Tomica started as a brand of scale models of Japanese cars for the Japanese market. But in the early 1970s, the brand expanded worldwide, and soon, Tomica 1/64 cars represented many European and North American models. Here’s a brief history of their production and expansion during the decade. By the way, Tomica designed their cars to be roughly the same size and stamped the actual scale on the chassis of each. We use “1/64” as shorthand for cars of about that size.
Tomica models made since 1970 by the TOMY Kogyo Co of Katsuka in Tokyo, Japan. The scale is about 1/60 or 2 ½ “inches long to fit a standard box size, similar to Matchbox or Hot Wheels diecast).
For 1971 they added 23 cars (20 cars was made in japan, 3 cars made in Hong Kong)
In 1973 Tomica added 20 new models, in 1974 added 18 new models, in 1975 added 35 new models, and 1976 added 29 new models (15 new models of Japanese cars “black box “and 14 new models foreign cars “blue box”). The blue box line included more German, Italian, French, English, and American models.
After 1975, two models above (#11 Toyota Corolla Sprinter 1200 SL and # 42 Datsun 1300 Truck) were made in Japan, while the 4 other cars were made in Hong Kong.
For 1977 they added 18 new JDM cars and 24 new model foreign cars.
Until 1988 there were 114 models of foreign car and 297 models of Japanese cars. By then, most of Tomica’s diecast models were made in China. But Japan still produced a few models.
In 1989, Tomica combined Japanese and foreign range still stands at 120 models.
Tomica grew every year after 1989 , they produced 12 new models car (12 new models, and 12 old models cars ). Their catalog shows 120 number car
At 2000 Tomica has celebrated 30 years of diecast. They produced reissue from the old models, with different boxes.
In 2009 Tomica moved production to Vietnam, with a new logo “TAKARA TOMY”.
Tomica made cars under other names for toys shops, Ikeda ( Nissan Bluebird SSS coupe made in japan)
Besides colors and tampos designs, there are many variants of Tomica models:
The original wheels from Tomica are called 1A wheels (japan production)
In Japan, China production
Like Matchbox Tomica offers some variation likes variation window, interior, or type model of lamp…
Tomica also offered a number of two wheeled vehicles.
In 1975 Tomica began producing gift sets. Tomica made some themes, like transportation gift set, construction gift set, race car gift set, supercar gift set, police gift set, emergency gift set, etc. A very special and huge gift set is the 80 pieces Tomica Osaka castle gifset, ”Super Gift Set” issued to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of Osaka castle. Another rare one is the Wedding gift set. This was issued ONLY to guests at the wedding of the son of Tomy President in April 1983. The set comprises of eight pieces: Toyota soarer, Toyota Celica, Nissan Skylines, Nissan Skyline Silhouette, Honda City Turbo, Hino skeleton bus, Ford truck, and chevy van.
As of today, Tomica has produced over one thousand models of car and over million variations.