While doing a little birthday and Christmas shopping the other day at the local Toys 'R Us store I ran across something that made me very curious. I normally head right to the action figure aisles and eventually to the LEGO section and trading card island before leaving or checking out. This trip however wasn't meant for me so we went down all of the other aisles I normally ignore. These toys were merchandised oddly enough in the girl's section of the store. Why? I have no clue. What did I find exactly? This...look below:
Apparently TOMY's Tomica line of die-cast cars and trains are a big seller in Japan and now they are hitting Toys 'R Us stores starting this month, September 2010. The initial wave is supposed to include 7 different die-cast cars, 3 train sets, 6 accessory sets, 6 destination sets and 5 deluxe play sets. Prices range from $4.99 to $79.99.
These basically appear to be connectible play sets that allow you to build your own city. Because it's a Japanese branded toy all of the cars are officially licensed by the likes of Nissan, Toyota and Suzuki. The only angle I don't quite understand is the inclusion of these mini figures. They look like a cross of LEGO and something else. The figures don't fit inside the cars since they are on the same scale as Hotwheels or Matchbox cars, but it does appear the figures fit inside the trains. The figures are able to interact with the play sets however in a manner of various ways.
The last thing I have the time/space/money for is to be drawn into another toy line, but there is this unique charm surrounding these toys that will eventually lead me to buying something just to get a hands on opinion. I'm sure I'll post these opinions once I have the opportunity. I doubt I'll be able to bring a review of any of the train sets (unfortunately), but I'm too curious not to buy something in this new Tomica series.
** Pics courtesy of the figures.com forums