Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

An unexpected start

Illustration for article titled An unexpected start

Hello there,

I’ve been a follower of LALD for a number of years now - though many have come and gone, this has stubbornly remained an amazing community. LALD has been a big influence on how I indulge myself in 1/64 diecasts since I jumped into the hobby some 3+ years ago. For that, I am very thankful.

Advertisement

I am not the creative type; so probably won’t be much of a content generator. I don’t really have any photography skills which I think is a big part of the process there. But I do have (and have always had) a great fondness for miniature vehicles!

Early in 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan - a longtime dream of mine. It was a very short (but amazing) trip. Diecast was not part of my life... sometimes I miss the old blissfully ‘ignorant’ days! Anyways, wife and I decided to go see the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and its observatory and, taking a little break from walking, we started browsing the souvenir toy store they had up there.

Advertisement

I was hypnotically drawn to this awesome red and white minicar display. “TOMICA”, it read. I stared at it for a while, pondering how young me would have been absolutely in love with the thing. I told my wife: “...I am going to get myself one or two of these”. She stared at me for a second and when she realized I was dead serious, she walked away to browse the rest of the store thinking it might take me a while to pick. I walked out with the two little packages below:

Illustration for article titled An unexpected start
Advertisement

I really liked how heavy and compact the little boxes felt. However, it would be another couple of months until I actually took the plastic shrink off of them and admired the castings... and, boy, I was hooked. These things were heavy and really well-made, with opening doors and suspension. They felt like very high quality toys. Too cool.

Illustration for article titled An unexpected start
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled An unexpected start

Next thing I knew I was searching around Google for more information on this “TOMICA” brand. Where could I buy more of these? I was living in China at the time which, turns out, actually made getting a few more of these surprisingly easy... but that’s a story for another day!

Advertisement

Thanks for reading!

Share This Story

Get our newsletter