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N Scale - Tomix - 3144 - Container, 12 Foot,Type U20A-500 - Nippon Express

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Stock Number 3144
Original Retail Price 770.00¥
Brand Tomix
Manufacturer Takara Tomy
Body Style Tomix Container 12 Foot
Prototype Container, 12 Foot,Type U20A-500
Road or Company Name Nippon Express (Details)
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White, Black & Yellow
Item Category Container
Model Type Intermodal
Model Subtype 12 Foot
Model Variety Type U20A-500
Scale 1/150
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number 3144
Release Date 2012-04-01
EAN/JAN/GTIN13 Number 4543736031444



Model Information: Tomy started producing 12 foot containers in N Scale in the early 2000s. These models variously represent different versions of the Japan Rail Freight 12 foot domestic shipping container. Some of these models represent smoothside prototypes such as the 19B while others represent the corrugated versions such as the C20 series. Note that these models have no bottom/underframe so be careful how you display them.

Road Name History:
Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (日本通運株式会社, Nippon Tsūun Kabushiki-gaisha, Nittsu) (TYO: 9062) is a Japanese global logistics services company. The company was established in 1937 in line with the Nippon Tsu-un Kaisha Law as a semi-government transportation service. The company was established by pooling the assets of Kokusai Tsu-un KK (International Express Co., Ltd.), which consolidated many of the nation's small-scale rail transport companies, and six other competitors, with additional funding from the Japanese government. The company was fully privatized in the 1950s.From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Tomix is a brand of Takara Tomy, a large Japanese conglomerate of companies that makes toys and games for the international marketplace. The Tomix brand (along with the Tomytec brand) are both managed by the Tomytec subsidiary/division of Takara Tomy. Prior to 1976 Tomy produced model trains using the "Tomy" brand name of the products. In 1976, they launched the new brand "Tomix" to segregate their model trains from their childrens toy lines.

Generally it can be difficult to understand why Tomytec releases some items using the Tomix brand and others using the Tomytec brand. There are some generalizations we have observed. Thomas the Tank Engine falls under Tomix, as do the JNR steam engines as well as bullet trains (Shinkansen) and track cleaning cars. Maybe another curator can step in and elaborate on this section.

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: scottakoltz on 2021-04-07 19:41:29. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2021-04-08 09:56:06

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