Disclaimer: This post is very long, as in 50+ pictures long, so please watch your data usage.
It seemed a lot of people liked my previous post about my Speed Machines collection. Due to the great feedback I’ve received from you guys, I decided to do another post, this time featuring a different series by a different brand: Tomica Limited. I wanted to make some changes, so this time I’m including multiple shots of each car. I felt that in the Speed Machines feature, one photo was not enough to show all the details of each car. As a result, I have over 80 photos of my Tomica Limiteds that I want to show. I decided it’s probably best to split it up into two posts, so here’s Part One, featuring all Nissans.
Tomica Limited (TL) is a line that does not get much love, and you rarely see it here on LaLD or any other diecast forums/blogs. Kids (adults too!) flock to the regular Tomica and the die-hard collectors go nuts over the TLV’s. The TL series sits in between them and seems to get ignored. I’m a big fan of the TL series and I hope to convince you guys to appreciate them as well!
Price-wise, these sit at around the $8-10 mark. Singles are around $8, and there are box sets featuring multiple, exclusive cars with each car averaging $10. You will see a little bit of each here. The formula for TL is simple: take an existing casting from the regular Tomica line, add lots and lots of details, add unique wheels that represent their 1:1 counterparts, add rubber tires, and charge about double the price. Sound familiar? The downside to using regular Tomica castings is that they’re generally not as sharp or as detailed as you would expect for a $8+ car. But let’s see what you guys think of them. Here we go...
I’m starting with my first TL purchase ever, which also happens to be my favorite TL and maybe even my favorite car in my collection. Oh, by the way, did I mention I love the R35 GT-R as well?
Let me just say the Tomica’s R35 casting is absolutely superb. The proportions are spot on, and that grille is so well done that it makes the Kyosho’s look lame in comparison. And I’m talking about the regular Tomica, not just the TL. For those of you without a Tomica R35, it’s worth paying the $5 and getting one.
This particular one is the GT-R SpecV in Ultimate Opal Black, its signature color. Yes, it uses the same casting as the regular Tomica GT-R, but TL has added the details that separate it from a regular GT-R. And yes, I said Ultimate Opal Black, as in:
It’s not just your run-of-the-mill black paint! Note that the spoiler has carbon fiber print on it. It’s these little details that separate TL from regular Tomica.
As you can see, the distinguishing SpecV features are there: the carbon wing, the SpecV badge, the split exhaust (which unfortunately is printed, not cast), and 6-spoke Rays wheels. One thing you’ll notice pretty quickly is that TL’s wheels are generally undersized both in diameter and in width. I understand this can definitely turn off a lot of collectors.
Below, we have the same car, reissued in white.
You can tell that quality control isn’t as good here. The black printing is all over the place in the front of the car, and the rear exhaust is not printed at all. Oh well. Won’t deter this GT-R fanboy.
Next up, we have a group of GT-R safety cars! These came in 2-car box sets, and there’s two sets. They were called GT-R Collection Vol.1 and Vol.2. These come with the standard GT-R wheels.
I remember purchasing Vol.1 at a Tomica Shop in Japan. They actually sold out but had one set out on display. I asked to purchase the display model and they happily obliged. They took the two cars, put them back in the box, and it was mine! Big sigh of relief there, as I remember there we some complications with the release of Vol.1 that made it hard to find.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking since they’re all the same car with different liveries. All of the decals are very well done.
Had enough of the R35’s? Let’s move on!
I think some of you may like the next few, as they’re more vintage...
Nissan Skyline 2000RS Turbo. I don’t know a whole lot about this generation of Skyline, but as a Nissan fan, I had to get it. The details here are excellent as well, especially at the rear. The headlights are plastic pieces, and I assume this is because the regular Tomica also had the same. With the more vintage cars, the undersized TL wheels suddenly don’t look as bad.
I have it in silver also. This one is two-tone with black trim, and I think 2000RS’s look better two-tone. Would’ve been nice to see TL make one in a red and black combination.
The silver one comes in a 2-car box set with the #23 racing version shown below.
This one is more appealing due to its color scheme. It features a different set of wheels in white to match the color of the car.
