Tomica (Tomy) 40th Anniversary in Taipei 6

Being born in the 70s in America, and thus a child of the 80s, I was raised on Hot Wheels. Remember those bendy blue plastic tracks? Little did I know that 10,000 kilometers to the left of me there were kids playing with die cast metal matchbox cars made by Hot Wheels Japanese brother, Tomica (known as Tomy in North America).

And this year they turned 40.

To celebrate their 40 years manufacturing playthings, they’ve set up a small set of exhibits and activities on the 7th floor of the HsinYi area Mitsigoshi Building. For NT$150 kids can participate in 3 different activities in which they can win new matchbox cars, including “old” new models. The 3 games are:

Matchbox pachinko. If you win this, you get a classic Tomica car, manufactured in past decades. One of my sons won this golden bus, made when I was his age.

Make Your Own Car. You pick the chassis, the interior, and the wheels, then a white-gloved attendant helps you assemble it into a custom Tomica car. The choices are limited, but it’s still something special for kids.

My kids creations.

Finally, there is car fishing. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Beyond the games, there are a few displays. One of particular interest is a timeline display of all Tomica cars from 1970 up through the current year.

My kids showing off their bounty.

Some final photos from the activity floor.

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

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  • Poagao

    I must see this; Matchbox cars were my favorite toys when I was a kid; I still have a few.

  • Brian

    You only have a couple days left. It closes on the 26th!

  • Ferry

    Where could i find tomica in Taipei?

  • Brian

    Any Toys R Us. Also the “toys” level of any department store. It’s a pretty prevalent brand here. :-)

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