Saturday, April 30, 2016

#672 GLOBETOYS – SPEED CARS (1983)


MONTH OF THE BOOTLEG AND THE KNOCK-OFF AT TOYS FROM THE PAST!

Globetoys is a small Spanish brand for toys from the mid 80s. I recently discovered that it is in fact a subsidiary company of Guisval and it started in 1983. From my childhood I remember having a few toys made by this company. But why a second, new brand for Guisval, when they already were very renowned and famous in Spain? The only reason that cames to my mind, is that Globetoys offered many models that were copies of other foreign toys, and maybe Guisval wanted to protect their brand in case of trouble. This toy cars here are a good example of what I am talking about. As you may have noticed, these cars are a copy of Kidco´s / Matchbox´s Burnin´Key Cars (see next entry #673).


Globetoys made this key car in three colours (white, yellow, red) and six references (101 to 106: ambulance and sheriff in white, police and rally champion in yellow and firefighter and racing pilot in red). Each model had different decals according to its reference. They were simply marked “Globetoys – Made in Spain” in the base.


Some time later (maybe 2-3 years later), Globetoys added the blue model, but by that time, Speedcars came without decals.



Note that the sirens can be either red or yellow, depending on the colour of the body.

In the next entry you can compare Globetoys model with the original Kidco model in which the design is based. The Kidco model is more elaborated and has a slightly more detailed cast. The bonnet of the Kidco Model is also removable, but not Globetoy´s.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: SPEEDCARS
  • Scale: Approx. 1:64
  • Year: 1983
  • Company: Globetoys (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

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