APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE BOOTLEGS and KNOCK-OFFs!
Funrise was one of the main competitors to Galoob´s Micro Machines at the time. Their models were great and had a variety that included many different vehicle types.
In this case we are showing four different cards with truck trailers, that, interestingly included two trucks but just one trailer, although other cards came with one, three or seven complete trucks, as well as other variations or as part of other sets. These are almost identical to the Semi-Truck collections of Micro Machines, but the Funrises do not have practicable parts.
The trailers are interesting as many of them show existing commercial
companies, unlike Micro
Machines, that were all invented (except Galoob itself)
There are two types of truck, that come in several colours, so there is not a great variety of models here, so having a few of them is enough for most collectors like me. I am very happy with this small collection, I do not need any more Funrise trucks.
The four cards are priced 1,99 dollars at Kay-Bee (K.B. or KB), which was a American toy store/retailer founded in Massachusetts in 1922 by the Kaufman brothers and went out of business in 2009, being absorved by Toys 'R Us. Below the sticker there seems to be some text indicated that one of the two rigs go for free, what would explain why there are two instead of only one. On the backcard, there are eight models depicted, but I would say there are even more.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: BIG RIG TRUCKS
- Scale of the cars: 1:150 aprox.
- Year: 1988
- Company: Funrise (U.S.A.)
- Size: approx. 2 cm truck / 3.5-4 cm trailer