The Unofficial TAKARA TOMY Database is an attempt to catalogue Takara Tomy rail products into a single, easily searchable repository. This includes Tomy, Plarail, Tomica, HyperCity and other various brand names Tomy trains and rail toys have been released under.
The aim is to be a visual as well as textual record of items. The hope is the database can become a valuable resource for collectors and fans of Tomy toys. This database is not monetised and is puely run by enthusiast volunteers who make no profit from this site. It actually costs money to pay for the hosting.
Today the database is certainly not complete and continues to be a work in progress. The alpha status is because of the ongoing work to the back end database and front end user interface. Things will change as we continue to fix bugs, improve usability and introduce new features. Once the app is feature complete we will enter beta status which means it's just the database content that will continue to expand.
You may wonder why? There are a lot of sources of information on the internet already that describe Tomy and Plarail products. I have also personally used these resources a lot but this is what I found and why I think this database can still find a place as a valuable (and different) tool.
With many features still planned to come the database will continue to evolve. But today it can still be useful and this will increase over time as content and features are added. Some of the current working features include:
There is still a lot to do, both functionally and content wise. At present the focus has been on building the database and front end application as well as populating some base entries. In regards to the database entries priority has been given to getting an item entered with at least one retail and one unboxed image. At this stage the quality of entries may not be 100% complete. This is intentional in order to spend more time on entering new items than thouroughly researching the information on an individual entry. Improving the quality of the entries will be an ongoing activity.
If you would like to help please contact Finno at Blue Plastic Tracks. We always need people to supply high quality images and accurate information for database items.
Total entries in the database: 197
Total Plarail entries: 136
Total Tomica Hypercity entries: 18
Total Tomica World entries: 16
Total Tomy Train entries: 25