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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.


 

Avon Calling! Fords from Avon

By Dave Turner

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Ed: With a challenge like a GM Avon Corvette how could a Ford man resist showing off the range of Ford products from Avon!

These were actually featured by Don Elliott in MAR 16 back in December 1985 and this black Model T produced in 1969/70 was described by him as a Touring T. Approximating to 1911 before the Tourer got doors for the driver the label under this calls it simply “Veteran Car” and it contained 180cc of “Windjammer” after shave. The part of the moulding that represents the steering wheel is centrally located while based on the wheelbase it scales out to around 1:25. An extremely basic black plastic moulding represents the roof and front screen frame while the stopper is the spare wheel cover on the tail. This same casting was issued again in 1978 exactly the same but this time finished in silver and was illustrated in MAR 18.

In MAR 17 a further but slightly later Model T was illustrated and was issued by Avon in 1973 called “Country Vendor”. This represented an open sided van that was often called an express in 1921, from which produce etc was displayed and sold. Most of the upper body on this decanter was a plastic mounding.

Going back to MAR 16 in which Avons 1930 Model A Roadster was illustrated although Don described it as 1928. The flat topped and tall hood would suggest that it is a ’30. Once again this contained “Windjammer” after shave (120cc) the stopper being located inside the plastic rumble seat/spare wheel moulding. These were issued by Avon 1972-74. Again using the wheelbase as a guide this is slightly smaller than the T being closer to 1:29.

Produced 1976/7, Avon issued a 1936 Five Window Coupe in around 1:28 scale containing “Oland” aftershave this time measured as 5 fluid oz. A plastic complete rear end hides the stopper in this case while stick-on labels represent the grille and wheels.

A smaller size of decanter began with a 1955 Thunderbird hardtop for 1974/75 containing just 2 fluid oz of “Wild Country” after shave. This works out at around 1:34 scale and was followed for 1976-78 by a 1964 Mustang Coupe in which was 2 fluid oz of “Tai Winds” aftershave, this container working out to 1:38.

The most recent Ford so far found as an Avon decanter is the F Series pick up in Ranger package form that was issued for 1972-74 as a Camper with a plastic camper body that dispensed talcum in addition to the 5 fluid oz. of “Wild Country” aftershave in the cab section. The grille, windows, wheels and striping are in the form of stick-on labels although the grille pattern appears to combine a mixture of the ’71 and ’73 details. For 1978/9 this was issued once again but without the camper top. The entire pick up body aft of the cab is a plastic moulding concealing the stopper. As for the scale, assuming we have a ’73 F250 it is around 1:31.

While on the Avon theme, a couple of Fords came in their 1984 pewter collection. These took the form of rather poorly proportioned 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop and 1964 Mustang Coupe, the same as their decanters. The Thunderbird especially is obviously far too narrow in relation to its length the Mustang a trifle less so, both have rather ‘lowline’ roofs and are extremely heavy!

Illustrations

1 and 2 Avon 1:29 ceramic decanter: 1930 Model A Roadster.

3 and 4 Avon 1:28 ceramic decanter: 1936 Five Window Coupe

5 and 6 Avon 1:25 ceramic decanter: 1911 Model T Tourer

7 and 8 Avon 1:38 ceramic decanter: 1964 Mustang Coupe

9 and 10 Avon 1:34 ceramic decanter: 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop

11 and 12 Avon 1:48 pewter : 1955 Thunderbird Hardtop

13 and 14 Avon 1:53 pewter: 1964 Mustang Coupe

15 Avon Thunderbird and Mustang underside.

16 and 17 Avon 1:31 ceramic decanter: 1972(?) F250 Ranger

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Jello and Chips- Part Two

By Robin Godwin

Except where otherwise acknowledged all pictures are by the Author.

In January 2018, I wrote an article on General Foods CanadaFamous Car Picture Wheels” and mentioned that there was a second series of coins produced perhaps a year or two later – “Famous Aircraft of the World.” This series must have been produced in 1962 or 1963, as the last entries in the series are the De Havilland Trident and John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule, both from 1962 (Glenn was the first US Astronaut to orbit the earth in Feb 1962).

