Literally meaning, “souvenir”, an omiyage is a gift from a trip, usually to give to family and acquaintances but in this instance, mostly for myself. For those who visit the Tokyo Auto Salon and find bringing home memories of the event or photos of scantily clad girls just not quite enough, there’s plenty of “omiyage” to spend your hard-earned Yens on. For Auto-otaku Toyhunters, there really is no better place to track down some mighty good buys in one single location!
Having made the decision to take a slightly more relaxed pace for the Auto Salon meant i was able to slot in a lot more time to geek out over toys and merchandise from manufacturers and tuners alike. I don’t usually see coverage on the stuff you can buy at the Auto Salon, so here goes!
So very easy to slide down that slippery slope into 1/18s once again. For those who attend the show early on the first day, there are some really awesome buys to be found. Like brand new 1/43 Ebbros for only ¥2,000 or 1/18 Autoarts for only ¥5,000. I managed to pick up a 1/43 Ebbro F40 LM but now totally regret passing on the 1/18 R32 Keisatsu patrol car, or buying up the entire lot of F40s for that matter. These bargains are usually gone by the end of the first day.
1/43s seem to be much more popular in Japan with an amazing range of cars made in this scale.
Something for every budget but i was told even those with higher price tags are considered bargains when compared with prices found outside Japan. Maybe i should just set up a blogshop.
Covered earlier in our first TAS post, Liberty Walk had plenty of goodies, some more pricey than others. Of course, the biggest plus point of buying at the show is getting Kato-san’s autograph!
Lucky or unlucky? This booth didn’t accept credit cards… Would have otherwise made a big dent in my Mastercard.
That dori-dori S15 Mini-Z had my name on it.
Smallest drone ever? Quite reasonably priced too. But a bad experience with a Kyosho mini crawler years ago gave me some doubt on how long this might last and a drone without a camera just doesn’t seem as fun.
I would have gladly ponied up the cash for this limited edition Miku RC Sandmaster but they were totally sold out. 😦
Yokomo’s booth on the other hand DID take plastic but i already have a Ichiroku Yokomo sitting at home and going another scale up is just too heavy a hit on my already fragile bank account.
I spent a small sum at the Miku booth.
For all the Speedhunters out there.
Slightly on the pricier side though.
K-Break had a tonne of merchandise on offer.
For those into Vanning.
Do you like Toyota 86?
For those who really must have everything car-themed.
And if you are really into a particular model, these plates and key chains might have you covered. They can even customize something for you if what you’re looking for isn’t on the shelves.
There were also plenty of stickers on sale this year. Some more car-themed than others. I managed to get Nomoken to sign on a pair of stickers.
Fans of Mitsubishi can pick up some goodies before their beloved Lancer EVO goes out of production. I should have grabbed one of those Mitsubishi i minicars.
Honda also had lots of goodies for those worshiping in the Temple of Vtec.
Want to raise your kid to be the next WRC contender? Subaru has got you covered.
Or maybe JGTC?
Wedsport had some of the best looking merchandise rocking a dash of vintage flavor.
Work hard. Dream BIG. Buy a Meister T-shirt.
Or do you prefer some RAYS.
Prices you can only dream of if you reside outside of Japan.
Top Secret for the power junkies.
Phoenix Power had some nice pillows.
You can even buy a T-shirt with Monster Tajima’s EV Pikes Peak race car on it.
Not for sale buddy!
Concluding my little feature on TAS “omiyage”, some interesting stuff from Drift Tengoku’s booth. Do note that these are all pretty much just a taste of the goodies on sale and for the full course, you really just have to make that trip down next year!
Just in case anyone’s interested in some of my spoils from TAS and other toy hunting spots in Tokyo. Japan is one major wallet-busting place for Auto-Otakus.