Vacation Bits 20: The Search for Shu Todoroki

June 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Posted in CAR SHOW, TOYS FOREVER | 6 Comments
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Shu Todoroki

Shu Todoroki is a Le Motor Prototype racer representing Japan and bearing the # 7 in the World Grand Prix. Shu was raised at the base of the active Mount Asama volcano in Japan. He was a star in the Disney Pixar movie, Cars 2.

We have been searching all the toy shops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Shu Todoroki, but we couldn’t find him.

One day, we were invited to a birthday party held in a home, and the celebrant’s brother showed me his toys that included Shu Todoroki. He was playing it with a revolving track so we concluded that we have to buy that track, to get Shu.

Tokyo Spin Out playset

And so my parents bought this play set called “Tokyo Spin Out” thinking that the box would include Shu. But to our dismay, we found Lightning McQueen instead of Shu Todoroki inside the box.

We went to toy shops searching for a box that would include Shu Todoroki, but all we found were boxes that had Lightning McQueen inside.

Our search continued in the Philippines, as we moved from one mall to the other. The search ended up finding one in Toys’R’Us shop in Trinoma Quezon City. My parents checked out the store with my Ninang Chiqui, who they met up earlier for lunch. Ninang Chiqui was also on a vacation in the Philippines. She works as a nurse in Australia.

Dad and Ninang Chiqui

But there was a slight problem. My parents and Ninang Chiqui saw Shu Todoroki inside a box-like machine.

Shu Todoroki inside a see-through box

According to the staff, they need to insert tokens in a slot under the box, to be able to receive a ball that would have a toy inside. But that would not guarantee that they will get Shu, because there were many other type of toys inside the ball. And they couldn’t choose a specific toy, because the box is locked, and they were supposed to like “gamble”, as part of the game.

The slot machine needed 3 tokens to be able to get ONE ball. So my parents bought 3 tokens – one bought by Ninang Chiqui, and the two by Mom and Dad.


Each of the 3 tokens was inserted by a different person – for luck. A ball rolled down after the 3rd token, and they got excited to open it. To their surprise, they got Shu Todoroki on their first ball!

And so… my parents brought home this…

My very own Shu Todoroki

And Ninang Chiqui also bought me this nice blue truck, also part of the movie CARS.

Thank you, Ninang Chiqui, for helping my parents find Shu Todoroki!

And so you think the search is over? Nope.  I still have to find Lewis Hamilton, Max Schnell, Rip Clutchgoneski and Miguel Camino to complete my race track.

If you find any of these 4 cars in toy shops near your area, could you leave me a message? Thank you!

My dream complete set 🙂


This post is part of my Car Show series (Car Show #47). Want to check out my other Car Shows? Click HERE.

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