The main difference with the aircraft series is that they are organized by role rather than era. The photos clearly show the roles represented, with role exceptions being the first 25 coins, called “Pioneers” which includes a bit of Greek mythology, and the final 25, called “Others” which includes missiles, gyroplanes and hovercraft. There are only a few helicopters that appear in the “Transports” section, but I’m surprised they didn’t warrant their own section.

The booklet was compiled and written by James A. Hornick, a noted Canadian Aviation journalist at the time. Illustrations were done by Don Watt.

The back of the Aircraft coins includes the Hostess (Chips) brand name, which was missing from the Car wheels (see photo in my earlier article).

Image from the Web

So this is another great little bit of nostalgic collectability from the 60s. If you are interested in seeing more coins you can “Google” “famous aircraft of the world jello coins” and look for the Google images.

The full carousel of 200 airplane coins, colour coded by role/theme. Note “partially cloudy” blue sky colour

Detailed 76 page booklet with descriptions and specifications for each coin. There is also a section at the back explaining aerodynamics, with some expanded detail on aircraft structures and engines. Booklet and carousel were mail-order items from General Foods

Initial coin for each role as identified at top of coin

Who would have known back in 1962 or 1963 when the author was 12 that he would serve in the Canadian Air Force for his whole career, and among others, fly each type shown here. The Link Trainer was in use when I went through pilot selection in Toronto in 1973. I’d like to say that these coins provided inspiration for my later career, but they had been in storage and forgotten in my parents attic for years when I joined the Air Force.


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Ford in Miniature – An Edible Transit

By Dave Turner

Editor’s Note: After the recent articles on Jell-O premiums by Robin Godwin and Chocolate Land Rovers by Mike Pigott, Dave has followed up with an edible Ford Transit which like the chocolate Land Rovers has been eaten rather than collected.

Pictures by, and copyright of, the Author.   

As Robin Godwin was kind enough to point out the Jell-O Ford Frontenac it inspired me to respond with another loosely connected item.

Here are some images of my 2010 Transit – that I still run-  and even more frightening, that ‘figure’ was said to represent me! Needless to say, as the cake was made about the time the van was new, it hasn’t lasted as well as the good old Transit and is now long gone – I’m glad I preserved it on film


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Chocolate Land Rovers

By Mike Pigott

All photographs by, and copyright of the Author.

On a recent trip to Antwerp in Belgium, we visited an upmarket, specialist chocolate store located in a former palace just off the central square. The shop, called The Chocolate Line, featured a large range of gourmet chocolates and several large chocolate sculptures on display. One product that caught my eye was a window box containing five model Land Rovers in assorted colours. My first impression was that it contained diecast models, possibly a set of 1:76 scale models by Oxford Diecast or Cararama, both of which use a similar packaging style. Closer inspection revealed them to be one-piece mouldings without separate wheels or interiors. Admittedly I should have realised that as I was in chocolate shop, they must be made of chocolate; but instead of being in the customary brown and cream colours of chocolate novelties, they were in five very unusual shades with a glittery sheen. Anyway, I went ahead and treated myself to a set.

 

Although The Chocolate Line’s logo is an ocean liner, the company uses a long-wheelbase Land Rover Defender for publicity purposes; supposedly because they travel around the globe to source the finest cocoa beans. The chocolate Defenders were officially licensed by Land Rover and were heavily promoted on the Belgian distributor’s website.

 

As described on the packaging, the Land Rovers were not your average chocolate treats. They were actually made from chocolate-coated praline, with the unique fondant fillings designed by famous Belgian chefs and chocolatiers. The flavours were concocted especially for this set by the chefs who, incidentally, were all Land Rover drivers. They were very unusual flavours for chocolate pralines, inspired very much by modern fusion cuisine. Although the chefs were Belgian, there was a noticeable Japanese influence in three of the Defenders.

