Monday, January 16, 2017

#766 UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER – ISUZU ELF REFUSE TRUCK (Around 1995)


MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.
 

I first thought this truck may probably be a Tomica knock-off, but I couldn’t find any model that matches this particular cast (both the truck and the “load”).
 
The truck was probably made by the late 90s. I bought it, because I liked very much the detail level of the cast and the opening gate in the refuse container. This indicates a higher quality level than the rest of “made in China” models from those days.
 
 
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the manufacturer despite correctly identifying the truck as an Isuzu Elf.
A nice Japanese truck from a car and truckmaker that is quite uncommon in the 3 inches world.
 
Additional information: Bought in a flea market in Austria.
 
 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: ISUZU ELF REFUSE TRUCK
  • Scale: Around 1:72
  • Year: Around  1995
  • Company: Unknown Manufacturer (China)
  • Size: approx. 6 cm

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#765 UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER – OLD FASHION LOCOMOTIVE AND THREE CARRIAGES (Around 1970)


MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.
 
 
This toy was acquired very recently. The title on the box ist self-explanatory: a locomotive and three carriages (wagons) with wheels. It is hand painted and made on metal (die-cast, they are hollow).
The box is marked TM – Made in Japan, where the TM is placed inside a diamond shape. I have checked tin toy websites, but couldn’t find the brand.
 
What I have found is that the toy is quite common (so, not a rarity) and that it was used as a cake topper. Or at least somebody recalls having decorated a cake with it.
 
 
Some boxes are also marked with a sticker indicating “Shackman, New York, N.Y. 10003”. Note that the two wagons at the end of the row have different colours in the box than in the toy. This is common to all pics I saw on the internet. The passengers coach is kind of orange, while in the box is yellow and the coal wagon is yellow instead of red.
 
 
So the toy is not rare, nor expensive, but still beautiful, colourful and in a rare scale for vintage toys. A precursor to Micro Machines.
 
Additional info: In the box, there is a date marked with pen but difficult to see. It says: 3.X.1986. That’s 3rd October 1986, I guess, but what does it mean? was it really bought that day? If yes, was it new or second hand?

 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: OLD FASHION LOCOMOTIVE AND THREE CARRIAGES (Hand Painted Metal Miniature with Moving Wheels)
  • Scale: Unknown
  • Year: Around  1970
  • Company: Unknown Manufacturer (Japan)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm (all 4 pieces in a row).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

#764 UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER - UNIDENTIFIED BMW 320 (Around 1992)


MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.
 
 
Today, I present one nice BMW wwith pull-back motor made in Hong-Kong. This model has a logo on the base which is a winged "A". I have discussed this with other collectors, but none seems to know who made this car.
 

 
The cast is good and has nice features like practicable doors, paper stickers, chromed parts, nicely casted interiors, the pull-back motor itself... The scale is very appropriate to put a pull-back motor inside. Many Hong-Kongese manufacturers actually did this in the 80s, and this brand is one more of many.
 
Additional information: Bought in a flea market in Austria.
 
 
 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BMW 320 (8201)
  • Scale: Around 1:32
  • Year: Around  1992
  • Company: Unknown Manufacturer (Hong Kong)
  • Size: approx. 8 cm

Sunday, January 8, 2017

#763 UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER - UNIDENTIFIED PLASTIC DINOSAUR ROBOTS (Around 1985)


MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.
 
 
These are two small (maybe 3 centimeters long) pvc figures representing two dinosaur-robots. They could be some kind of premium to a snack or something like that. The blue one comes with a ring on top so it was probably attached to a keyring or was intended to be hang in a wristband or necklace. The green one also had this ring, but it is now broken.
 
 
The design is amazing, I love these small robo-dinosaurs.
 
Additional information: Bought in a flea market in Austria.
 
 
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: UNIDENTIFIED PLASTIC DINOSAUR ROBOTS
  • Year: Around 1985
  • Company: Unknown Manufacturer
  • Size of the figures: Around 4 cm long

Thursday, January 5, 2017

#762 MANURBA-PLASTIK - PORSCHE 912 (Ref. 10/9) (Around 1971)

 
MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.

Thanks to Andreas (see comment below) for identifying these cars as Manurba-Plastik, a German manufacturer of novelty toys based in Bamberg. The name of the company comes from its founder Manfred Urban. Among other toys, the company produced cars in several scales, plastic figures, boats, trains, kitchen sets, trumpets and pistols. The packaging was usually a plastik bag with a folded cardboard closing it. Some of those small pieces of artwork were specially nicely done in the style of the 60s and early 70s with beautiful drawings
 
 
These two small cars are two Porsche 912 made in Germany. They are made of plastic and came in several colours, although the base plate is always black.
 
The base only shows the previously mentioned "Made in West Germany" together with some kind of "V".
 
 
They are slightly smaller than the classic 3 inches (1:64) and have no interior and black windows.
 
Additional Information: Bought in a flea market in Austria, there were several of this available in different colours, green, dark green... I took only two.
 

With the information provided by our reader, we could also find this picture, where a dark blue Porsche 912 can be seen, although this is still dfferent frm me. It has white base.

Pic fom 1968's "Das Spielzeug : das internationale Fachmagazin der Spielwarenbranche"
diepuppenstubensammlerin in flicker

Here is another picture from 1971 (taken from the internet) that show the exact same cars that I own.

