The Mitsubishi Canter is a mainstay of the commercial truck lineup of Mitsubishi (now Mitsubishi Fuso), first appearing in 1963. The Tomica Canter is quite a mainstay for Tomica, with many variants released over the years - box trucks, tow trucks, TV trucks, refuse trucks, and dump trucks, among others.
This is Tomica 47-4, the Mitsubishi Canter Refuse Truck, produced from sometime in 1981 up until the early 2000s. There also exists a similar Tomica Dandy version, 020 (later DT-020) in 1:43 scale.
The Canter was introduced as a light-duty cab-over commercial truck, and earlier models were mostly sold in various Asian countries. The version depicted here by Tomica is the 4th generation, produced from late 1978 to 1985.
Exterior detail is fairly sharp, with cast turn signals, 3725 license plates, fine grille, and clear Canter lettering on the front. The refuse body features tilting action, an opening rear door for refuse dumping, and detail much like a 1:1 metal refuse truck body.
The interior has the usual textured seats, but some cost-cutting is evident in the usage of a filled-in steering wheel protruding from the floor, rather than on a column.
The base is metal, with cast-in detail of the leaf springs and transmission. This is a later Made-in-China example. The number cast on the bottom, No 10, is that of the Mitsubishi Canter Dump Truck, which shares the base, and was introduced in 1980.
This was a fairly cheap diecast swap meet find, purchased in a sealed box. The box type and China base suggests that this particular example was made in the late 1990s, after the switch to Chinese production but before the switch to blue TOMY lettering on the box in place of red.
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