Japanese diecast manufacturer Tomica is about to release its first Japanese classics into their main line since, well, since most similar classics were still new cars. The cars in question are an Isuzu 117 and Bellett, but there’s a catch. Both are actually going to be plastic accessories attached to a modern Isuzu Elf flatbed.
The thing to remember is that Tomica are first and foremost kids’ toys, so traditionally when trucks have carried any kind of cargo they’ve often leaned towards the whimsical — a plastic animal, pirate ship, or giant order of furaidopoteto (fried potato).
What’s more, Tomica often releases new castings with a limited first-release color, in this case the Elf in white. But rather than change just the color, they’ve changed the cargo as well, in the form of an orange Bellett. In fact, this will be the first time an Isuzu Bellett has appeared in the Tomica main line at all (there’s a Tomica Limited Version, though).
If you want the Bellett, you’ll have to get a friend in Japan who can wait in line on release day, March 18, 2017. They will go fast, and never be seen again. The regular-issue Elf with the yellow 117 will be released at the same time but continue to be available in mass quantities as it takes a spot in the permanent lineup. Consider yourself warned, Isuzu fans.