Last week was the 50th anniversary of Tomica, and for many non-Japanese readers these little cars were the first intro to oddball JDM cars like Skylines, Crowns, Demios, and StepWgns. For me, personally, it was family trip to Asia in the early 90s that I discovered Tomica, at first not even realizing they were the same as the Pocket Cars I loved as a kid. After buying a few at the local Sogo department store, I was hooked. My favorite encounter was probably when, on a later trip to Japan, I found silver Toyota Soarer unmarked police car that mirrored my Lexus SC300. As a fan of Japanese cars, there was no other option but Tomica for me to find “my” car as a diecast back then.
What’s your favorite Tomica story?
The most entertaining comment by next Tuesday (Monday is a US holiday) will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What would be the baddest Nissan-Honda combo?”
The nutty answers to this nutty question gave us some ideas that ranged from the practical and good — DesignerD‘s Pike cars based on the Honda e, BG‘s Honda Ridgeline with Nissan’s truck know-how — to ones that were so bad it hurts just to think about — Banpei‘s NSX-based GT-R. Others were just plain fun, like Shaiyan Hossain‘s K24-powered Silvia, or dankan‘s RB26DETT-powered Legend. However, the winner this week goes Dave Patten, who doesn’t just blend Nissan chassis with Honda hardware, but Honda philosophy: