It started out small, those short visits to the Tomica shop in Tokyo Station, just one or two cars as a souvenir. Then another trip to Tokyo, and another Tomica. Then another, and another, and now i have a small little fleet of five Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 cars sitting on my shelf.
For the cars that came before, i have not yet taken the time to document them in further detail, but this, this is something special. A car which had its name derived from the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota. A car preferred by Japanese Royalty, traditional heads of industries, CEOs and old school JDM Mob Bosses. A car that started production in 1967 and till today, only received very minor changes later in its life. This is the Toyota Century, the epitome of cool Japanese luxo-barges, and i finally have one. Albeit on a much smaller scale.
For those who think Tomica only makes toys (awesome toys no doubt), do take a look at their Limited Vintage line, these babies are 1/64 masterpieces of lovely build quality and attention to detail. Tomica has also created a list of cars under this sub-brand full of interesting (and at times, odd) cars. Qualities which first drew me in when i fast laid eyes on them. The Toyota Century was one of their latest additions and lucky me, being able to pick one up shortly after arriving in Tokyo.
For a 1/64, this is a very beautifully crafted piece with excellent paint and lovely details all around. Just check out the little miniaturized Phoenix badges. Included in the (fancier) box are a pair of fender side mirrors, but with no notches in the bodywork for them to slide into, fitting these mirrors means some hobby glue, talent and a lot of patience will be needed if you want to avoid messing it up. I opted to leave the mirrors in the box.
This really is a no brainer for fans of the marque or Japanese cars in general. The subject matter is just too cool (for mr at least) and the detailing is spot on. If you happen to find yourself in or around the Tokyo Station area, drop by the Tomica shop and grab one of these. Unlike Singapore’s exorbitant retail prices for these Tomica Limited Vintage cars, my Toyota Century relieved me of a very fair ¥2000, incredible value.
Knowing that 1/64s are not the most popular scale for collectors, do let me know if you’d like to see the rest of the cars i have.