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Today something a bit different, this plastic vehicle came up on Ebay a little while back, and I was intrigued by it being a Matchbox release, the listing told me it was made in 1976 and ended up picking this up for a few pounds.
The base tells me it was made in 1976 by Lesney Products Corp, based in Moonachie New Jersey USA, but made in Hong Kong.
I did some research but found little on these toys, it seems much of the Lesney products were registered in NJ including a range of toy dolls.
But these vehicles have remained a bit of a mystery.
It would of had ski’s on the roof and figures that went with it, the few pictures and little information I have found on the internet is below.
The first picture shows others in the range although as an old Ebay listing no details are available.
This picture however, shows my vehicle in different colours and complete with another larger vehicle, it looks like the smaller vehicle would fit in the back of the larger one, this picture also came from a selling website and listed as; Matchbox 1976 Lesney MAC Mobile Action Command Vehicle and still for sale at $103 if your interested Click Here
I bought my one with the sole intention of converting it for my ‘Survival Wars’ series I am working on, although as they seem to be hard to find and dare I say possibly rare, will I feel guilty converted it, no I doubt it.
Here is my one again with one of the Airfix Robogear drivers.
With a bit of adaption this could work well with my Robogear vehicles
When you mention the words Tonka Toys to almost anyone, the image of big yellow metal trucks falling from cliffs and quietly rusting away in the back yard comes to just about all of us, but there was far more to Tonka toys over the years but still to this day the big yellow truck is synonymous to Tonka.
As yet I don’t have many and what I do have is a small random collection of Tonka made steel toys and as always as I acquire more this article will be updated.
My first offering is a classic Tonka loader from the late 1950′s, early sixties, this is an earlier version because of the metal wheel type, these early one’s were never yellow and were plated pressed steel, they quickly rusted with living outside.
Later they were changed to plastic wheels and a later version had a cab added.
This was numbered 1087 by Tonka and an interesting fact is the steering wheel was rubber which is no doubt why it has lasted so long, at just under 10 inches long this is classed as a big loader, all of the earlier Tonka toys was made in the USA.
The second one is as common as the loader and also from the 1960′s and this is the Tonka Dune Buggy.
Much smaller than the normal Tonka trucks and again as the loader is fitted with a rubber steering wheel, later versions had a plastic canopy fitted, the only number I can find associated with this toy is 55340, so may well be the Tonka number.
The next one was made by the Tonka Corparation, Mexico and came in more colour variations than you can shake a stick at, although mainly a plastic body the cab is pressed steel.
Dated around 1978 and called Pick-up truck, I have not yet found the Tonka number.
My last entry today is from Tonka in Japan and again issued in the seventies, this is one of the futuristic set of vehicles made for Tonka.
This is one of three from a series called the Scorchers and I must admit I love it, but then I like all futuristic models, this one was called the Rover truck and numbered WTO-760 and sits at six and a half inches long.
For more on these toys and others see the website link below, this shows the others in this series.
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In the words of Monty Python. “And now for something completely different”.
The Daleks are coming to a store near you, well, unless your near a certain WH Smith’s Store in Essex then don’t bother because I bought them all!
Although I have done a separate page for figures, I have done this special feature on Daleks, mainly because I’m a bit of a Dalek nut.
These are from the Eaglemoss Dr Who figurine collection now on it’s sixth issue, others I have you can find Here.
These are resin cast and hand painted and scale at 1:21 and as I have mentioned before an unusual scale but the fact all the figurine are to the same scale make them quite unique.
I have had other Dalek models over the years, some bigger and some smaller but these are pretty good although lack any moving features, also are good value at £6.99 each against what some Daleks go for.
These are subject to a future diorama yet to be built and this background is a temporary setup for these pictures.
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Voyager, the Intrepid class Starship from the Star Trek series Voyager
This is issue six from the Eaglemoss Publications Star Trek, Starship collection and the one I have eagerly been waiting for.
As with all of the collection so far, great detail and finish.
Numbered by Starfleet as NCC-74656, gives an idea as to how many ships must of been in the fleet by this point in the Star Trek timeline.
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