Wheels, wings and robots: Nikko, Matchbox, MB Games and Airfix

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

The Japanese company Nikko had a good reputation for producing quality radio control toy vehicles. The Toyota model above is a great example with its ability to transform into the ‘terrible Rovabot “La Justicier”‘

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

British company Matchbox specialised in quality die cast vehicles. The above ad is a special offer for the K90 Matra Rancho from their Superkings range.

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

The Milton Bradley Company was established in the US in 1860 and is responsible for many well-known board games such as The Game of Life, Twister and Yahtzee. The above advert is for MB’s Paris-Dakar game, based on the famous rally car race of the same name.

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1986.

France. Pif Gadget. 1986.

British company Airfix began producing model kits for the mass market in 1952, offering a wide range of kits aimed at all types of scale modellers. As seen above, one of Airfix’s Models of the Month for 1986 was the Fairey Swordfish Mk II.

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