Collectibles>> Neko Works Te27

I've been thinking about Japan lately… man, I miss it there. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the cars, the women, and of course… shopping for car parts and automotive die casts!

Anyway, I spent the entire month of January in Japan after attending Tokyo Auto Salon. Aside from visiting my extended families at Ebisu Circuit and in Tokyo, I had a lot of fun buying all my favorite car collectibles! So there I was, filling up a shopping basket full of AE86 and TE27 toys, when I noticed that one of my favorite resin car manufacturers, Neko Works, was now selling TE27 Toyota Levins! Hellll yeah!!! I searched all over the toy store, and I still couldn't find it – I was getting extremely frustrated. I went up to the counter to check if they had any more in the back. The guy at the counter said, "I'm sorry, but an American guy came to the store a couple days ago and he bought the very last one. We won't be getting a new shipment until next month." What the!!! Oh hell no. I was very polite to the counter guy, but inside, I was extremely upset and disappointed. I couldn't stop thinking about the "lost Neko Works TE27" even on the plane back to LAX. Damn!!!

Fast forward like 5 or 6 months. I get a phone call from my good friend David Huang, who was inviting me to meet up with him and his boys for dinner. I was busy working on a Speedhunters deadline, so I couldn't make it to dinner, but I told him I could probably meet up with him after, if they were going to be out late. Around midnight, I get the call from David, saying he left his friends at the restaurant, and he was heading over to meet with me.

When he finally rolled up in his pimped out white JZS161 Sport Design edition Lexus GS300, he hopped out with a big smile, and said, "Hey… I got something for you when I was in Japan for Auto Salon, but I kept forgetting to give it to you until just now!"

And guess what it was… "The lost Neko Works TE27" that I was trying to find the whole time I was in Japan! Apparently, David was the American guy (actually he's Chinese) who bought the last TE27 the store had in stock! Damnnnn!!! Awesome! Funny how things just work out sometimes!

Check it out – it's an almost perfect replica of my actual car; however, this resin TE27 is actually a miniature of the Japan market TE27 Levin, which has "banana shaped" front indicator lights underneath the bumper (these came on 1972 Corollas in the USA) and fender mounted mirrors. The super rare USDM version of this car, the 1973 Corolla 1600 SR-5speed, came from the factory with round front indicator lights underneath the bumper (US and European models only) and a single door mounted mirror, only on the driver side of the car.

Oh wow, how I love it. It even comes with RS Watanabe wheels! I think they could have at least supplied the Neko Works resin car with RS Watanabe Type Rs, so the wheels would be more aggressively concave, with a deeper lip, but oh well, I can't complain too much now. This thing is a damn near perfect replica of my orange TE27!!! Cooooooooooool!!!

Here's an example of the "long butt" TE27 rear end… this lets you know it's a "mango" and not a "peanut." Peanuts came with the less attractive, shorter rear end, and are the less sought after of the two. Of course! Everyone's after the sexy mango rear end, because it's all about having more junk in the trunk!

BIG THANKS to my friend David Huang for this super cool present!!! I love it!!!

-Antonio Alvendia



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they are ace :) I need to get some of these. Is there a website?

On a much cheaper scale, these look fun


Andy, I have a TON of Choro Qs. A TON. Mostly AE86 and TE27! I'll get some info for you on the Neko Works stuff, or maybe you can give Mr Chong some dough and he can pick some up for you!


Yeah, Chongster will be my personal shopper on the Japan trip!


Antonio, when are you gonna post up some pics of your car?....I think it's about


+1 on the whole missing japan tip. I wanna go back so bad. SpeedHunters TAS group trip anyone?!

I might get a job offer from Honda to go work there, what do you think? should I go? LOL

Love the nerd/geek talk about these collectables. I am the same way but I collect Gundam and other Mech models. I was given and AE86 model as a gift for christmas and its still there collecting dust, unbuilt. I'm afraid of what this will awaken in me if I build it, lol


Here's their website, last I remember they were $9 each


Wow, nice, maybe I'll get one too! You can actually buy the Neko Works cars from online hobby shops, most are out of stock, but place and order, wait, and you'll see stock withing a month :)


see? it's easy. all anyone needs to do is google it, once they know the name of what they're looking for. that is, for stuff that's not discontinued.


looks like a white chocolate car lol


hahaha glad you liked it Antonio! and thanks to Casper for the website, i've just found more neko's that i would love to get my hands on next time i'm there, like this one:

can you dig it? ayyyeeee

btw, here's a pix from their page of a painted TE27:


nice fender flares!


freakin awsome how you got your mini me of your mango. peace.


auggie!!!!!!!! i haven't seen you in ages!!! i hope you're doing well bro!