Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tomica Fiat 500 Lupin The Third

I don't usually buy the Dream Tomica except Godzilla vehicle, Initial D Trueno and the recent Time Mechabuton. I just can't bring myself to buy those Disney or Hello Kitty theme vehicle. Most collectors are looking forward to the Trueno but I am looking forward to this Fiat 500 instead. In fact, I have yet to open the packaging of my white hooded Initial D Trueno.

This is the best Dream Tomica to date. Current Tomica do not have a registration plate but this Fiat complete with a pair of rear and front plates. The plate is painted unlike the older Tomica which were moulded. Anyway, it's a toy made on current day so the manufacturing process are not the same anymore.

What I like about this Fiat because it is made closely to the anime. It had it's rag roof rolled up, Lupin's baggage on the roof and rear engine hood popped. It would be great if Tomica could leave the roof "open" without the plastic window. I wouldn't mind to pay extra if Lupin III and Daisuke Jigen figures are included.

Lupin The Third Fiat 500 posing with the new Fiat 500. The opening up of Lupin The Third could also mean that Tomica could make other cars in the Lupin series. Most cars are unknown to current collector because most cars are made few decades before I was born unless you know how to appreciate the beauty of classic cars. In the Lupin Series, Clarisse who is Lupin's girlfriend, drive a red Citroen 2CV. Tomica made one years ago but would be great if Tomica can remake one with a new casting. One other Lupin's ride is a Mercedes SSK besides the Fiat. There were so many cars in the anime that Tomica could open up a Lupin The Third series. Ferrari 312 (not possible due to licensing restrictions), Renault A110, VW Beach Buggy and so on. Well, this is actually a dream for me which unlikely will happen.

A real Fiat 500 while I was in Germany on business trip this May. I used to know of a lime green Fiat 500 some 10 or 15 years ago. It had some rust on its body with a "SW" plate always parked in Jurong East. It was gone but hope that someone bought it and restore it to original. I also saw a young guy in his 30s driving a Fiat 600 just 2 or 3 years ago while I was driving home and he is just in front of me. Fiat 600 is slightly larger than a Fiat 500 in terms of size and displacement. I am glad that there are people who still appreciate these cars in Singapore and hope we can do our best to preserve classic cars.

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