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'Murica Monday: Another Camaro

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Follwing last week’s Camaro by Tomica feature for ‘Murica Monday is ... another Camaro by Tomica.

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This one is #19-7, the fifth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro in yellow, first released by Tomica in 2011.

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The fifth generation of the Camaro was released in 2009 for the 2010 model year, following the discontinuation of the fourth generation in 2002. This generation was previewed by a very similar concept in 2006. Engine options were a 3.6L V6 (305 hp) or, on the SS only, one of two 6.2L V8s (426 hp, with manual; 400 hp, with automatic). This generation was assembled exclusively in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, a mere half-hour from where I’m typing this up.

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This casting has good exterior detail, with a slotted grille, molded side (fake) vents, hood bulge, and lip spoiler. Like all Tomicas, it has fine operating doors and sproingy suspension.

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Interior detail is good, with a molded shifter, bucket seats, and speakers and CHMSL on the rear shelf. The steering wheel is a letdown though, as it is only a black plastic mushroom, rather than the intricate multi-spoke wheels common on 80s and 90s castings.

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As with more recent Tomica, it has painted headlights and tailights, although this one also has gold painted bowties front and rear and silver Camaro badges on the fenders.

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Scale is listed as 1:65, which appears realistic. The base has decent detail with molded in suspension and exhaust parts.

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The only other (minor) gripe, besides the steering wheel of course, is the size of the wheels, which appears small compared to the rest of the car and the fenders.

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Yes, the price sticker is in HKD - equivalent at the time was perhaps $3.5
Yes, the price sticker is in HKD - equivalent at the time was perhaps $3.5

I purchased this one four and a half years ago, when I last visited Hong Kong. This casting is still in the current lineup, although probably not for long. Unfortunately, this one has suffered from a couple of minor chips on the rear from handling.

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Here are a few bonus pictures with last week’s Camaro as well.

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