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Choro-Q Initial D - Your favorite cars from Initial D as Penny Racers!

Choro-Q is a line of chibi-fied toy cars, first produced by Takara Tomy (then known just as Takara) in 1978. Choro-Q cars were sold under the name "Penny Racers" in Western markets. The Choro-Q models are identified by their rounded and "cute" appearance. Choro-Q toys are usually based on real car models. Choro-Q collaborated with the hit street racing manga Initial D to create toy cars based on some of the popular models seen throughout the series. Some of the most recognizable cars from the series have been transformed into Choro-Q racers including models such as the AE86 Trueno, the Silvia S13, and the ER-34 Skyline.


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Initial D is a Japanese manga that focuses on the world of illegal street racing in Japan, illustrated and written by Shuichi Shigeno. The story takes place in Japan's Gunma prefecture and on several mountain ranges in the Kanto region. The series was incredibly popular and has been adapted into several anime series and video games. Takara has released many Choro-Q versions of the cars featured in the legendary series including the Civic Type R, Silvia S15, the Lan Evo VII, and the Eunos Roadster.

The name Choro-Q comes from the Japanese word "choro-choro", which is the onomatopoeic word for "dash around". The "Q" is an abbreviation of the English word "cute". The Choro-Q designs are heavily based on illustrations by Yasuhiro Nakamura, who also designed the covers for books and video games in the Choro-Q franchise. The Choro-Q toy cars have large rubber wheels and a coil-spring pullback motor.

The Choro-Q video games based on the mini-racers were extremely popular and were localized into English under several different names including Gadget Racers, Penny Racers, and Road Trip. Some popular Choro-Q video games include Choro-Q 64, Choro 64 2: Hachamecha Grand Prix Race, Choro-Q HG, and Shin Combat Choro-Q.