Looks familiar? That’s because there are some similarities regarding this livery from other manufacturer but this one was based on a movie that was based on an actual Japanese Rally car. On my 125th post is the long awaited 2nd item that came with the package from Japan.
Here is what I think is one of the most expensive 1/64 Datsun Bluebird that was released by Tomica Limited Vintage back in November 2017. This car is based on the Japanese movie ‘5,000 km to Glory’. Those who bought the Hot Wheels Car culture 510 would see some similarity with this model. Also the recent Matchbox release Datsun Rally was supposed to be based on this livery but somehow took a slight turn with a different color and added a roof rack.
Since most of the info is in Japanese, I requested the help of a member from a die cast forum named Toyotageek, so many thanks to him.
Let’s start with the box.
It comes in this box set type with the picture of the actor Yosuhiro Sato, who worked for Ishihara Productions during the filming of Safari 5000.
The guy pictured on the inside front cover is Yosuhiro Sato, and worked for Ishihara Productions as some sort of sound engineer during the filming of Safari 5000.
As usual on a box set Tomica also includes the regular size box.
Here it comes with accessories which you can attached to the car. Since Tomica did not put any holes on it I am assuming they need to be glued?
Here is how it should looked once accessories are installed. (Picture borrowed from internet)
Here are more infos about the car and the movie.
The movie was referred to as both “5000 km to Glory” and “Safari 5000".
Nissan started participating in the Safari Rally in 1963 (11th East African Safari Rally), with the Bluebird (P312) and Cedric (G31). In 1966, the fourth year of competing in this event, a Bluebird became the first Japanese car to win its class. The 14th rally was held under abysmally wet conditions, and only nine cars - including 2 Bluebirds (411) - managed to finish the course. No.6, the class victor, was quickly airfreighted back to Japan and put on display in the Ginza.
The exploits of this Nissan team were recorded in a book entitled “5,000 Kilometers to Glory”, written by G. Kasahara (Test Dept. manager at the time). This was later made into the movie (“5000 km to the Glory”) starring the actor on the cover.
Other victories followed. In 1969, a Bluebird (510) took class and team prizes. The “5000km to the Glory” movie actually contains many scenes actually shot at the 1969 event. In the following year, at the 18th rally, Nissan finally took top honors, winning all three prizes - overall, class and team.
Below is a comparison between Matchbox and Tomica on the Bluebird.
Below is the actual car used in the movie. Note that there are some differences between them. (Picture borrowed from internet)
Here is the opening credit of the movie.
So would I recommend this car? If you are a fan of the Bluebird of this era and you have the money, I say go for it while it is still plentiful as the price might go up in the future.