Sunday, April 21, 2013

#272 PANINI – PLANES (DIE-CAST MICRO MACHINES KNOCK-OFFs) (1993)



In the year 1993, Panini, the well known Italian sticker maker, launched a sticker collection dealing with planes. The album included the history of aviation, from the very beginning to modern prototypes. In each page there were pictures (stickers) of many different plane models. Stickers are out of the scope of this blog, but since sticker collections are sometimes related to other toys, they might appear from time to time. Today it’s the first time this happens. Why?

The reason for this is that the sticker packs could be bought either like in every other collection, or in a special bag containing a few packets (maybe 4 or 5, I can’t remember) and a die-cast plane model in the typical Micro Machine scale. These miniatures were very well done. All of them were marked with the name of the plane plus “China”.


Additionally, included in the sticker album, there was the model of an airport you could make out of some cardboard sheets that you had to remove and fold yourself. This airport was depicted on the back cover of the album. I remember I mounted it a long time ago, so I don’t have it anymore. However, the picture gives us a nice idea of how it was.


 

More interesting than that are the models in that same picture. This is the only source of information we have: there were 40 different models, although those 40 might include some repainted models.

We don’t know which company made these die-cast planes, and we will probably never know, so I will label them as Panini.

In Mai 2013, I acquired a few more models from this collection, so I will now attach some more pictures to this article as an "update".








 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: PLANES (BOEING 747, ZERO, P-51D, F-14 and more)
  • Alternate Names: FLUGZEUGE (German), LES AVIONS (French), AVIONES (Spanish), AEREI (Italian) and VLIEGTUIGEN (Dutch).
  • Scale: 1:150 aprox.
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Panini (Italy) / Unknown Toymaker (China)
  • Size: approx. 3 cm

2 comments:

  1. Vaya, el álbum que tengo yo tiene otra portada diferente y no ofrecían un play-set. Seguramente los reeditaron años más tarde, dudo que el mio sea del 93.

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  2. Creo que Panini no reedita albumes, sería otro de aviones (el tema es tan genérico, que cada pocos años sale una colección diferente).

    Esos modelos "tipo MicroMachine" son magníficos.
    ¡Gracias por el comentario!

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