So if you want to re-live your childhood with a truly original Tamiya, here are some quick buying tips. Hence, Tamiya cars are highly sought after to this day. Tamiya was such a ubiquitous brand back in those days, that their models were sold at hobby stores, toy stores, electronics stores, and even department stores and discount stores. But in the early s when I first started collecting Tamiya cars, spare parts for the early and most popular kits were becoming hard to find, as those kits had been discontinued. When the Internet arrived, and in particular eBay in the late s, many out of stock vintage Tamiya collectibles began to change hands around the world for ever-increasing prices. Naturally, these began to soar in value as thousands of fans could think of nothing better than to own one of these classic kits — still in brand new shape.
Over the years, the Tamiya Corporation has created a huge number of notable product lines. This article attempts to list them. The models were pre-assembled and supplied ready-to-run with radio gear, batteries and charger all included and featuring a two-speed gearbox. Tamiya, as well as building solar powered educational models, also built the first solar powered radio controlled car called the Solar Eagle SRC In addition, sound and lighting options are available for the trucks and semi-trailers both from Tamiya and aftermarket manufacturers.