Pic: De Erbe.com (http://deerbe.com/unt/82215-6_manurba_porsche_911__912_in_rot_plastik_autos_modell_heinerle_wundertte.html)
And thanks to this picture I have discovered another unidentified toy I have...
 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: PORSCHE 912 (Ref. 10/9)
  • Scale: Around 1:64
  • Year: Around  1971
  • Company: Manurba-Plastik (West Germany)
  • Size: approx. 5 cm

Monday, January 2, 2017

#761 UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER - UNIDENTIFIED SCI-FI WOMAN (Around 1980)


MONTH OF THE UNKNOWN

I have a few interesting toys that I have been collecting over the years from which I know nothing at all. They cannot be identified since they have no manufacture marking. Despite searching the internet, I couldn´t find anything about them, so I changed my mind, and thought it may be better if I publish them now, and people reading this could help me identifying them.

There will be 11 toys (all 11 entries from January 2017), but I warn you: it is not an easy task to identify them. Are you ready for this challenge?

If I get hints and information, I´ll be updating the posts to add information about them. Thanks!
 
If you like the challenge, there are other toys in this blog waiting to be identified, click here to see all unidentified toys.


I´ll start with the one I think it is the most difficult: It is an articulated figure of a woman with long dark hair over her shoulder and with some kind of futuristic clothes.

There is absolutely no indication of manufacturer, country of origin or year, not to mention a copyright note... The figure has a very low quality and I would say it could even be a knock-off from another line, maybe you can recognise the character from a TV series or similar.

I also take a picture of the opened figure, so you see the construction of the toy. One leg is longer than the other, so it cannot stand very easily.

Additional information: Was bought in a flea market in Spain, together with other toys from the mid to late 70s.


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: UNIDENTIFIED SCI-FI WOMAN
  • Toy Line: Unknown
  • Year: Around 1980
  • Company: Unknown Manufacturer
  • Size of the figures: Approx. 14 cm.

Friday, December 30, 2016

#760 CORGI – LOTUS-CLIMAX FORMULA 1 and COOPER MASERATI F/1 (Nr. 155 and 156) (1964 and 1967)


Despite having consecutive numbers and looking very similar, these two formula ones are 3 years from each other. The Lotus Climax was released in 1964, and sold pretty well, probably because it was the car in which Jim Clark won the championships in 1963 with a clear superiority above all other competitors. Almost one million pieces were sold.




The second model, a Cooper Maserati, was released in 1967, but I cannot identify it among the cars that run that year or the previous one. The colour and decoration may point to the Rob Walker Racing Team, but I do not know who drove this car with RN7.



Both models were discontinued in 1969: the Lotus maybe after the death of Jim Clark in 1968. The reason why the Cooper was also discontinued after only two years is also unknown to me... despite being so short for sale, it was sold 726,000 times.




FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: LOTUS-CLIMAX FORMULA 1 RACING CAR and COOPER MASERATI F/1
  • Scale: Around 1:43
  • Year: 1964 and 1967
  • Company: Corgi Toys (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#759 REAL GHOSTBUSTERS - MONSTERS DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN (1989)


The real ghostbusters toyline probably needed more characters than the main four and a few ghosts. Most of the times, the ghosts in the cartoons, appeared only one, so the ghosts in the Real Ghostbusters toyline are invented or concepts made exclusively for the film.
 
In this wave, Kenner provided a series of 6 classic monsters:
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • The Hunchback from Notre-Dame
  • The Mummy
  • Werewolf
  • Zombie
I have two of them, and these are the ones I am showing today. They have similar features to the Fright Features versions of the main characters: when pushing one leg against the other each monster would move in a scary gesture. There are no transformation or hidden monsters. I like that the figures have different sizes.
 
 
The two figures I have are Frankenstein and Dracula. The first one is huge and adapts its classic pose with straight arms and open mouth. Unfortunately it is quite damaged by sunlight, so I will try to replace it soon.

 
Dracula is is good shape and includes its cloak, which is a difficult accesory to find. Dracula also performs a move that reminds of the classic pose from the Universal movies, in which Dracula opens his arms to approach his victims.
 
The two figures are really great, I am looking forward to get the other 4!
 
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: MONSTERS DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN
  • Toy Line: Real Ghostbusters (Wave 3)
  • Year: 1989
  • Company: Kenner (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: Around 12 and 14 cm, respectively

Sunday, December 25, 2016

#758 SUMMER – FIAT 131 ABARTH (Around 1988)


Another Fiat 131 for my collection! I knew there was this car, because I had seen it in pictures several times before, and I finally got it a few weeks ago.


The car is made by Summer in the late 80s. It has a 1:43 scale and a motor inside similar to the one used by Matchbox in the "Trickshifters" series. The car has dark windshields to hide the inner mechanism.


I think the cast is good, but some poor details spoil the overall quality.

This is so far the only Summer car I have in this scale. I think there are many in this size.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: FIAT ABARTH 131 (No. S.704)
  • Scale: Around 1:43
  • Year: Around 1988
  • Company: Summer/ S.M. (Hong Kong)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

Thursday, December 22, 2016

#757 FIGURAS EN ACCIÓN (F.E.A.) Nr. 15


In May 2014 we decided to make a special issue dealing with toys and horror. At the time, I had in mind a lot of ideas of special issues we could explore and publish in the future. One of them was an issue dealing exclusively with toy shops, that is, the space in which the toys are displayed for the customers to purchase them.

The usual group of collaborators have gathered a collection of articles and interviews about this topic. I have written an article about the history of toy stores and collaborated in an article that searchs for the main characteristics of each type of toy shop (together with my friend Pablo from Coleccionismo80-90).

There are two interviews with the owners of two toy shops that are/were over 100 years old and another article about F.A.O. Schwarz, which is the most famous toy shop there has ever been.
To finalise the issue, there is a nostalgic article about toy stores that each of us (the magazine staff) remember from our childhood.

Very unusual issue! Download it HERE. Thanks!
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