Category Archives: DIE CAST VEHICLES

Fast Cars, Key Chains and Cop Show Guns

Courtesy of the 1976 Pilen catalogue from Spain 

Pilen S.A. was a Spanish company that produced die cast model cars, key chains and toy guns. TVTA is pleased to present the full scans from this terrific little catalogue printed in Spanish, French, English and German. Featuring international model cars, a Tiger tank, toy guns from top cop shows like Kojak, Columbo and The Untouchables, and somewhat randomly… a set of child’s kitchen scales. It’s all here. And how about those front and back covers… with what looks like a De Tomasa Mangusta launching itself through a set of tyres against a deep red background. Always good to see some art on the covers of a catalogue.  

The cars

While many of Pilen’s models are considered recasts of Dinky, Corgi, Solido and Polistil, see here and here, Pilen nevertheless stamped their own identity on them by producing superb vehicles made of quality materials, with attractive paint apps and working features.   









Tiger Tanks


Guns N’ Wrenches

Pilen produced some cool toy guns, managing to snag licenses for big name 60s and 70s TV shows like Kojak, Columbo, Matt Helm, U.S. Marshal, Cannon, Get Smart, and The Untouchables. Pilen key chains featured various mini tools like wrenches, saws, hammers, and even a pistol. I had one of the key chain tools as a kid and I’m almost certain it had working features. According to Wikipedia the key chains were already in production by Pilen long before the company began selling cars. Included with each car purchase was a mini catalogue with a slip which could be cut out and collected then used to send off for a free key chain. 






On balance …

I don’t know why the child’s kitchen scales are included on the last page… maybe it was an end of line sale, or just a space-filler, or the company testing the market for the launch of a line of die cast super kitchen accessories? Here at TVTA we never mind a little speculation, and are always happy to end a post with a kitchen unit or accessory 🙂


 

Never Mind the Adverts Pt12 – Die Cast toys

Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys! Time to take a look at some die cast vehicles from the 1970s to present – direct from The Vintage Toy Advertiser collection. 


Corgi 1995 re-issue of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Corgi 1973 J.P.S. Lotus Formula 1

Corgi Ford Escort

Corgi Allis Chalmers forklift

Corgi Batman vehicles

Corgi Doctor Who

Corgi Juniors Penguinmobile and Superman Punching-fist Rocket

Corgi Beatles Taxis

Corgi Helicopters


Hot Wheels 1990s


Hot Wheels Star Wars

Kenner Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Mail Away

Star Force Knockoff X-Wing Fighter


Matchbox Superkings Jaguar XJ6

Matchbox Yorkie Truck

Matchbox Battle Kings Helicopter K118. 1978

Matchbox Superfast Woosh N Push. 1972


Mattel Disney Cars


Welly Mini Cooper


Majorette Construction


Thanks for looking 🙂

Tomica die cast vehicles from Japan

“Tomica. Little vehicles carrying big dreams.”

Welcome to another new entry at The Vintage Toy Advertiser as we present scans for a 1982 Tomica & Dandy catalogue from Japan, and a Tomica British language Japanese flyer.

Tomica is a line of die cast toy vehicles produced by the Japanese company Tomy since 1970. In 1972 the Tomica & Dandy line was launched. 1976 saw the 100 millionth Tomica product release. Less than a decade later in 1984 Tomica celebrated its 300 millionth product release. The 90s saw the introduction of a battery-operated line (B/O Tomica) and a radio controlled line (R/C Tomica). In 2005 Tomica celebrated its 35th anniversary with the opening of the ‘Tomica Shop’, the first direct retail outlet which opened in the Tokyo Station Complex. In 2010 the line recorded its 40th anniversary. Tomica is still sold to date. Info taken from the Takara Tomy website

Click pics to go bigger.

Tomy Tomica die cast Japanese English language flyer. Front.


Tomy Tomica die cast Japanese English language flyer. Reverse.

Tomica & Dandy product catalogue 1982. Japan.

Tomy & Dandy product catalogue 1982. Japan. Front and reverse covers.













