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jaydisc
17th September 2010, 03:45 PM
So, anyone heard of this stuff?

Some of you may have heard of Tomica, which is one of the original Matchbox/Hot Wheel 3" metal car manufacturers. Great stuff. They just celebrated their 40th anniversary.

So, the Hyper stuff, which is Hyper Rescue and Hyper Blue Police are like larger vehicles that contain and integrate with the standard 3" vehicles. They also include little men (two big to fit into the 3"ers, but great to drive these larger vehicles). They're all basically transforming playsets. The level of functionality is amazing.

I stumbled upon them in Sogo, a Japanese department store I frequented in Hong Kong. I was blown away, and thought some of you might appreciate them too.

Here's the TT website for it:
http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/tomica/tettei/index.htm

I got these two sets for my son and they're great fun:

http://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomicapolice.jpg
http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/tomica/tettei/hyper/07_09/index.htm

http://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomicahelicopter.jpg
http://www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/tomica/tettei/hyper/08_02/index.htm (Helicopter only)

The level of integration between all the sets is amazing. They're all really modular. You might notice that each set has these convertible containers that all do something different. They're all completely interchangeable. Also, most can combine to form ridiculously large vehicles:

http://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomicacombine.jpg

So anyone else heard of these? Got any? Want to know more?

kaiden
17th September 2010, 04:07 PM
i've seen them on sale at HLJ before, and they do look really fun but I don't like buying toys for my son, he can't take care of anything -.-

jaydisc
17th September 2010, 04:35 PM
Unfortunately, at the ripe old age of 3, my son is the same. I want to buy more, but for me. :D

kaiden
17th September 2010, 04:58 PM
If they had a gestalt mode, I'd buy them ;)

Sleeve
18th September 2010, 02:57 PM
They look really cool, especially the police Lambo.

They also seem very familiar. Would they happen to be the same modular toys from late 80s/early 90s that could all connect into incredibly long monstrosities? I remember they joined by small black plugs about an inch wide with a male and female connection. Even the small vehicles could combine with the large ones.

jaydisc
20th September 2010, 04:52 PM
Hmmm... not sure about that other toy. Would love to know what it is if you can figure it out. The vehicle to vehicle connector on these is virtually identical to the backpack connector on Classics Jetfire.

blackie
20th September 2010, 10:22 PM
im fairly certain i had something very similar when i was a kid

Saintly
22nd September 2010, 11:42 AM
they look awesome!

what you need to do with 3 year olds is give them hotwheels, teach them how to look after it. This will give them (and you) a chance to play with something you are passionate about. Once they master that, you can "loan" the tomica to them

jaydisc
22nd September 2010, 11:45 AM
Nice idea!

Batfan007
26th July 2016, 03:02 PM
If they had a gestalt mode, I'd buy them ;)

http://randomtoyreviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/tomica-hyper-series-hyper-blue-police.html

http://i.imgur.com/5YWSRdx.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/P5ixkU8.jpg

I'm buying one of these next month.

From Takara Tomy, part of the same series of toys.

jaydisc
26th July 2016, 04:09 PM
Yeah, they've been killing it recently. All sorts of transforming goodies.

White Hope (https://hlj.com/product/TKT85726/Aut) and the new Rescue Helicopter (https://hlj.com/product/TKT85893/Aut) have robot parts that you can mix and match:

https://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomica-white-hope.jpg

drifand
26th July 2016, 07:18 PM
Like the car mode than the bot

kurdt_the_goat
26th July 2016, 08:19 PM
Yeah, they've been killing it recently. All sorts of transforming goodies.

White Hope (https://hlj.com/product/TKT85726/Aut) and the new Rescue Helicopter (https://hlj.com/product/TKT85893/Aut) have robot parts that you can mix and match:

https://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomica-white-hope.jpg

I had a fiddle with this at the shops the other day. They're very chunky with solid connections and joints, but there's not a lot to them.

What i do want to pick up tho, is some of these things called Kamiwaza Wanda (カミワザ・ワンダ). They transform into card sized things (so they're a bit like TF cassettes) but they sell some kind of camera toy that reads or does something with them, haven't figured it out yet! What's cool is they can also transform into the same creature again, but with a different design. Apparently Kojin Ono who was a G1 designer is involved in making these! There's also a lot of other simpler toys in the line https://ishop.tbs.co.jp/special/tbs/kamiwaza_wanda/?utm_source=wanda&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=wanda_20160617_to_shop

http://i.imgur.com/uvipSnW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7gILiU4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PnxkYVZ.png

Lint
27th July 2016, 12:27 PM
I remember Tomica stuff being flogged off for cheap at Dimmeys and Toyworlds a few years back here in Victoria however I think that was the Hypercity range (traditional cars, trains, buildings) and not so much robots and transforming vehicles. I wish that stuff would hit our locals!

