[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-ES

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Tomica time is here again, and it doesn't get much more Land of the Rising Sun-day than this. Today we examine a Skyline, one of the most beloved model names in the JDM world. This is Tomica 20-3 (19s and early 20s are mostly more Honda 360 minitrucks which I don't have boxed), the Nissan Skyline 2000 Turbo GT-ES. This casting entered the range in October 1980, remaining until July 1982, a fairly short run. It is an ideal representation of a Tomica model of this era:

This is from what I call the “sunroof era” of Tomica, when a number of models had a fixed sunroof, and at least one even had a sliding sunroof. This casting is a pleasing metallic black with correct gold tampos that work with the aesthetic of the period, and show Tomica tampo quality, another trait of the era. There is ample fine casting detail, with accurate “Skyline” badges on the rear fenders. Scale is a claimed 1:65, likely accurate as usual. This model, being from a high point of Tomica quality, has the snappy door action, crisp glazing, and springy suspension we know and love about the brand. From all angles, this is a quality item on that line between toy car and scale model:

Doors open to reveal a detailed interior with contoured seats, and as usual, an accurate steering wheel:

Front and rear have similar detail, the trademark round rear lights are evident. The front clip is plastichrome, a trend that started around this time:

The base is metal, with ample technical and identifying detail, and lends a substantial quality heft to the model:

This example is lucky enough to live in its original black box:

I am definitely happy to have this model in my collection. This generation of Skyline is seldom-seen, and the short production run of the casting makes it somewhat unusual as well:

A few 1:1s from allauto.biz, justcars.com.au, and bringatrailer.com. Black and gold with a red interior, definitely of a certain point in time:

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  • I believe TLV is coming up with an almost similar model. The scale of your model is pretty close to 1/64.

      1 month ago

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