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Friday, May 18, 2012


The fourth book I read by this author deals with the italian die-cast manufacturing company Bburago, including the two “parent” companies that the Besana family created: Mebetoys and Martoys. Like the previous books, the main focus is the history of the company/companies, with very interesting chapters talking about the different series that were produced, and pictures that illustrate the text (this specific point has been improved in comparison to other books by Xavier Arumi).

Bburago is probably one of the scale cars manufacturers that I like the least, since they only made cars from the 1:43 scale on (no 1:64 series was ever produced). The book, however, got to get my attention from the very first page to the last. It is easy to read and include an interesting annex talking about the manufacturing process. It’s a great add-on to your library of toy-books.

For me, the most interesting parts were the chapters talking about Mebetoys, Martoys, and at the end, the history behind the acquisition of Bburago by the May Cheong group, owner of the Maisto brand (previously MC Toy).

The book is written in Spanish language. If you’re interested in it, you can buy it directly from the author on his website: It has a price of 14 Eur (plus shipping costs) or 3 Eur in eBook format.

About the autor: Xavier Arumí is the host of, has already written a few books about collecting and about toys, comic books (that he also illustrate), and novels. He is a collector himself, and as you can check on his website, or reading his books, a great expert on toys, apart from a good writer.

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