Johnny Lightning, Matchbox, Tomica

Baby you can drive my car! Johnny Lightning’s British Invasion

It’s 20 years since Johnny Lightning released its British Invasion sets of six classic British roadsters – including the only near-1:64 MGB until Matchbox’s came along. Let’s take a closer look

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Lamley Daily, Tomica

Lamley Daily: Tomica Dandy Hino petrol tanker

Tomica’s Limited Vintage Hinos have been some of the most desirable 1/64s of the past few years. Monsters, full of tiny details, opening trailers and oozing with retro Japanese chic. And the demand has been high, prices have quickly risen to the point where to some of us they have fast become unobtanium. But today we’re not going to be serving up any more (highly deserved) hyperbole on those. We’re taking a little step back into the Japanese brand’s back catalogue to look at the one of the ancestors of the modern TLVN Hinos.

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Lamley Daily, Tomica

Lamley Daily: Tomica Mazda Bongo Friendee

The Bongo Friendee is one of my favourite Tomica castings. It’s a solid lump of metal and has the fantastic ‘Auto Free Top’ extendable roof for great play value. It also comes in paint finishes that reflect real-life colours, complete with the correct graphics

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Kyosho, Matchbox, Tomica

Matchbox Formula 1 grid walk, Part 1: 1950s-1970s

I began writing this article with the intention of covering Matchbox’s Formula 1 history, based on cars in my collection. The more I dug into the topic, the more there was to say, so I’m splitting the story into two parts. This is Part 1 and covers the 1950s, 60s and 70s, from the Maserati 4CLT to the Team Matchbox

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1/64, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Norev, Tomica

Little Cars that Made a Big Impression

April 14, 2020 by Doug Breithaupt In the second half of the 20th Century, five small cars from five different countries made a huge contribution to history of the automobile. Even full-sized, these cars did not take up much space individually, but multiplied by millions, they changed the way that the world moved. The focus […]

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Tomica

Tomica Striking Aston Martin Debut With A Heavyweight Super Puma

(Find Tomica Aston Martin on eBay) I’m very delighted that the Aston Martin Brand has make its way into Tomica with their very first appearance starting with a striking pair of Vanquish Zagato, and also the Tomica Premium Aston Martin DB5 that is coming next month. On a side note, the Redbox No.19 Suzuki Kanata […]

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Lamley Daily, Tomica

Lamley Daily: Tomica Mooncraft Special

Model: Tomica Mooncraft Special Line: Tomica mainline eBay link: Tomica Mooncraft Special Why I am featuring it: This has to be one of my all time favourite Tomicas, and one I discovered thanks to my love of Japanese motorsport. For those into their Japanese cars, Mooncraft might be a name that sounds familiar. The motorsport […]

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Lamley Daily, Tomica

Lamley Daily: Tomica Sigma MC74 Mazda

Model: Tomica Sigma MC74 Mazda Release: Tomica main line Where to get it: eBay Why I am featuring it: My parents have been welcome but accidental enablers to my hobby ever since I was in a pushchair and this car is sort of proof of that. One day when I was about 8 or 9 […]

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1/64, Lamley Daily, Tomica

Lamley Daily Double Feature: Lotus by Tomica

I thought these models would go great together, so this is a special double feature Daily! Model: Tomica Lotus 78 Ford, casting no. F36, 1978, and Tomica Lotus Esprit, casting no. F24, 1979 Line: I believe both were available in the United States via the carded Pocket Car line. Japan got them boxed like many […]

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Tomica

Tomica Kickstart 2020 with the Stellar BMW Z4

2020 is an exciting year for Tomica. It’s their 50th Anniversary and this month Tomica kickstart 2020 with the pair of Red Box BMW Z4 and a riot police bus. For the first batch release the outer box comes with a NEW! for 2020 gold foil decal labelled with 50th Anniversary. It’s interesting to note […]

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Tomica

Tomica 2019 Highlights and 50 Years into 2020

Hi my name is Chen Yilong from Singapore a.k.a @hotkustoms on IG. I’m very delighted to be part of the Lamley Writers Team and I will share the latest Tomica and Tomica Premium series here on a weekly basis. I’m a bit of collect everything guy but when come to Tomica I’m all in. 2020 […]

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