• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

ST165 type Celica 2000GT-FOUR is a full time 4WD sports car set as a derivative model of the 4th generation Toyota Celica (T160 type).



The above picture is TOYOTA CELICA 2000GT-FOUR of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica Premium”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD on January 19, 2019 in Japan.



TOYOTA CELICA 2000GT-FOUR FRONT VIEWThe 4th generation Toyota Celica, including GT-FOUR, adopted a retractable headlamp, and the tip of the lamp cover and the space between them was dark gray.

This miniature car toy produces an atmosphere like the actual car by painting the space between head lamp covers and the fin grill part underneath it with a dark gray and black paint.

In addition, the position lamp on the outside of the lamp cover is painted in silver and the turn signal lamp under it is painted in orange.


The bumper of Celica GT-FOUR had a round fog lamp embedded.

This miniature car toy reproduces fog lamp with clear resin.

Since the headlamp is retractable type, it seems that clear resin is adopted for fog light.

However, the commitment to use for such a hard-to-notice part is truly Tomica Premium quality.



TOYOTA CELICA 2000GT-FOUR SIDE VIEWTomica Premium accurately reproduces the wheel shape of each car.

It seems that this miniature car toy faithfully reproduces the design of the genuine wheel, but there is not so stereoscopic feeling.


Some of Tomica have gimmicks such as opening doors and bonnets.

Tomica Premium sometimes reproduces the dedicated interior color.

This miniature car toy can open and close the left and right doors, so you can see the interior part well.

However, since the interior of the actual ST165 type Celica GT-FOUR was a black tone, it is a pretty terse finish compared with other Tomica premiums.


The large sticker of the door part which can be said as the feature of ST165 type CELICA GT-FOUR is reproduced quite accurately by printing.

Not only the big “GT-FOUR” part, but also small letters beside it are finished pretty well.



TOYOTA CELICA 2000GT-FOUR REAR VIEWAt this miniature car’s rear combination lamp, red resin is used for the stop lamp part and orange resin is used for the turn signal lamp part.

Combinations of clear resins of different colors are uncommon even at Tomica Premium, and the real feeling of rear view is enhanced greatly.


The emblems at the top of the rear combination lamp and the large CELICA sticker at the center are reproduced quite accurately with printing in both size and shape.

The shape of the rear spoiler which seems to be good in Cd value is also finished fairly realistic.

However, although the dual muffler coming out from the lower right of the bumper is painted in silver, the size feels to be a little small.



The Tomica Premium of ST165 type GT-FOUR seems to be quite unspectacular at first glance.

However, the reproducibility of each part is quite high, I think that it is one of well finished models among Tomica Premium.

The scale of this die cast miniature car toy is 1/60, and the actual size is about 72 mm.





【About actual TOYOTA CELICA】


Celica is a hard top and coupe type sports car sold by Toyota Motor from 1970 to 2006.

As Japan’s first specialty car, the 1st generation model had become very popular in the 1970’s, and was manufactured up to the 7th generation model.



◆ The 1st generation TOYOTA CELICA (A20 / A30 type) 1970-1977


The 1st generation Celica appeared in December 1970, based on the concept car “EX-1” that was exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1969.

After the fashion of Ford Mustang, it adopted a system called “Full choice” that allowed you to freely choose your favorite engine, transmission and interior.



◆ The 2nd generation TOYOTA CELICA (A40 / A50 type) 1977-1981


The 2nd generation Celica appeared in August 1977.

The design office of Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS), Calty Design Research (CALTY) wass in charge of design, Japan’s first three-dimensional curved side glass was adopted.

In April 1979, Celica XX (MA40 type) of the upper model was added to counter Nissan Fairlady Z in the US market.

“Celica XX” was equipped with the in-line 6-cylinder 2.0-liter SOHC engine (M-EU type) and the same 2.6-liter SOHC engine (4M-EU type).



◆ The 3rd generation TOYOTA CELICA (A60 type) 1981-1985


The 3rd generation Celica appeared in July 1981 adopting the rise-up (pop-up) type head lamp for the first time as Japanese car.

In the same year, Soarer of the luxury 2 door coupe was released, so Celica was targeting the younger generation than before, including the XX series (GA60 / MA60 type).

In 1982, the GT-T type with a 1.8-liter DOHC turbo engine (3T-GTEU type) was added.

At the minor change in 1983, the headlamp has been changed from rise-up type to retractable type.

This retractable lamp cover part including between lamps were black color, so it was called “Black mask”.



◆ The 4th generation TOYOTA CELICA (T160 type) 1985-1989


The 4th generation Celica which adopted the stream surface form with an air resistance coefficient of 0.31 appeared in August 1985.

Celica shares the car body with Carina, and it is changed to the front wheel drive method by the horizontal placement engine from this model.

The predecessor Celica XX had been sold as Supra in North America.

From this model, Celica XX became completely independent and was released in 1986 as Supra (A70 type) even in Japan.


In 1986, Celica GT-FOUR (ST165 type) of full time 4WD adopted Toyota’s first bevel gear center differential appeared.

This ST165 type GT-FOUR participated in WRC (World Rally Championship) from TTE (Toyota Team Europe) in 1988.

In 1990, Carlos Sainz, then ace driver, won the first WRC Drivers’ title as a Japanese car by beating Lancia.


In October 1987, the convertible model (ST162C type) was added also to the Japanese market.

Celica Convertible was a reversed imported car remodeled by ASC (American Sunroof Corporation) in the United States, equipped with a 2.0-liter 3S-FE type engine.


■ Specifications of TOYOTA CELICA GT-FOUR (1986 model)

[Overall length] 4365 mm

[Overall width] 1690 mm

[Overall height] 1295 mm

[Wheel Base] 2525 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1350 kg

[Driving method] 4WD

[Engine] 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder DOHC turbo (3S-GTE type)

[Maximum power] 185 ps / 6000 rpm

[Maximum torque] 24.5 kgm / 4000 rpm



◆ The 5th generation TOYOTA CELICA (T180 type) 1989-1993


The 5th generation Celica which adopted the unique styling full of the future sense called “New Aero Form” appeared in September 1989.

At that time, Eddie Murphy, who had become a big star in the hit of the movie “Beverly Hills Cop”, was appointed as a CM character and became a hot topic.

Like the predecessor model, Celica GT-FOUR (ST185 type) was set up.

Japan’s first Torsen Limited-Slip Differential was fitted to the rear differential of ST185 GT-FOUR.

In addition, Celica GT-FOUR Rally, which was equipped with a cross mission as standard, was set as a vehicle for participation in the rally competition.



◆ The 6th generation TOYOTA CELICA (T200 type) 1993-1999


The 6th generation Celica which succeeded in weight reduction despite the body becoming slightly larger than the 5th generation, was launched in October 1993.

Initially it was only a car with a 2.0-liter NA engine, but the ST205 type Celica GT-FOUR which acquired a new WRC homologation has appeared in 1994.

The 3S-GTE type 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder turbo engine mounted on the GT-FOUR demonstrated 255 horsepower by such as the increase of an injector capacity or the adoption of a water-cooled intercooler.



◆ The 7th generation TOYOTA CELICA (T230 type) 1999-2006


The 7th generation Celica designed by Calty Design Research (CALTY) appeared in October 1999.

The body was downsized, and the vehicle weight became lighter than the predecessor model by 60 kg or more.

In the 7th generation Celica, GT-FOUR of 4WD was not set, it was only the front wheel drive model.

The newly designed 2ZZ-GE type 1.8-liter NA engine demonstrated 190 horsepower by adopting the continuously variable valve timing lift mechanism (VVTL-i) etc.