Saturday, January 14, 2017

Best Tomica of 2016

Awards Voted by Go! Go! Tomica Facebook Group
Worst Tomica in Build Quality of 2016
I can see when why this car this was chosen due to its ugly painted headlights and simply this car is unloved by the Tomican public. The Hino Ranger (also unloved) came close, could be due to its plastic shovel and the crane which is unable to extend. The Civic Type R was also high on the list which is not a surprise to me as I pick this car personally for the worst of 2016.

My Favorite Tomica of the Year 2016
There is actually a close fight between the BMW i8 and the NSX which the NSX won by just a whisker. The Toyota 86 was also leading at the initial stage which came of a surprise to me. I would say this is all up to individual preferences.

Cars Saying Good Bye To Round 1
These are cars that are picked by me simple because they are not made what they are used to. Reference point made comparing to Tomica of the good old Japanese days. They are eliminated due to painted rear windows, large portion of windows painted including windows after B-pillar and omission of a feature (suspension is a feature too). Do check out a Japanese made Tomica and you should understand what I am talking about.

For: Nice car, good fit and finish especially the opening rear hatch.
Against: Rear painted window

For: Nice livery of a German police car
Against: Rear window painted even when the hatch doesn't opens

For: It's a nice miniature model of the real car 
Against: Too many windows painted

For: I love road works vehicle
Against: Almost everything

For: I love this van since Tomica hardly made any road car van these days
Against: The rear window although nicely painted.

For: Nice bus with open top
Against: Lower deck side windows are not made with plastic

For: It's a common road car here which will be appreciate by many of their owners
Against: Windows again

For: It made everyone crazy and turn Hot Wheels collectors coming after it too.
Against: Fit and finish, rear painted window, bad paint work especially the white Type R. Should be the worst of the lot.

For: Nice headlights
Against: Painted windows, too much

For: Nice front and headlights
Against: Windows again

For: Love this Tomica more than the real car, good fit and finish
Against: But not nice to see paint over rear window

Cars Saying Good Bye To Round 2

It's usually hard to make a roofless car impressive for any maker into a toy car. Although this is a targa top but simply unimpressive to look at.

I am hardly a fan of the MX5 except the 1st gen and this current generation. I must say Tomica do a better job on this one compared to the 1st MX5 but still not the best among the remaining cars.

I love the Atenza and also the private owner taxi livery but the quality is questionable. I opened it from the shrink wrap and the chrome faded right inside its new packing.

I love ENEOS truck but it's not easy to make a truck impressive especially at this scale.

The only feature that impresses me is the rear ramp. It flips up like a mechanism.

Everything is fine except the truck head looks ugly to me.

I bet there will be a craze if they made a variant ferrying pigs. 

I will only consider letting a "repeat" die cast be included in top if they made a really astounding one. Not for me but surprisingly the Tomicans in my group almost voted it into top 3 but eventually loses steam in the end.

I love the movie Titanic but I wouldn't want to watch it every year. I hope you understand what I am driving at. Beside, the silver one looks better.

I love white cars simply because they are good for customization. It has a revised grill and rear but better to let new casting a chance to win it. Don't you find that there are simply too many variations of Toyota 86 (including BRZ)?

The Winners

3rd Place: BMW I8
Not a fan of this car. It has a real nice front and rear and no major flaws.

2nd Place: Honda NSX
Kind of love this car but I love the looks of the original one more. Much more impressive than it's smaller sibling, the Civic Type R. It should looks good if there is a TL version.

1st Place: Toyota L&F Geneo Forklift
Why not a forklift? I don't know why Tomica are really good in making forklift. It can pass off as a promo vehicle. Usually promo vehicle requested by maker are made of a higher standard. Good job by Tomica. I hope there will be more variants of this Toyota rather than the 86.