Thursday, February 02, 2012

Tomica - Toyota Crown Comfort Taxi




This is Toyota Crown Comfort Taxi or what I called as "Japanese Black Cab" produced by none other, the popular Takara Tomy - I personally prefer to identify them "Mr. T" LOL....

Apparently, I bought this car as a Christmas present for my self LOL....

The Toyota Crown is a line of full-size luxury sedans by Toyota. The range was primarily available in Japan and some other Asian countries, originally designed to serve as a taxi. Throughout the Crown's production, there has always been available a minimal-content Crown in the sedan bodystyle platform used as a taxi, and in the mid 1990s, Toyota created an offshoot of the Crown sedan to serve specifically as a taxi, called the Toyota Comfort.

In Japan, the Crown also serves as a police car nationally, as well as transporting government officials at all levels. It is only available at Toyota Store dealership retail channels. The Crown is Toyota's oldest sedan still in production. It is outranked only by the Century and the Majesta in social status. The Crown is used by many Japanese companies as the company limousine.

In many markets the Crown had become very expensive and was replaced by the Cressida in some international markets when it became available for export in the early 1980s. Most models are distinguishable by a unique "Crown" badge on the front grille, in place of the normal stylized 'T', but the normal Toyota badge is usually used on the rear.

It was sold in the United States during the late 1950s and up until 1971. Exports to Europe began in 1964 with the first cars going to Finland. Other European countries which saw imports of the Crown included the Netherlands and Belgium. The United Kingdom was another market until the early 1980s. It was also exported to Canada for a few years—1965–68. Australia was another important export market for the Crown—to the extent that it was manufactured there from the mid-1960s until the late 1980s using many local components. Trinidad and Tobago was also another country where the Toyota market had a successful run, which saw some productions between 1960 and 1980.

The Crown has existed in some form post World War II, and Toyota uses the "Crown" name as inspiration for their primary sedans, the Corolla which is Latin for "small crown", the Camry a phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri that means crown, and the Corona which is Spanish for crown.

I think this particular model that we reviewed here is a replica from the 10th Generation (S150 Model: 1995-1999).



The box;





Out of the box;













Features of the car.... mmm, not much actually, but they a great job on the detailing though, I love the front grill;






Nice and neat "TAXI" label;






Simple and neat decals on the door side;






Another decal showing the brand and model name at the rear here;







Strange but true, the main gimmick is only 1 openable door on this particular side;





No such options for the other doors.....





This is how it looks like down there;





This cab is simply black and simple and yet looks neat all over....







Overall, I personally feel that this is an excellent replica at miniature size of the popular Toyota Crown Comfort Taxi. The finishing is extremely brilliant. I have no complain what so ever, perhaps maybe it would be nice if "Mr. T" can make similar car but the normal version (not taxi version). Toyota Crown and Cressida from the past remains my favorite car of all time due to their spacious interior.... feels so comfortable when you are inside it... if I have extra money to be wasted, I don't mind buying one of those Toyota Crown or Toyota Cressida from the 80's or 90's era ^__^






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3 comments:

  1. Singapore also using this model as Taxi.

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  2. the Toyota is indeed a luxury car, big, almost as an Impala for example, classic... i don’t know how much a taxi ride in a Crown cost, but i guess it must be a bit too much... the detail here is good enough, but what i find more valuable is the metal chassis and the deco, i like it =)

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  3. Oh yes, reminded me of those old black and yellow top taxi Singapore is having. Most of these old fleet of Crown had been replaced. The square kind of squary.

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