Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO LV-N44b Hino KB324 Truck(Special Livery)

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO LV-N44b Hino KB324 Truck(Special Livery)

Very popular TLV casting.  It never used to be as popular as this or this, but recently?  I think it's been heating up.  LV-N44a was the first of this casting I bought, and couple years ago, I got it for $45.48, shipped.  In 2017, probably double that or more for one in new condition.  This white/blue livery one commands much more in the secondary market, LV-N44c(green) the highest.  I was lucky enough to run into this one on eBay listed by tomica_spoton.  Great seller, and it was a group purchase, but I gotta killer deal on it.

So why go after something expensive I didn't have to have?  One, the odd livery for this truck.  According to Tomytec page, it is the livery found on the truck featured in the original Hino catalog.  Very cool touch, but the main reason I wanted this was the figure + crates marked "Hino" included with the truck.  Tomytec called this one a special version, and it seemed pretty special to me, too.  TLV figures are very fun bonus.  :D  Crates look sharp, too!

Tomica Limited Vintage  Hino KB324

 LV-N44b

Tomica Limited Vintage  LV-N44b Hino

Tomica Limited Vintage    Hino KB324 Truck

Tomica Limited Vintage   Hino KB324 Truck(Special Livery)

 LV-N44b Hino KB324 Truck(Special Livery)

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Tomica Limited Vintage NEO LV-N44b Hino KB324 Truck

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO LV-N44b Hino KB324 Truck

Tomica Limited Vintage Hino KB324  truck

Tomica   Hino  ruck

tlv Hino   Truck

Tomica Limited Vintage  LV-N44b Hino

Wonderful new addition to my TLV truck fleet.  :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jarrod's Car: Tomica Premium Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX Twin Turbo

Tomica Premium Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX Twin Turbo

This car belongs to my minicar brother from another mother, Jarrod(his minicar pics).  Jarrod helps me out from time to time with the cars he has & I don't.  This time, it's the wonderful JDM throwback: 300ZX

Tomica Premium Nissan 300ZX

Tomica Premium Nissan Fairlady Z

Tomica Premium Nissan 300ZX

Rear is so money.....  It says "fairlad". lol

 I wish this one was done in pale yellow I remember on these 300ZXs from my childhood.  I'd have jumped on one then.  Still, this is a damn good representation of the car rarely seen in this scale.  :)

Tomica Limited Vintage LV-86e 1968 Porsche 911S

Tomica Limited Vintage LV-86e 1968 Porsche 911S

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Tomica Limited Vintage Porsche 911

Tomica Limited Vintage LV-86e 1968 Porsche 911S

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 LV-86e  Porsche 911

Tomica Limited Vintage LV-86e 1968 Porsche 911S

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Tomica Limited Vintage  Porsche 911

Word.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

幻の5周年キャンペーン仕様トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ - Red Chrome Nissan Junior Pumper(Fire Engine)

幻のTLV Red Chrome Nissan Junior Pump

Just couple days ago, we had one very rare treat on this blog, when GroupB from GTPlanet shared with us the super rare TLV Nissan Wrecker done up in green chrome.  Only a hundred given away as prizes during the 5-Year commemoration of the TLV brand are known to exist.  I'm sure it feels pretty good to have such a jewel in the collection, but GB wasn't done yet.  Here comes the Part II!

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ グロリア メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

Left is the box the green chrome wrecker came in, red chrome Junior from the box on the right.

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

Letter is fairly similar to the first one, so I'll skip the translation this time.  Special keychain(400~450 made, more on this later) is black this time.  I like it.

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品


トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

Two keychains that came with the cars.  Brown with the wrecker, black with the pumper.  Keychains alone are rare enough, it would be impossible to determine the going rate when you live on this side of the Pacific Ocean.  We just know that they go for a lot!

First two periods of the 5-Year Anniversary contest:

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

April~June
100 A Prizes(green wrecker + brown keychain), 100 B Prizes(brown keychain)

July~September
100 A Prizes(blue truck + brown keychain), 100 B Prizes(brown keychain)


The second:

chrome tomica limited vintage

November~January
100 A Prizes(red chrome fire engine + black keychain), 100 B Prizes(black keychain)
February~April
100 A Prizes(*brown chrome Gloria sedan + black keychain), 100 B Prizes(black keychain)

*It looks like black, or silver(like Cedric below) & it's not noted on the insert, but according to research, it seems the Gloria was a brown chrome.






