Tomica toys

Until around 1980, Japanese gems known as Tomica Pocket Cars were widely distributed in the US, even available in grocery stores. But because their high quality and accurate scale meant that they cost a little more than Hot Wheels and Matchbox, they were unable to compete with the lower-priced and better-known brands. The normal price for Pocket Cars was around $1.50 to $1.75 each.

Their current value reflects the growing interest from collectors who discovered these terrific little toys too late to save them from disappearing from the US market.

Another reason for a lack of popularity is their focus on Japanese vehicles such as Mazda, Hino, Mitsubishi and Fuso. Now, models of Japanese vehicles are more desirable because they are Japanese. New models are still being produced but are not generally available in the US, as the Tomica series retreated to European and Asian markets where Pocket Cars still hold a better market share.

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Tomica value and price guide

What's your Tomica worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
tomica 30th anniversary 24 24ii set 1970 2000 original Tomica 30th Anniversary 24 24ii Set 1970 2000 Original 07/2021 C $687.81
takara tomy tomica super auto tomikabiru building car Takara Tomy Tomica Super Auto Tomikabiru Building Car 07/2021 C $572.90
tomica tomy japan giftset 79 world police 8 car set t30 Tomica Tomy Japan Giftset 79 World Police 8 Car Set T30 07/2021 C $499.64
new unused tomica town mister mr donut dead stock 06 New Unused Tomica Town Mister Mr Donut Dead Stock 06 06/2021 C $481.93
tomica mitsubishi pajero 4wd nikon 188 black box seal Tomica Mitsubishi Pajero 4wd Nikon 188 Black Box Seal 09/2021 C $527.40
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Comments (3)
Tracey - June 24, 2021
Hi, I am looking for a Mazda Bongo green with lift up roof 4wd. where can I get one from?
Take a look here, maybe you'll find one: Tomica Bongo.
Peter - December 16, 2017
Hello: I have 1 tomica No.8 s=1/59 Sunny 1975 EXCELLENT 1400 GX Blue 2-doormade in japan
There is one for sale on eBay right now for about 25 USD.
Ethelyn - September 15, 2011
I have a Union 79 Tanker and tractor diecast that is labeled underneath with Tomica copyright 1978 Tomy. Under the front wheels is "Diamond Reo" and under the tanker it say "No.L6 oil tank". I can't find any listing for this little truck anywhere. Can you tell me if it is valuable?