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Roy Nakamura

A History of a Die-Cast Collector and one of Jada Toys Biggest Fans.

Roy Nakamura has been collecting die-cast for over 35. His vast experience in die-cast has made him an individual filled with credible information and wisdom worthy of a book deal.

Over pizza-pie and cold refreshing beverages the Jada team and Roy Nakamura take a trip down memory lane. The trip begins in the mid 1960’s when Roy started die-cast collecting.

JT: When did you start collecting die-cast vehicles?
Roy: I started collecting around 1966 but I tell every one that I officially started in 1968. When I was real young, like 9-10 years old, I always cherished my die-cast. I would wrap them up in toilette paper to preserve them. To my astonishment, 30 years later I found out that toilette paper actually retains moisture and quickens the decaying process, so a few of my first die-cast were ruined after about 30 years.

JT: What got you into collecting Jada Toys and what was your first Jada die-cast?
Roy: During early 1995 to about 2004 I continued to collect die-cast; however, I did not collect so heavily and passionately as before. Around ’04-’05 I was under immense stress, hurt and pressure due to my fathers illness. One day I saw a copper colored Big Time Muscle (BTM) 1970 Dodge Charger wave one at a store. I bought the 1/64 die-cast BTM and was amazed at the quality, and design of the product. It distracted me from my personal problems. The BTM gave me new passion and rush for collecting; a feeling that I hadn’t felt in many years.

JT: What scales do you own and what scales do you prefer?
Roy: I own all 1/64, all Road Rats and BTM 1/24 and all BTM 1/18 scaled die-cast vehicles Jada Has released; however, my preferred scale is obviously 1/64.

JT: What is your most prized Jada Toys item?
Roy: The Green Flamed Suburban, 1953 Belair wedding car, Glossy Red CTX, NYC Fair Escalade, Fleet Line, Black Rim first release wave one BTM sent to distributors as samples.

JT: What is your favorite Jada Toys line?
Roy: Road Rats is my favorite line, I love the look, design and graphics. Big Time Muscle is another big favorite of mine; just the Road Rats are so cool!

JT: How do you display them all?
Roy: I store them all in garages. The ones I do display are in cases I make myself and hang on a wall. I like to have my collection away from my home so that I can go and admire my collection. If I have them scattered about my house where I see them everyday it takes away the thrill of going to visit them. Also, I wouldn’t be able to walk through my house with so many vehicles.

JT: How do you support your collecting habit?
Roy: Well I also collect real estate, and do other investments. My day-to-day job is an engineer with the Boeing Company.

JT: What do your friends and family think about your collection?
Roy: Very few people know I collect die-cast cars. I have a few displayed at work, and just a few people at work know about my collection. My sweetie doesn’t care what I do as long as it makes me happy. Of coarse we are not in need. I would not buy die-cast over buying what is important for my family. My children think it’s neat, and are ok with it as long as it makes me happy. The only problem might be that I dedicate a lot of time to my die-cast collecting.

JT: Are you involved in any collecting clubs?
Roy: I am part of many online clubs; however, I do not participate in meetings and get togethers. I just love collecting, period! There are a few of us older collectors from across the country that get together once a year and have a nice dinner and talk about life as well as die-cast. We are older with large amounts of die-cast vehicles. We all enjoy each other’s company and perspectives on collecting.

JT: What car do you personally drive?
Roy: I drive my 2007 Nissan Frontier daily. I also own, a 2007 Saturn Sky, two 1969 Camaros, 1969 Corvair with only 5,000 miles, and a 1999 VW Camper (one of 500 made).

JT: Tell us one of your most outstanding Jada Toys memories?
Roy: Having the Jada Toys graphic artists at my house, and meeting the CEO was definitely great memories. Id rather meet Jada Toys CEO than a big time celebrity like Brad Pitt or Nicholas Cage.

JT: What other hobbies or collecting do you do?
Roy: Well I collect many things; one thing I love is my collection of real size cars, like my two 1969 Chevy Camaros.

JT: What would you like to see Jada Toys do in the future?
Roy: In the future I would like to see good replicas of American Muscle cars, like 1969 Corvair, Ramblers, Gremlin, 1970 AMX, Chevy Vega.

JT: Is there any future dreams you have involving Jada Toys?
Roy: I would like to write a book about Jada Toys and its history from the earliest beginnings. The book would help future collectors know what are the hot items and where the best stores are to buy as well as an intense look at the very beginnings of Jada Toys. A Jada Toys Bible if you will.


