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Old BP Toys from Denmark – Part II

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

As we learned in Part I, a collector in Denmark tracked down one of three Brdr. Petersen and interviewed him in the 1980s. Then, a local reporter heard about this and published an article about the brothers and their company. Another Danish collector saw this newspaper article and created a website about these toys! The website was deleted after the owner, Lars Nørholm, sadly passed away in 2002. However, I saw the website around 2000 and translated it to English (with help from Google translate).

Here is that translation with photos copyright from BP collectors from Denmark and USA: Viktor Kristoffer Lyby Tolsgaard, Thorben Hjortlund, and the author.

Brdr. Petersen – B. P. Legetøj (B. P. Toys)

By Lars Nørholm


In 1945 B.P. Toys started production of metal toys in Fredericia, Denmark. The company was started by three brothers: Svend Åge, Thorkild, and Christian Petersen. Svend Åge had always worked with metal and had worked as a metal worker for Voss. He experimented with making various kinds of toys. Almost for fun he made a relatively primitive car model, a DKW passenger car. He sold the car to a Mrs. Holm at the local toy store called 1000 Tings, on Gothersgade, in Fredericia, where it was sold for DKK 2 (Danish Kroner). The car was a huge success, and thus the foundation was laid for starting his own production.

By the end of the 1950s, toy production was over, and after only 13 years the company changed to producing gas tanks for mopeds and oil-burning heaters. At that time, there was no longer big money in toy cars, and competition was very tough from Tekno, Vilmer, and the like! “All children loved Tekno and Vilmer cars”. The company did not have the large amounts of capital that were required to buy new castings machines and make molds for new models.

Therefore, B. P. sold their molds and casting machines to a workshop in Odense, Denmark, which planned to continue production. But the project never succeeded and so everything was lost.

Interview with Svend Åge Hanghøj Petersen

NOTE: The following excerpt is from a newspaper article written by Poul Bech, Fredericia Dagblad, many years ago.

Two of my brothers who worked in Copenhagen, Thorkild and Christian, moved back to Fredericia. We owned two motorcycles and a motor boat, and it all was sold to provide the necessary start-up capital, says Svend Åge. In the autumn of 1946 we moved to other premises at Kirkestræde 16, and the production of an improved DKW car was started up on an assembly line. I think about 70,000 cars were sent to market of this type!

We later purchased three injection molding machines and tools and a new model was launched, while the DKW was dropped. The new model was a Ford V8. It became an even bigger success, so we now only produced the Ford V8 the next year, only this model! The money came in quickly and the Ford V8 became B. P.’s most popular model. In the first year, we made 3000 Fords a week and the total production probably approached 400,000. The car was sold across most of Denmark for 3.75 DKK.

Ford V8. Photo credit: private US collection.

The Ford V8 was manufactured in many colors, with red being the most common. In the company we had an efficient way to find the most popular color! The neighborhood children were invited to the factory at certain times. They were offered ice cream and were then allowed to take the car they liked best home with them. As a rule, it was the red colors that were preferred, so the factory ramped up the red models.

Three red BP on the left. Another Danish manufacturer on the right. Photo Credit: private Danish collection.

Collecting B. P. Toys

We all learned a lot and improved, and new models were sent to the market every six months. It took us a long time to develop a new model. First, a basic wooden prototype was designed and then one in clay. After the prototype model had achieved its final design, tools and molds had to be ordered. It could easily go six to seven months before we were ready for new production.

Today, there is no overall list of everything that BP has made, but the number is approx. 12-15. However, each model was produced in large numbers with relatively many variations. The finish was top-notch, and the models could almost match the quality of Tekno and Vilmer’s early production, although BP did not take the aspect ratio so seriously. The individual models did not have a consistent scale, fluctuating between 1:50 and 1:30.

The toys were sold in colorful boxes produced by a local Fredericia company called ALPAP. The name Brdr. Petersen, or BP, soon became known to the oil company of the same name, and they began a collaboration with the company. Soon one could find in the toy shops nationwide cars bearing the oil company’s brand, BP Benzin: a tank truck, gas pumps, a petrol station and a truck that transported 10 gas cylinders made of wood. [Ed: The BP symbol and color are different on the toys, so please see Part I for more details.]

Ford V8 BP tanker and gas pumps. Photo credit: private US collection.

Shell also quickly became interested and a similar agreement was reached. Brdr. Petersen never received money to advertise but instead got paid with the transfers / decals that were used on the toys.

Ford V8 articulated Shell tanker. Photo credit: private US collection.

Alongside this production, Brdr. Petersen produced the much sought-after moped and motorcycles. The range includes an NSU Quickly moped, as well as the motorcycles Nimbus and Ariel as a solo bike or with either a side-car or a small flatbed!

Nimbus with sidecar. Photo credit: private Danish collection.
Nimbus solo – click on the photo to see BP cast into the rear down tube. Photo credit: private US collection.

Brdr. Petersen is also remembered for their agricultural toys: a Massey Harris tractor with a number of implements that could be connected to the tractor. Among these tools are a two-wheeled trailer, fertilizer spreader, plow, harrow, seed drill and reaper!

Massey Harris 20 Tractor. Photo credit: private US collection.
Tractor and harvester. Photo credit: private US collection.

