Thursday, July 30, 2009


These lucky cars have travelled all around the world!

updated version, SKYLINES!

I decided to add more pics to the slideshow, hope u guys like it!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kawabatakikaku and Diapet Yonezawa and a GAMA Merc

This is the end of my 5 day trip around Asia and CNMI islands and before I fly home tonight, I decided to get the vintage toys I saw in Nagoya 4 days ago. I bought the Kawabatakikaku Toyopet Masterline( handcrafted ANTIMONY diecast, made in Japan) and a Diapet Yonezawa Japan 240Z in an unusual 1:30 scale.

My car will be whisking me to the airport in 45 mins so further stories regarding these cars will be on a new post in the coming days.

However these are hasty pics i took and I hope you guys like it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lamborghini Countach LP500 by Diapet Yonezawa Japan

Ah, the confusion i get every time I get to work. For the past few days all along my mind was prepared that I was going to SAIGON and when I checked my schedule, I was going to GUAM! Sometimes I just know what time to wake up and I forget where I am. All hotel rooms look the same to me. a

The good thing about this trip is that I was able to swing by Nagoya and that is where all the vintage die-casts are, few stops away from Kanayama and off to the hobby shops. I was able to bag some wallet devastating vintage models but the joy owning them gives me great pleasure.

From Nagoya to Guam to this blog, I present to you my Lamborghini Countach LP500 by Diapet Yonezawa. This iconic model has been to all the bedrooms of little boys in the 80's adorning their tiny rooms with the poster of this very exotic Lamborghini Countach. This model stood the test of time and still regarded as one of the greatest super cars of all time.

For vintage collector like me, Diapet has captured the beauty of this car in die cast form. What can I ask for? an Italian Super car, made in Japan and posing sexy in Guam Tamuning beach.

I hope you guys enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The joy of hunting for vintage diecast in Nagoya

I am always excited everytime I fly to Nagoya, the city is vibrant, the people are nice and there are a lot of nice places to go to. The most important for me are the hobby shops that cater to collectors who love vintage and Made in Japan diecast like me. This morning, I was supposed to go to Narita but I ended up here in the beautiful city of Nagoya, my favorite city in Japan.

These are the items I bought these noon and these items are gonna be discussed in detail in the coming days. The Diapets are special editions. The 25th Anniversary Ferrari Diapet really made me lust for an oldschool diecast. It is beautifully imperfect and I love it. The one on the white box is a Dandy Skyline.

A few Tomicas too and a Mr. Bean Cooper.

Detailed stories in the coming days :)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Diecast I bought today, a cool mint Japan made Mini Cooper

I went to my favourite hobby shop and I bought this hot Japan made Mini Cooper with the Union Jack roof tampo. I have this Cooper but not as mint as this one. JDMike made a custom Tomica Mini Cooper for me and soon i'll post it here.

I also bought 2 Tomica Filmores which was released here in Japan a few days ago and will send to to H aka martin of DCPH.

The TLV box is a special edition of TLV Tomica.

I'll be flying home tonight and these will be in MNL soon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Made in Japan and repaired in Manila

Last June 2009, I was able to chance upon an old building in Nagoya in Osu Kannon area wherein 4 old men were carting out some old stuff. Everything that came out of that building was for sale. If you like antiques this is like heaven and it really was. The gentlemen were rounding up some stuff and I saw this Ford Capri tin toy. I asked how much and the old man said Y100. I gave him a tiny coin and away i went. The paint is in good condition however the car looked like Godzilla had trampled over this poor car. Most people would say this is trash but for me It was more of a challenge( not trash but trashed!). As soon as i got home in Manila, I dismantled it and tried my best with a rubber mallet to straighten it. The scale is somewhat 1:12 and these rare toys are HTF now without rust. My specimen may not have value in terms of collectibility since this one was bent out of shape but me fixing it made it priceless.

Thank you for visiting DIECAST JAPAN!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Martin Luther King and my travel buddy

I was in Atlanta a week ago and that was Martin Luther Kings hometown. I was fortunate enough that his personal effects are on display and I photographed it together with my traveling diecast.

some pics

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tomica Dandy Volkswagen Delivery Van in 1:43, made in Japan favourite diecast , Tomica Dandy VW Delivery Van in 1:43. I got this model a year ago and I bagged this item locally. A fellow classic car collector SYSTEMS offered this for $US8 ( P400) at that time). Some people will never pay a dollar for a beat up old diecast but I sure would. This Tomica Dandy is very hard to find even in Japan and even if you find one, cost would be close to $US90 to S100 in mint condition, pristine box. I am still on the lookout for a mint in box VW Delivery Van and if I find one, i would surely buy it and just look away when they swipe my credit card.

Some pics

Tomica Formula 1 and Formula 2 open wheel racers

I've been buying Tomica F1s if ever I see one and lately I was able to bag a few at the same time. I just wanna share some of my Made in Japan Tomica open wheel race cars. These items are getting harder to source and I am just glad I have a few. They are all in Manila now, most of them I bought in Japan and some other asian countries. Mint made in Japan Tomicas make my heart beat a little faster.

I hope you guys like it!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sakura VW Beetle, Made in Japan

Ah, the VW Beetle, the most collected die cast car in the world. Almost all the toy and die cast manufacturer has it and this one of the most recognizable vehicle in the world. Even women and kids know what the VW Beetle is.

I bought this car in Japan about a year ago. My intention for this very rare 1 :43 SAKURA die cast was to travel with me but unfortunately the car is a bit too bulky for my travels. I have nice pics of this car with me and we have been to Saipan, Guam, Tokyo and lots of asian cities.

The pictures :)