N Scale - Tomytec - 035 - Painted/Unlettered

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N Scale - Tomytec - 035 - Painted/Unlettered

Brand Tomytec
Stock Number 035
Original Retail Price 1058¥
Manufacturer Tomytec
Body Style Tomytec Structure Kit
Road/Company Name Painted/Unlettered
Reporting Marks Bank
Paint Color(s) Various
Ready-to-Run No
Series Release/Issue Number Building Collection 035
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 2009-04-15
Item Category Structures
Model Type Building
Model Subtype Commerical
Model Variety Bank
Prototype Manufacturer Name Trenton Works
Region Japan
Era/Epoch Era V: 1979 - Present

Specific Item Information: Parts are pre-painted

Body Style Information: These structures are pre-painted and some are partly assembled. There may be some smaller detail parts included that need to be installed. These models are 1/150 scale which is the standard for N Scale in Japan. A -2, -3, etc in the model number indicates a re-release of a model.

Brand/Importer Information:
Tomytec is a subsidiary of Takara Tomy, a large Japanese conglomerate of companies that makes toys and games for the international marketplace. The Tomytec subsidiary focuses on toys which are scale models of real and fantasy prototypes. The Tomytec range includes trains, vehicles, aircraft, dolls and other items (camera lenses?). Most importantly (for us) the Tomytec brand name lands on certain N Gauge models.

Generally, but not always, Tomytec branded N Gauge items have some element of "collectibility". Sometimes they have packaging that obscures the exact item being purchased which encourages the consumer to buy multiple items to complete a set. Sometimes they produce limited edition releases which are quickly retired and replaced by a new similar item with an alternate series marker (A, B, etc). The brand also is used for their operating N Gauge bus system.

Manufacturer Information:
Largely a Japanese manufacturer of children's toys and baby products, Takara Tomy has established a number of different subsidiary companies, with sales offices and factories located in various locations around the world. The firm is the product of a 2006 merger-of-equals between Tomy and Takara.

The Tomytec "Subsidiary" (we use the term loosely because it is actually a more complex relationship) produces N Scale model trains using two different brand names "Tomytec" and "Tomix". Technically speaking these are not brands in the Western sense but rather they more closely resemble subsidiaries -of-subsidiaries, and where they fit in the corporate org chart may be the matter for a Master's thesis, but for our purposes we can think of them as simply two different brands with one manufacturer. In the past (prior to 1976) some model train products were branded simply "Tomy".

If you consider both brand names as a single company, then the Tomytec/Tomix product line is the largest of its kind in Japan; with Kato following in second place (as of 2017). While Takara Tomy products are popular around the world, the firm's focus on children's toys has limited the international acceptance and distribution of its Tomytec model railroad products. Furthermore, unlike Kato, their focus tends to be heavily skewed towards Japanes prototypes.

Item created by: nscalestation on 2017-02-05 23:38:38

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