Today, we have here this box set of 4 Skyline R32s:
Traditionally and to this date, cars in Tomica’s box sets come in different colors from the regular release counterparts. The reason is because parents are expected to buy their kids the regular releases, while the gift sets would be obtained on special occasions from relatives and guests. This would avoid duplication of make, model and color.
The regular release R32 came in gunmetal grey, so this box set is no exception from the aforementioned rule.
This set was released in 1990 as part of Tomica’s 20th anniversary. Flip the box over, and you’ll see that there was some raffle going on between the months of May and August.
Open the box and you’re greeted by this styrofoam tray of 4 cars:
It’s interesting to note that over the years, not only have Tomica gift set boxes shrunk in size, they’ve also cut down on packaging costs. In the below picture for comparison, I have a Pajero rally set from 1997. Instead of the sytrofoam tray, the cars are now held in a plastic container, but can still be seen through the box window. More recently, however, even the plastic tray and clear window have been replaced by a full cardboard box. The cars within the GTR set (from 2016) are slotted in a cardboard tray.
First up, here’s an R32 police car. The squared-off siren lights are a dead giveaway that this is a made-in-Japan piece. (Subsequent made-in-China pieces have rounded siren lights.)
I bought this set used, so the decals have already been applied. I’m nitpicky when it comes to applying decals neatly and accurately, so it’s good to know that this set was lovingly cared for over the past 26 years!
Next up, we have this set of gold and red chrome R32s. The gold chrome R32 has gold button wheels to match!
Tomica still regularly releases special edition cars in gold and silver chrome. Red (along with other colors, such as green, blue and purple) is unheard of nowadays, so this is a refreshing one to add to my collection.
Lastly, we have my favorite of the set: The Calsonic-Impul R32. Appropriately, this one comes with fat wheels instead.
The Calsonic-Impul R32 was actually available around the same time as a regular release with box number 84. However, that one is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to find. Nowadays, I’m pretty sure that the standalone regular release would have cost me more than the total of this gift set.
Again, the decals have already been applied, and with care to ensure that they line up appropriately.
A great set to have!