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Choro-Q Seibu Keisatsu - Bringing police drama to the world of 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 TV Asahi to produce mini-versions of the cars used in the hit Japanese police drama "Seibu Keisatsu". Some of the most recognizable patrol cars from the series have been transformed into Choro-Q racers including the Z13 Cedric 430 Patrol Car, the 18 Skyline GT Patrol Car, and the Z19 Civilian Kitchen Car.

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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.

Choro-Q collaborated with TV Asahi to create mini-versions of the cars used in the classic Japanese police drama Seibu Keisatsu. The series revolves around Keisuke Daimon, a sergeant in the Western Police Headquarters. The show became famous for its over-the-top explosion scenes and car stunts. Nissan provided a large amount of vehicles for the show, with almost all of the special vehicles used in the show now on display in the Yujiro Ishihara Memorial Hall. There are Choro-Q versions of many of the patrol cars shown in the show including the Nissan Laurel, the Nissan Gloria, the Nissan Cedric, and the Nissan Skyline sedans.

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