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Old Toys in Tokyo...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. thats some cool stuff right there. they use the yen? correct? if so my goodness are those expensive.
  3. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    ems customer service

    dollers are never refused world wide
  4. jfreakofkorn
    Joined: Apr 13, 2010
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    i bet ..... esp. with those vintage pieces ....

  5. ..ever come across any of the supposed vintage corvettes stockpiled in Tokyo from the late 80's ?! I still hear stories but seem to think it is a wives tale. =)
  6. Fopelaez
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
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    Exchange rate 95.9 JPY to 1 USD but certainly is good stuff. I think the roadster is made by Marklin, I have another model with those wheels. I love this stuff thanks for posting.
  7. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
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    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    I really like the elderly Daihatsu midget truck!
  8. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
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    The Riviera and boat would be $401.84 U.S. dollars......
  9. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
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    from New York

    My friend worked for a huge Japanese company. When he finished his Model A he decided to drive it to work one day. At lunch time he noticed about two dozen Japanese swarming all over his car. He went out and showed them the car and he asked them "don't you have antique cars in Japan"? With that one person replied "we did until you Americans destroyed them in world war II, OOPS!
  10. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,580


    That's expensive but that set on eBay often goes for several hundred dollars.

    I was living in Japan when I really got interested in collecting toy cars. I couldn't afford much of what I wanted to buy.
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    from California

    now we need equal time for American toys.
  12. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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    Us old timers remember when "Made in Japan" meant cheap crap, but this stuff looks pretty cool, especially that Silver Arrow.
    Joined: Mar 3, 2007
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    from NW Indiana

    Wow, love crazy old stuff.
  14. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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    Very expensive alright! Just think of all the vintage tin this guy destroyed back in the day.
  15. He won’t be hurting anybody any more, because now they have this guy protecting the gate and keeping that little furry bugger at bay.


    Although pre WWII stuff is rare, there’s still a bit of local vintage tin around the place if you know where to look.



    I always try and allow at least a day to tour the hobby shops and markets in the Akihabira area, when in Japan, so much cool stuff, so little cash and shelf space to keep it.
  16. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    some of us let our "old toys" go to Japan, like my chopped '54 Chevy
  17. tred
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    yeah, a lot of the older suburban types still harbor some resentment about that, i was in yokohama on pearl harbor day and had it thrown in my face how they "won" that one.
    it was uncomfortable.

    ok, now back to cars and toys!
  18. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
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    Of all things, I'd want that thoroughly O/T VW 411 since I had a real one when I was young...
    I'll just leave this here...:eek:
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2013
  19. Cruiser
    Joined: May 29, 2006
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    Japan is a great place, I always have a great time. I've been in Japan now for three months, leaving in the AM tomorrow for California. If, your in Tokyo go to the Toyota museum lots of cool old cars Japanese and American. Most of Japan's old cars were melted down for there war effort. :D

    CRUISER :cool:
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2013
  20. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
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    flathead okie

    Must be why the toy army tank commander is surrendering.(next to the bubbletop) That toy sucks
  21. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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    I collect vintage toys,mostly auto related.I sold a robot to a fellow in Japan back in the 90s for more than a nice roadster would go for now.Those were the days......
  22. nooch
    Joined: Aug 8, 2004
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    Just goes to show - the HAMB absolutely CANNOT refer to Japan for more than 5 seconds without it going this way (sigh)!

    Thanks for the pics, I love to spend hours in that market when I'm in Japan. Expensive, but you can walk away with that one shelf filler that no one else will have!
  23. IGOR
    Joined: Jun 27, 2002
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    Theres a BADASS toy store in Koenji just up the street from the train. Cant remember the name off the top of my head but if ya walk past Ink Rat Tattoo it'll be on yer left. SOOOOOOOO MUCH STUFF!!!
  24. Michael Ottavi
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    Michael Ottavi

    Not too keen on the Sherman tank commander with the white flag in the last photo. Didn;t we win?
  25. rbroadster
    Joined: Mar 23, 2005
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    You did notice he's holding two flags, right?

    One red, one white [maybe a signalman]?

    As was stated in the original post, these toys were made for the American market. Would make no sense to print English on the tank if it were for the domestic market would it?

    - RBR
  26. Catdaddyo
    Joined: Mar 9, 2005
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    Yeah I collect space toys and robots. The robots go for crazy money over there

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  27. Hey Cruiser, I assume you are speaking here of the museum at Venus Fort/Toyota Megaweb near Aomi station (walking distance from where the 9 story high GUNDAM Robot in my previous post lives)?

    This is actually only a very small branch of the Toyota Automobile Museum which is located at Nagakute, near Toyota City (south of Nagoya) and houses one of the worlds finest collections of antique automobiles from all periods and all corners of the globe 9including the two '36 Tojos pictured previously).

    However, my favourite part of this museum is the Annexe building which is a little like the Henry Ford Museum and in addition to the cars, houses an incredible collection of cultural items illustrating how the post WWII occupation forces and the strong influence of American culture completely changed the face and fortunes of modern day Japan.

    If you're ever down that way, it's well worth a look.

    I can post a few pics later if anybody is interested in seeing what it looks like.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  28. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
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    I'd like to see some pics; my dad was in the USAF occupation forces after the war and even got shot at in '49 (there were some troubles with the local Communists then). Please post 'em if you got 'em...
  29. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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    Yeah Carps, I would also like to see pics.
  30. RM-Special
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
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    Yokohama has an amazingly cool Tinplate toy museum,with toys dating from the late 1800's on.We went the day after going to the mooneyes show.Located in an interesting suburban neigbourhood ,we enjoyed the visit especially as they had toys from my childhood (60's/70's) on display.
    See shot below of some of the toys. Well worth a visit if you are there
    Cheers RM

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