The gold Defender was created by the founder of The Chocolate Line, Dominique Persoone. It was made with hazelnut praline and key lime, and was probably the best tasting of the five. The black car was by Sergio Herman, and had the unusual fusion of salted caramel and sakura (Japanese cherry blossom). The red vehicle by Jonnie Boer was gin flavoured. David Martin’s green Land Rover was made with Miso (Japanese soya bean paste) plus fine Okinawa salt. Finally, the white one was also Japanese-inspired; Gert De Mangeleer produced a very odd concoction of koji (fermented rice) and green Matcha tea.

It has to be said that the taste of some of the Defenders was somewhat… interesting. They no longer appear on The Chocolate Line website, and it appears the set was intended as a limited-edition release. As praline can go off after a while, it is not really possible to keep the Land Rovers in mint condition. Throughout my many years of model car collecting, these remain the only ones I have actually eaten!


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Jello and Chips (or Crisps, if you must)

By Robin Godwin

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. 

In North America, we call it “jello,” a gelatin dessert (Jell-O is actually a brand/trademark name, and jello, like “hoover” to you Brits, (for virtually any vacuum, or as a verb… to hoover the kitchen… ) has become a generic term). I believe jello is called jelly in the UK, and of course jelly means something else across the pond.

When we North Americans want a thinly sliced fried potato snack, we eat some chips, whereas it’s crisps in the UK. I’m guessing that jello and chips or jelly and crisps were staples of every nine-year olds’ diet in the 1960s. It is a bonus when one can nurture one’s interest in automobiles when eating these delicacies. So it was in 1960 (plus or minus a year) when General Foods (GF) Ltd. of Canada introduced the “Famous Car Picture Wheels.”  These plastic wheels were available in every Jell-O product and, a short while later, in 10-cent bags of Hostess Potato Chips (also a GF brand). They started with Jell-O boxes, but likely the company executives determined it would take too long to acquire the full collection of 200 wheels – a challenge even for a jello-loving nine-year old, so the wheels were added to the chips. Reference to the collection, however, is strictly to Jell-O.

Each plastic wheel has a numbered, full-colour cardboard picture insert of a specific automobile. While the coins were free in the food items, the poker-chip style carousel designed to hold the full collection of 200 wheels, along with a descriptive booklet or “Fact Book”, were mail order purchases from GF in Cobourg, Ontario. The carousel features eight columns of 25 wheels each, to divide the collection into eight eras, with each era being colour coded. The first era covers 1769 to 1899, with subsequent columns/eras covering only a decade, except for the last, which only covers 1960 and 1961, the issue period of the series. Many significant cars are covered, with an emphasis on North American production, naturally. Curiously, there is no VW Beetle, despite being imported into Canada from 1952, but the much less common Karmann Ghia did get its own wheel.

The artwork on the wheels and in the fact book are “evocative of the era,” similar to early Dinky Toy catalogues. Unfortunately, the artist is not mentioned, but it could be Don Watt, who was credited with the illustrations on the similar second General Foods issue of “Famous Aircraft of the World” . The fact book was compiled by J. Ralph Turner, then president of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, and was also available in French, Canada’s other official language.

I am certain that this was a Canada only promotion, and several points support this conclusion. I worked in Washington, DC for five years in the early 2000s and attended many big US toy shows and never saw these coins, yet they are regularly seen at Canadian toy shows; series documentation is in both of Canada’s official languages; General Foods Canada is the issuing agency; and there is even a unique Canadian produced Ford Frontenac wheel (the Frontenac was never sold outside Canada). This is a fascinating piece of automotive history that had great appeal to a generation of kids hooked on diecast cars, Jell-O and chips. Anybody who wants to see more of these wheels can do a Google search for Jell-O famous cars, and then click on Images for Jell-O famous cars.

The carousel was a special mail order item. It held all 200 wheels. These are hard to find these days in mint condition, with white “handles/retainers” often missing

The booklet that came with the carousel – 76 pages of detailed car facts, along with monochrome line drawings that were the same as the colour versions in the wheels

First wheel for each era. Superb artwork. Note colour coded plastic.

Some of the more obscure cars (well, for Canada in 1960, that is). #181 is the Canada only Ford Frontenac. Highlighted here for Dave Turner!

Light blue wheel on bottom is from the later Famous Aircraft series (note propeller), and includes the Hostess potato chip logo. The Famous Cars (top) only mentions Jell-O


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News from the Continent October/November 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs by the manufacturer except for the models with detailed reviews later in the article.

