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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Hong Kong Toy Car Shopping Trip

I have to Hong Kong for 20 or more times but this is the first time I took a train from the airport to the city. It save me a whopping HKD200.00 compared to taking a taxi. I am also traveling alone so it doesn't make any sense to take a taxi.

Upon reaching my hotel, dropped my luggage, took a shower and a short rest. I must fully make use of the room since I book a spacious room this time. Since my hotel is just opposite Tai Yuen Street, Hung Hing will be my first stop in this trip.

The shop is packed with customers as usual. The price of regular release Tomica went up quite a fair bit for Hong Kong making it not as competitive comparing to 3 or 5 years ago. The price of vintage is on par or higher than Japan which I think making a trip to Japan is worthwhile right now.

Spot the DX Toy "No Nukes" Porsche 911. There are a few DX Toy in this cabinet. It's strange that there is a price difference although the 2 units of "No Nukes" 911 are identical. I wonder how these self-custom cars from Taiwan get to Hong Kong and still command a high price.

Next stop to Toy Zone since they have shifted to a new location since last year.

A close up on the address. You just have to take a train to Tai Koo, walk towards exit A1. After getting out of exit, you will see a Caltex petrol station opposite of you. The building is just beside the station.

Took a lift to 4th floor and here we are.

If you collect almost anything, this should be the best place to hunt. As for me, just Tomica or any toy cars.

It seems like they have more shelves with more cars although the selection is not as wide as Hung Hing.

 More cars of different genre.

There's a shelf full of Tomica Dandy.

There's more inside but I couldn't afford the price the seller is asking for. I did buy some cars in Toy Zone as usual.

After Toy Zone, I went to Tseung Kwan O Popcorn MTR mall as I heard that there's a store selling Tomica.

A little disappointed as there are only regular release items as shown above. Retail price @ HKD36.00 which is basically the same price as Singapore.

These are the little plastic Tomica which I will never ever spend a single cent on them unless I get them at Taito Station. They are not cheap either at HKD30.00.
 
I used to buy Tomica only in Sogo when I first came to Hong Kong way back in 2005. Sogo is also a departmental store where I bought all my Tomica when I was a student in the 90s.

A little disappointed because it seems like Singapore has better choice on regular release.

Ken's Garage is not in my itinerary this trip because it is totally out of the way from my hotel. Since I have nowhere to go on my 2nd day in Hong Kong, I took a train to Jordan and then a cab to Ken's Garage hoping that I can get some interesting Tomica.

Ken welcomed me with some case loaded with Tomica. Good to kill an afternoon to pick out the Tomica I might need.

Made in Hong Kong Tomica. Wanted this, especially the box as I have a loose HK made Corolla Sprinter SL. I will have to give it a miss or I will have to pack my bags 1 day earlier.

The 3 day trip is a short one and it's time to go home. Next destination, it could be Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan.
 
 
 
 

9 comments:

  1. I allways enjoy your trip reports, but this time I miss something! What about Kombi?! You left him/her at home? ;-)))

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  2. if you go to ken's from Wan Chai, you can take bus #101 and get off at o'brien road...it only takes 15-20 minutes depending on traffic :D

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  3. Hi! May I know where in hongkong can I find the transparent casings seen in the second last photo?

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  4. Hi! I just stumbled on yr site by accident..good site..good info..very entertaining. .I was looking for the new release of subaru forester..where can I get this in Singapore

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  5. great info, i will be visiting hong kong in march next year, and will check out some of these stores.

    http://mytoycars.blogspot.com

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  6. Well my friend, it's a great collection you have made. Car toys just not used as toys for kids but it can represent a model. We can find car toys bearing the model name of different car brands. Toy cars and cars in real life, having the hell & heaven differences! Here are some Common Car Care Tips to keep your car last long in real life. Thanks for such a collective blog.

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