Alongside the car, truck, and tractor models, there was also time for other things. Thus, an unknown number of airplanes were produced to order. It was a fantasy design inspired by the comic book Jens Lyn (Ed: Danish translation of Flash Gordon!) that was popular with Danish boys at the time! Brdr. Petersen also received orders for 10,000 metal doll heads in two sizes for Algrema in North Jutland, but it is not known how many had actually been produced.

Helicopter. Photo credit: private US collection.

Also, the company tried to launch a puzzle game, but it failed. At the end of the 1950s, the production of toys ended after a total production of about 700,000 toys sold and delivered to the Danish market! Brdr. Petersen then changed production to subsequently concentrate on other, more profitable tasks!

Additional Production After Toys

The company then moved to new premises in Dahl Rasmussen’s Breeding Farm at 6 Julivej 5 in Fredericia, where they produced gas tanks as a subcontractor for Diesella, a moped manufacturer in Kolding, DK. Initially, the flat tanks were mounted to the luggage carrier, but in later production, a more modern oval tank was used on the moped. Brdr. Petersen was given an order for 10,000 tanks at 25 DKK each. The result of the work was so good that they subsequently became Diesella’s main supplier of gas tanks.

Brdr. Petersen expanded the workforce to 10-12 employees, welded tanks from morning to evening, and at some point also made tanks for S.C.O. and other Danish moped factories until the end of the 1960s, when the moped era was running out. The company was no longer able to find new markets.

Christian and Svend Åge stopped working at the company around 1965, when they both got jobs at the Carl M. Cohr Sølvvarefabrik (silverware factory). All the production equipment was sold to the Poul Christensen metal foundry, who for some years continued production in West Funen (the Danish island east of Fredericia).

Complete List of BP Products
• Ford V8 Passenger car
• Truck, semi-trailer, and semi-trailer with wooden gas bottles
• Tank truck and semi-trailer, both with Shell or BP logo
• Petrol stations
Jens Lyn airplane
• Helicopter
• Metal figures: Freedom fighter, Montgomery, and King Chr. X
• Race car (open-wheel)
• Toy iron
• Doll heads
• Nimbus motorcycle, solo, with sidecar, or with flat sidecar
• Ariel motorcycle, solo, with sidecar, or with flat sidecar
• NSU Quickly moped
• Massey Harris tractor
• Tractor accessories: Reaper-Binder, Disc harrow, Wagon, Plow, Seed drill, Fertilizer Spreader
• Wooden gas station

Seed drill. Photo credit: private US collection.
Disc harrow. Photo credit: private US collection.

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Old BP Toys from Denmark – Part I

By Karl Schnelle

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Few collectors have heard of these toys because they are from a small company started by the three Petersen brothers (Brdr. Petersen in Danish), hence BP Toys (BP Legetøj)! Only later, as we will learn, was there a connection to the BP oil and gas company. An educated guess on when they operated was from 1945/6 to 1958 or 65.

The rest of these MAR Online articles are comprised of two articles written in Danish many years ago. They are kept separate even though they contain a lot of similar information because they both refer to one of the brother’s direct comments. As a piece of Danish toy history, these two articles are published here separately so no details are lost.

In the 1980s, our first author called one of the brothers on the telephone. The brother graciously decided to talk to him so the author went to his retirement home. This is the story he wrote down after their conversation.

By J-R. M. Bjerg

The following text and photos are copyright J-R. M. Bjerg.

Many Danish children have played with toys from BP in the past. Behind this name are hidden three brothers’ names: Svend Åge, Thorkild, and Christian Hanghøj Petersen, who together formed Brdr. Petersen or BP. [Ed.: Brdr. is short for Brødre, or Brothers in Danish.]

I have been in contact with Svend Åge and have heard a little about the background of BP. Shortly after the war, around 1946, the brothers began producing toys in Fredericia, DK. They started with one of the top sellers of the time; a Ford V8 coupe. This model was distributed in the beginning by a local toy wholesaler, Mrs. Holm. Later, the negotiations were taken over by seven larger toy wholesalers. since the model was well received by both shops and children. Thus, the basis for increased production was set.

Ford V8 articulated Shell tanker, short tanker, and dropside truck. BP gas pumps in the back.

The factory then moved to new and larger premises behind the property at Kirkestraede 16, Fredericia. Here the factory installed three casting machines that were purchased in Svendborg. These could each produce 150-200 castings per hour. The machines were used extensively up to 16 hours a day. BP used the well-known zamak 410 (a zinc alloy called mazak in Great Britain). At 425-450 gr. per casting, this zamak alloy was the most suitable material, since model body castings would appear solid without seeming heavy or clumsy.

One little story worth noting is that BP tried to make a new model of a tractor, a Ferguson; however, it had already been launched by another company [Ed: Tekno made a small metal Ferguson; the less-known Molberg (Lion) made a small Massey Ferguson in metal as well; and Lego made a large, plastic Ferguson starting in 1951]. BP abandoned this model to make a Massey Harris instead. Here one has to say that the BP tractor had an advantage. BP produced several implements; in addition to a plow and cart, a disc harrow, harvester, seed planter and manure spreader were also made.

Helicopter, harvester, tiller, and tractor

In line with the demands of the time, a Ford V8 truck was also produced. Here BP worked with only one type of cab and undercarriage, after which they had a free hand to concentrate on what type of cargo bed could be mounted on the carriage frame. Several different ones were made:
• small tanker truck, Shell or BP
• small dropside trucks
• semi with tanker, Shell or BP
• semi with dropside
• semi with dropside, Shell or BP

The latter semi held gas cylinders made from wood, with Shell or BP markings. These came in big sacks from a wood factory in Aarup.

