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N Scale - Tomytec - 105 - Painted/Unlettered


N Scale - Tomytec - 105 - Painted/Unlettered


Brand Tomytec
Stock Number 105
Original Retail Price 2700¥
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Body Style Tomytec Structure Kit
Road or Company Name Painted/Unlettered (Details)
Reporting Marks Middle School
Ready-to-Run No
Series Release/Issue Number Building Collection 105
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 2012-07-15
Item Category Structures
Model Type Buildings
Model Subtype Public
Model Variety School
Prototype Manufacturer Name Trenton Works
Region Japan
Era/Epoch Era V: 1979 - Present


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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.

Road/Company Information: Some items are designed ot have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.

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.

Takara Tomy produces N Scale model trains under their Tomytec division (we use the term loosely because it is actually a more complex relationship) 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". To further confuse things, since 2000, outside of Japan, the company goes by the simple name, "Tomy" for their international subsidiaries.

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 2017-02-11 04:24:02. Last edited by gdm on 2017-07-18 09:44:20

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