Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Mazda Cosmo Patrol Car

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The Mazda Cosmo Sport has been a regular in the Tomica line-up since almost the beginning. It first appeared in 1971 as the #16. The first Patrol Car version appeared later that same year.

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There have been countless re-issues since, and in 2001 a “Limited” casting was introduced. And this year, finally, this car received the “Limited Vintage” treatment. Better still, there was a new Police version to go with it. Needless to say, these actually were used as Police car, and the copper patrolling the Wangan in one of these must have felt quite special indeed.

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Fewer than 2000 of those were essentially hand-built between 1967 and 1972, so it’s surprising any of them really ended up in the hands of the Police. But the Japanese coppers seemed to always have found a reason to get their hands on the best cars available at the time, and who can blame them?

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The Cosmo was a small car - and the TLV being true 1/64 scale is a lot smaller than you might think. And the emergency light seems huge compared to the rest of the car, but it helps to remember that the Japanese cops did out very large lights on top of their vehicles, and this is no exception.

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The sweetest surprise of this release however was the opening engine compartment and the nicely detailed engine inside - something that’s new for TLVs. I sure hope we will see more of that in the future!

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While I already have quite a few Cosmo models, this one certainly is a welcome addition. And as I was ordering this one, I figured I might as well add one more - the “NERV Official Business Coupe” from the 2015 Evangelion Movie.

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So, there’s a lot of Wankel love tonight - enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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