 2012(400 Variations Commemoration Campaign):

chrome tomica limited vintage

25 Gold Prizes w/gold chrome Nissan Cedric + black keychains, 25 Silver with silver chrome Cedric & black keychains.  50 Bronze Prize winner received just brown keychains.  These keychains seems to be same design as the 2009 5-year anniversary ones.


Black keychains these Nissan Juniors came with:

5-year anniversary tomica limited vintage

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

Finally, the main attraction:

トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

"Tokyo Fire Department"

tomica limited vintage 5 year anniversary chrome

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トミカリミテッドヴィンテージ  メッキ 5周年キャンペーン仕様 非売品

tlv 5 year red chrome nissan junior pump fire

I love how the wrecker & the pump appeal to me in such a unique ways.  They are both the chrome prize cars, but the green one, that one is just crazy & wild.  It gives off that art object vibe.  The red chrome, the color is actually correct for the (Japanese)fire engines.  But the chrome finish makes the casting stand out more, and I think Tomytec picked a good casting to apply such a finish on.  Very highly & neatly detailed little truck.  

Again, very special "thank you" to GroupB for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.  Most collectors have never even seen such a clean, detailed photos of these "prize" cars.  I'd wager that half the TLV collectors aren't even aware that these things exist.  I had a blast blogging these ultimate TLVs!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We're Not Worthy! We're Not Worthy! Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan 3.5ton Wrecker Truck

I gotta tell you.  This is an unbelievable treat for me.  I hope you guys enjoy it, too.

I wasn't even aware of this truck's existence before purchasing the standard, very cool, but very normal LV-75a wrecker truck.


Inside the box was this piece of paper:

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan 3.5ton Wrecker Truck

Yes!  Frigging color chromed TLV trucks!! XD  

It's amazing, it's fantastic...... then it gets a little scary.  On it, it is explained how only 100 of each trucks are to be given away for their 5 year anniversary.  


I'm sorry, I lost my train of thought for a second.  Yeah, dude.  One.  Hundred.  Pieces.

Well, I was lucky enough to know another TLV collector on my online home GTPlanet, who was crazy enough to go after one & actually score one!  :D  Seriously though, big thank you to GroupB for letting me feature these pictures:



Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

Rough Translation

Top, in kanji - Winner(of the giveaways)

"Nissan 3.5ton Truck [Wrecker Vehicle]

5 Year Anniversary Campaign Version, Not for Sale.

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

Tomica Limited Vintage keychain prize

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

Very Loose Translation(because, Japanese)

We deeply appreciate your incredible support of Tomytec products.
We'd like to thank you for your entry to the "Tomica Limited Vintage 5 Year Anniversary Commemoration Campaign".  We'd like to send you the Nissan 3.5ton Truck Wrecker Vehicle(Green Chrome Vers.), also the special keychain for winning the A Prize in the first round drawing of contest period, which concluded at the end of July.
The second round of this campaign will continue from August 1st through October 31st, third round from November 1st~January 31 of 2010, then fourth round from February 1st~April 30th, and we hope that you are looking forward to them.
We wish for continued support of Tomica Limited Vintage & Tomytec products.

Sincerely, Tomytec Incorporated
TLV 5 Year Anniversary Campaign

Again - REALLY casual translation(and Americanized).




Tomica Limited Vintage special keychain 5 year anniversary

Special "keyholder"(Japangrish for keychain).  If I understand it correctly, 100 of these were given away per round of contest as the "B" prize.  They were also given away to the "A" prize winners.  That's couple hundred per round & there were four rounds according to the letter.  

Corrections: 200 keychains per contests, yes, but it turns out that Tomytec changed the color of the leather tag from brown to black for the last two contest periods.  Also, it seems that 50 more of each color(brown & black) were given away in the 2012 contest.  More on this in the next post.


Now grab a napkin to keep the drool off your keyboard(or your smartphone).

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

tlv green chrome nissan wrecker truck

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck 5 year

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan

Tomica Limited Vintage chrome prize

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck giveaway

Tomica Limited Vintage 5 year anniversary chrome prize

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck prize

Tomica Limited Vintage  Chrome truck

Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

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Tomica Limited Vintage Green Chrome Nissan  Wrecker Truck

tomica limited vintage 5 year commemoration prize truck

I can't thank you enough for letting me share this on my blog, GroupB.  Beautiful pics, too.  Congratulations on this truly rare & awesome TLV.  OMG, what an upgrade to one's TLV collection!!  :D

P.S.  This isn't the first time we got to see GroupB's TLVs on this blog.  Check out his very first TLV(s) in "Our First TLV 2".  Always neat to check out other collectors & their cars!