October 2017 releases

1:18 Scale

 

185144  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – white metallic

 

185148  Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – blue metallic

 

187661  Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet 1987 – ivory

 

185260  Renault Break 300 kg 1951 – ivory

 

185261  Renault Break 300 kg 1953 “Parfums Revillion”

 

185133  Renault 16 1969 – beige grey metallic

 

185157  Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1981 – Navy blue

 

1:43 Scale

 

150942  Citroen Visa II Chrono 1982

 

150941  Citroen Visa 1000 Pistes 1983

 

150943  Citoen Visa Cabriolet 1984 – Vision brown

 

155157  Citroen Saxo VTS 2001 – Thunderstorm grey / Quartz grey

 

154306  Citroen Xsara Break 1998 – Quartz grey metallic

 

770221  Fiat 1200 Spider 1959 – red

 

270552  Ford Focus RS 2016 – grey

 

471403  Peugeot 104 ZS 1979 – coral red

 

517747  Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara 1993 – silver

 

517593  Renault Clio RS Gordini 2009 – Monaco blue

 

517646  Renault Megane Estate 2009 – platinum silver

 

517774  Renault Captur 2013  – brown and ivory

 

517721  Renault Megane 2016  – white

 

517722  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

517723  Renault Megane 2016 – ASVP

 

517724  Renault Megane 2016 – Police Municipale

 

350092  Triumph TR6 1970 – Damson red

 

840021  Volkswagen Hebmüller Cabriolet 1949 – black and red

1:87 Scale

 

518577A  Renault Galion Tanker 1963 – Total

Minijet c.3 Inch variable scales

 

310702  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 1955 – silver

 

November Releases

1:18 Scale

 

# 184880  Peugeot 309 GTI 1988 – Vallelunga red

 

185271  Renault 30 TX 1981 – bronze brown metallic

 

181610  GT by Citroen Salon de Paris 2008

 

GT by Citroen 2008 – Electric blue

 

185265  Renault 20 TS 1978 – Algue green metallic

 

183441  Sauber-Mercedes C0  Winner 400 km Suzuka 1989 – Baldu / Schlesser

1:43 Scale

155327  Citroen C3 Aircross 2017 – pearl white, black roof and silver decoration

 

478708  Peugeot 807 2013 – Gendarmerie

 

517416  Renault Twingo Sport Pack 2014 – Flame red

 

518022  Renault Trafic 2014 – red

 

350098  Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV 1972 – Pimento red

 

870006  Volvo V40 2016 – Osmium grey

 

157080  Citroen DS21 Cabriolet 1971 – Forest green

 

472212  Peugeot 202 Pick-up 1947 – Garage Peugeot

 

474331  Peugeot 403 saloon 1963  – Ruby red

 

475433  Peugeot 504 Coupe 1969 – brown metallic

 

475432  Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1970 – Capucine yellow

 

479859  Peugeot Expert 2011 – Gendarmerie

 

511382  Renault Kangoo 2007 – white

 

840093  Volkswagen K70 1970 – white

 

AV4107  Crowd barrier

 

MINIJET c.3 Inch variable scales to fit box

 

310802  Citroen HY 1969 “Fire brigade”

 

310805  Citroen HY 1969 – PTT (French Post)

 

310803  Citroen HY 1980 – red

 

310804  Citroen HY 1980 – Friterie

 

December Releases

1:18 Scale

 

184698  Chenard & Walcker 1500 kg Type CHV 1946 delivery van – green

 

184699  Peugeot D4B 1963 Ambulance

 

184854  Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 1988 – black

 

185209  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1985 – silver

 

185215  Renault Supercinq GT Turbo “Tour de Corse 1989 – Alain Oreille”

 

1:43 Scale

 

151398  Citroen 2CV Dolly 1985 – Rialto yellow & Cormoran grey

 

155329  Showcase Citroen C3 & C3 Aircross 2017

Limited Edition of 500 pieces.

