01/24/09 105 W, 1 I - + 7 - 14 1982 Tomica Catalog

For toy collectors out there, here's a Tomica catalog from 1982, found during some Christmas break cleaning. It's also a nice survey of Japanese vehicles from that era. The small-scale range, comparable to Matchbox, was available in the US in the late 1970s. Or least in stores around Minneapolis, MN, such as a five-and-ten store in the nearby town of Wayzata. Tomica Dandy was the range of larger-scale models. The Hino aerial ladder on page 13 is a gem, with "working" ladder, outriggers that auto-extend, and a booster reel hose that auto-retracts. High play value, there! Click to see the entire catalog:

See this site, for guides to Tomica emergency vehicles, http://www.legeros.com/toys/guides/
Legeros - 01/24/09 - 10:00

Nice find.. I glanced through the pics and realized I still had quite a few of these up in the attic put away from when I was small. Over 3k matchbox style cars at least. Should be worth something sooner or later. I’m sure I have an old book or two up there as well, spring cleaning isn’t too far away.
Joe - 01/25/09 - 16:24

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