Was lucky enough to get a chance to visit this, a decision I won’t ever regret.
Warning - Extremely image - heavy, will drain your data bone dry.
This was the 59th All Japan Model and Hobby Show, held in Tokyo, with a representation from most of Japan’s leading hobby brands. It was a phenomenal collection of drool tools for anyone who likes model cars. There were stalls from multi-disciplinarians such Kyosho and Tamiya, plamodel giants such as Aoshima and Hasegawa, as well as die cast brands Tomytec, Ebbro, and Hobby Japan etc. The exhibition showcased both current and upcoming releases from a host of brands, along with a vast array of hobby tools, accessories, live building sessions and demonstrations. Needless to say I emerged penniless from the exhibition, after exhausting my entire monthly allowance. Thankfully there were no in - house ATMs, or else I could be starving by now.
First stop was at the Modelers’ stall.
Moving on to Doyusha, which focuses on RC cars primarily sourced from China, and also the agent for RMZ in Japan.
Then to Hasegawa.
And housed within the Aoshima stall was LCD Models.
The Grand Champions..
And this ridiculously cute (and fully functional) mini “pasocon”.
Which reminds me, there was another functional miniature arcade somewhere else.
Which had an incredible N gauge (1/150) diorama of the Shinjuku station (one of the mega Shi- stations in Tokyo).
Moving on to, Kyosho..
And the numerous other brands they represented..
And “Almost Real”
Kyosho also had a very interesting “ 1000 yen raffle”, where the winners could get anything from a 1/12 NSX to 1/36 Wellys. My luck bagged me a pair of them Wellys. The guy before me snatched a Bburago 1/24 F40. FML. lol.
And of course,
There was the GR Supra kit and quite a few others worthy of mentioning here. Unfortunately my snaps were awful, and I did not realize until they came up on the big screen.
Platz / Italeri / Diecast Masters
Meng Models, which had this weird model of who - knows - what (my pathetic Japanese knowledge is far from adequate to read a description).
Tiny / Tarmac / Inno64
Hobby Japan (where most of the time was spent sifting through a pair of 1/43 bins that had cars at almost 1/3rd of list. Again my luck was not at its best, the guy before me snatched a gleaming 22B, I ended up with a white JZA80, after quite a period of contemplation).
The same happened at Ebbro stall, and I ended up getting a 1/24 V Spec II.
And of course the RC stuff.
By this time I was quite exhausted, and more importantly my memory card said it had had enough too.
It was not all about cars either...
Along with some phenomenal dioramas
It was a fab experience altogether, a crushingly tiring, yet enormously enjoyable (and wallet shattering) experience. To top my day off, I happened to step into a Toyota showroom by sheer chance, stood in a queue for 25 minutes to drive a Prius simulator (it was super fun though), and saw the GR Supra and new Corolla in flesh.
Thanks for stopping by and scrolling through an endless river of snaps! I hope you enjoyed them! Monster day is almost here, have a great week ahead!