 

270302  Morgan Plus 8 1980 – British Racing Green

 

517944  Renault Espace “Initiale Paris 2015” – Cassiopee grey

 

870061  Volvo S90 saloon 2016 – Electric silver

 

870066  Volvo V90 estate 2016 – Osmium grey

 

478709  Peugeot 807 2008 “Fire Brigade”

 

518768  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade security vehicle”

 

518769  Renault Master 2011 “Fire Brigade VSAV”

Detailed Review of two models

Photographs from Hans-Georg Schmitt and other sources

Here are two Norev models that I have been able to review in detail.

184871  Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green

The 402 was one of the earliest exponents of the folding metal roof which has been revived in recent years.

In Autumn 1935 Peugeot introduced the 402 as Saloon, Coupé, Roadster and as a two-seater Cabriolet Transformable Electrique. This was the cabriolet with a revolutionary electric movable roof. In 1937 the concept was extended and the four-seater 402 L was introduced with a manual foldable roof.

First some pictures of the car itself which is eye catching sharing the same limited luggage space that modern cars with this type of roof have!

The model is based upon the four seater 402 L and it is made to 1:18 scale. It is diecast in China for France.

The body is authentically shaped, and has been painted very well indeed and has excellent printed detail like the coachlines.

Rear hinged doors are opening and the bonnet can be opened too. Headlights are fitted behind the front grille in the characteristic Peugeot style of the period and look authentic.

The roof can be opened and closed so realistically that it really looks like a shrunken version of the original.

The boot is well detailed and is filled with two suitcases and the spare wheel.

The interior is detailed and true to the original car, coloured in light beige. The dashboard is fitted with a central instrument panel, gear lever and glove box cover. The lever to open the windscreen is not forgotten, nor is the rear view mirror and sun visors. The steering wheel is placed in the right position. Under the bonnet, the engine is  replicated to a pleasing standard.

Finally the baseplate has excellent detail included as can be seen above.

153050  Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black

 

In 1934 Andre Citroen presented the completely newly designed Traction Avant as type 7 with 34 HP and type 11 with 42 and 46 HP. The model was available as saloon, cabriolet and roadster. A few prototypes were made into a luxury version “Coupe de Ville”, which has been made by Norev. The model is die cast to 1:43 scale in China for France. The body is authentically shaped and the body has been correctly painted in two colours. Many parts are small separately inserted items.  Radiator grille, bumpers, headlights and some other parts are chrome-plated. The baseplate is disappointingly blank.

 

This new model is shown with the 11 A from 1936, the model entirely in black.

This 11A was issued in the 1970s as No. 29. The scale was also 1:43 and it was moulded in black plastic. Radiator grille, bumpers, head lights and hub caps were silver printed. The interior is well detailed and both the bonnet and the boot can be opened. Under the bonnet there is a one piece replica of the engine.

The body of the older model was moulded in one piece without separately inserted parts. The French mouldmakers of the 1970s were highly skilled as they had no CAD software or automated mould cutters. This was the time when small cars were changing from toys to collectables not to be sold to those under the age of 14 years. Although more delicately painted and detailed the newer 11 Coupé De Ville does not put the older model to shame.


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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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News from the Continent – Norev June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright held by Norev unless otherwise credited.

Norev’s models are made in China for France in various scales. Here are the expected midyear releases.

1:18 Scale models

 

183264 BMW M535i saloon 1980 – Black


 

187723 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1962 – light green


 

183514 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Byzanzgold metallic”


 

Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C

183493 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Black Falcon – NB real car shown and not pre-production sample.


 

184784 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1971 – black


 

184822 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1973 – brown metallic


 

187427 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 3 hours of Mid-Ohio 1977 – Follmer/Holmes


 

187660 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 – white

1:43 Scale models

 

517821 Alpine Renault A108 Coupe 2+2 1961 – silver


 

750056 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe 1973 – Lemon yellow

MINIJET to fit pack

 

310601 Citroen 2CV 6 Special 1980 “Cycliste” red and white


 

310602 Citroen 2CV AZLP 1959 “Cycliste Berger” yellow, red and black


 

310603 Citroen DS19 1958 “Cycliste” blue, white and red


 

310604 Peugeot 404 1961 “Cycliste Director of the race”


 

310605 Renault R4 1964 “Cycliste Berger” – yellow, red and black


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Corgi July to December 2017

By Maz Woolley

All pictures used to illustrate this article are from Corgi’s web site. Most are mock ups or 3D renderings rather than examples of the final models. 