Next up is the Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R KPGC10 in a red and white livery. This one is sure to be popular among many of you here at LaLD, for obvious reasons.
It’s a pretty simplistic deco for a race car, and it doesn’t have any of the wiring madness going on in the front for the radiator. Would’ve been nice to have that little added detail at this price. The rear is also quite plain. As a side note, this car sports a metal base, whereas many TL do not. Again, this is based on the regular Tomica release.
Next up is the 4-door version of the car above.
This is one of my favorite TL’s ever. It’s nice to get a bone-stock 2000GT-R when everyone else is releasing racing versions. The details here are incredible on the front and rear. The red works very well with the black wheels.
This is also part of a 2-car set with the cream colored racing version below.
The racing version has a different front end from the stock 2000GT-R. It also has different wheels, in a mismatched color, because racecar.
Not to be forgotten, there are also regular (non GT-R) Nissan Skylines as well! The following sports a police deco.
I particularly like the wheels on this one. Very modern and very sporty. This Nissan Skyline 350GT is also called the Infiniti G35 here in the U.S.
This release was part of a TL sub-series of Japanese police cars. If I remember correctly, there was also a Mazda RX-8 and Toyota Crown from this same series. TL later released a second sub-series of Japanese police cars featuring the R32, R33, and a couple Fairlady Z’s. The newbie collector in me passed on them because TL’s were too expensive to me at the time.
Next we have its older brother, the Skyline 370GT, or Infiniti G37. The G37 is one of my favorite cars of all time. Yes, it’s just an everyday car, but I love its clean lines and classy look. And it had the performance to go with its looks. This is one of those cars I would totally purchase in the future had Infiniti continued producing it. Instead, we now have that abomination called the Q50. Okay fine, it doesn’t look that bad, but it’s not close to being the car that the G37 was.
TL produced this Skyline 370GT in its undercover cop car guise. I believe the official term they used was “investigation car” or something like that. Either way, this Skyline is gorgeous. The wheels closely match those of the 1:1, and the printing is super clean, especially on the grille. I like the metallic dark-reddish hue they use for the taillights of this and the 350GT. It’s much better than your typical medium red.
This one’s sure to turn a lot of heads. The Fairlady Z 432.
Definitely one of the better TL’s. Just look at the details at the rear!
...and it’s modern sibling, the 370Z, or Z34 Fairlady.
Unfortunately, the photo above highlights its biggest issue. The ride height is far too much. This is a common issue for a lot of TL’s as well. At least the wheels are done nicely.
The 370Z is a good casting and far more accurate than the Hot Wheels. However, it is a bit large, almost as large as Realtoy’s. This white example has dark tan seats to contrast with the black interior.
And here we have a blue one. This one comes with white seats on a black interior.
It is also part of a 2-car set featuring the purple convertible below, which also has white seats.
The purple color on this Roadster is quite stunning in person. It also comes with a removable top in red, which I have stashed somewhere amidst all of my Tomica boxes. For some reason, the Roadster sits even higher than the Coupe.
On to the S-chassis cars!
The S13 Silvia. This is another wonderful model by TL, and the details are amazing. Look closely and zoom in on the side profile shot below, just behind the doors. Yes, that clearly says “Twin Cam Turbo Intercooler”. That’s amazing attention to detail by Tomica, and the execution is top notch.
The one knock on this car is the rear spoiler. The “gap” between the spoiler and the trunk is actually printed because the whole thing is solid cast. Again, this is carried over from the regular Tomica casting.
Here’s an interesting model you don’t see often. The Nissan Sileighty. That’s a Silvia and a 180SX. Front half of the S13 Silvia combined with the rear half of the 180SX. It sure is a weird looking car.
Though I can’t find the Hot Wheels 180SX, at least I have a 180SX in my collection! Sorta...
Finally, we have the last one for today:
Nissan Bluebird SSS. Bluebirds are all the hype these days.
That concludes my feature for today. Part 2 coming Thursday!
Let me know what you guys think! Any new fans of TL out there? Also, I’m open to any suggestions or requests from you guys. Thanks for reading/looking!