Thanks for looking 🙂

Micro Machines

Produced by Galoob in 1987 and currently owned by Hasbro, Micro Machines are a line of miniature scale vehicles and play sets. As well as producing their own vehicles the line held licenses for well-known TV and film franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Power Rangers and MIB, as well as producing a series of Rockin’ Wheels sets that featured the touring vehicles of famous bands such as AC/DC, Deep Purple and others. The images below are taken from the 1992 Galoob trade catalogue. Click pics to go bigger.

Micro Machines. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992. US.


64000 Collections. Micro Machines Vehicles; Adventures; X-Rays; Neon Beach; Superbikes; Drivers; Reflectors; Super Sparklers; Classy Chromers



Super Monsters

 


Stock Car Superstars


4×4 Crushers


Shake & Sniff


Roll Down Showdown; Tuff Trax; Motor Muncher; Super van City; Race-In-A-Case; Cyclone City


Military sets


Super Carriers


Hiways and Byways


City Scenes and Rollin’ Raceways


Micro Machines Power Rangers Mega Battle Collector’s Set

Ets de Neuter. 1995. France.


Thanks for getting all miniature with us. Look out for TVTA’s next post in which we celebrate with our two-thousandth published vintage advert!  🙂

Rockin’ Wheels by Micro Machines

How cool are these Micro Machines official band tour vehicles! AC/DC, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe, Cinderella … all logo’d up and ready to rock ‘n roll! 

There was also a Whitesnake set released, but this is not shown on the 1992 Galoob catalogue pages I scanned. As for the other bands in the line… never heard of them.

Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

Galoob catalogue. 1992. For some reason the “Cruisin’ Cowboys” vehicles have “Cadillac Cowboys” as their logo.

Die-cast elegance from Eligor

Presenting catalogue scans from the French model car manufacturer Eligor.

In the 1970s Eligor specialised in small 1:43 scale models of past and present vehicles found in Europe, Britain and America. The range was produced with the more adult collector in mind, and noteworthy is the dedication to working vehicles featuring the liveries of many well known brands.

 

Out demon, out!

In occult circles, the name Eligor belongs to a powerful demon, so why the company chose this as their name is anyone’s guess. The catalogue I acquired is elegantly presented with a gold and black cover depicting the Eligor ‘Pac-man’ style logo with an extended hand holding out a toy car.

Artwork

The pages found inside are packed with beautiful drawings from the artists employed as product illustrators, with only a handful of vehicles represented by actual photos. The artists not only had to capture the look of the vehicle but had to replicate a multitude of brand logos.

Below are the page scans. How many company brands can you recognise?

 


Limos, taxis, fire engines, police cars, sports cars and more!


There is no date printed inside the catalogue. Based on online images I found of some of the featured models in their packaging, I estimate the catalogue was published in 1982.

sources and sites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eligor_Models

http://www.eligor.com/en/index.asp

Thankyou for die-cast driving with us 🙂

Siku – quality die cast toys from Germany

Siku’s origins began in the German town of Ludenscheid in 1921. It was founded by Richard Sieper, a toolmaker working in metals and plastics. Early production items included aluminium cutlery, tools, belt buckles, buttons, military badges and decorations. The company went on to became a leader in the field of thermo-plastics, and in 1950 registered the name SIKU – formed from the first two letters of Sieper, and the first two letters of Kunstoff – the German word for synthetic material or plastic. Adapted from: Siku history

Below are scans taken from a German multi-lingual product catalogue showing the 1980 – 1981 range.


Adverts

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Thanks for looking!

Q: What do you do with nineteen Bburago adverts from 1988?

A: Post them up at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

bburago-collage


Bburago was founded by brothers Mario, Ugo, and Martino Besana in 1976. Hailing from the town of Burago in their native Italy, they combined the letter “B” of Burago with the initial “B” of their family surname to create Bburago. You can see my original post for Bburago here In the meantime, here are nineteen brand new ads fresh from 1988 editions of French Pif Gadget, including two special ads showing what the store display boxes would have looked like back in the day.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


bburago-ferrari-f40-pifg-1019-1988

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.