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  Another Unusual Tack Piece
Posted by: Nigels - 03-29-2020, 01:02 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (7)

Found this yesterday on that Japanese site that had the outer double curve piece;

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  Continuation of BigLobe Plarail Musuem
Posted by: Vio - 03-29-2020, 09:18 AM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (31)

Original author did not respond to emails since a month ago, so our team assumed that something grave on his side had happened and we will not question him about it.

Last update of this site was 15/3/2009. A lot of things have happened 11 years after the last update and many Plarail have become even rarer than it was before. So my team and I have decided to update the Phantom Gems of Plarail section (http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~akeda/DOLL/f...orosi1.htm) for it's 11th anniversary of idle activity. (still in progress, I will insert images later)

Phantom Gem 35: C-62 きてきいり(汽笛入り)C-62 Steam Engine

Released in 1978 and suddenly vanished before 1980. It was 2 years of lifespan and it was regrettable that it didn't survive long. This steam engine was comparable to the original Benkei in terms of battery location, but it had a whistling system in the body of the main engine (but Benkei does not) and it uses 2 AA batteries in the tender car. Whistling system was a very fine gimmick during that time. It came in a brown 4th generation box (Densha Box), which is the hardest box to find in auction sites these past 5 years. This box is also produced during 1978-1980 so the C-62 became out of print together with the 4th generation box design. The C-62 was included in the C-62こうかセット (C-62 Bridge Set), which failed to meet production for more than 1 year. Again, the lifespan of this set was regrettable, what is worse is that the set had completely original rail parts: green block piers, brown bridge, C-62 with it's container car.

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Phantom Gem 36: 新国際空港セット New International Airport Set

Similarly with the C-62, it was 2 years of lifespan. From auction statistics, there are only 5 sets that are known to survive today (which includes my set). The airport tower was completely original and it is the first airport tower in Plarail history. It is the only set to have Old Colour Skyliner as a double car set. The set is manufactured to celebrate the grand opening of the first Tokyo International Airport. Commercial flight brands at that time are Pan-am and Japan Airlines, and this is the only TOMY set licensed to use the Pan-am logo. Today, Pan-am is retired and no other TOMY set ever featured Pan-am in their products.

YouTube Demo: https://youtu.be/GkMut9MPBuM

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Phantom Gem 37: リレー号 Relay Shinkansen EC-18

1983-1984 only. It disappeared from the catalogues very early. It's counterpart, Odoriko-Go おどりこ号 looks very similar to it but is much more mass produced. The Relay Shinkansen appeared in an Automatic Double Pass Station Set as a 2 car set, but the set became nearly extinct during it's final appearance in the catalogue. Since Plarail was nearing the winter production period, factories produced less toys than the normal periods. Unfortunately, Relay Shinkansen and Hankyu 6300 was caught during this period and both immediately saw near halt of production.

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Phantom Gem 38: 1st Generation ちんちんでんしゃ ChinChin Toden 8000 VS 2nd Generation ちんちんでんしゃ ChinChin Toden 8000

1970-1973. It produced a bell tone each time it passes half a long straight rail. There is a difference between the 2 versions. The initial print had a hollow front window with black piece slid behind it, and the 2nd generation had a driver printed on front window itself. What we are looking at is the second generation Toden 8000, the driver in front did not survive long himself. It was regrettable that the Toden 8000 seen today have their driver scratched off or faded away into history. There are few Todens with their drivers still in one piece, but it will cost more than 2 first generation Todens. The driver is the main highlight, and collectors sought for the driver's survival. There was a challenge in the past where billionaires took part in a competition to collect all trains with a driver picture in front. Unfortunately, no collector has ever managed to get all those trains. It ended up as an impossible challenge due to the phantom Fukuoka Tenjin Subway and it's counterparts.

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           1st Generation                     2nd Generation

Phantom Gem 39: 電車(青)Electric Train Blue (All generations)

We are looking at the unpainted roof electric trains, whether front switch or not. These trains are sold in select areas in Japan as a limited production item. It immediately vanished from each generation phase before the red, yellow and green versions have disappeared. Blue Electric Train never appeared in every catalogue, and was never mentioned by the old TOMY (Toyama Trading) ever since the first appearance. It makes a true Electric Train collector cry trying to collect all the different colours of the Electric Train.

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Phantom Gem 40: 近郊型でんしゃふみきりえきセット(関西色)&(横須賀色)Suburban Train Railroad Crossing Set (Kansai Colour) and (Yokosuka Colour)

There are 2 variants of this set. These set have 2 different colours of the Suburban Train and the Railroad Crossing. The trains have the longest front switch length in history of Plarail, and what makes the Kansai colour more rare is that the box cover only shows Yokosuka Colour. Both boxes have the same cover, so a gamble is to be taken to win Kansai colour. It is said that Kansai colour is nearly 150 times harder to get than the already Phantom Gem Yokosuka Colour. There is 1 Kansai Colour among 150 produced Yokosuka Colour. Both versions became out of print in 1976, the same year that they are produced. It is truly a Phantom Gem of Plarail since the beginning of production until end of life. It should have been in the Phantom Section a long time ago, but it not found)

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                                         Yokosuka (Left), Kansai (Right)

Phantom Gem 41: パノラマ特急基本No.3ディーゼル特急セット Panorama Limited Express Basic Set No. 3

Panorama Limited Express ended production at 1977, but Basic Set No. 3 is released in 1977. So a very small number of the remaining manufactured Panorama are packed in the set. The set's box only states L Limited Express as the default train. Some sets have a Diesel Yakumo included, but is very short lived (box cover is the same for L Limited Express). The set in general costed 3800 yen during it's time and only children from a rich family are able to get one. It was a known luxury set during 1977-1980. This is also the final moment where the Panorama Limited Express was sold.

