Saturday, April 4, 2015

#531 MIRA vs MATCHBOX – TURBO FURY, GRUESOME TWOSOME, STRETCHA FETCHA and LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH (Ref. 119, 120, 126, 127) (Around 1981)

MONTH OF THE BOOTLEG AT TOYS FROM THE PAST!



I’ll continue the previous entry with more Mira cars, but this time, they are based in Matchbox models from the Superfast era. These cars are very attractive, and I understand that Mira put its attention on these models.




Some have already appeared in this blog, and those that haven’t yet, will appear some other day.


TURBO FURY (Ref. 119)


GRUESOME TWOSOME (Ref. 120)


The Turbo-Fury does not have the “Rolamatics” feature. One of the weak points of these cars are the suspension. The axles tend to go up and the car does not roll very well after that. Interestingly, those Mira models were some of the last made that could be opened using a screwdriver. Three of these four cars have screws on the chassis, so they can be opened and repared in some way.

These first two models were also copied by Tin Toys (or TinToys), as I showed in entry #336.


LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH (Ref. 126)


STRETCHA FETCHA (Ref. 127)


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: TURBO FURY, GRUESOME TWOSOME, LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH, and STRETCHA FETCHA (Ref. 119, 120, 126, 127)
  • Scale: Approx. 1:64
  • Year: Around 1981
  • Company: Mira (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

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