Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B le mans

Oh boy.....  Where do you begin with this thing?  Ah, that's right.  With the rear wing.  Finding this model with straight & level rear wing was nearly an impossible task for most collectors in my circle.  I think most of us will live with it.  Mine wasn't bad. 


Tomica Limited Vintage  Mazda 787B rear wing spoiler


I think mine has level wing, but its legs or whatever they are called are not completely straight.  :(  MSRP of these cars were over $70 U.S.(8,000 yen).  I bought two, along with few other cars from amiami & the cost for the each 787B shipped were $57 & change.

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

Nice packaging.  Not a fan of these collector-sized boxes, but with removable parts, it is what it is.  Interesting background on the car + brief comments from Mazda insider(Ex-Mazda).  Before reading this, I didn't know that Rotary was originally going to be banned in Le Mans after 1990(a year before this car won overall).  A year delay in the ban gave Mazda one more chance at the title, and they pulled it off.  

I thought they wanted to ban rotary engine, because it won.  Le Mans actually wanted to ban the engine before it did anything. lol

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B

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One of the two had cowl that did not want to sit right, and this is what it does.  Leaves a gap unless I wrestle with it.  I thought I had it fit together for the pics, but apparently it came apart again.  You expect fit & finish problem like this from a $5 car, but moving on.

Tomica Limited Vintage Mazda 787B

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Tomica Limited Vintage  Mazda 787B 1991  Le Mans  Winner

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Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

Tomica Limited Vintage  Mazda 787B

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

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Tomica Limited Vintage mazda 787B

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B

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Credit where due, it's pretty impressive under the rear cowl.  I don't know if it's $70+(MSRP) impressive, and I certainly wouldn't trade for this by having to put up with poor fitting cowl, but it certainly would've helped this model be a winner for TLV if it didn't cost a million dollars.  If they only assembled these cars with little bit more quality in mind.

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Tomica Limited Vintage  24 Hours of Le Mans

Tomica Limited Vintage  787B

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Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

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Beautiful casting from this angle.  It doesn't bother me much, but one of the good points made by GroupB(friend from GTPlanet) was the unpainted plastic rear wing.  Also, another member, GT HP Nut brought up how "Dunlop" prints are missing from the sidewalls.  Rare on $6 cars, but yeah, that would've been nice on something costing as much as some 1/18 scale diecasts.

Unfortunately, for me, this seems like the trend with Tomica Limited Vintage brand these days.  We are starting to see more & more parts you have to install yourself(and they are impossible tasks), undetailed wheels that gets embarrassed by wheels from $5 cars.  All the while, at least to me, MSRP & store prices seems to be about 30% too high for what they are delivering.  $70 race car, $90 buses.  Are we still talking about 1/64 scale cars?  I think I'm open to high prices, if they were delivering something amazing?  Unfortunately, at least for me, they aren't as special as the MSRP indicate, and at least with the race car, they couldn't even put it together right.

Few parting shots:

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B  24 Hours of Le Mans  Winner

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Tomica Limited Vintage NEO Mazda 787B 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall Winner

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Tomica Limited Vintage Mazda 787B

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Off & on, I've thought about grading the cars I post?  I feel like this one should be the first car to be graded, but I haven't really thought this through. Off the top of my head, I can think of three major points that comes into play with these minicars, or hot wheels:

1. Value - Bang for the buck is a huge part of almost anything.
2. Quality - How nice are the parts, tampos, assembly, etc.  Graded based on the price point.
3. Allure - For the lack of better word. lol

I think I like the scale of 0 ~ 10, with 10 being best, of course.  When you see a "zero" though, it should be pretty entertaining, too.  I need a name.  I need something catchy.  I know, "Minicar Grade".  Yes!

So here's the debut(out of ten).

Minicar Grade

Value - 4 
It's a nice model, priced much, much too high.

Quality -  6
High quality parts & design in some areas, dropped the ball in others. Misfitting cowl is devastating at the highest price point I have ever seen for car like this.

Allure - 6
Honestly, "5" for me, but I've been spoiled by the Kyosho version of this car.  I'm going to put myself in the shoes of 99% of the collectors & give it one extra point.

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