We got Lucky Again – with a Lucky Toys Jaguar XJ6!
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by Baz
3M ago
Let us time travel back 50 years or so! Picture it; a Woolworths store somewhere in Great Britain in the early 1970s. The clothes are a riot of colours; the hair is long and swept over and around or cascading down the shoulders and that is just the men! The snotty nosed children are in nylon shorts, long socks, and something their grandma knitted. They want a toy as compensation for being dragged out shopping when they could have been playing unattended on a bombsite with their mates or riding their bicycles miles away from home without a helmet. They could have chosen a Dinky car if mot ..read more
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Tommy Gunn
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by Si Kelly
3M ago
In the world of 12” action figures, the name that’s resonates the most with chaps my age is of course Action Man. But there is a guy who appeared on the scene around the same time as Action Man arrived on our shores – he’s Tommy Gunn. Produced by Pedigree, these figures were in only in production for brief period from 1966 – 1968 and were launched as a direct competitor to Action Man. A few figures came into British Toy Auctions lately, as part of a vast collection of vintage action figures which included Action Man, Gi Joe, Mego, Marx to name but a few. I must admit I had not come across ..read more
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Hot Wheels Creepy Packaging Error
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by Baz
3M ago
Whilst shopping for provisions the other day I happened upon a string of Hot Wheels which they sporadically sell in my local shop. There were two bright orange McLaren F1 models so obviously I bought them both, well you would, wouldn’t you? Upon returning home and having a closer look I noticed one of them had an unusual feature! Yeh...Great looking Mclaren...but look closer! Yuk!!! Whose hair is this? C'mon own up? Who put that there??? Previous Next Now it’s not that uncommon to find a Hot Wheels with an miss matched wheel or a wonky bit of printing on it. I’ve even a few that have ..read more
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Lucky Toys Fire Chief
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by Baz
4M ago
Take a look at this 1970s plastic fantastic that has just come my way. Model car makers just like full size car makers need to get the most out of the tooling they have spent money on and in the model car world this results in some unlikely outcomes. The laziest is the rally version which is just means covering absolutely any model with stickers and most manufacturers have done this as its easy and cheap. I should give credit to Polistil here though as they did put a little more effort into their rally versions by misting them with a bit of brown, beige or red paint to simulate mud. The se ..read more
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Lucky Toys Fire Chief
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by Baz
7M ago
Take a look at this 1970s plastic fantastic that has just come my way. Model car makers just like full size car makers need to get the most out of the tooling they have spent money on and in the model car world this results in some unlikely outcomes. The laziest is the rally version which is just means covering absolutely any model with stickers and most manufacturers have done this as its easy and cheap. I should give credit to Polistil here though as they did put a little more effort into their rally versions by misting them with a bit of brown, beige or red paint to simulate mud. The se ..read more
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All Flaminias Lead To Rome, Or Rimini
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by Baz
1y ago
High up on my list of all-time favourite cars is the Lancia Flaminia Coupe. Although I wouldn’t say no to the Berlina it’s the more elegant Coupe that I really love and the best small version of it was made in period by Solido.  I have been keeping an eye out for one for ages, but they don’t come up for sale that often and when they do, they still fetch around £50 for an undamaged example with another £20 or £30 on top of that if it still has its box.  I was recently very lucky to pick up this pair of play worn but still quite smart examples. The grey car needs a couple of new ty ..read more
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Going Lowko over Basset-Lowkes O Gauge ‘Duke of York
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by Si Kelly
1y ago
Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke – you could hardly be a shrinking violet with a name like that and he was not! He turned it into one of the best names in model trains (and ships) and it still carries some weight today long after the man and his company ceased to be. The name has recently returned to the model train market thanks to Hornby but that’s another story for another time. I’ve just been bought a very nice example of an O gauge clockwork loco from their heyday between the wars. ''Duke of York' by Basset-Lowke Previous Next This handsome ‘Duke Of York’ loco is one of their be ..read more
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Dinky Toys 113 John Steeds Jaguar 5.3 XJC
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by Si Kelly
1y ago
Dinky diecast diehards like myself have drooled over the prospects of discovering this ‘fabled’ model ever since it ‘supposedly’ was released in 1978. I say ‘supposedly’ because, back in 1978 when I was 11 years old, there were rumours abound that John Steeds Jaguar was never released to the public. despite being published in the last Dinky Toys catalogue. Some say it was, some say it wasn’t. We believed it was out there – why else would they put it in the catalogue we’d say, and besides that, we were Jag fans who loved one of the nicest Jags ever the XJ12C; and, we loved The Avengers and ..read more
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Tekno Bargain
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by Baz
1y ago
I’m a big fan of the models produced by Danish firm Tekno especially the older models as they have a quality feel with a bit more detail than their contemporaries and they cover the more exotic European vehicles that we only saw on TV such as the Ford Taunus van and pickup both of which Tekno produced.  It’s a common complaint today that all new cars look the same, but it applied to German vans in the 1950s and 60s too, from any angle except the front it’s not so easy to tell a Taunus from a Volkswagen or a Tempo as they scurry by hunched over their little tucked in wheels. The earlie ..read more
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Lesser Spotted Hong Kong Dinky
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by Baz
1y ago
I’ve just made a rash and semi expensive purchase which is not like me at all, so in an attempt to justify my spending spree I’ll share it with you then it looks like a good reason to buy it! This is a pretty rare model of a Rambler Classic station wagon from the very short-lived range of six models made in Hong Kong from 1965 to 1967. It’s an imposing vehicle in the non-standard Dinky scale of 1:42 as it was designed to be a Tri-ang Spot-On then ended up being made for Dinky by a company in Hong Kong and the short production run was due to that factory switching over to Hot Wheels product ..read more
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