Monday, July 21, 2014

#438 MAJORETTE – BMW TURBO (Nr. 217) (1976, 1979 and 1983)



This is one of my favorite Majorette models. I got the white one as a present when I was a little child (maybe 5) and I still keep it. Those gull-wing doors are very appealing.
 
 
 
 
 
I will show the four versions that I currently own. There are a few more different colours, and dozens of versions if we consider the colour of the windshields, the stickers/decoration variations…

The first version of this car appears in the 1976 catalogue for the first time, with reference number 217. It is a red version with black doors. It would remain until the 1978 catalogue.





 

That year it was replaced by the “Liege-Sofia-Liege” version in metallic grey. It appeared in the catalogues from 1979 until 1981.



 
The next catalogue (1982) shows a new red version (similar to the first one) only with a rally race number sticker on it. I have seen a white version with this same sticker, I am not sure if the catalogue was wrong, or if there were several colours for this rally version.

The last vintage version is a white car with blue doors that appeared in the 1983 catalogue only. It has a decoration with blue and red stripes and the words BMW Turbo.



 
 
After that, the model was re-issued in the late 1980s (without stickers or decals, but tampographies) and sold again. Some models were available with the Sprinter. Then it was forgotten again for several years, and in the 1990s (I cannot give an exact date, haven’t found any reference in modern catalogues), the model was re-released with a new reference number 258A and several new colours. Some people think this is a “Globe Toys” model (Majorette second brand for the German market) but it is not. It was made in Thailand.



 
 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BMW TURBO (Nr. 217)
  • Scale: 1:60
  • Year: 1976, 1979 and 1983
  • Company: Majorette (France)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

Friday, July 18, 2014

#437 ACTION MAN / ADVENTURE TEAM / GEYPERMAN – SCOUT CAR/ CARRO BLINDADO (1975)



Although I have more Madelman and Geyperman (vintage G.I. Joe) toys, it’s been an eternity since I last talked about them. I received around one year ago a big box full of parts and pieces (some of them even in their original packages), but I haven’t had the time to sort everything out, and check which sets are complete and which sets aren’t. This is the first toy I am showing out of that lot.


 
The “Carro Blindado Geyperman” is really the “Scout Car” from Palitoy’s Action Man, a huge hollow plastic vehicle with very strong wheels. It has place for only one figure, and lacks of impressive features (only a movable machine gun, and a small flag –missing in this model, I will make a repro one as soon as possible), but it is still a nice vehicle for big (1:8) action figures. It has a spare wheel that can replace any of the other 4 wheels.

What I would point out are the stickers that the vehicle has. I think they’re original: head and rear lights, an army emblem and the Geyperman logo.


The vehicle looks very impressive even today. Despite being relatively simple (and probably) cheap to produce, its size makes it look better than it is. Surely a children’s favourite when playing with sand, stones…


In Germany, Schildkröt renamed the Scout Car as UN Friedenstruppe Sicherungs-Fahrzeug (Security Vehicle of the UN Peace Troops). We have commented several times that the German market is especially reluctant to any type of toys related to war.


In this Spanish catalogue image, we can see the a promotional diorama picture.

Geyperman Ref. 7404/ Carro Blindado
 And to finish the article, I'll show the original Spanish box. Rather por, since it is made of cardboard with very few colours.




FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: Scout Car / Carro Blindado (Ref. 7404) / UN Friedenstruppe Sicherheits-Fahrzeug
  • Toy Line: G. I. Joe / Action Man / Adventure Team / Action Team / Geyperman
  • Year: 1975
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.) / Palitoy (G. Britain) / Schildkröt (Germany) / Geyper (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 50 cm

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#436 GOOD TIMES - KULT! Nr. 10 (2/2014)



The new issue of Good Times (it is not “new” anymore, since it was released a few months ago) has again a bunch of articles related to toys, just as it happened in the ninth issue… great!

