For about an extra $9, when you buy a ticket to the Tokyo Auto Salon, you can get a Nissan GT-R toy.
Remember when cereal boxes (or fast food kids' meals) used to come with cool toys packed inside? We remember. And so does Japan, apparently; this year, when you buy an advance ticket to the Tokyo Auto Salon, you have the option of purchasing a limited, special-edition Nissan GT-R toy along with it. The toy, made by Tomica, commemorates 50 years of Tomica toy cars with a 50th anniversary logo on one side, and features a Tokyo Auto Salon logo on the other.
Advance tickets to attend the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon on Friday, January 10th cost 3,000 Japanese yen (about $28 USD) without the toy, or 4,000 yen ($37 USD) with it, so you may as well spring the extra $9 or so for the special-edition Tomica GT-R model.
Advance tickets are 1,000 yen cheaper to attend either Saturday or Sunday - about $18 without the toy, or $27 with.
The Tomica toy car is modeled after the Nissan GT-R race car that campaigns in Japan's Super GT racing series - a car that was just updated for the 2020 season to take on an all-new Toyota Supra race car in the top GT500 class. Of course, the road-going GT-R has seen plenty of action recently, too, as Nissan marks that car's 50th anniversary with a special-edition 2020 model. The car wears a "competition-inspired" exterior with race-inspired graphics, and rides on lightweight 20" forged alloy wheels.
But that car is almost pedestrian when compared to the GT-R's "real" 50th anniversary token: the 2020 Nissan GT-R50.
Just 50 examples of the GT-R50 will be built, with extensive engine modifications culminating in an awesome 711-horsepower rating, hiding beneath sleek, unique bodywork drafted with the help of Italdesign.
The annual Tokyo Auto Salon is among the world's biggest shows for modified cars and aftermarket/tuner parts, last year drawing record crowds even while the rest of the world's major auto shows appear to be floundering. Among the scores of cars set to appear at this year's show, Nissan plans to bring two specially prepared custom Skyline builds: the Skyline 400R Sprint, and the Skyline Deluxe Advanced.