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Monday, October 14, 2019

#935 MICRO MACHINES - PROMOTIONAL PACKS including COLLECTIONS #17 DECADES: THE '80s, #20 HALL OF FAMERS, #32 ROAD CONSTRUCTION and #33 FIRE RESCUE (1995)



In the last year, I found two promotional packs (from different sellers), each of them including two complete collections from the mid 90s.

They come from Germany in a white box with several copyright (1994) and license notices in German (same sticker in both sets, even though one of them does not include cars from the brands that the license indicates: Ferrari, Chevrolet...), and a German address.

 
The first one has two collections of great racing cars: Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Mercedes... some of the greatest brands of all times are represented.


The second one has a set of firefighters and a public workers, each of them with 3 vehicles and 3 people, where one of the vehicles is a "bigger" one: a long fire truck with ladder or a mobile construction crane.

They are very rare, I have seen them only from one seller each.

 
The sport cars set was offered to me by a seller (not on eBay) and I bought the only two boxes this person had. He told me that they were a present for visitors at a car fair in Vienna by the mid 90s, what I found very interesting. Promotional give-aways are always hard to find.
 
The collections included in this pack are: #17 Decades: The '80s and #20 Hall of Famers, both from 1995.
 
#17 Decades: The '80s in promotional pack

#20 Hall of Famers in promotional pack

The firefighters/public workers set was for sale on eBay and the seller had many of them (I bought three), so I guess there are already many out there in the hands of MM collectors.
 
The collections included are: #32 Road Construction and #33 Fire Rescue, both from 1995.
 

#32 Road Construction in promotional pack
  

 
#33 Fire Rescue in promotional pack
 

FACTS AND FIGURES
  • Name:  PROMOTIONAL PACKS including COLLECTIONS #17 DECADES: THE '80s, #20 HALL OF FAMERS, #32 ROAD CONSTRUCTION and #33 FIRE RESCUE
  • Scale of the cars: 1:150 aprox.
  • Year: 1995
  • Company: Galoob (U.S.A.)
  • Size: approx. 2 cm

Monday, September 23, 2019

#934 PAYÁ INTERNATIONAL - VARIOUS MODELS (Around 1970)


I have reviewed some cars made by this brand in the past. In that review I showed models that were Matchbox (Lesney) knock-offs of the 1-75 series from the 60s and 70s, but I already mentioned that some models are not copies from Matchbox, and today I am going to show some of these (together with more Matchbox knock-offs).

Although quite pricey, I got this lot a a fair price around two years ago. The cars are in perfect shape, so I am very lucky to have found them. The paint applied to these models is rather fragile and all played items usually show more or less paint wear.

The models shown in this entry are:

  • 2104 - Chevrolet Impala in black and yellow (coloured as a Taxi from Barcelona)
This car is not in its original colour (which is orange), but was repainted by its previous owner as a taxi. Too bad! It seems to be in a not so bad shape, I may try to clean it sometime.




  • 2106 - Ford Galaxie (Jefe Policia) in white and 2107 - Ford Galaxie (Jefe Bomberos) in red
All parts are shared. Note that the sirens have different colours, as well as the windshields.






  • 2110 - Ferrari Berlineta in green
This model was also released with a plastic body (see last pic in this series) used for certain Payá speed tracks I will present some other day.




 
  • 2111 - M.G. 1.100 in blue
 Note the steering wheel is placed on the left side




  • 2115 - Camioneta auxiliar in red (based on Lesney´s Jeep Gladiator)




  • 2117 - Seat 124 in red





  • 2118 - Mercedes 280 SL in beige




  • 2121 - Seat 600 D in red




This model was also released with a plastic body (see last pic in this series) used for certain Payá speed tracks I will present some other day. The suspension integrated in the chassis is extremely fragile!






The complete list of references can be found in the previous entry (see #363)

From all 9 units, all but the two Seats are clear Lesney copies. Some models had slight differences, like the steering wheel in the left side, contrary to the original English model with steering wheel on the right side. See for example the M.G. 1.100.

The Seat 600D and the 124 are two great models, very sought-after because the cars they represent were very popular in the 50s, 60s and the 70s in Spain. In addition to this, the Seat 600D is the only vintage die-cast model in 3 inches made of this car. The Seat 124 was also made by Guisval, but this one is rarer (not necessarily more expensive). For most Spanish die-cast collectors these two are "must-haves", not so the other models of foreign cars.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: CHEVROLET IMPALA, FORD GALAXIE (JEFE POLICIA), FORD GALAXIE (JEFE BOMBEROS), FERRARI BERLINETA, M.G. 1.100, CAMIONETA AUXILIAR, SEAT 124, MERCEDES 280 SL and SEAT 600 D (Refs. 2104, 2106, 2107, 2110, 2111, 2115, 2117, 2118 and 2121)
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: Around 1970
  • Company: Payá International (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

Monday, September 9, 2019

#933 FX SCHMID - SIGFRIED DIE NIBELUNGEN (60720) (1966)


There was a time in which big movie events were rare, really big movies that children were waiting for months to come, premiered only a couple of times per year. Among these superproductions, some even had merchandise produced to be sold in kiosks or toy stores. Nowadays, this is something very common.

Each country had their own favorite themes, many of them related to their historical epic events or literary works. In this case, Germany was looking back at "the Nibelungs", the German epic poem written around the year 1200. In 1966 and 1967 it was taken to the screen in two parts in a production of Constantin Films. The first part was Siegfried von Xanten and the second one Kriemhilds Rache.


This deck was done for the first movie from 1966, and is the classic card deck with 9 families, that when read in order explains the plot of the movie with one rather big picture and a short line of text in each card. I haven´t seen the movie, but the pictures are great, I guess it was a big success in Germany and Scandinavia.

There is a second deck for the second part of the movie, but I do not have it yet.







FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name:  SIGFRIED DIE NIBELUNGEN (60720)
  • Year: 1966
  • Company: FX Schmid (Germany)
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