Ok, it is finally time. I get asked A LOT why I don’t feature Tomica basic cars. With my love for Tomica Limited Vintage, and based on the fact that I feature Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and even Majorette, it doesn’t make much sense that Tomica gets ignored.
Frankly, the only reason I haven’t is because I have never pursued them. I have purchased the occasional model here and there, but never jumped in, much to the chagrin of many of my Japanese-car-collecting friends.
One fo those folks who has been on me to feature more is Jeff Koch. Many of you know Jeff as a writer for Hemmings, others know him as the Toy Pimp, the diecast-schilling auto nerd on Instagram. He has an incredible inventory of Japanese diecast, as well as maybe the most diverse pair of JDM cars in his garage:
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Last full day today in #Yokohama … in the morning I ship a pair of gigantic and expensive parcels home. I’ll get there before they do! At 10am I have an appointment to see the Nissan museum. After lunch we blitz some local consignment shops. These places changed my life last time I went, and I suspect they may well do so again. Hope I don’t run out of cash! Updates as signal and battery life allow. #jdm #nissan #nissanmuseum #ilovejapan
Jeff is a dual expert. By day he dives deep in classic cars, the 1:1 kind, in his features for Hemmings. By night, so-to-speak, he is the Toy Pimp, but it is far more than just selling unique (and mostly Japanese) diecast. He knows his stuff. Many times have I been the beneficiary of Jeff’s knowledge, from the history of a particular Japanese car, to the different diecast companies who make replicas. It’s deep, poetic, and always interesting.
At the end of every chat I have with him, though, he hounds me about featuring Tomica. It is asinine to him that I have ignored such a storied and vibrant brand, and he is right. So, moving forward, that is going to change. I have partnered with Jeff to feature each monthly Tomica release. I will spread the news, feature the models both here and on the YouTube Channel, and if you are interested in said models, guide you to Jeff on Instagram to grab what you want. It’s called partnership. Cool?
So, Jeff sent me a starter pack. Tons of current Tomica, in all their beautiful variety. In this video, I talk of my skepticism, but you can see how the charm of these models take hold over the course of the presentation. I should have jumped in long ago.