Since 1998 Hideaki is the director of the Nostalgic Toy Cars Museum. He is also a co-founder and Secretary of the Mini Auto Club of Japan (MACJ). He has always been more than willing to engage in dialog with other model car collectors around the globe. He already wrote a number of blog posts about […]
Hideo Shibahara, a collector of vintage mini-auto-models and a craftsman of tin toy robots. Shibahara has been collecting antique and vintage mini-auto-models for over 60 years – since he was a boy. In addition, since around 1990, he has been making handmade wooden model cars. All the works are nostalgic for Japanese people. His models […]
For more than 50 years Yoshiki Segawa has been corresponding to collectors around the globe asking questions, trading models and slowly filling gaps in his collection. Dinky Toys, Märklin, Tootisetoys from the 1930s onwards, he has 1,000s of them! Besides that, he is the world record holder for owning most models of the Honda Monkey […]
One of our members, Takanobu Ochiai, had one of the best starts in life, an uncle that gave him what are today very rare Japanese models when he was a very young boy! And he has been collecting mini-auto-models ever since, for nearly half a century. He owns thousands of rare vintage models, including British […]
Model Cars in Japan Before introducing the MACJ, I would like to touch on the Japanese metal die-cast mini-auto-model industry. In October 1959, the first full-scale model in Japan was released by ASAHI-TOYS in downtown Tokyo. It was a 1/42 scale with the brand name “MODEL PET” under the trademark “ATC”, and its No. 1 […]
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