Business Background

I make no apologies for starting this article with news about the Hornby Hobbies business as June is not only when they announce the second half models but it is also their financial year end.

Already this year we have seen the company drop its plans to build a visitor centre to replace the one lost when they sold their headquarters site. This was followed in April by a major shareholder,  New Pistoia Income Limited, calling for the removal of Roger Canham the Executive Chairman. Before the Annual Results New Pistoia decided to cut their losses and sold the 20% they held in Hornby hobbies for 32 pence a share to Phoenix Asset Management Partners the biggest shareholder who now have 55% and have now to offer to buy any other shareholders shares at 32 pence.

Whilst all this upheaval took place the annual results were announced and the CEO/Chairman Roger Canham’s resignation as well. A growing underlying pre-tax loss of over six million pounds was widely reported in the Financial columns. Whilst their cash situation has significantly improved this will still leave them little capital to invest in new products so only the fast selling products with the highest level of margin will get any investment. The shareholders have not had a dividend for several years now and the shares values have flat lined over the last year so they are all losing money on the shares which cannot go on for ever.

Why does this matter to collectors of model vehicles? Well Corgi is hardly mentioned in any discussions of Hornby at all and apart from the 1:48 Lightning model investments in new mouldings are non-existent apart from a single 1:50 truck not even listed in the second half release section of their web pages.  The company states that its turnround is well under way with a belief that all UK brands have been maintained despite all the cost cutting measures taken, lower sales, and restrictions in the sales channels they are servicing. I am not sure that that does not count as what are now known as “alternate facts”. Collectors are right to be uneasy when they see that the  Corgi brand is not mentioned once in the plans for the next stage of the turnround.

It is against this background that Corgi announced their July to December catalogue. Almost everything in it is a new version of a casting already used several times in the past. Some castings  like the Vanguards Morris Minors and Mini are now several generations old and simply not up to the standards of Oxford Diecast, or PCT made models for part works or ranges like Whitebox. Looking at the Corgi Forum the posts about the new releases are mostly negative which I know reflects several MAR Online readers views as well. Corgi have not even listed some models on their web site that Hattons has listed like the re-released Basil Fawlty Austin  or yet another Mr Bean Mini.

I believe that the situation is clear: Hornby has no intention of investing in any significant level of new tooling for the Corgi ranges. Their sole idea of keeping Corgi alive is to produce re-paints of old castings and hope that they sell enough to milk some contribution from the brand to their financial recovery. In my opinion Corgi is now a spent force and Hornby is deluding itself if they expect collectors to pay nearly thirty pounds for Vanguards models made from  ageing moulds when DeAgostini/Atlas and others offer more for less money.

Corgi 2017 Second Half Catalogue

The models listed below are those listed by Corgi on their web site for the second half of 2017. Their January 2017 announcement was already reported here.  When checking a supplier website there are models available to order that are not in the catalogue such as five re-released James Bond vehicles, Mr Bean’s Mini, and Basil Fawlty’s 1100. There is also a single 1:50 scale lorry, Scania R (Face Lift) Flatbed Trailer & Brick Load “Ian Craig Haulage Ltd, Falkirk, Scotland”,  claimed to be new tooling. If these are new it seems strange that Corgi did not include them on their website listing.