Race car, two King Christian X’s, and Montgomery

From BP, some great models of motorcycles also appeared. In April 1949 came a Nimbus with sidecar, a small flatbed or single. In 1955 came an Ariel with sidecar, flatbed, or single. [Ed: The flatbed in place of a sidecar were a common way to transport small items or boxes at that time in Denmark.] The well-known Quickly moped was also made but with extra finesse: a kickstand was added!

Toy iron , Quickly moped, and two Montgomery’s

Another interesting little story is that BP invited the neighborhood children for an ice cream at the factory and then gave them plenty of time to choose one toy in the color they preferred. It usually was the red color that won victory. Thus, most of the BP toys were painted red! In the post-war period, it was also difficult to obtain good colors, so some of the cars were painted in nail polish, which Svend Åge purchased in milk jugs, weighing approx. 40 kg each. With this, the models were painted.

The name BP soon became known to the oil company of the same name, and so they initiated a collaboration with the brothers. Therefore, Svend Åge went to Kobenhavn and made an agreement with BP, for the company to subsidize advertising on their packaging. The idea was so good that Svend contacted Shell and made an agreement with them also. The deal was that Shell paid for the transfers on the tanker trucks, gas pumps, and gas bottles.

Ford V8 coupe, dolls’s head, and farm tractor implements

At an exhibition in Kobenhavn, Svend met Egon Siegemfeldt and was invited to see the Tekno factory, but his visit was cancelled for lack of time.

Alongside BP’s own production, there was also time for other things. They produced an unknown number of airplanes by special order, so these did not come with the name BP on the bottom. The planes were a kind of fantasy machine inspired by the comic book Jens Lyn (Ed: Flash Gordon in Danish!). Also, an unknown number of doll heads the size of an adult’s fist were also made; again the name BP was not used.

Jens Lyn airplane and Shell articulated trailer

Shortly thereafter, BP sold their tools, molds and one casting machine to another workshop that wanted to continue toy production, but it turned out that it never really got started, unfortunately due to unknown reasons.

BP, no longer produced toys, switched over to making gas tanks for Danish mopeds such as Disella and others. In addition, the factory also produced gas-fired burners or stoves. The factory was finally sold in the 1960s and another chapter in Denmark toy history was over.

With thanks to Svend Åge Hanghøj Petersen, without whose help I would have never been able to write these words. If the reader has any further information, I would very much like to hear from you.

1955 press release:

BP Legetøj from Brdr. Hanghøj Petersen, Fredricia. Increasingly, their execution is top notch, which they deserve. especially the beautiful shiny lacquer, the extraordinarily careful scale modeling, and the detail work.

Right now, for the Season the factory has announced appealing new items: Ariel Motorcycle solo, with flatbed, or with sidecar, on sale respectively for Kr. 4.25 4.85 or 4.85 excl. tax. In addition, a tiny little Quickly Moped with kick stand, which the boys certainly wanted to see in our previous mopeds. The sale price here is Kr. 2.50 excluding tax. All BP goods are available through leading wholesalers.

The second article was written after this one and will be published as Part II.

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Wossat? plastic Models – solved!

By Maz Woolley

Author and contributor text copyright. Images obtained from the Internet based on images of manufacturer’s art work, and photographs of models on website.

Reader Sergio Lois Dos Santos has tracked down the models shown in the recent Wossat? article where your Editor had failed. And contrary to my speculation that they were too large to be cereal premiums they have turned out to be just that! Sergio found the answer on the fascinating website.

In 1961 Kellogs UK used six plastic sportscars as premiums. They were inserted into special Coco Pops, Frosties and Sugar Smacks boxes. Advertising for this promotion can be seen below.

A set of six large plastic cars was used with clip together parts and moveable wheels were made in six colours: grey, white, green, dark blue, red and light blue. The name of vehicle was to be found on the underside: MGA 1600, Jaguar XK150, Austin Healey 3000, Bristol 406, Sunbeam Alpine and Triumph TR3.

So that sets the Editor a challenge as there are two models that are missing from his collection. These are shown below.

Triumph TR3 copyright recognised. copyright recognised.

Austin-Healey 3000 copyright recognised. copyright recognised.

Wossat? Plastic Models

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

I recently acquired some plastic models. All approximately three inches (7.5cm) in length. The upper portion is moulded in a soft plastic whilst the lower section is in a harder grey plastic. The upper part has four small lugs moulded in that fit through holes in the chassis and the lug is then moulded into a cap to retain it. The wheels are plastic mouldings and they attach to four lugs extending out of the chassis which are again moulded into a cap shape to retain them. The name of the vehicle is moulded into the base, in some cases it is part of the mould and in others the lettering has been pressed in by a hot tool. There is no manufacturer’s markings of any kind that I can see.

I have no idea who made these toys and having exhausted my reference works I am asking you, our readers, to identify the maker and tell me when they were made, and where if you can!

Sunbeam Alpine

Rather a caricature here with the front end being pretty inaccurate it obviously represents and earlier series Alpine with the larger rear fins and split window top. The Series One Alpine was made from 1959 to 1960.

Bristol 406

Again not very accurate as a model, lacking the characteristic front air intake. And sadly it has lost the ends of the front bumper as well. But apart from Spot On who else made a Bristol model.? The 406 was introduced in 1958.

