[REVIEW] Tomica Toyota Century


11w ago

Tomica time is here, this one a real Land of the Rising Sun-day. Today we examine one of the most traditional Japanese cars. This is Tomica 43-1, the Toyota Century. This casting entered the range in June 1972, enjoying an amazingly long run until November 1987, and is as old-school as possible:

Everyone likely knows about the Century. This is the traditional top of the range Toyota, a model that has soldiered on in the home market for consumers who want something traditional and refined, not cutting edge. The Tomica version is as refined as the real car. This model hails from the era where Tomica lacked side glazing, but detail is laudable with cast-in fine line features including badges, and good proportion. This casting has the crisp glazing, springy suspension, and precise door action we enjoy from old Tomica. Scale is claimed as 1:66, likely accurate as usual for this maker. From all angles, this is a quality model of a quality car:

Doors open to reveal a detailed interior and accurate steering wheel:

Front and rear have quality detail to match the rest of the car, the headlight lenses push my buttons, a detail I've always admired in small scale diecast, the grille is finely cast, and the license plates have accurate model script:

The base is metal, which lends heft and contains ample technical and identifying detail:

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

I'm fortunate to have this model in my collection. I believe this color variant is somewhat scarce, and the Century is a popular casting:

A 1:1 image from car.info (98% of these appear to be black):

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  • Toyota Century: even a Rolls-Royce will be compelled to bow to this car. Brilliant vintage, that is.

      2 months ago