Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#878 GUISVAL - PATROL 4x4, DATSUN/ NISSAN 4x4 and RENEGADE 4x4 BIGFOOT (1987)



By the late 80s, Guisval released a series of Bigfoot cars. They were some kind of trend, other die-cast companies also had this type of vehicles, in this same scale (Majorette, Matchbox...) or even in the Micro Machines scale.


Guisval cars were a mixture of 4x4, ordinary cars and trucks: a Nissan Patrol (hardtop), a Datsun Patrol (pick-up with canopy), a Jeep Willys, Seat Ibiza and Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.



The cars came with chromed plastic base, dark windows and no interior. They came in flashy colours (sometimes even metallic) and "Rally" stickers. They had to be cool, and they actually were, I recall other children having them and playing in sand or stones with them. It was a lot of fun.





Some of these were sold in jewel boxes like this one here, blister packs or loose in polystyrene displays.


From that catalogue I can put the reference numbers here:

Nº 30001 Ibiza 4x4
Nº 30002 Patrol 4x4
Nº 30003 Nissan Motos 4x4 (with 2 small red motorbikes) (see #319)
Nº 30004 Renegade 4x4
Nº 30005 Nissan 4x4 (canopy)

Note that reference 30003 and 30005 are incorrectly labelled both in the box and the base, since it is a Datsun Patrol, not a Nissan.

A later release in the 90s had black bases and "rally" tampographies, or no decoration at all. The Datsun re-release came without canopy for saving even more manufacturing costs. I guess the units that can be seen with chromed based but without stickers were made in between.


This small document has the manufacturer data and the security regulations in four languages.

Later on, already in the 2000s, there was a second batch of bigfeet with much bigger wheels made of rubber. These are different models, with very cool tampographies and the more modern of these, even with somr dirt-effect paint.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: PATROL 4x4, DATSUN 4x4 and JEEP RENEGADE 4x4 BIGFOOT
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: 1987
  • Company: Guisval (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

2 comments:

  1. First time hearing about that Company, when I was kid every car of that type was just "resorak" (that's how we called diecast cars in Poland)

    And congratulation of achiving 100 followers!
    I am really happy that I have found this nostalgic blog (I am just a guy who is into 80's robots/mecha)

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  2. Hi, thanks for your comment!

    Guisval is probably the top die-cast manufacturer in Spain, or it was, since it shut down just two or three years ago.

    Yes, I realized (yesterday?) that I have reached 100 followers, it took a long time (6 years). I wonder if the first people who decided to follow the blog are still there and reading.

    BR,
    Juan

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