MGA 1600

May 1959 the MGA 1600 was introduced to replace the previous 1500cc version. Here there has been a little more effort at capturing features of the real car with quite a good representation of the MGA Grille moulded in. The wrap around rear screen of the coupe is also included although being unglazed it looks a little strange.

Jaguar XK150

Recognisably an XK 150 Coupe even with the hugely over high side windows. Another vehicle introduced in the late 1950s, 1957 to be precise. Like the MG there is some detail captured such as the 150s chrome strip to the number plate area on the boot and a moulded in Jaguar radiator on the front.

I am sure someone must know who made these. I suspect they would have been produced at the start of the 1960s reflecting vehicles current when the model maker made the master for the moulds. They look too large and finished for cereal premiums and rather smaller than many of the cheap plastic models of the time. Were they sold as a set or with some other model? I will be fascinated to hear from readers.

Jada JDM Tuners

By Robin Godwin

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

On sale at Walmart in Canada and the US is a Jada Toys ( series called JDM Tuners in roughly 1:60ish scale. It is a series of Japanese high performance cars liveried in different tuner styles, which may or may not be fictitious (see photographs below). ‘JDM Tuners‘ is a registered trademark of Jada Toys Inc, but is remarkably close (not by accident, I’m guessing) to JDM Legends ( of Salt Lake City, Utah. JDM Legends specialises in restoration and importation of full size Japanese Domestic Market automobiles. They were founded in 2008, and currently have a popular reality television show (less the silly dramatics of most reality shows) which details projects in progress. Jada’s JDM series has been around for two years, and I have seen five separate releases, all numbered the same, just to confuse things. I have only picked up the Toyota Supra models which include silver, metallic grey, white, metallic blue, and this red one. Jada prints licensing details for Honda, Acura, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota on the back, but not for any of the Tuners names they use, hence my suspicion that they are fictitious. I have yet to see either a Mazda or a Subaru in the series. Aside from the vehicles shown on the back of the card in the photo, there are also different versions of a 1986 Toyota Trueno (AE86), 1973 Datsun 510 Widebody, 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10), and a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34).

The Supra has appeared in all five issues, with both wheel and rear spoiler variations, and similar variations appear with the other castings as well. Generally the models are well made, with diecast body and base, rubber tires on realistic wheels, superb paint and flush glazing which would put many 1:43 scale collector models to shame. The Supra features a well detailed interior including a roll cage, emphasising the sporting intentions. These retail for less than $6.00 Canadian (or about 4 pre-Brexit UK pounds) so are good value, but economies have to be exercised somewhere, and that means tampo printed head and taillights, black for all the Supras. The shape of the body is pretty good, but the roof is too flat when compared to really accurate 1:43 scale Supra models, and this definitely detracts from the beautiful lines of this 1990s supercar.

The cars come in a fully enclosed blister, so those so inclined can keep the card artwork once the packaging is open. The cards are specific to each model in each colour

The red Supra and others shown on the back of the card are the second issue of the series

Not so evident from this angle is the slightly flattened roofline. Headlights are black tampo

Fine tampo printing on rear, including taillights. Very fine flush glazing for what is sold as a cheap toy in Walmart

Chinese Contract Diecasting

By Maz Woolley

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

Having given my MAR Online Editor business cards to several Chinese companies at the London Toy Fair earlier this year I have had emails from Chinese companies eager for me to buy their products or to use their services. These are usually dry business circulars but one recently sent to me is full of pictures and information. Given the veil of secrecy that covers the production of models in China I think a look at the story they tell will be of interest to many of us who wonder where, and how, our models are made in China.

The companies name is TongTong Renhe which was founded in 2003 as a precision model maker and which operates under the TT brand. They are based in Shenzen Dapeng New which is part of the attrractive coastal Longang District in Guandong. They offer all stages of model making from research and development, through 3D design and mould making, to final production, They seem to mainly focus upon cars, container lorries, and fire trucks but that is not all that they produce as shown later.

Based in a pretty typical medium size industrial unit.

The Factory

The pictures shown below were provided by the company and show carious aspects of the factory unit. The unit is clearly not in use when the photographs were taken and the operatives look like they have been included for effect, the person spraying is doing so with an empty spray gun for example!

The company goal which is about striving to reach the heights by working together
Rest and lecture areas as well as production facilities
Work benches for design area and boxes of finished models on view
Production line and work stations
Production machinery ready for work
More machinery
Another corner of the production area
Many machines are not automated
Spray booth being shown off

The products

Many of the products shown appear to be for the Chinese home market but others are clearly geared towards exports. Models are made to a variety of scales. First we will look at the 1:18 scale models

1:18 Scale Construction Vehicles
1:18 Scale Unnamed SUV
1:18 Scale Borgward Isabella
1:18 Scale Mazda MX5
1:18 Scale Mazda MX5 rear
1:18 Scale Sinotruck Tractor with Articulated Container carrier
1:18 Scale Sitrak Tractor with Articulated Container carrier
1:!8 scale La Ferrari

1:24 Scale

Sitrak (MAN and Sinotruck alliance) Fire Appliance
Ground to Air Missile System

1:43 Scale

1:43 Scale WTCC car surely produced for European brand.

