(Foreword: Apologies in advance for any poor formatting or oversized pictures. This is my first blog post ever.)
Hello everyone. I’ve been a long-time stealth reader, but for some reason, I decided to sign up for publishing rights yesterday. Hoping to share some of my collecting experiences and joys with everyone!
I’m currently in my late 20s, but toy cars have always been a prominent part of my childhood. And having grown up in Asia, Tomica has always been one of my go-to brands.
I’ve kept all my Tomica since young. some are near mint while others are a bit playworn. About 5 years ago, I went down the path of hunting for cars that I’d missed out on as a child, or mint versions of my playworn ones.
And that marks my entrance into the world of vintage and special Tomica.
I have family in Hong Kong, so naturally I stock up while I’m there visiting family:
And while I’m in Hong Kong, I tend to make side trips to Japan as well. Here’s Tokyo:
And here’s Osaka:
And when I’m at home in Canada, ebay is my to-go place. Sometimes things can get very expensive when you have spirited bidders and expensive shipping fees, but occasionally you can get lucky:
As some of you may know (and as I’ve implied earlier), vintage Tomica can become very expensive. For this reason, I sometimes buy pieces in need of TLC at cheaper prices, and then fix them up myself. Like this for example:
And sometimes, they just need a bit of cleaning...
As I add to my collection quite often (both new and old pieces), I don’t actually know exactly how many pieces I have. But I display some of them in a diorama setting, also part of the Tomica product line.
This one represents a used car dealership from Showa era Japan:
The Toyota decals are customized, but this is from the Tomica Town line:
So what “OEM” companies are part of the product line, you ask? Well, there’s Honda and Nissan...
That’s if for now. I’ll share more another time. :)