These Tomica toys always give me a bit of a nostalgia boner as the design and aesthetics retain a lot of the creativity and gimmickry of toys in the 80's which is somewhat lost in the modern Takaratomy transformers designs which are optimised for lowering manufacturing cost (probably because the cost to design a true 'Transformer' which has heaps of parts, is already quite high).

jaydisc
27th July 2016, 12:33 PM
Yes, there was a lot of Tomica Hypercity flogged off cheap at Toyworlds. I got one of each! Twas great!

Batfan007
27th July 2016, 11:25 PM
Got White Hope toy this week from this series and it's awesome. Already ordered some add on bits that let you swap limbs like megazords etc.

I just ordered the two yellow mini vehicles today that also double as swappable limbs and a diff head.

Fyi best price for these is HLJ about half price other stores are selling for. I overpaid for white hope off eBay.

http://i.imgur.com/NQjjvD4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QFMWcy8.jpg (http://imgur.com/QFMWcy8)

Tetsuwan Convoy
27th July 2016, 11:35 PM
Found they have a cheaply animated but kinda fun show on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NguZlDKDUc)
Apparently there is a disease that makes the machines bad and White Hope has to inject any infected vehicles with his

Syringe gun.

Does the toy come with that??

Handsprime
27th July 2016, 11:42 PM
Yes, there was a lot of Tomica Hypercity flogged off cheap at Toyworlds. I got one of each! Twas great!

Haha I remember I grabbed a lot of that so my Cyberverse Transformers had a place to live.

Batfan007
27th July 2016, 11:51 PM
Found they have a cheaply animated but kinda fun show on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NguZlDKDUc)
Apparently there is a disease that makes the machines bad and White Hope has to inject any infected vehicles with his

Syringe gun.

Does the toy come with that??

Um, look in the giant photo I posted above.

Batfan007
27th July 2016, 11:54 PM
Character model on the show looks awesome.
The shading looks similar to t: devastation

http://i.imgur.com/bmrGaCt.jpg (http://imgur.com/bmrGaCt)

jaydisc
28th July 2016, 04:29 PM
Got White Hope toy this week from this series and it's awesome. Already ordered some add on bits that let you swap limbs like megazords etc.

I just ordered the two yellow mini vehicles today that also double as swappable limbs and a diff head.

Fyi best price for these is HLJ about half price other stores are selling for. I overpaid for white hope off eBay.

Cool stuff! Will you be ordering the Rescue Helicopter with the grey robot parts? That set looks great combined with White Hope.

Batfan007
28th July 2016, 05:16 PM
I.D.T.A.

"I did that already"

ordered yellow chainsaw maniac (come on, that's what I call it)
yellow claw arm thing
helicopter legs

all three can be parts swapped as in the pic on previous page.

got all three from HLJ for $90, 1/3 less than ebay prices for same shit.

Love these toys, awesome stuff!

Who do they "rescue" exactly with a giant industrial CHAINSAW? The horror fan in me loves that, but the OCD safety part of me says "they better be jaws of life....kids show......right?"

Literally ordered those ones the day after white hope arrived in mail, as I was so impressed with him. He's the coolest medic-bot around. Sorry Ratchet, no offense intended. When you have a giant chainsaw attachment we can be friends again.

jaydisc
28th July 2016, 07:36 PM
Yeah, it looks like the helicopter has a full set of arms and legs for White Hope, and the remaining Helicopter bit can take over White Hopes alt mode. I'm very tempted to get White Hope and the 'copter.

This is the last Hyper set we got:

http://itfdb.com/temporary/tf/tomica-ambulance.jpg

Awesome set. Like the ones in my first post, the gimmick are these shipping-container-like things. You can interchange them across the various sets, they all do something different. And yeah, the quality of all of my sets is very high. It's Tak Tom after all.

While we still have it all, my son lost interest, and I try to not maintain extra hobbies beyond Transformers and a bit of Lego. But yeah, the new, more mech/robot direction they've been steadily going towards is pretty exciting. It's pulling me back inů