• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

DMC-12 is a sports car had manufactured and sold by the Delorean Motor Company (DMC).

Although only less than 9000 units are produced, it is widely known as the base car of the time machine that appeared in “Back To the Future” series of blockbuster movies.

DELOREAN DMC-12

 

The above picture is Delorean DMC-12 of die cast miniature car toy “Dream Tomica No.1461” which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD of Japan on March 17 2018.

DeLorean who appeared as a time machine in the movie had undergone numerous remodelings, and this miniature car reproduces the machine that appeared in PART 3.

 

Gimmick is only the stroke of suspension, and the finish of overall form is fairly well as a miniature car in this price range.

However, Tomica had a model that reproduced the operation of the gullwing door.

 

Tomica No.91 (Discontinued version ) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

 

In the movies, the motion Michael J. Fox, who played Marty closed the gullwing door was so cool.

So, it would be greater if this miniature had a gimmick of the operation of the gullwing door.

 

 

DELOREAN DMC-12  FRONT VIEWThe headlight of this miniature car is finished with silver paint.

Unfortunately, the DMC emblem on the front grill is not reproduced.

 

DeLorean of the movie “Back to the Future” allows time travel to the set time through the time circuit.

However, due to lightning strikes, the Japanese microchip for time circuit control was broken, so in PART 3, the large alternative device is installed on the bonnet.

 

This miniature car reproduces the alternative device by the shape of die casting.

The base of the alternative device was wooden, so it is painted in beige, and the parts on it are also painted in gray and black.

However, the finish level is not so high and it looks like a toy.

 

 

DELOREAN DMC-12  SIDE VIEWIn the normal Tomica series, the door mirror is not reproduced.

However, this Dream Tomica reproduces the door mirror though it is in a small size.

 

Delorean, which moved time in 1885, replaced deteriorated tires made by Goodyear with white ribbon tires in 1955.

The tires and wheels of this miniature car accurately reproduce the characteristic red and white coloring.

By the alternative device on the bonnet and the white ribbon tire, you can discriminate clearly that it is PART 3 specification.

 

 

DELOREAN DMC-12 REAR VIEW Delorean, which became a time machine, used plutonium as fuel at first.

However, it is equipped with Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, an ultra-compact fusion reactor that generates electricity using household waste as fuel at the world of 2015.

It seems that it was created using an electric coffee mill made by Krups in Germany, but it looked very futuristic at the screen of the movie in those days.

 

This miniature car reproduces the ultra-compact fusion reactor by the shape of die casting.

The finish of the shape is not so good, but the body is painted in black and white colors just like the actual machine.

The handle part is also painted in red color.

In addition, complex modeling around the ultra-compact fusion reactor is also been reproduced at a considerable level.

 

Delorean’s rear combination lamps were sporty grid shape.

However, the lamp of this miniature car has a dot shape and the impression is quite different.

Also, considering the price, it is acceptable to finish with red color only.

However, I think if it had used a slightly darker red color, the atmosphere of the actual car would have enhanced more.

 

 

The actual size of this die cast miniature car is about 70mm.

Dream Tomica does not have a scale display, but it seems to be around 1/61 from the actual size.

DELOREAN DMC-12 SIZE

 

 

 

【About actual DeLorean DMC-12】

 

DeLorean DMC-12 is the only car had been manufactured and sold by the Delorean Motor Company (DMC).

The DeLorean Motor Company is an automotive company established in 1975 by John Zachary DeLorean, vice president of General Motors.

He went independent from GM to make an ideal car.

The headquarter of DMC was sited in Detroit, Michigan the manufacturing facility was located in the suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

DeLorean DMC-12 was a sports car released by the company in 1981, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

It adopted an imaginative styling with an unpainted stainless steel body and gull wing door.

 

The drive method was RR, and a 2.8-liter V-type 6-cylinder SOHC engine (PRV type) was mounted on the backward of the body.

This engine was the same type as the engine for Alpine Renault A310 equipped between 1976 and 1984, and was jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo.

 

Initially, DeLorean DMC-12 was so popular that it had backorders.

In the first year, 6,500 units was sold.

However, since the price was expensive, the subsequent sales were sluggish.

 

DMC went bankrupt in 1982 because President John Zachary Delorean was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

As a result, the production volume of DMC-12 remained just below 9000 units.

But DMC-12 is attracting attention all over the world even now by the success of the movie “Back to the Future” series.

 

 

 

■ Specification of DeLorean DMC-12

[Overall length] 4,267mm

[Overall width] 1,990mm

[Overall height] 1,140 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1,233kg

[Driving method] RR

[Engine] 2.8-liter V-type 6-cylinder SOHC

[Maximum power] 135ps / 5500rpm

[Maximum torque] 22.9kgm / 3000rpm

[Transmission] 5-speed MT, 3-speed AT