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The 29 years of Die cast car collecting
by Wildman Ishii
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In the last article, I explained how I had started my die cast car collection. I need to add one more important detail,. the place where I lived.

In the monthly miniature car magazine, I found an advertisement for die cast car specialty shops. Before that, I innocently believed that die cast cars were only sold at department stores or toy shops. What were die cast specialty shops? I was very curious and looked into their addresses soon after reading the articles. I found some shops in Yokohama! In the 1970s, there were more die cast specialty shop in Yokohama than in Tokyo. Most of the hype was around Yokohama.(The word "nerd" did not exist yet)

Around the Moto-machi Yokohama Area, where MOONEYES Japan got it's start, were the most historical die cast car specialty shops in Japan. The biggest of shop of all was called "Chiyoda", it was a mom and pop store. That shop had the biggest die cast car stock in Japan at that time. Half the shop had general toys and the rest was full of model cars such as AMT and die cast cars. The glorious sight was enough to knock out this young elementary school boy.

There was a special area way in the back of the shop where a strange rack stored the dead stock die cast cars with an unbelievable high price tag.

The collection was so awesome. There were models made back in the 1930s, and some from the 1960s of which I played with in childhood. They looked like they had traveled thru time.
The Chiyoda mama store had several shops in Yokohama, and all of the shops maintained dead stock die cast cars, but the best atmosphere and location was the shop in Motomachi.

A bearded man worked at the shop back then, and I talked to him often. He taught me about old die cast cars and made me a die-cast-car-a-holic. His name is U and he still runs another die cast car specialty shop in Motomachi today. He is the leading expert of die cast cars in Japan and appears on a TV program.
With that being said, now I'll introduce some die cast cars from my collection. Read up and enjoy the story behind my historic and tasteful collection of dead stock die cast cars


Wildman's room
Here's my collection room which is divided into a die cast cars section, KISS (the rock band) section and vintage NIKE sneaker section.

SUBARU 360
MODELPET(left) / OOMORIYA MICROPET(right) :
SUBARU 360
  PRINCE GLORIA SKYLINE 1500
OOMORIYA MICROPET :
NISSAN PRINCE GLORIA(left) / SKYLINE 1500(right)
They're two SUBARU 360's. The left one is made by MODELPET and right one is made by OOMORIYA MICROPET. Both were sold in the early 1960s but the one on the right "MICROPET" is a very rare model, it took me 20 years to get it. It's very expensive at a premium now and has a great presence. The MICROPET looks more real than the MODELPET, that's because MODELPET is a lower class as opposed to the MICROPET. So both are my favorite. These 2 cars are the OOMORIYA MICROPET's Cherika Phoenix Series. They were sold for the 2nd Nihon Grand Prix in 1964. The numbers and class decals are exactly the same as the real ones. On the left No.39 is Mr. Ohishi's Prince(NISSAN) Gloria and on the right, No.31 is Mr.Ikusawa's Prince Skyline 1500.

TOMICA
TOMICA : MITSUBISHI GARAN GTO
The MITSUBISHI GARAN GTO is referred to as "King of TOMICA". Many TOMICA maniacs are still looking for this model. TOMICA couldn't produce the die cast cars in Japan because of the population. So they were made in HONG KONG around 1972 and called HONG KONG TOMICA. The were very few GTO's made in the 1970's so it was very hard to find. I tried looking for it around many shops, but couldn't find it anywhere. I remember the GALAN GTO TOMICA No.30 section of all toy shops was always vacant.

TOMICA
TOMICA : TOYOTA 2000GT
Here I have two early TOMICA die cast cars. The TOYOTA 2000GT was the first set that TOMICA sold in 1970. The model kept releasing for a long time after, but the white body with the white painted wheels were only released for the first lot. So this model is very rare, too.

PRINCE SKYWAY
OOMORIYA MICROPET : NISSAN PRINCE SKYWAY
  PRINCE MIROBUS
OOMORIYA MICROPET : NISSAN PRINCE MICROBUS
This is my most favorite car, the Price Skyway. Even the real cars are very scarce now, only a very few exist today. Only OOMORIYA MICROPET made the die cast car of this rare car. So the die cast car is also very rare now. This model is perfect and has a nice grill and tail fins. The orange and yellow version was said to be an exclusive edition for TOSHIBA for a long time, but somebody told me it was for MITSUBISHI! You rarely get the chance to see a real PRINCE MICROBUS on the street. I really thank OOMORIYA because I can see such a rare bus at such a near place!

SKYLINE 200GT-R DIAPET : NISSAN SKYLINE 2000GT-R
Here is the DIAPET SKYLINE GT-R. The actual car is very popular in Japan but I can't say this model is a master piece. If not, why did I introduce it? The decals on the front bumper and doors are the main point. The decals are evidence of a model which was not sold but rather a gift for the PRINCE MOTORIST CLUB party. Only the party participant could get it so it's quite hard to come by.
 

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