1:48 Scale

Chinese Fighter aircraft. with a full cabinet of models behind

1:72 Scale

1:72 scale SInotruck tipper

Not to scale

How an earth do they not topple over? Fully laden display Container ship
A historic ship for display

The only product bearing a recognisable emblem is the Fighter Aircraft which has a box with the AF1 logo on it. Yet AF1 are a separate company also based in Donguan, perhaps they subcontract work to TT from time to time or there are other links.

Although many of the models are obviously aimed at the home market, and in particular the executive offices of those running trucks, ships and other vehicles, they are also clearly intent on selling models abroad with overseas partners.

It is interesting to see where our models are made and this type of contractor is the source of many of our models. The large number of new western brands of 1:18 scale metal models would not exist without such firms being able to develop and produce models to fit into a branded box sold by a Western firm..

2012 London Olympic Coca-Cola HAPPY BUS Pull-Back Promo Cars.

By Jerry J. Broz

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. Translation from Japanese by Fumiaki Ishihama.

The previous two articles about Coca-Cola Japan Promotion Campaigns, entitled “2005 Coca-Cola VW New Beetle Pull-Back Promo Cars” and the “2016 Coca-Cola Delivery Miniature CarCollection“, featured Coca-Cola liveried miniature models of various delivery cars, trucks and vans, in small sizes all promoted in conjunction with Coca-Cola drinks. The models were made in China, to no particular scale, and exclusively for Japan’s Coca-Cola Promotion Company.

Combining the promotion of 2012 London Olympic Games with Coca-Cola Drinks, the Coca-Cola Japan Promotion introduced a promotional campaign called “Happy Bus“, which featured the famous Red London Double-Decker Bus. (The Red Double-Decker buses in London have basically become a national symbol of England.) For a limited time, the Happy Bus were produced as a give-away item with the purchase of a bottle of Coca-Cola drink from local convenience stores.

The miniature London Double-Decker Buses were exclusive to the Coca-Cola Japan Promotion Company and not available on any open model car market in Japan, the USA, or rest of the World. As such, the individual buses are very hard-to-find and the complete sets are rare.

The “Happy Bus” promotion consisted of 4 identical London Double-Decker buses (design A, B, C, and D), moulded in dark red ABC resin, and set apart by four different sets of, tampo printed, decorations of the Coca-Cola, 2012 London Olympic logos, slogans, Union Jack, Coke bottle/bottles and other signs. Only the right side and top of the buses were decorated. The left side has the upper and bottom sides of windows and the entrance door at the front of the bus.

The basic design of these models interpreted and captured the visual character of London Double-Decker Bus quite well, including the moulded-in and painted details, which include the front and rear bumpers, license plates, grille, front and rear lights. The models were powered by a “Pull-Back” motor. The identification of each car was moulded into the baseplate – (Coca-Cola, HAPPY BUS, and the design A, B, C,or D).

All models had blackout windows, and were made in China to no particular scale. See the size of the “Happy Bus” in comparison with the size of a US Quarter coin.

The four London Double-Decker Buses were inserted in clear blisters (shaped to confirm to the shape of bus) in order to be clearly seen when on display. Using folded tabs, the blisters were attached to the front of the cards (identical for all four buses except  identification of the design). The card itself was then folded in such a way that the ends formed a holder by which the carded “Happy Bus” slides around the neck of the Coke Bottle.

The front, colourful and catchy side of the card lists identification of the product:

PULL BACK CAR – under that is the line
Design (A,B,C or D) and All 4 Types
Opposite of this is a combined logo of the
Olympic Rings, Coke Bottle and British Flag.
Under this logo is, in English
Coca-Cola” logo plus the line
Worldwide Partner.

On top of the back side of the card, under the “ache face” is a line that clearly states “Do not put in mouth“. Adjacent is a red square, “For age over 6“, and next to that is a list of the materials used to make the Happy Bus. These include the Body: ABC resin, Gear: POM resin, Tires: ABC resin / TPE resin, Screw / Shaft: Steel.

On the very right side is Made in China, and 2012 Not for Sale. And under that “For age over 6

<Contact information about this item>
Coca-Cola HAPPY BUS Pull Back Car Office.
Free dial 0120-403-990.
Available hours: 10:00-17:00 (except Sat, Sun, National Holiday).
This campaign ends after item is no longer available.
COCA-COLA & COCA-COLA are registered trademarks of
The Coca-Cola Company

!Cautions when use (please be sure to read)
1st black circle (bc) indicates: This item is pull-back toy car and it is not intended for any other application.
2nd bc: Keep out of reach from small children to avoid risk of accidental ingestion.
3rd bc: Never disassemble, drop or throw.
4th bc: Handle with care to avoid injury from sharp edges.
5th bc: Avoid contacting the rotating wheels with hair or clothing in order prevent tangling.
6th bc: Do not use the strong force when handling the
model, as it will lead to damage.
7th bc: Do not play with toy, if damaged or deformed.
8th bc: Do not place to near heat for extended periods of time as it can cause injury, damage, or deformation due to the hot temperatures.

These miniature models of the Red London Double-Decker Buses would make a great addition to any collection of Red London Double-Decker Buses.

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Corgi – July/December Announcements

By Maz Woolley

Text by, and copyright of the Author. Illustrations provided by Hornby Hobbies.

Hornby Hobbies has recently announced the Corgi products for the second half of 2018. There are no new castings and little sign that any major changes being made by the new management team. Perhaps we will start to see those in 2019? Though the fact that prices are not being significantly increased shows that Hornby are finally realising that the market for their models is price sensitive.

