Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#385 CORGI JUNIORS, MAJORETTE and MATCHBOX – SKIP LOADER TRUCKS (1972, 1976 and 1976)


This entry is a bit peculiar, since I am presenting three die-cast trucks from three major European die-cast manufacturers. I recently put the together, as I observed that they are very similar. Why did all three manufacturers chose the same colours for the same type of truck?


Corgi Juniors model (Nr. 54) Ford D 1000 Container Truck was already presented in this blog entry here. This model was available between 1972 an 1978, although it is difficult to say which version came when.
In red with yellow base and yellow container
In red with grey base and grey container
In orange with yellow base and yellow container
In green with white base and white container
[…]







The Majorette model (Nr. 222) Multi-Benne was available:
1976-1978 in orange with a green container. Grey chassis.
1979-1982 in orange with a blue container. Black chassis.
1983-1984 In the version you can see in the pictures. Black chassis.






Matchbox has chosen a futuristic look truck model (which was a common practice in the Superfast series in the 70s), while Corgi Juniors and Majorette chose real truck models. It was named Skip Truck (Nr. 37C) and it was available between 1976 and 1980 wit several variants:
Red with yellow container silver or grey interior (several window colours)
Red with blue container
Yellow with orange container
Yellow with yellow container
Blue with yellow container
[… including many international variants]





They are difficuly to find complete and in good shape. Being the containers made of plastic, their break easily, and being removable, they get lost. In case I find some variants of these models, they will be posted in this same entry.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: FORD D 1000 CONTAINER TRUCK, MULTIBENNE and SKIP TRUCK
  • Scale: 1:100 (approx.)
  • Year: 1972, 1976 and 1976
  • Company: Corgi Juniors (Great Britain), Majorette (France) and Matchbox (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

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