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Samurai Sunday: Tomica Dandy Skyline KPGC110

Here we have a nice example of a special Tomica Dandy model - the “KenMary” Skyline GT-R - the last of its kind for 16 years.

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This model couldn’t be anything but a Tomica, with all the details cast in metal and the usual crisp lines. But being a larger scale Dandy model, you get even more opening parts. The doors, engine and boot all open as you’d expect.

The engine is part of the exterior casting, the engine bay part of the interior, giving the whole a pretty realistic appearance.

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There is a nicely detailed interior with a correct steering wheel too.

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As is typical for a casting of its age, it is a pretty heavy piece with a metal base, made from rather thick pieces of metal. You can tell how chunky the parts are from the opening boot:

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There’s nothing here that would easily break off. But although the casting dates back the 70s, this model is a lot newer, from the 1990s, The box gives the game away:

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This is a special re-issue by the II Ado Company, a famous model car shop in Japan. These issues have a couple of advantages over the original Dandy issues: They have a higher level of detail and now are a lot cheaper to buy. A win-win as far as I am concerned.

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