What do you get when you cross a Toyota Crown Comfort with a Samurai Helmet? The Time Attaxi! Lovers of “scale models” may avert their eyes - we are deep into fantasy toy territory here.
But as a lover of all things Japanese (except curry flavoured lemonade), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And I love it for what it is - a homage to not one but two Japanese icons.
The first one is the Toyota Crown Comfort obviously, the most common Taxi in Japan and other Asian cities. And this is one car that does exactly what it says on the box - it transports its passengers in a most comfortable way. It lacks the sleek roof line of most modern sedans - but it sacrifices style in order to give its passengers maximum head room and to allow easy access. Likewise, you have acres of leg room. It has been in production almost unchanged since 1995, and comes with two different length wheel bases and a choice of petrol or diesel engines.
You may notice that there is something funny going on with the rear door there. It looks like it can open - and it sort of does. But it doesn’t have a hinge - it is made from bendy soft plastic that you can peel back a bit. But if you do it too hard, it would just break off. And there is a reason why only one rear door opens - because the passenger rear door is the only one you can open on a Tokyo Taxi. The other one is permanently locked. Trust me, I’ve tried to get out of the driver’s side. Much to the consternation of the driver. Only a stupid gaijin would do such a thing.
The Tomica model has the same feature - only on the left. Because it has the correct RHD configuration. Hot Wheels put the steering wheel on the left and the opening door on the right. Stupid gaijin...
The other Japanese icon we are reminded of here is the Samurai armour. At least that’s what I get from the look of the custom features. The rear view even incorporates the two swords - though they should be of different length. But I’m nit picking.
Anyway, it’s brought me a lot fun taking pics of it, dissecting its features and writing about it here. I think I’m pretty sure we can thank Jun Imai for this one - once again, he didn’t disappoint.