Product Revivals

The sales of the film and TV tie-in products from Corgi are substantial and the products are carried by a wider range of retailers. Of recent years the emphasis has been on reproductions of earlier James Bond models but this time the models celebrate 50 year anniversaries of two films: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Magical Mystery Tour.

I am sure that Beatles fans the world over will buy the re-released models and that the Chitty will sell in respectable numbers as nostalgia for childhood and for the films of the late 60s is still strong.

03502CC Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 


05401CC Yellow Submarine 

42418CC Magical Mystery Tour Bus 


85925CC Paddington Bear Taxi

This will come in special packaging and will include a
Paddington Bear Figure. This will certainly be a good tie-in but Hornby need to be quicker with negotiiating deals like this Paddington 2 has already been released so the model is coming along a bit late to catch the maximum sales.


Aviation Archive

Here Corgi has created new liveries on castings which have already been seen in a variety of other liveries. Whilst the liveries are undoubtedly attractive ones one wonders how many versions of the same casting Corgi can sell. Looking on eBay many of the previous versions of these castings sell for considerably less than the latest models recommended price and only very popular and scarce ones attract a premium.


34018AA Consolidated B24H Liberator

‘Male Call’ of 453rd Bombardment Group 8th AF 1944
Jimmy Stewart


38109AA Sopwith F.1 Camel, No.3 Squadron RNAS

Lloyd S Breadner
Bray Dunes Aerodrome 1918


38808AA Do17Z-10 R4+LK I/NJG 2

Gilze – Rijen October 1940 – sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.



38906AA Fokker D.VII (OAW) 4649/18

‘Seven Swabians’ Alfred Bader Jasta 65 September 1918

Sadly the artwork from Hornby has a large watermark on it.


Original Omnibus


46514AOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL2 Ilford Station

46514BOM Wright Eclipse Gemini 2,
Go-Ahead East London Transit
EL1 Thames View Estate

46713AOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats


46713BOM Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck),
Transdev The Shuttle 662
Bradford via Bingley



At the risk of repeating myself we are seeing the same small range of castings again and again in different colours. Whilst some of the new colours are quite eye catching and may well persuade people to buy another version of the model the market for yet more of the same must be shrinking.

In many cases the castings are now looking old and basic. The Morris Minor for example has cast in window ventilators which are painted body colour, black printed line round the screen and a clumsy grille. Partwork models are superior to this in many cases.

The Land Rover in Military Police livery is different and will I suspect be a popular release as will the 1275 Mini in Special Tuning livery.

But taken as a whole the release is disappointing as it has been for about 3 years now.  I hope that this is just a  holding exercise before the new management re-launch Vanguards with some new castings.


VA02541 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1, Almond Green


VA05212 Ford Granada Mk1 3.0 Ghia, Jade Green


VA05810 Morris Minor 1000Turquoise


VA06713 Triumph Spitfire, Mk3 Saffron


VA09524 Ford Escort Mk1 Twincam, Blue Mink


VA10111 Triumph Stag Mk2, British Racing Green


VA10509 Triumph TR7 FHC, Triton Green


VA10712 MGB Roadster, Acconite Purple


VA10818 Ford Capri Mk3 3.0S, Arizona Bronze


VA11117 Land Rover Series 1 80”, Military Police


VA11509 Triumph TR5, Jasmine Yellow


VA12612 Ford Escort Mk2 RS Mexico, Signal Yellow (Forrest Arches)


VA13507 Mini 1275GT Special Tuning, Press Launch Car,
Auto Car Magazine


VA13605 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI

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Oxford Diecast – Release 2 2018

By Maz Woolley

Text by the Author. All cell drawings and listings provided by Oxford Diecast.

Oxford Diecast has announced their second release of 2018. Again there is a slight increase in the price of models but not a large one like many other ranges have had in recent months.

The models are currently only illustrated by cell drawings or CAD diagrams and no pre-production shots are available to share at this point. I include the cells were they are new tooling or a particularly interesting variation on an existing casting.

For 1:43 scale collectors there are only a small number of releases and only one new tooling a Bedford CF Ice Cream Van. I am sure that in later releases that will make its way to 1:76 and 1:148 ranges too. It is a vehicle overdue for a modern model and I do hope Oxford intends to produce a conventional van or even a camper van in future releases.

A first is a model to 1:50 scale. This is extending their very successful JCB licensing into a larger scale and I am sure that it will prove to be a popular model despite it costing more than Oxford 1:18 models. Talking of which there are no new 1:18 scale models in this release.

The Westland Dragonfly looks very impressive  though there are already many questions about its authenticity as the Dragonfly was a copy of the Sikorsky built under licence and there are various fuselage features which differ from original to copy and even between the Westland versions produced.

In 1:76 highlights include a Duple Commander initially in Southdown livery but sure to appear in more liveries next release and even as 1:148 I expect at some point in the future. We also see a Ford Zodiac Mark II appear in the range to accompany the second release of the 315 Capri in a nice blue and white two tone. A Burrell traction engine appears in this scale which I believe was supposed to have the non-scale living wagon to go with it until someone got the measurements wrong in the factory.

We get to see an Austin Maxi finally appear in an industrial diecast range not my favourite colour but I am sure that it will sell well none the less. Maybe it will bee precursor to Maestros and Montegos which are often asked for by collectors.

The Range Rover 3rd generation in 1:76 will be a very popular item and apart from obvious missing links like a couple of generations of Discovery Oxford is not far off creating a full history of Land Rover. Land Rovers also appear in two new and appealing sets. One a Universities overland expedition which was the subject of a contemporary documentary and the RAF Bloodhound kit reminiscent of the old RAF Corgi set.

In 1:87 the US series gets several new castings: Chrysler 300 Convertible from 1961; a 1968 Dodge Charger; a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona; aDodge D100 Sweepside pickup; and a 1946 De Soto Suburban. If these models continue to be made to the very high standard that the recent 1:87 releases have been I am sure they will all be very successful even if they area little dearer than the 1:76 scale models.

Finally to the tiny 1:148 models made with plastic bodies and a diecast baseplate.  There are a surprising number of people collecting this scale of models and not just to go with model railways. However just two new tools this time the Land Rover Discovery 4  and the Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​.

Many 1:43 collectors have been voluble online about the gradual reduction of output from Oxford in this scale especially of ordinary cars. Many have been disappointed with the few models available this time. 1:76 truck collectors have also noted the lack of new tooling this release. Keeping everyone happy and keeping an eye on product quality is obviously a big challenge for Oxford. The Showman’s wagon being made with incorrect scaling applied is perhaps a symptom that Oxford are struggling to control production in China, it certainly fits with the concern over the quality of finish on some models.

1:43 Scale


43CF001 Bedford CF Ice Cream Van/Morrison Mr Whippy​
New Tooling

43LAN188024 Land Rover Series I 88″ Canvas Bronze Green (Plimsoll)​

43LR2AS003 Land Rover Series IIA SWB Station Wagon Pastel Green​

43LRL006 Land Rover Lightweight Hard Top Fred Dibnah

43RRP3003 Rolls Royce Phantom III SDV Mulliner Claret/Black​

43RRP5003 Rolls Royce Phantom V James Young Windsor Blue​

MIN014N Pink Floral Mini Car – Wedding Wrap​

1:50 Scale


50FST001 JCB Fastrac​
New Tooling

1:72 Scale Aviation

72BE002 Twin Beech – FT996-811-HF 728 Squadron RNAS Hal Far Malta 1948​

72DG003 DH84 Dragon EI- ABI IOLAR​

72WD001 Westland Dragonfly Royal Navy WH991 Yorkshire Air Museum​ New Tooling

AC089 Lavochkin LA7 Sergei Federovich Dolgushin – 156 Fighter Reg. 1945​

1:76 scale

76BM02003 BMW 2002 Taiga Green​Scale: 1:76

76D28003 DAF 3300 Short Van Trailer Pollock​

76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown​
New Tooling

76DEF016 Land Rover Defender LWB Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76DXF004 DAF XF Euro 6 Livestock Transporter Skeldons​

76EC003 ERF EC Flatbed Trailer Pollock

76ETYP012 Jaguar E Type Soft Top Imperial Maroon

76ETYP014 Jaguar E Type Silver Blue

76FB6004 Fowler B6 Showmans Loco No.14425 – Carry On

76FCC002 Ford Consul Capri Caribbean Turquoise/Ermine White​

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)

76FG004 Ford Galaxy Black​

76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground​

76FS004 Ford Sierra Sapphire Moonstone Blue

76FT3008 Ford Transit Mk3 British Gas​

76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines​

76FZ001 Ford Zodiac MkII Shark Blue/Pompadour Blue​
New Tooling

76GDSF001 Burrell 8nhp DCC Showmans Locomotive Masterpiece​
New Tooling

76J4003 Austin J4 Van Southern Electricity​

76JAG2007 Jaguar MkII Carmen Red​

76JFP003 Jaguar F Pace Italian Racing Red

76JS002 JCB JS220 Millionth Machine

76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown


76LAN2020 Land Rover Series 2 LWB Canvas Bluebird Land Speed Record 1960​

76LR2S006 Land Rover Series II SWB Canvas REME​

76LR3S002 Land Rover Series III Hard Top AA​

76LR3S004 Land Rover Series III SWB Canvas Royal Navy

76LRDF011 Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon Hong Kong Police​

76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird

76MMS006 Morris Minor MM Saloon Clarendon Grey​

76MMT010 Morris Traveller Limeflower​


76MX001 Austin Maxi Tara Green​
New Tooling

76NMN007 New Mini Chili Red/White​

76NQ2002 Nissan Qashqai J11 Pearl Black Metallic​

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services​

76P4004 Rover P4 Stone Grey/Juniper Green​

76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton​

76QLD007 Bedford QLD RAF 2nd Tactical A F -84 Grp 1944

76RAN005 Range Rover Vogue Aintree Green Metallic

76REL005 Reliant Regal Supervan Blue​

76RP006 Rover P6 Corsica Blue​


76RR3001 Range Rover 3rd Generation Bonatti Grey​
New Tooling

76SCT007 Scania Car Transporter Robinsons Autologistics​

76SET61 3 Piece Set BMW​

76SET62 3 Piece Set Bubble Car​

76SET63 3 Piece Set Hong Kong Police​


76SET64 2 Piece Set First Overland


76SET65 Bloodhound Missile Set

76SFE010 Scania CP31 Pump Ladder Shropshire Fire & Rescue​

76SHP007 Sherpa Van Telephone Service​

76SM003 Sherman MkIII 18 Arm.Reg -4th NZ Arm.Brg.Italy 1944​

76SOM002 Austin Somerset Buckingham Green​

76T4002 VW T4 Van Grey White


76T5V001 VW T5 Van RAC​
New Tooling

76TAC006 TACR2 RAF St. Mawgan (Red)

76TR4004 Triumph TR4 103MU – RAF Akrotiri Cyprus

76TX4008CC TX4 Taxi Coca Cola

76VEL002 Range Rover Velar SE Fuji White​

76VWS002 VW T1 Camper Turquoise/White​

76WOT002 Ford WOT1 Crash Tender RAF Catterick (Red)

76XJS006 Jaguar XJS White (The Saint)

76XR006 Ford Escort XR3i Caspian Blue​

1:87 Scale


87CC61001 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1961 (Open) Mardi Gras Red​
New Tooling

87CP65005 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965 White


87DC68001 Dodge Charger 1968 Bright Red​
New Tooling


87DD69001 Dodge Charger Daytona 1969 Black​
New Tooling


87DP57001 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pick Up 1957 Tropical Coral/Glacier White​ New Tooling


87DS46001 DeSoto Suburban 1946-48 Noel Green​
New Tooling

1:148 scale


NDIS001 Land Rover Discovery 4 Ipanema Sand​
New Tooling

NFDE004 Ford 400E Van Royal Mail​

NFT021 Ford Transit Mk5 Stobart Fleet Maintenance

NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District​

NMN007 Mini Car RAF


NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue​
New Tooling

NNMN005 New Mini British Racing Green and Union Jack

NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire

NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars



SP140 Showmans Living Caravan​
New Tooling

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Collecting M&M Model and Toy Cars

By Jerry Broz

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

M&Ms, the round, button-shaped chocolate candies, originated in
the United States in 1941. Since 1980, the candy coated  chocolate candies have been sold across the world in more than 100 countries.

They are available in many different colors and in various flavors.
Through the years the M&Ms brand grew and this brought about
additional lines of merchandise produced under the M&M logo.
Early black-and-white TV adverts for the candies were featured as
the now world famous two, computer-animated, personified M&Ms
candy characters. Now there are hundreds of plastic, plush and stuffed candy characters, candy dispensers, figures, lamps, candy dishes, clock, ornaments, jewellery, pins, toppers to name just a few. For the collectors of items produced under M&M logo, there is even the M&M Collectors Club, Mars Candy’s sponsorship of NASCAR race cars with the M&M logo has led to the licensing of M&M logo and M&M liveried die-cast, resin, slot and plastic model cars and kits. This is in addition to an already well established line of toy cars, trucks, fire engines, motorcycles and airplanes. The six M&Ms personified spokes candy characters, the additional M&M lines of merchandise and, as well as, the toy cars have become popular collectables.

An interesting themed collection can be created from one or all of the following M&Ms model and toy cars.

M&M’s liveried Revell/Monogram Model Racing 1:32 scale
VW Fun Cup analog slot car, winner of 25 hours Spa 2010
Runs on all slot racing tracks.

M&M‘s liveried Spark 1:43 scale resin VW Fun Cup TDI
Spa 2009 and Kyle Bush Action Racing #18 M&M‘s
Caramel 1:64 scale die-cast Toyota Camry.

M&M‘s Racing Team, Motorworks Elliot Sander’s #38
NASCAR 1;32 scale Radio-Remote Control Ford, the likeness
of the same car is available in the 1;64 scale (pictured) and
in the 1;24 scale. The cars’  full functions features: Forward,
Reverse, Left/Right Turn, & Stop. Adjustable Front Wheel
Alignment, On/Off Switch,

M&M‘s one of the numerous pick-ups and trucks with a
various loads and equipment, driven by M character.

M&M‘s Police Car candy dispenser. Two police uniform
dressed M characters. The car features both a siren and
flashing lights on the roof.

M&M‘s Fire Engine Candy Dispenser with lights on top
and blaring siren imitating the real fire engine sound.
Expand and lift the ladder or push the button on the
side of the truck to activate the lights and siren. Red M
character is the driver with yellow aboard the ladder.

M&M‘s  “Under the Hood” yellow race car candy dispenser
with yellow and red M characters. This candy dispenser
was also produced in red as a Christmas gift.

Official M&Mâs Limited Edition Collectable Five Alarm Red’s
Firehouse Fire Truck Candy Dispenser. To fill the dispenser,
the top of the car is lifted. When pushing down on ladder,
the candies are dispensed. Red M character is the driver
with Yellow, in a firemans hat, on the back.

M&M‘s brown ceramic cruiser “Woody” with red and
green M characters. Woody is one of many ceramic cars
and ceramic car candy dishes, e.g., Halloween Hot Rod,
Red Convertible Sport Car, Limo Car, Blue “Fire 57”
Chevy convertible, etc., as well as a porcelain Valentine
Hot Rod. All driven by M characters.

M&M‘s NASCAR #36 race car collectible metal candy
container and, Volkswagen Love Bug collectible metal
candy can. Metal was also used for the M&M‘s lunchboxes.

M&M‘s Vintage Motorcycle with side car and a Blue M
character as a Patriotic Freedom Rider.

M&M‘s Vintage ‘90 yellow Hot Road race car jalopy
“Rebel without a Clue Cause” candy dispenser with red
and green M characters.

M&M‘s simple Radio-Remote Control toy car convertible
with a yellow M character as a driver. The drive system
(forward/reverse) operates independently of the steering
(left/right). Unfortunately, the car isn’t particularly fast.