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Tomy Co. unveils retro 'Plarail' model trains at Int'l Tokyo Toy Show

A Tomy Co. Plarail toy train, designed in a traditional style known as Hakone parquetry, is seen at the 2017 International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo's Koto Ward, on June 1, 2017. (Mainichi)

Toy company Tomy Co. unveiled an impressive collection of retro "Plarail" model trains at the 2017 International Tokyo Toy Show on June 1, 58 years after it launched the "Plarail" brand.

    Tomy's eye-catching range of Plarail exhibits at the toy show is centered on the theme of "traditional crafts versus Plarail" -- under which Plarail trains have been created using traditional Japanese craft design and manufacturing techniques.

    Examples of the traditional designs used by Tomy Co. at the exhibition include a cut-glass style known as Edo kiriko, a woodcraft style known as Hakone parquetry, and a Kyoto bamboo style.

    Tomy does not intend to sell any of these retro-design toy trains, but it has said that the combined value of these three models, in addition to a lacquer toy train currently under production, is about 2.3 million yen (about US$21,000).

    The 2017 International Tokyo Toy Show is being held at the Big Sight event venue in the capital's Koto Ward, and will run until June 4.

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