from TOMY


  • Tomica Storm Runner


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What It Is

Following a 40-year history of success in Japan, where it has been one of the top-selling lines of miniature die-cast cars, trains, and accessories, the TOMICA line from TOMY Corporation is making its North American debut. The collectible line will include seven die-cast cars, three train sets, six accessory sets, six destination sets, and five deluxe playsets. All elements of the line can be merged together to create a TOMICA city with limitless building and exploration opportunities.

Some of the die-cast vehicles may look familiar to adults—they are designed to resemble the cars kids' parents drive and are officially licensed from Toyota, Nissan, and Suzuki. The level of detail is something that has made these toys a hit with kids of all ages.

But the realism isn't limited merely to the reproduction of the vehicles. The TOMICA car and train system features a robust combination of auto and locomotive play that introduces kids to the rules of the road and encourages creative construction and roleplaying. The play maps come equipped with detailed imagery of city streets, buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, and more. Kids can build and customize train rails and elevated street platforms, as well as add markets, gas stations, repair stations, and more.

Given all this detail and play value, kids will love both playing in and creating their very own cities. This is imaginative play at its best powered by extraordinary design and manufacturing. For kids interested in this kind of play, this is a solid investment in fun.