To all those boys (at heart) who have spent hours and hours holed up in their rooms playing with their toy car and train sets, it's your lucky day: the Tomica & Plarail Catalogue Android app is here! (there's also an iOS version)
This app lets you browse through the tons of different Tomica and Plarail products currently on the market. Beware showing this app to your kids as they're sure to find plenty of must-have toys. I've got a feeling this is exactly what Takara Tomy had in mind when they put this app together, but I still end up showing it to my kids anyway.
Let's start with Tomica cars first. With their small size and low prices, before you know it, you've bought dozens of these things, much to the joy of your children and dismay of your wife.
There are sooooo many different cars in their product lineup. Some of the cars have the same body done up in different colors and patterns that only the most die-hard of fans would deem necessary for their collection. Police cars, fire engines, and other "working cars" seem to be the most popular.
Good news for any parent that's ever waited in line at the cash register wondering if they've already bought this car before! This app lets you check off toys you own so you don't buy the same one over and over again!
When I was a kid though, I was more of a Plarail guy than a Tomica guy. My nephew pesters me about Plarail stuff, so there's no way I can resist buying him all kinds of Plarail goodies.
Even after these many years, the Plarail track size hasn't changed, so if you've still got Plarail pieces hanging around from when you were younger, you can pass them off to your kids and continue the Plarail tradition.
Naturally, there are periodical updates to catalogue data, which can take a pretty long time to download and install. You might be able to wait until it loads, but I'm sure your kids won't be.
Now that it's summertime, there are a lot of Tomica/Plarail themed events going on around Japan. Take a look at the official site and you can see they've got 10 different events scheduled in August alone!
Head off to a Tomica event and this app will be the perfect way to keep your kids busy on the ride there!
Device used: ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T
Publisher: TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
Last updated: 8/8/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.3 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan