Atlas Dinky Van Collection

By Maz Woolley


Atlas are trial marketing a new Dinky Vans collection. One can tell that it is trial marketing from the fact that the series is not advertised on their website and that the payment slips sent out have no contact telephone numbers just the option to either send them £1.99 or subscribe to the series and get the first model free. 

453 Dinky Trojan Van Oxo

This is the model issued as the first in this series. Originally sold by Dinky in 1953 to 1954 and initially numbered 31d and both 31d and 453 are printed on the box.

The model is very nicely painted and with a nicely printed logo it is a good replica of the original model. The base plate is again clearly marked as by Editions Atlas copyright Mattel.

As usual the masking on the silver painted areas is much better than on the originals and its regularity is one of the signs that these are replicas.

The printed livery is also much crisper than the original Oxo logo but looks accurate in other respects.

As usual the models come with a “yellow box” modelled on the original but clearly marked as from Atlas. The models sit in a small plastic tray to minimise damage in transit.

I expect that we will now see the casting in the Atlas Dinky Toys range. If so I hope that they choose one of the other liveries.

What else is planned in this range?

A large leaflet has been sent to some of those who have signed up for this model but one was not sent to me. Luckily others have shared photographs of the leaflet so the models advertised to follow are:

  • 274 Dinky AA Minivan – early AA livery
  • 253 Daimler Ambulance
  • 564 Dinky France Renault Estafette Glaziers Truck – they say that this is the first release in UK yet they have already shipped it in the Dinky collection!
  • 490 Express Dairy Milk Float
  • 470 Austin Shell/BP Van
  • 25B France Peugeot D3A Van Service livery
  • 255 Mersey Tunnel Police Land Rover

There is no indication as yet as to whether this series will actually run after all the Dinky Toys with opening parts series test marketed last year has yet to see the light of day.

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