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Hyper Blue Police Carrier Runner


6 comments posted
The reason for the demise

IMO the reason the line tanked was too much emphasis on the train element. Trains are huge in Japan but they're an on and off fad in the States. That's also why I'm fairly certain Toqger won't be adapted into Power Rangers and they'll skip to Ninninger instead. (It doesn't help that Toqger is just plain weird on top of being train-themed).

If Tomica had concentrated on the trucks and helicopters, we would be getting the Green Ranger stuff (which I still badly want to order).

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Posted by atom smasher on 26 April, 2015 - 10:38
I didn't even get time to

I didn't even get time to consider what I wanted to buy from this line, honestly. I DID see it, at least, but like you said: it lasted within the blink of an eye. Looked so cool, too! Hard to imagine how they botched something this cool, though Atom's theory makes a lot of sense. The train stuff sat around the most, it seemed (though, not long enough for me to find the one I had wanted).

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Posted by Alexx on 26 April, 2015 - 22:19
I kind of just seems like

I kind of just seems like Tomy messed up the Tomica release from every possible angle. Tomy's Thomas the Tank Engine stuff seems to do fine the US and I see those Jakks Power Trains stuff at Target all the time. They should have split up the lines so everything wouldn't be mixed up.

I usually throw in a Tomica or two to my monthly AmiAmi orders because I think they are nicer than Hot Wheels and generally have more interesting vehicles than all the weirdo HW stuff yet they only sold Tomica cars in two packs with Tomikids. Why not target the toy car collectors with single/multi packs instead?

They also seemed to have released a lot of the larger train/town combined playsets yet only released a few of the Tomy Town things. I would have loved to grab a bunch of various Tomy Town sets and combine them. Then you have the Storm Runner. Why release only the 3rd set in the line without the other two when the Super Sonic Runner would probably be the most popular.

If they can have Thomas train tables at TRU's for kids to play with, why didn't Tomy set up Tomica tables to expose kids to the line? It's such a cool line and feels like such a waste that it died so quickly in the US.

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Posted by siningy on 27 April, 2015 - 05:37
Great to see this review.

Great to see this review. I've got a bunch more sets from the US release that I need to review. Love this line.

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Posted by JoshB on 27 April, 2015 - 06:48
Thanks for the review!

This is the first time I've seen this line, and it looks like exactly the sort of toy that my four-year-old and I would both love. Are they going to be prohibitively hard to find at this point?

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Posted by Inverarity on 27 April, 2015 - 08:42
They are pretty easy to find

They are pretty easy to find on ebay/amazon. Prices aren't too bad for a lot of the sets, but they can be pretty big. I've seen some Ollies still carry whatever remainders they have from a couple years back.

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Posted by siningy on 29 April, 2015 - 00:14