September 8, 2013

  • A long silence and the Dome Celica

    I have not posted in a long time. Basically I’ve just had too much else going on and have had little personal time for the blog. Minicars and other items continue to come in, and I’ve expanded my range of minicar collectibles to include other Japanese car marques, and buses and trucks and in general, any vehicle that reminds me of my visits to Japan.

    I see Xanga has made some changes since my last post. Not sure if I like the changes but not much I can do about it. Will have to see what happens…

    While I’m on here, I might as well post my newest addition to my Tomica collection. I have to thank my friend Rob G from Australia as I acquired this model from him, along with some other great minicars.

    No. 35-2 DOME CELICA TURBO
    Scale = 1/68
    Made in Japan

    This model was first introduced in December 1980 in a black version. According the Tomica Collection book, there were 4 different versions released, and this blue version was the last (and was meant for export). Also, according to the fact that this is a black box with a barcode, it must have been made & sold in the mid to late 80′s.

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February 17, 2013

  • DANDY

    TOMICA DANDY

    I purchased this Tomica Dandy Corona from member Toy_Yoda of the Japanese Nostalgic Car (JNC) forum. The box is very worn, and the model has stickers that are peeling a little, but otherwise the model is in great condition and I like it very much.

    No. 011 CORONA MARK II hardtop 2000 GSS
    Scale 1/47
    Made in Japan

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February 16, 2013

  • Secret Santa

    Secret Santa

    Back in December I took part in a Secret Santa exchange on the MCCH board. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to help anyone out, but I was the recipient of another members generosity. Here are the cars that hoseman sent me… I received these just a few days before Christmas!

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    HOT WHEELS
    HW CITY
    TOYOTA AE-86 COROLLA

    I have not been able to find this car locally, so it is a welcome addition.

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    MATCHBOX
    1968 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER (FJ40)

    This red version was part of a 10-pack in 2009.

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    MAJORETTE
    4×4 TOYOTA

    This is a new version for me. I don’t know anything about it!

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February 10, 2013

  • Literature

    Package from
    MALAYSIA

    LITERATURE

    Mr. TJIANG of the Tomica Fan Club also gifted me a nice selection of brochures…

    TOYOTA BROCHURES

    CAMRY

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    COROLLA ALTIS

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    YARIS

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    VIOS

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    AVANZA

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    AVANZA VELOZ

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    FORTUNER 

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    HILUX

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    RUSH 

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    KIJANG INNOVA

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    HIACE

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    DAIHATSU BROCHURES

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    ASSORTED BROCHURES
    NISSAN and HONDA

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February 9, 2013

  • FAST LANE / REAL TOY

    Package from
    MALAYSIA

    FAST LANE / REAL TOY

    Many thanks go to Mr. TJIANG of the Tomica Fan Club for providing me with these models.

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    FAST LANE
     TOYOTA ALPHARD
    (from Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

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    REAL TOY
     TOYOTA ALPHARD
    (from Jakarta, Indonesia)

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    Comparison of the Fast Lane & Real Toy models – the castings are the same!

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February 8, 2013

  • MALAYSIA

    Package from
    MALAYSIA

     I received a package from a member of the Tomica Fan Club.

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    Member TJIANG helped me get a couple of minicars from FAST LANE & REAL TOY. The minicar is a Toyota Alphard. Along with the Alphard, TJIANG also sent a customized Tomica and a variety of Toyota, Daihatsu, Nissan and Honda brochures! 

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    The contents of the package included a New Year’s gift – this custom  TOMICA Honda CR-V with RMZ wheel conversion.

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    Check out the individual postings for the various items…

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January 31, 2013

  • Toyopet Crown

    TOYOTAGEEK.COM
    UPDATE

    I have been trying to get back into the habit of updating my website as well as the blog. I’ve been cleaning up some pages and re-editing the homepage. I have also added a new Toyota Tale:

    The Tachikawa Air Base Crown

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    Follow the LINK to read some of the memories that a serviceman has for a Toyopet Crown that he owned while stationed in Tokyo in 1968.

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January 24, 2013

  • MAJORETTE

    MAJORETTE

    I purchased this Majorette from ‘copcar65′ on the MCCH forum. The model was originally bought at a Renys department store located in the state of Maine.

    MAJORETTE TRAILER
    TOYOTA RAV4 – “Police”

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January 23, 2013

  • LITERATURE

    Package from
    GERMANY
    Part 7

    LITERATURE

    The final items from my friend Cruiser72 were several publications – two issues of TOYOTA MAGAZIN which is sent to new car owners, and a GT86 Brochure.

     TOYOTA MAGAZIN
    Sommer 2012 & Herbst 2012

    GT86 Brochure

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January 22, 2013

  • SCHUCO

    Package from
    GERMANY
    Part 6

    SCHUCO
    PICCOLO

     TOYOPET CROWN
    Metallic Blue /  blau-metallic
    Limited Edition 500 pcs

    From all of the models that CRUISER72 sent me, this is probably my favorite model. The size of Piccolo models is said to be 1:90, or HO guage for model railway trains. This blue version is one of two color variations. I received the black version in 2012.

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