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? Here are some recently sold items.

Picture Title Date Price
tomica farm set Tomica Farm Set... 01/2021 $765.00
tomica f29 volkswagen t2 bay window van bus in Tomica F29 Volkswagen T2 Bay Window Van Bus In... 12/2020 $574.90
tomica tomy japan transport carrier 5 car set f8 Tomica Tomy Japan Transport Carrier 5 Car Set F8... 02/2021 $495.00
set tomica limited neo bmw e30 m3 325i 318i police Set Tomica Limited Neo Bmw E30 M3 325i 318i Police... 03/2021 $500.00
tomica tomica town mcdonald s drive through box 03 Tomica Tomica Town Mcdonald S Drive Through Box 03... 02/2021 $425.00
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Comments (2)
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?