up. I will let them go to a good collector if the price is right.