Land of the Rising Sun-day, Tomica time is here again. As this is the close of the holiday season, we examine a red car to go with the green car in the prior review. This is Tomica 75-3, the Nissan Bluebird 2000 G6-EL. This casting had a relatively short run, entering the range in January 1978, remaining until September 1980. Like my prior Tomica review, this one is a gem:

Like the prior review, this is a car I like in full size form. This vehicle was known as the Datsun 810 in NA, and is one of the older Japanese cars I’d seek if I wanted another hobby car. Like the Toyota Mark II review 2 weeks ago, this casting is an example of vintage Tomica at its peak. Detail and proportion are fantastic, with laudable fine casting lines, and “Bluebird” script on the rear fender. Scale is claimed to be 1:64, no doubt accurate. As expected, this casting features the snappy door action, crisp glazing, and springy suspension that are beloved traits of old Tomica. From all angles, it is a beauty:

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Doors open to reveal a detailed interior and accurate steering wheel:

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Front and rear are detailed to a similar high standard, with the grille area and finely cast rear lights being nice touches:

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The base is metal, typical for the time and features ample detail:

This example is lucky enough to live in its nice original black box:

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I am definitely glad to have this casting in my collection. This is one I sought, and it took a little while to find one at a not-insane price - although not a rarity, it is not common, and seems to be popular. I like the real car, and when I was a kid, my uncle had a wagon version of this car, I still remember him telling me how it had the same engine as a Z-car. As real cars, like most Japanese cars, these were used up and thrown away back in the day, and are now quite rare in decent condition. It’s just a lovely model:

A couple 1:1s from youtube and pinterest, and a period US spec promo shot from nicoclub.com

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