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LaLD Engine Week: Tomica De Tomaso Pantera GTS LaLD Engine Week: Tomica De Tomaso Pantera GTS

Eight cylinder day is upon us, the number that is the answer to everything for many people. This V8 car is an interesting hybrid that indeed was an answer for many. Today we examine Tomica F55-1, the De Tomaso Pantera GTS. This casting entered the range in July 1978, and there’s no mistaking it for anything else:

LaLD Engine Week: Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE LaLD Engine Week: Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE

Six cylinder day is here, and presented me with a dilemma. I have a few nice 6 cylinder castings, which to choose? I had to go with the one connected to my username and my own car. Today we examine something a little unusual, the Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE:

LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen  LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen 

The first day of Engine Week coincides with my weekly review, and this week is Lesney Matchbox time. As luck would have it, I have a fantastic Matchbox model for 4 cylinder day. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 25b, the Volkswagen Beetle. This casting entered the range in 1960, and is a lovely little model in many…

Surprise Saturday: Reunited, And It Feels So Good Surprise Saturday: Reunited, And It Feels So Good

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find some empty boxes. Here they are posing with their once-loose models. Still unsure which Cresta I will pair with the C box:

Tomica box top art Tomica box top art

I was sorting through some models today, and noticed the high contrast illustrations on the top of F-series models are quite attractive. I should try to assemble groups of these as some kind of art:

[REVIEW] Tomica Honda CB750 F [REVIEW] Tomica Honda CB750 F

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again, and time again for something different. This is Tomica 42-3, the Honda CB750 F, which entered the range in November 1982, and is of the same accuracy as Tomica cars:

Tomy Tomica cars set to re-enter North American market, hoping third time is the charm, will revive "Pocket Cars" brand Tomy Tomica cars set to re-enter North American market, hoping third time is the charm, will revive "Pocket Cars" brand

With a void in premium diecast left by the departure of Majorette, Tomy is slated to bring back Tomica products to North America later this spring, using the 1970s-80s “Pocket Cars” brand for mainline products. Tomy is said to have several warehouses of unsold 1970s and 1980s era stock it hopes can fulfill demand…

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Vauxhall Victor Estate Car [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Vauxhall Victor Estate Car

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. Today is Easter, and the bright color of this model might be suited for an Easter egg. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 38b, the Vauxhall Victor (FB) Estate. This casting entered the range in 1963, remaining until 1967, and shows the evolution of the Matchbox line at the time of…

Friday Surprise: Boxes and Stuff Friday Surprise: Boxes and Stuff

Usually my surprise postings take place on a Saturday, but as I don’t know how much free time I will have tomorrow, this one is a day early. This makes it a double surprise. I am in Canada right now, and managed to find a few things:

[REVIEW] Tomica Honda City Turbo [REVIEW] Tomica Honda City Turbo

Car Week has concluded, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Today is Land of the Rising Sun-day, and also a Tomica day in my rotation. Today we look at a little car with character. This is Tomica 54-4, the Honda City Turbo. This casting entered the range in February 1983, and had a short run, remaining until…

LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox 1958 Vauxhall Cresta - the rarest Matchbox ever seen on LaLD LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox 1958 Vauxhall Cresta - the rarest Matchbox ever seen on LaLD

Car week is coming to an end. My lineup started with a Lesney Matchbox model, and is finishing with one. This is wildcard day, and this casting is definitely something out of the ordinary. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 22b, the 1958 Vauxhall Cresta. This casting entered the range in 1958, and this variant is quite…

LaLD Car Week: Tomica Toyota Celica LB 2000GT LaLD Car Week: Tomica Toyota Celica LB 2000GT

Friday, second to the last day of Car Week, third Tomica in a row (the next entry will not be Tomica) and the theme is an odd color. I didn’t think I had many if any purple models. Then I remembered I don’t just have one, but I have a violet wonder. Today’s featured car is Tomica 86-1, the Toyota Celica LB 2000GT.…

LaLD Car Week:  Tomica Lotus Esprit LaLD Car Week:  Tomica Lotus Esprit

This fifth day of Car Week is for black cars, and is also the second Tomica in a row for my selections. Today we take a look at a popular period piece. This is Tomica F24-2, the Lotus Esprit. This casting entered the range in July 1979, and is another fine example of why people embrace this brand:

LaLD Car Week: Tomica Toyota Corolla Levin GTV LaLD Car Week: Tomica Toyota Corolla Levin GTV

Car Week silver edition is upon us, time for a Tomica. I suspect some of my models aren’t the most relevant to younger collectors, but this car has plenty of fans even 30+ years later. Today we examine a vehicle that is a legend for many. This is Tomica 78-4, the Toyota Corolla Levin GTV. This casting entered the…

LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox Jaguar 3.4 Litre LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox Jaguar 3.4 Litre

Day three of Car Week is here, my choice for blue day is another Lesney Matchbox and another Jaguar - all coincidence, as I was thinking of an unusual blue model, and this came to mind. Today we take a look at Lesney Matchbox 65a, the Jaguar (Mark 1) 3.4 litre. This casting entered the range in 1959, and remained…

LaLD Car Week: Tomica Nissan Cherry F-II 1400 GX LaLD Car Week: Tomica Nissan Cherry F-II 1400 GX

Today is day two of LaLD Car Week, for white cars. As most of my material is Matchbox and Tomica, today we’ll take a look at a Tomica. This is Tomica 17-2, the Nissan Cherry FII 1400 GX . This casting entered the range in December 1975, remaining until August 1979. This was a golden age for Tomica models, and this…

LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox Jaguar XK140 LaLD Car Week: Lesney Matchbox Jaguar XK140

Car week is finally here. Today is also a Lesney Matchbox day in my review rotation, so I made this work with a red vehicle. Today we examine a popular early casting that is also somewhat special. My red entry for Car Week is Lesney Matchbox 32a, the Jaguar XK140 (FHC). This casting entered the range in 1957,…

Surprise Saturday: Seattle Toy Show 2018 Surprise Saturday: Seattle Toy Show 2018

It’s the day before LALD Car Week - I am sure some people are busy getting their material together. As I am long since done, and have a perpetual desire to add to the hoard, I went to the local toy show this morning. I got a few things:

[REVIEW] Tomica Mazda Cosmo AP Limited [REVIEW] Tomica Mazda Cosmo AP Limited

Land of the Rising Sun-day, Tomica time is here again. This red vehicle is appropriate, as we are a week away from LALD car week, which will feature red cars on the first day. That’s in the future, today we examine another nice old Tomica. This is Tomica 55-2, the Mazda Cosmo AP Limited. This casting entered the range…

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