Toy articles that I’d like to point out:
-40 years of Playmobil
-Steiff (the famous German teddy bears)
-The toy industry in Sonneberg (Germany)

Especially interesting is the third one, written by Kati Naumann. It is a very long article talking about many small toy manufacturers that existed in this city some decades ago. The article contains lots of pictures.

For some reason, this last article has a layout with three columns, that in my opinion, makes it quite difficult to read. I guess the guys from Kult! have to fit everything in a certain number of pages…

The rest of the magazine contains as usual topics related to cars (Mercedes Class C), motorbikes (Yamaha XT 500), football (Schalke 04 from 1972), TV series, films, comic books, music or food (Sugus).

Monday, July 14, 2014

#435 INVICTA – AUTO ACCIDENTE/ CAR CRASH (Around 1955)

 
JUGUETES INVICTA – INVICTA TOYS

This car is a toy that my father got as a kid. He always took good care of it, and even today is in a very good condition. I took the pictures a long time ago, until I decided to investigate a bit about it.

The toy is a clockwork car with red body (it was also available in blue). The front bumper holds the front wheels together to the chassis, and the body is simply placed over it. When the car crashes, the bumper releases some kind of hinge, and the body of the car “flies” away, as well as the front wheels. It is quite interesting to see it working. Unfortunately, with the use, the car has a crack line at one side of the body, but it is in very good condition, nevertheless.



 

The car is marked on the base with the words: “INVICTA PATENTADO – Fabricación Española”. Also the front grill is marked “Invicta”.



After I took the pictures, I once saw the following pictures at some auction site. The Invicta model is clearly based on a previous Gama model, although this one seems to have a different mechanism (it has an on/off button over the left front wheel).

Gama model in which "Auto Accidente" is based on.

Well, after a quick search, I found at autoescala.net some information about Invicta. Apparently, Invicta was a toy factory based on Zarauz, Guipúzcoa (Zarautz, Gipuzkoa in Basque language). Its founder was Enrique Keller Fritsch, a businessman with German roots, who, in 1932, decides to start a company that would originally have his own name.

A document found in the auction site todocoleccion shows one of the first catalogues that the company published, in which we can see that their first products were mostly wooden toys (like cars, trucks, dominoes or construction blocks) and music instruments for children and grown-ups. Some sets were intended to be assembled at home and included a wooden hammer.

It seems that the best-selling products were some kind of harmonicas/mouth organs, sold under the brands “Opera” and “Victoria” (hi-quality models) or “Invicta”, “Gloriosa”, “Torero” and “Perla” (the toy-quality models, probably much cheaper than the other two).


 Juguetes Invicta Catalogue. I cannot remember where did I take this picture from, 
if you're the owner, please leave a comment, so I can credit the pictures. Thanks.
 


We don’t know if this catalogue was published after or before the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and we have no data of what happened to the company during these years. Anyway, the company kept operating after 1939, and extended its toyline to die-cast toys, for example cars in 1/43 scale or H0-scale railroads (similar to Märklin), and later, plastic. It is also known, that Invicta sometimes built toys under the license of foreign companies, like the French manufacturer Jouef (at least from 1966 on), or like (in this case) the German toymaker Gama.

Another interesting product are the ultra-rare zamak die-cast cars in 1:43 scale. There are 6 known models similar to Dinky Toys, Lyon Toys, Quiralu or CIJ. These are thought to have been manufactured around 1957 or 1958.

The following two pictures show one boxed sample of this toy. The model is blue instead of red.



Pictures: www.todocolección.net
Pictures: www.todocolección.net
Other traditional toys like clockwork animals can be seen (and bought) at todocoleccion.net. The company also produced (and still produces) high quality guitars since 1944. This company shouldn't be mistaken by Invicta from Barcelona, that produced television, radios and other small electrical appliances.

Pictures: www.todocolección.net
Hope you enjoy the pictures in this entry, and that you found the information interesting.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: AUTO ACCIDENTE (Ref. 1600)
  • Year: Around 1955
  • Company: INVICTA (Spain)
  • Size: Around 15 cm.
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