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[REVIEW] Tomica Colt Galant HT GS [REVIEW] Tomica Colt Galant HT GS

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again. Today we examine the first installment in a series of unboxed Tomica models. This is Tomica 13-1, the (Mitsubishi) Colt Galant HT GS. This casting entered the range in March 1971, remaining until June 1975, and is representative of the early days of Tomica:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox London Bus [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox London Bus

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a bus. This is Lesney Matchbox 5b, the London double decker bus. This casting entered the range in 1957, remaining until 1960, and represents the evolution of the line:

[REVIEW] Tomica Isuzu 117 1800XE [REVIEW] Tomica Isuzu 117 1800XE

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again. Today we examine Tomica 10-2, the Isuzu 117 1800XE. This casting entered the range in August 1974, remaining until December 1980, and is a pleasure to behold:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Wolseley 1500 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Wolseley 1500

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, and time again for another classic. Today we examine Matchbox 57a, the Wolseley 1500. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining only until 1961, a short run. Although this model had a short tenure and is of diminutive size, it has plenty of charm:

[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES [REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again, and this installment is suitable in every way. Today we examine Tomica 20-4, the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-ES. This casting entered the range in July 1982, remaining until December 1986, and is a trip back in time to the 80s:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Maserati 4CLT [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Maserati 4CLT

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 52a, the Maserati 4CLT. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining until 1965, and is something from a bygone era of racing:

[REVIEW] Tomica Fiat 131 Abarth Rally [REVIEW] Tomica Fiat 131 Abarth Rally

Tomica time is here again. Like the last installment, this one is a Land of the Rising Sun-day only via the maker of the casting. Today we examine Tomica F11-2, the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally. This casting entered the range in March 1979, and is something from another era:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Ford Thames Van [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Ford Thames Van

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, time again for a classic. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 59a, the Ford Thames Van. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining until 1963, and is a perfect representative of the era:

[REVIEW] Tomica Ford Continental Mark IV [REVIEW] Tomica Ford Continental Mark IV

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again. The last installment was traditional JDM luxury, today we examine traditional USDM luxury. This is Tomica 4-1, the “Ford” (Lincoln) Continental Mark IV. This casting entered the range in April 1976, and is a real period piece:

DOTS Kent WA DOTS Kent WA

Not the best pic as it is from a dashcam at a slight distance, but I know a few here like Mopar minivans and things which have been El Camino-ized:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 46a, the Morris Minor 1000. This casting entered the range in 1958, and experienced a short run, remaining until 1960. As one might know, this is a vehicle that couldn’t be more British:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000

(note: I had another copy of this scheduled, it vanished, maybe it will show up again, kinja?)

[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan President [REVIEW] Tomica Nissan President

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again, and today’s entry couldn’t be more of a JDM product. Today we examine Tomica 81-1, the Nissan President. This casting entered the range in May 1974, and is something seldom seen in small scale:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Pickford Removal Van [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Pickford Removal Van

Lesney Matchbox time is here once again. Last week we saw a Tomica van, here is a Matchbox van. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 46b, the Pickford Removal Van. This casting entered the range in 1960, and was popular, remaining until 1968. As one can see, this model has all of the niceness we expect from a Lesney…

[REVIEW] Tomica Volkswagen Microbus [REVIEW] Tomica Volkswagen Microbus

Tomica time is here again. This is Land of the Rising Sun-day only via the maker of this model. This is Tomica F29-1, the Volkswagen Microbus. This casting entered the range in October 1977, and is a nice way to end my reviews for the year:

Christmas DOTS Small Town Edition Christmas DOTS Small Town Edition

Or down near the street. First, a Hanomag-based motorhome:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Commer Pick-Up MK VIII - another one [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Commer Pick-Up MK VIII - another one

Lesney Matchbox time is here again on this Christmas Eve eve. Today we look at a vehicle with some Christmas color: red. This is Lesney Matchbox 50a, the Commer Pick-Up MK VIII. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining until 1964, and is a real charmer:

[REVIEW] Tomica Shiden 77 BMW [REVIEW] Tomica Shiden 77 BMW

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here once again. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a racing car, no time like the present for another. This is Tomica 71-2, the Shiden 77 BMW. This casting was in the range from April 1978 until July 1981, and is something not seen every day:

Rental Car Adventure Rental Car Adventure

I thought this might be interesting to those of us who follow rental cars. Last month I spent a couple weeks on the road, based out of ORD, and had a rental car odyssey, driving 4 cars during the period. Here’s car the first:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Chevrolet Impala [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Chevrolet Impala

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. The last Matchbox review featured a boat, here is the car I pictured towing it. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 57b, the Chevrolet Impala. This casting entered the range in early 1961, remaining until early 1966, and is a real classic:

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