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Choro-Q Trucks - Your favorite Penny Racers as trucks!

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 and are usually based on real-life car models. Car manufacturers from around the world have collaborated with Takara Tomy to create Choro-Q toys of popular models of their trucks. Some examples include Choro-Q versions of the Toyota Dyna, the Nissan 1200 Truck, and the Dodge Ram.


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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 has collaborated with many car manufacturers from around the world in order to produce mini-versions of real-life trucks. Some popular examples of Choro-Q trucks include the Toyota Dyna, the Nissan 1200 Truck, and the Dodge Ram.