The Tomica story starts back in 1970, when model cars mainly referred to imported 1/64 scale models of foreign cars or larger 1/43 scale models of Japanese cars for collectors. It was then that Tomica's founders embarked on their mission to give the children of Japan small diecast cars based on the vehicles produced by Japan's own automobile makers. Tomica products were refreshingly different: modeled on made-in-Japan vehicles, they came in sizes that fit easily in the palm of a child's hand. Diecast bodies gave them an authentic feel, and they were painted using the same baked enamel finish used on real automobiles. With these features, plus extras such as precision suspension and ultra-smooth performance, all at a very reasonable price, Tomica's popularity grew rapidly. Today, around four in every five Japanese children under the age of eight own at least one Tomica product. Times have changed since the birth of Tomica, but the childhood love of vehicles has endured, and Tomica has grown into a long-selling brand enjoyed by children and parents across three generations. These days, there are 140 models in the Tomica diecast lineup at any one time. The lineup is continually being refreshed with the release of a new model on the third Saturday of each month.
How many models have been sold since Tomica was launched?
Number of models: More than 800
Cumulative total units sold: More than 554 million!
If you lined up all the Tomica cars sold since the brand was launched, bumper to bumper,
they would reach all the way around the Earth!
*Figures correct as of March 2011
Measuring Tomica's popularity
*From a nationwide survey of 2,000 boys aged 2-7, commissioned by Tomica and conducted by market research firm Macromill in November 2010.
- 92.6% of boys in Japan two to seven years of age recognize the Tomica brand.
Recognition among parents is almost universal at 99.7%.
- Brand recognition and ownership rates are particularly high among children aged 3 and over.
What is Tomica Expo?
This Expo is a major event where children and their parents can enjoy Tomica products together. Visitor numbers are growing from year to year and attendance has been approximately 590,000 people in 2011.
Tomica Shop Locations
- Tomica Shop Tokyo
- Tomica Shop Tokyo Sky Tree Town Soramachi
- Tomica Shop Kichijoji
- Tomica Shop Nagoya
- Tomica Shop Osaka
- Tomica Shop Fukuoka
Beyond just toys, Tomica Shops have a wide variety of Tomica-branded household goods, candy, apparel, and other merchandise. Currently operating in six locations throughout Japan,Tomica Shops are designed to be enjoyed by both children and parents.