TOMICA are a line of diecast toy cars and vehicles currently produced by TAKARA TOMY of Japan.

It was in 1970 that Tomica diecast first came into the market under the guiding hand and watchful eye of Eijiro Tomiyama, founder and head of Tomy
Kogyo Company, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. That first year, Tomica started with only six models: the Datsun Bluebird SSS Coupe, the Toyota Corona
MkII, the Toyota Crown Super DL, the Toyota Crown Police Sedan, Toyota 2000GT, and the Datsun Fairlady Z432.  Each Tomica vehicle was sold
in a small box.  By 1979, the total number of vehicles grew to 180. Since 1987 Tomy has consistently offered 120 different models (in 2009 the line
expanded to 140 with the reintroduction of Long Tomica). Takara Tomy continues to keep things interesting by phasing out models every year and
replacing them with new ones.


The Tomica Limited series began in April 2001. Tomica Limited were created, in part, for two categories of people - 1) the car enthusiast, and 2)
adults that played with Tomica when they were kids. The original idea was to make historically important cars. The majority of the Tomica Limited
models are based on the Regular Tomica assortment, however on several occasions new casting were made and introduced through the Tomica
Limited line.  The Tomica Limited are presented with more attention to detail than the original Tomica - realistic tires and wheels, actual paint and color
schemes, and attention to details like emblems.


The Tomica Limited Vintage [TLV] series was first released in 2004. The TLV line is managed by TOMYTEC. The original concept was to make
domestic [Japanese] cars from the Showa 30's [1955 to 1965]. The idea was "if Tomica was available in Showa 30, what cars would have been
made?" The current range of models includes vehicles from the 1950's up to 1970. In 2006 the Tomica Limited Vintage-Neo [TLV-N] line was created
and currently includes vehicles from 1970 to the 1980's. The focus of TLV was on adult collectors, and so the importance was placed on form over
function. This meant a high level of realism, with more attention to detail of the vehicle, such as wheels, tires, paint, trim and emblems verus functions
like opening doors or hoods. All the models are a consistant scale of 1/64.
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The Tomica Story by Steve Shaw