My observations on the models offered are:

  1. The Royal Wedding Anniversary models are crude and horrid and quite expensive for the type of souvenir shop likely to want to stock them. I can’t see collectors wanting them at all.
  2. I hope the metallic models are not made with reflective flakes the size showing in pictures
  3. How many times are they going to release that Mini casting – it was not good when first released and looks even worse now compared to modern models?
  4. Who lined up all that awful thick silver detailing on the Minor Police Car windows?
  5. Why are they using the same moulds used already for re-paints recently so soon like the Sunbeam Alpine?
  6. Why is an “export” Rover 3500 fitted with UK number plates?
  7. Why keep on flogging the “New London Bus” to death when the new Mayor has cancelled buying any more of them?
  8. Why keep on releasing Land Rovers when Oxford will be doing them and charging significantly less?
  9. Why bother with the Captain Scarlett car? It has now slipped out of fashion again.
  10.   Many earlier releases of the re-used castings are available on eBay and at Toy Fairs for much less money why buy a new one?
  11. How can anybody at Corgi say they are “proud to introduce the July to December 2017 Corgi range, featuring a host of new introductions

Aviation Archive

English Electric Lightning F6 XR728/JS , RAF Binbrook

 

Albatros D.Va D.7327/17, Lt. Lothar Weiland, Jasta 5, Seefrontstaffel 1

 

Fokker DR.1 Triplane 213/17 ‘K’, Lt. Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Kempf, Jasta 2

 

Sopwith Camel F.1 B6313, Major William George ‘Billy’ Barker RAF

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-97880/DF-F ‘Little Miss Mischief’ USAAF

 

Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA461, RAF No.15 Squadron, Special Scheme

 

Dornier Do17Z-2 U5-BH, 1./KG.2 ‘Holzhammer’ Operation Marita

 

Junkers Ju-88C-6 F8+BX, 13./KG40, Battle over the Biscay

 

Short Sunderland Mk.III W3999/ RB-Y No.10 Squadron RAAF, Early 1942

 

Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XW538/S, RAF No.16 Squadron, RAF Gutersloh

 

Hawker Typhoon lB RB389/I8-P ‘Pulverizer IV’, No.440 Sqn RCAF

 

Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 G9+LN, Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer

 

Westland Puma HC.1 XW220/AC, RAF No.72 Squadron, Aldergrove, 1997

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 N2359/YB-J, ‘Winged Popeye’, RAF No.17 Sqn

 

Gloster Sea Gladiator N5519/G6A, No,802 NAS, HMS Glorious, 1939

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 ‘Yellow 1’ Oblt. Gerhard Schopfel, Battle of Britain

 

Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 P8127 ‘White 47’, Robert ‘R.T’ Smith, 3rd Sqn AVG

 

North American P-51D Mustang 44-13586/C5-T ‘Hurry Home Honey’, USAAF

Vanguards

 

Volkswagen Beetle, Type 1 Export Saloon Horizon Blue

 

Land Rover Series 1 80” RAC Road Service Vehicle

 

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3 Prairie Yellow

 

Austin Se7en Deluxe, Vanden Plas ‘Mini’ Lord Austin’s Daughter Irene Austin, Princess Blue-Grey Metallic

Morris Minor 1000 The Lothians and Peebles Constabulary

 

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E Automatic Sahara Beige

 

Ford Cortina Mk2 Twin Cam (Lotus) Red II

 

Rover P6 3500S Scarab Blue, Export Specification, RHD

 

Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Modena Green

 

Ford Sierra XR4i Strato Silver

 

Ford Capri 2300GT Mk1 1969 Tour de France Automobile

 

Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 1979 Lombard RAC Rally of Great Britain

 

Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Quartz Blue Metallic

 

Morris Minor 1000 Traveller Bermuda Blue

Original Omnibus

 

New Routemaster, Go-Ahead London, 88 Camden Town

 

New Routemaster, Go Ahead London, 88 Clapham Common

 

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Shuttle Bus

Others

 

Paddington Bear New Routemaster

 

Captain Scarlet Classic Spectrum Saloon Car

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Mini

 

70th Anniversary of The Royal Wedding – Classic Routemaster

Bloodhound SSC Super Hauler

 

Corgi Christmas Super Hauler

Closing thoughts

Long time MAR readers will know that I have been a collector of Corgi models in the past and have been getting more and more restive with each underwhelming release announcement. I know many of you feel the same. I think that the thing I find most insulting to collectors is the pretence that the Corgi range is active and vibrant. Some honesty and openness about the role Hornby think Corgi has going forward would be welcome. Some of us have been Corgi Collectors since our childhood.

What do you the reader think?

Last thought. If  Hornby can’t make anything of the range, it would surely be better to sell it to someone else who can?


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