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Phantom Gem 42: First Y Rail

Late 1959? This rail came from a set manufactured by old TOMY, Toyama Trading. It has a non uniform shape compared with today's Y rail. It curves inward at the top, and curves outward at the bottom. It is the king of all Y rails and the hardest Y rail to use in all types of layouts.

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  Custom Twilight Express Mizukaze
Posted by: Super - 03-27-2020, 01:32 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - No Replies

Here is a train that I had hoped would have been a Plarail Limited release in conjunction with the real Twilight Express Mizukaze's maiden voyage last year. My wish did not come true. Here we get a glimpse of a Custom version of that train.






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  Why is this not implemented?
Posted by: Vio - 03-23-2020, 03:02 AM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (20)

See those curves on the right, they are never made as 1 piece slope rails. The sense of direction of the curves. Why? This is actually very dangerous if the rails are at a tall height, the 1 piece curves have a small slope gradient on the grooves, this mitigates stability issues. If you were to use the 2 piece structure continuously to make a tower, you will find that the tower is unstable due to lack of gradient. Is there any logical reason not to produce these 2 piece structures as a 1 piece sloped curve rail?

Backstory, the sloped curve rail has 3 variants. 1: Darker blue, very hard plastic. 2: Lighter blue, very hard plastic. 3: Lighter blue, soft plastic.
1 and 2 are the oldest rails and 3 is introduced in late 2019. The late 2019 has also made 3 kinds of block piers, namely S, M and L, for the slope curve rails to rest on. However people are saying that this is a waste of time of production and older block piers (in the picture) are still used.

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  Plarail New AA Motor Chassis for 2020????
Posted by: Super - 03-22-2020, 02:22 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (2)

Has Plarail replaced their new version AA motor chassis with something even different for 2020? I would be interested in seeing the gearing inside this one.

Here is whats in the newly releasedS-37 Saphir Odoriko
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  Unrecorded Phantom Gems
Posted by: Vio - 03-20-2020, 04:41 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (21)

Disclaimer: Images are not mine.

Not a vehicle, sorry to disappoint. Ranch Set, 1970. is not recorded in the Plarail Museum, and it has surfaced to social media just yesterday after 50 odd years.

It disappeared after only 5 months in 1970, and no records are found anywhere. To get this catalogue image, you need to attend a venue during the early 1970s. Whats even more scary is that the house blocks from the phantom gem Project X theme made it's final appearance here. Also the beloved sakura trees that were described as a "mirage" made it's first and only appearance in this set. So it is a phantom gem within a phantom gem.

This is a very hidden Phantom Gem in Plarail and it is definitely even more rare than up to half of the recorded Phantom Gems. It is so rare, that no one during this time recalled the original packaging. This is the only Plarail which packaging is unknown even until today. This set is estimated to be 70000 yen for an incomplete set as shown below. It is said that most Plarail collectors never heard of this set before, and the minority who knew about the set would go all the way to collect each individual junk condition piece to recreate the set. The house blocks, pink sakura tree and the 4 ranch girders are the ultimate rarities. This journey of collecting made many collectors cry on their blogs.

This is the first ever recorded English source of the Ranch Set, this post.

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  Dark Grey Mini Girder - J-15
Posted by: Finno - 03-15-2020, 10:52 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (8)

Does anyone know where to find the dark grey version of J-15? I have a few but want to get more and I have no idea what set they are from or where to search for them.

Looks like this one:


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Photo Never Seen Before Kaisoku Densha Variant?
Posted by: Vio - 03-06-2020, 09:05 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (9)

Got this one from a second hand shop, perfect condition, definitely Made In Japan. At first I thought it was a normal Kaisoku Densha intermediate car, it proved wrong when looking in the internet. It seems that the parts in pink circles are missing. Error product or different variant? I'll let you answer my questions.

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Original first generation couplings are included, which was really hard to find in cars individually packed from a second hand store hang shelf.

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According to one source (message reply), my version is the final version of all Kaisoku Densha, however no images and videos were found corresponding to this information:

"This Kaisoku Densha is the last variant.

It is the cab car

It is not common in Japan, so it is highly rare (valuable)"

I'm very jealous"

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  3D Printed Outside Double Curved Rails
Posted by: Super - 02-21-2020, 08:54 PM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (20)

This fellow has created outside double curved rails with 3D Printer. It looks like the 3D Design is available from a place like Shapeways  but I am not sure. Nice work but I am not sure if these are printed as one piece or you have to make an upper and lower, glue them together for use in either direction.
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  Child Guidance / Kiddie Land Trains
Posted by: chrisjo - 02-19-2020, 06:58 AM - Forum: Takara/TOMY/Plarail/Tomica world - Replies (5)

For some background see the recent Yuuenchi Thread.

I have obtained a set identical to the one shown in this video:




Although we know that this is a product produced under licence from Tomy, and is identical (apart from the tracks) to the 1968 Plarail product shown in the 2019 Plarail Encyclopedia, there is no mention of Tomy on the box, and no branding on the locomotive or the cars. There is no writing at all on the underside of the loco, but the cars and the rides have 'JAPAN' embossed in very tiny letters. The red tracks themselves have "MADE IN GT. BRIT." on them. On the box it does say "components imported from Japan, assembled and packed in Great Britain".

I also got this instruction sheet / order form, which shows that it pre-dates the decimalisation of UK currency (February 1971).
 
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I also note that the drive wheels of the loco don't have tyres, they are instead made of a slightly flexible rubbery plastic, with ribs resembling those of typical Plarail tyres moulded onto them.

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