[REVIEW] Tomica Shiden 77 BMW


11w ago

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, has returned. This installment features Tomica 71-2, the Shiden 77 BMW. This casting entered the range in April 1978, remaining until July 1981, and is something pretty obscure:

Tomica castings exposed many to vehicles they otherwise wouldn't have known existed, this is one. The Shiden 77 BMW, also known as Mooncraft SHI-DEN, was raced in the Japanese Grand Champion series beginning in, you'll never guess - 1977. I suspect this car was virtually unknown outside of Japan, I didn't know about it until I saw the diecast. As expected for Tomica of this era, this casting has accurate detail and proportion, and this variety has especially nice decals and tampos. Scale is claimed to be 1:62, likely accurate as expected. This model features the springy suspension and crisp glazing we enjoy from vintage Tomica, but as this is a low profile racing car, nothing opens, as I suspect clean shutlines would be impossible at this size and original price point. From all angles, it isn't hard to imagine this zooming around the track:

Front and rear views show more detail:

The underside contains maker and vehicle data, along with technical detail, and shows the appropriate wide racing style wheels:

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

I'm pleased to have this moel in my collection, it is obscure, and I think this variant might be scarce - most of these I see are green:

A similar 1:1 from supercars.net:

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Comments (2)

  • Quirky! Love such pieces

      2 months ago
  • Damn that’s cool! Yet another car I didn’t know even existed

      2 months ago