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Edocar die cast

Edocar catalogue. 1987. Netherlands. Front cover.

Edocar was a Dutch company that produced die cast vehicles adapted from the castings of other brands such as Maisto, Hartoy and Lledo. Promoting itself as ‘Finest Diecast Miniatures’, Edocar’s early models included 50 ‘Topmodels’ from its Mini Series and 8 ‘Oldtimers’.

The following scans are from 1987 and 1988 catalogues printed in Dutch, English, German and French language. The catalogues feature Edocar’s Coca-Cola promotion range, Super Wheels, a garage, petrol station and traffic signs accessories, a carry case in which to store vehicles, and a vintage Chevrolet van done out in the livery of model-making big names Airfix and Humbrol.

The company continued to release products into the 1990s and early 2000s. Some notable releases are a Flintstones Super Car Collection, an Alfred J. Kwak (Dutch cartoon character) series, motor bikes, and the ‘Music Car’ series in which vehicles would play songs when you pressed one of the wheels. Thanks to Planet Diecast for the additional info.

1987 catalogue



Edocar catalogue. 1987. Netherlands. Back cover.


1988 catalogue

Edocar catalogue. 1988. Netherlands. Front cover.




Edocar catalogue. Netherlands. 1988. Back cover.

Thanks for looking  🙂

Solido Catalogue 1973


Presenting scans from the French 1973 Solido die cast cars catalogue. Solido was established in 1930 by Ferdinand de Vazeilles in France. The company continues to produce die cast vehicles for the toy market today. You can see my Solido adverts here


“Solido likes to make cars for you; the rarest or the most beautiful; the most powerful or the most expensive; the most glorious or the most modern… that’s why the young and the collectors of the world wait for the new Solido models”  









All images from the Solido 1973 catalogue, France. Scanned by TVTA. Sources and further reading:

Solido Wikipedia entry

Solido website:  Solido

Mebetoys die cast vehicles

It’s another new entry at TVTA as we present Mebetoys scans from a mid-1970s French catalogue and three Mebetoys pages from a 1973 French Solido catalogue. 

Mebetoys was owned by the famous Italian family the Besana brothers who produced and sold highly-detailed die cast cars throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1969 Mattel purchased the company freeing the Besana brothers to form the Martoys company which later became one of the biggest and highly respected die cast car makers of all time Bburago.

Information gathered from the excellent Gran Toros website. Click images to go bigger.


Mebetoys as seen in a Mattel French catalogue circa mid-1970s.

Front cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.



Back cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.


Mebetoys pages as seen in a 1973 Solido catalogue, France




Thanks for looking 🙂

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 🙂