One thing I simply love about LaLD is the sharing of the fun we have. After a little cleaning over the weekend, I stumbled upon this very memorable piece of my childhood. And what could be better than sharing the fun with you guys?
I had no idea what this was called until I finally rediscovered this piece. It reads “B/O Tomica” on the base plate, which this phenomenon that didn’t existed back (the internet) then tells me it stands for “battery-operated”. This Particular B/O Tomica was the Nissan Atlas 清掃車, which I’m sure translates to Garbage Truck or at least “Sweeper/Sweeping Car”. Another neat fact about this model is that it was actually made in Japan!
It’s showing some age. The front wheels are co-mold plastic but the rear has rubber tires that are starting to crack on one side.
I tried to remove the blue plastic cover to get to the battery but wanted to be gentle so I didn’t try hard. You can still see the battery from the window.
Because I wanted to show you guys the inside, I handed it to my dad to take a quick look since he used to change the battery for me. He was convinced that the blue plastic cover concealed the battery so he started trying to forcefully remove the blue plastic cover. I ran for my life to grab a Phillips screwdriver to try unscrewing the base before he destroyed it.
Turns out it really was as simple as a screw and the blue cover is riveted on :P
Size N battery. I remember these were the same batteries our film-operated camera used. I never got to play with this much because these batteries were considered expensive for us back then and didn’t get to play much with it in the US for that reason. It also weighs twice as much as a normal diecast car without the battery.
You can see the motor on the side and the gears that move the wheels. The gears are separated when the car is switched to ‘Off’ so it can be rolled like a normal diecast.
Once you switch to ‘On’, the axle moves and the gears align.
I’ll have to buy a Size N battery before I can get this to work but in the meantime, here are more pictures of the car:
This worked with a B/O Tomica playset that I had as a kid. I believe my uncle gave it to me as a gift during a trip to Hong Kong and it’s been sitting in the corner of my bedroom for many years. I’m not sure whether the train part of the playset was actually just a compatible Plarail kit or later the series later merged with Plarail but I do remember my dad taking me to the store to buy extra train tracks and this extra Nissan Atlas garbage truck. I’ll take the entire set out some other day.
And here’s some random kid in Hong Kong smiling at the set. Just look at how happy he is! [This photo was taken back when HK was still a British colony]