Toyota Street Van

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Okay, so some things are just too bizarre for words.

This is one of them, the Minicraft 1/20 Toyota Sports Van! This thing is crazy; it's smaller in 1/20 than most 1/24 vans, but it's got everything you need packed right in there! It's like a weird ricer/vanner love-child!


Check it out, and tell me you don't want one.

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I don't want one.

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You can like to me, but you can't lie to yourself.

Just because it's awkward, ugly and garish, that's no reason not to want one.

Maybe you didn't notice that the TV was red. That must be it...

:lol:

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I just replied with what you said to do, Adam. Gotta go now. It's Friday and that means pizza, popcorn, and WWE Friday Night Smackdown.

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Oh, so you did!

Pizza and wrestling!


Go Friday Nights!!

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Yeah, I hear you.

At least I have the Today and this guy. They just look so weird to North American eyes!

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Awesome!

Of course, there's that Nissan Vannette on the side of the Toyota's box, too.

The Kei cars make a very interesting comparison to what we here in North America consider a "compact" or "sporty" or "downsized" car. I mean, look at the Honda Today, compared to a Trans Am (see picture lower in the review), which is supposed to be a sporty car, and is very cramped and small-feeling (I know, I've driven a few!)

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I have the orange one on the side of the box, unbuilt, i posted a write up about it in this section.

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Are there any more than these two in this weird Japanese Street Van series? I know there's nothing else on the box, but I can't help but wonder what else is out there!

What ever happened to 1/20 as a scale? That seems to have just faded out of popularity...

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I don't know about that 1/20 scale series, but Gunze Sangyo has Toyota and Nissan vans similar in 1/24. There are four versions I know of, probably more.

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Are you kidding me?

Those are absolutely over the top!

"Sports for Health"?? What the...

"Hiace Invader"?? What's with the chopper on the roof??

This is totally the Vannin' phenomenon through the lens of cultural distortion.

I sooooo wish I had those top two.

Thanks for showing me these; now I have something to look for!

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I found the Gunze Hiace UFO van at the back of a hobby shop in Houston in 2002.. It's pretty neat!

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I had the two Mini Craft kits when I was a kid. Bought them at a discount type shop for only $1.50 each! Wish I still had them!

I am a total sucker for vans and weird kits!

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Darn it, Chip! You're a lucky man! What's the deal with the helicopter? Is it a separate piece, or moulded onto the roof rack?

Wow, a whole $3.00 for the pair?? That's awesome!

I still hope one day I can find either the orange Nissan or the pair of awesome silver vans. I'll keep my nose to the floor a-looking, that's for sure! I'm also certain their hard to miss... :)

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Adam - couple sprue shots...

Helicopter is separate.

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Vans are pretty rad.

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= WANT!!!

That thing is amazing! I love the curtain in the "bulkhead" and the chopper just makes it. The decals look perfect, too.

Such an awesome thing to build. Free, it, man! Free the UFO!

I agree with Greg: Vans are totally rad, and all other hip and cool adjectives that are equivalent. Sick? I dunno, I'm too old for this stuff.

Thanks for the sprue shots! Made my day!

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Is the helicopter supposed to be a scale R/C helicopter or...? I guess with this kit anything is possible, and probable. :unsure:

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i would love too find that blue one, i used to drive a 87 toyota van, as my daily driver

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I NEED THESE VANS!!!!!! They pop up on ebay now and then, but I give up after $40s:/

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With a Surfboard, and what look like 2 Skate boards, I would Bet that Yes it is

an RC Helo.

And, Yes, I too would Love to find some of these!!!!

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What's with the surf boards? I don't normally associate surfer culture with Vanner culture, but it sure seems that the Japanese do? The Lite-Ace custom I posted at the start of the thread comes with a matching surfboard, too!

I think it's great they way they try and put "Americanism" into these street vans, but it just doesn't work. You know, like a single side pipe, mags, etc. So bizarre!

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It seems they also associate vans with health, so their ideas of vanning seem skewed :lol:

And I saw two nice builtups of a Tamiya Eunos roadster and the Honda Today on eBay about a month ago for ten bucks... I wish I had jumped on those.

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Here's another one in recently picked up

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Has some type of CB radio and lamp on a desk in the back.

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I would buy that one just for the radio gear!

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