Last Christmas (December 24th at 8:59 am to be exact) a package from Doug who helped me order and accumulate  a variety of models from here and HK was finally delivered. The delivery was supposed to take only a few days since it was within the same state using priority but ended up taking a round trip to the east coast and back instead which ended up taking more than a week. So without further delay on my 191st post is a couple of ‘97 Honda Type R EK9 from TLV.

When Tomica first released the type R back around March 2018 I did not pay any attention to them. Then next thing I realized when I decided to include it in my collection, the model was already sold out and prices have gone sky high. So when Doug told me about the newer Hong Kong edition releases and he had extras , I asked him to set aside both the yellow and white.

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I’ve notice that Tomica has been including side mirrors which were not seen during their early releases which is a great bonus. However there are no reflectors on them. As usual it includes separate head and tail lights, rubber tires and suspension but no opening feature.

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So the question is, what’s the difference between the regular and HK edition?

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I don’t have the regular first release but based on info on the internet, they are both identical except the regular release has matching color hood while the HK edition has Carbon Fiber Hood.

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For those familiar with TLV models there is no doubt that they make one of the finest 1/64 models that you can even see the ‘H’ printed on the wheels very clearly.

Photo borrowed from ebay

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The box are easily distinguished from their regular release as it does not include any numbering system and you can identify the color of the model based on the color of the box as seen on the photos.

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If you’ve been getting your TLV from Japan online stores, you may have to change direction as these will only be available from Hong Kong resellers.