By Fabrizio Panico
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Another partwork is now being sold in Italy, this time from Centauria, looking like a copy of the previous similar partwork from Altaya in 2002-2004. Which then appeared as a DeAgostini partwork in Northern Europe. But there are changes: the models are now marked as from LeoModels but they do appear to be identical in many respects to the models made by Ixo for Altaya.
The scale seems to vary from the claimed 1:43 with models often more like 1:45 to 1:46. The collection has been announced as having 39 parts, what a strange number?
First issue is a Ford Crown Victoria 1998, even if the box says 1992, somewhat smaller and different to the Altaya one. The second issue is the Fiat 1400, similar to the Ixo one, perhaps a bit smaller. After the first issues the price will be €14.99 I’m wondering if this collection is really needed, the Ixo models, which were much better, are still freely available at modest prices on eBay or at the various toys fairs everywhere.
Centauria is part of the Fabbri group of publishers better known in the UK for the James Bond Collection. Their products are aimed at the news stand market and they have a range of partworks such as fairy tale collections, Great Musicians encyclopaedias, and the art works series “The Masters of Colour”,
The boxed Ford Crown Victoria looking rather small on the standard sized plinth.
The first part in its packaging selling at half price to encourage people to collect the series. NB the model is claimed to be 1:43 scale.
To the rear of the launch card mount we see some of the proposed models all of which seem very familiar! It means that Volkswagen collectors and London cab collectors have yet another target to chase.
The first model unpacked.
The second Model unpacked.A FIAT taxi as already seen in the Altaya series.
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