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Tomy in China
On a recent business trip to Shanghai I decided to spend some of the precious personal time I had on a mission to hunt down some Tomy.

I found Toys R Us officially carry Takara Tomy, including Plarail.

Here's some clandestine pics to give you an idea what they have...

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I also hit the jackpot and discovered a small private toy store in a tiny underground market called 'Neon Kids', tucked waaaaay down the back. If you ever want to know how to find it PM me and I will draw you a map!  You will notice in the Toys R Us the engine prices are in the 139 - 169 range. At this store I took an engine marked 129 up to the counter and the lady punched out 107 on her calculator (so I went back and grabbed a couple more - LOL).

Couldn't really take photos inside but here's a couple through the window.

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Happy hunting! Smile
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I am sooo jealous LOL. Fantastic, how exciting. So what did you bring home with you? Thanks so much for sharing and adding to my dreams. Big Grin
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You wait until I post the video of me riding the MagLev - I don't think you will speak to me again... lol
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Meanwhile, here’s the amazing Plarail display at a typical Toys R Us in the US....

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Oh right....  Undecided
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man, those minion trains! what a great set up in that store. i would have walked out with one of everything lol.
my website address has changed:
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My daughter would love that Shimajiro set!

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Found people selling those minion Dream Railway sets on Amazon for ridiculous prices. I wonder if they just walk into a Chinese store and then sell them online.

Someone wants AU$220+ for just the train! It was RMB259 in my photo which converts to about AU$51.

Oh and here's the Chinese Toys R Us page for Tomy stuff:

...and here's the Shimajiro train for RMB169.90 (free shipping - in China only!)

I'm actually thinking it might be worth figuring something out with a freight forwarder.

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