Until around 1980, Japanese gems known as Tomica Pocket Cars were widely distributed in the US, even available in grocery stores. But because their high quality and accurate scale meant that they cost a little more than Hot Wheels and Matchbox, they were unable to compete with the lower-priced and better-known brands. The normal price for Pocket Cars was around $1.50 to $1.75 each.

Their current value reflects the growing interest from collectors who discovered these terrific little toys too late to save them from disappearing from the US market.

Another reason for a lack of popularity is their focus on Japanese vehicles such as Mazda, Hino, Mitsubishi and Fuso. Now, models of Japanese vehicles are more desirable because they are Japanese. New models are still being produced but are not generally available in the US, as the Tomica series retreated to European and Asian markets where Pocket Cars still hold a better market share.

Tomica value and price guide

What's your 'Tomica' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK):

Item Title Date sold Price
Tomica Blmc Mini Cooper S Mk Iii F8 Apr 2019 £ 125,00
Tomica World Tomica Town Jaf Base Mar 2019 £ 159,22
Tomica F20 Vw Volkswagen 1200l Se Number Mar 2019 £ 150,00
Tomica Limited Tomicarama Accelerator Apr 2019 £ 135,00
Tomica Limited Neo 1 64 Skyline Super Mar 2019 £ 135,91
See all sold items for more prices

If you're not sure what you have, you can post your question below.

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Peter - December 16, 2017

Hello: I have 1 tomica No.8 s=1/59 Sunny 1975 EXCELLENT 1400 GX Blue 2-doormade in japan
►reply: There is one for sale on eBay right now for about 25 USD.

Ethelyn - September 15, 2011

I have a Union 79 Tanker and tractor diecast that is labeled underneath with Tomica copyright 1978 Tomy. Under the front wheels is "Diamond Reo" and under the tanker it say "No.L6 oil tank". I can't find any listing for this little truck anywhere. Can you tell me if it is valuable?