Monday, April 13, 2015

#534 POLISTIL – SUPER BANG CAR (Around 1986)

MONTH OF THE BOOTLEG AT TOYS FROM THE PAST!


This was quite a discovery for me. I found this car for sale in a big lot, and at first I couldn´t recognise it. The car is casted quite roughly, so at first I thought it might be some chinese toy, but I checked the base and it is actually a Polistil model belonging to a rare and short line called "Super Bang". I was right about its Chinese origin, nevertheless (keep reading!)


The line is of course based on Hot Wheels! Crack Ups which were launched shortly before this one. There were a few models with the crack effect either at the front, the back or the door. However, Polistil could argue, that before the Crack Ups, the italian company made some tracks called "Bang". Those tracks were called "Super Driver Bang", and were a slot car system very similar to Tycos TCR, and you could even change lanes. Each track came with two cars. If one of them crashed the other one from behind, the car would "explode".

After that "Bang" line, came the Crack Ups, and then Polistil hit back with the "Super Bang", which is the toy I am showing today. In this case, the car seems to be a Renault 25 in some scale slightly between 1:43 and 1:32. This is the effect of the crash inmy model:


There were a total of three casts, this one with the crash in its bonnet, a police car (that resembles a bit a Chevrolet Impala) with the crash on its back and a third sports car model that resembles maybe a Datsun 280ZX, which the crash on the right door. Each of these were made in two different colours/decorations, and had some stickers on them.

The cars are unfortunately not very valuable toys. They were made in China, and they do not represent any known car, what in my opinion makes it lose a lot of value. The stickers are also not very qualitative ones, and the windshields are in all models dark. In this case that piece of plastic is at the same time the rear lights of the car, or in the case of the police car, it integrates two sirens.



Anyhow, it is a very curious model that I wanted to show it in the “month of the bootleg”, hope you liked it.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: UNIDENTIFIED CAR "SUPER BANG"
  • Scale: 1:43 (approx.)
  • Year: Around 1976
  • Company: Polistil (Italy)
  • Size: approx. 10 cm 

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