Nomura toys | TN history

Japanese toy producer. Nomura means 'field village', or 'wilderness field' and is also known as TN. It was one of the biggest and most prolific of all post-war Japanese toy makers and was specialized in mostly mechanical and wind-up friction toys featuring very creative designs.

History

Nomura was an early player in the tin toy game, opening its doors in the late 1940s and quickly dominating the marketplace with colorful and original tin toy vehicles that embodied the new paradigm of Wakon Yosai ("Japanese spirit, Western technology").

Nomura had long been at the top of their game when Astro Boy and Tetsujin (Iron Man) 28 arrived to herald the age of homegrown SF robots, and tin was the perfect material to render them in three dimensions. Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet flew in from the USA to create a perfect storm, and Nomura was right there at the epicenter.

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Paal- - January 26, 2014

Hello.Looking for a Louis Armstrong wind up figure, made byNomura ca.1960.Can anyone help?
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Rare toy, a year ago one was sold on ebay for 183 USD... Maybe someday one will pop up again.

Julie Lee - December 22, 2013

When were Vintage Auto Series No. 2 made?
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I can't find any info on the manufacturing years, but judging on the value (around 10-15 USD) and how they look like (plastic parts, details, box, etc.) I guess 1960s, 1970s.

Cl - February 20, 2013

I have a tin fire engine that looks remarkably like the Vintage tin friction fire engine bell japan selling on this page except it has 2 standing firefighters on the back a ladder that extends from the back of the truck over the windshield with a siren disk on the front hood of the truck... the trademark has Japan in a square on the left and T.N. in a square diamond with TRADE JAPAN on the two lines that make the top part of the diamond.

Dianna Garcia - September 25, 2012

I have a unique T.N wind up toy that look like mickey mouse not sure it is overall tin except the wire tin tail has a plastic insert on the tail and also the ears are plastic the mouse is playing a drum at his waist the drum has a yellow star trimmed in red when you wind it the tail spin and it plays the drum outfit red jacket lined in yellow and, striped white and blue pants shoes are red and he wearing a bow tie with pocka dots it looks very old the size is 4 1/2 inches to the top of the ears.I would like information of the value and year. Thank you so much Dianna

E.franz - March 20, 2012

I am looking for information/value of a T.N, made inJapan, friction tin toy that is a combination pistol and jet with a pilot, and a B6 on the side. Thanks.

Ken - February 17, 2012

i have a friction helicopter with piston and engine fan action with origional box. could tell me what it's worth

Steve - September 5, 2011

I have an unused TN Tank and woud love to know anything

Ivo - June 11, 2011

Hello, I live in Germany and have a Nomura (t.N) tin guitar in very good condition, I have never seen another one and I think about selling it (probably on ebay). How is the price for such a piece? Thanks for any answers, Ivo

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