It is SO NICE to have the Tomica Limited Vintage back.
They were boxed up far too long for the move, and I enjoyed finally breaking them out this weekend. I was happily lost in a salad of Toyota Crowns, Nissan Cedrics, Mitsubishi Galants, and a whole lot more.
Of course not all these models match the interests of all of our readers, but from what I gather most of you do appreciate these models for what they are - some of the highest quality 1:64 diecast on the planet. And because of that, and based on the fact that they take up a major portion of my collection, I love showing them.
When I do showcase the TLV, there are some that are an acquired taste, at least for non-Japanese collectors, but others that appeal to the masses. TLV's Datsun 510's always interest a lot of people, as have the recently released GT-R Nismos. The Cedrics and Crowns? Give them time. They are like sushi. Try that delectable a few times within a certain time period, and it will become one of your favorite foods.
But we don't need to worry about that today. Today it is a Supra.
The Toyota Supra is definitely a mass appeal car. Any car nut has some appreciation for the Supra, from petrolhead to JDM fanboys to Fast & Furious worshippers. Even the Hot Wheels Super TH scavengers who don't know a cool car from a beanie baby have Supras on the mind this year. Supra!
But here is where we delightfully deviate TLV-style. It is not the MKIV, the version that took Paul Walker to heaven and had flat-brim hatted boys trying to hide tears from each other in the movie theater. It is the lesser-loved MKIII.
And by lesser-loved, we don't mean by the pure JDM set, we just mean by the "when you're here, you're family" set. (I may have mixed up VinDiesel quotes and an Olive Garden slogan, but you get the gist. There isn't much difference between the two anyway, but I will reserve that for when I start writing for Salon.) The MKIII is a beautiful car, an example of the 80's vehicular greatness, and for our sake, one hell of a TLV.
The Celica/Supra line is a deep well that we hope TLV visits often. The A40 and A60 models would make perfect TLV's (P-type! P-type!), and we would love to see a bone stock A80 as well. But we are wholly happy with the A70 nestling in nicely in the collection.
TLV-N released three models in the June batch, all GT Twin Turbos. Two stock, and one as an unmarked police version in their new Neo Taiyo TV Series. All three are fantastic, and truly best in person. You are all invited over to the house to see them.
Or even better, get them yourself at Japan Booster. Remember, TLV's notoriously go up in price quickly, especially those that are popular among the masses. Now is the time if you are interested.
Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Toyota Supra 2.0 Twin Turbo: