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Choro-Q Buses - Your favorite Penny Racers as buses!

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 , and proved to be a huge hit with children and collectors alike. The Choro-Q models are usually identified by their rounded and "cute" appearance and are commonly based on real-life car models. Choro-Q has released many chibi-fied versions of buses from a variety of car manufacturers from around the world. Some popular bus models of Choro-Q includes many buses that take real-life routes in major Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nagoya.


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Takara Tomy has worked with the official transportation bureaus around Japan to release many Choro-Q toys based on real-life buses. Some examples include buses that take routes around Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and much more! Choro-Q has even worked with German car manufacturer Volkswagen to produce mini-versions of their famous Volkswagen Type 2 camper vans.

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.