Starting a Collection

By Andy Goodman

 

The first thing you need to ask yourself when starting a collection is what do I look for?  The best advice any collector can give you is to collect what interests you.  If you love imports, collect imports. If you have a passion for muscle cars, then collect muscle cars.  Build your collection around the eras and styles that you admire.   Now, that you have decided what to collect, the next thing to consider is what scale to collect. Most small die casts are 1/64th scale; however, there are larger collectibles as well. Remember, that when it comes to scale factor, the larger the number the smaller the car.  For example, a 1:64th is smaller than a 1:24th which is smaller than a 1:18th.  Your collection should be based on your preferences.  Collect a specific vehicle make such as Mustangs or Skylines.  Collect specific lines such as Heat Patrol or Big Time Muscle.  Collect a scale such as 1:64th or 1:24th or mix and match as you please.

It’s all up to you. Something else to consider is display space.   If you only have a small area to display your collectibles, you may want to choose a smaller scale such as 1:64th.  If you do have ample room and want to cover your walls with beauty, you may choose to go with 1:18th scale vehicles.  Another consideration when deciding how to display your collection is whether to set them free or leave them in their original packaging.  Some collect for pure enjoyment. They are not thinking of investment purposes and are therefore more inclined to open the packages. This type of collector may purchase vehicles that remind him/her of their childhood or past memories.  Others collect for investment purposes. This does not mean it’s all about the money, but to some the passion is also looked at as an investment.  This type of collector leaves his/her collection in the manufacture’s original packaging.

When purchasing your first or thousandth diecast, check for details just as you would when buying a real vehicle. For instance, the paint should be brilliant not dull. The graphics should be crisp and clean and the moving parts such as the hood, doors, and wheels should move easily and fit properly.   Just as with 1:1 scale cars, diecast cars do come off of an assembly line and therefore may be subject to imperfections.

Die-cast car collecting is a hobby that each member of the family can contribute to.   It can be a great way to bond with your spouse and or children.  There are all kinds of events such as hobby shows and swap meets where you never know what you will stumble across. It also can be fun when you go with your kid(s) to your local retailers hunting down specific pieces you are looking to acquire.

It’s that simple, there are no rules except collect what makes you happy, enjoy and remember it’s about having fun!  It’s about the people you meet, the friends you make and the family time that’s most important when collecting.

 

 

Andy Goodman

Editor-in-Chief

Die Cast X Magazine

 


Andy Goodman

Andy Goodman has been a car guy since his early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island, NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; his career path has taken him on an exciting journey. He has consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and has been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited him to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of his personal cars graces the cover.

His diecast addiction began about 12 years back. His girlfriend at the time knew he was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold him over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because he was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next was his introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later he is the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over twelve thousand unique pieces. His then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for his hobby (some call it an addiction) and his two daughters enjoy it with him too.

Andy is fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles from tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag; though he does have an appreciation for the well casted original spec vehicles as well. Most of all he enjoys the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles.

Andy is considered to be a 1:64th expert and Jada historian. He spends his time currently as Editor –in-Chief of Diecast X Magazine and executive producer of the nation’s largest indoor motorsports event called Motorama.

“Andy Goodman is a joy to work with. He is professional, good-humored, energetic, and industrious, takes the initiative and goes the extra mile to make sure that the job is done and done right. He is also very detail-oriented, conscientious and has a natural gift for problem-solving using creative thinking. His capabilities, attitude and great work ethic make him an asset to anyone who has the opportunity and good fortune to work with him.”
Tom Benford
Co-author – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride
(Alpha/Penguin, 2007)


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Welcome to the New Jada

Jada is growing! With this growth comes new innovation, new categories, new faces, new toys… and why not a new website. Actually 3 new websites.

First we have JadaToysinc.com. This is our corporate, flagship website. Here is where you can find all things Jada; products, contact information, news, press releases and much more. This is the portal to the world of Jada.

JadaClub.com has also been updated. What used to be an overall Jada catalog with other products and information peppered throughout is now a die cast and radio control catalog, but it does not stop there. We talk about customizing, we cover events and we even cover you, the collector. Stop by often to find the latest in the custom car culture, die cast and radio control.

Battle Machines has outgrown its old website and has settled down in its new home. The new website for BattleMachiensRC.com is easier to navigate, faster to load and is all around more fun. See everything from new products to videos fans of Battle Machines have made. Create your own and send them to us. The Battle Machines world is yours. Show us what it’s like.

Dont just visit our websites for Jada news, be part of the Jada Community by following us on Twitter and being friends on Facebook. We interact a lot with our fans and we find that Twitter and Facebook is the easiest, fastest and most trusted way of doing so.

I hope you enjoy the new sites. See you online.

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