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    It's hard to imagine that Moko Matchbox of the 1950s may have actually had any competition, but they sure did with companies like Budgie and Benbros who made models sufficiently similar to create confusion among those not experienced with the models from that period.

    Case in point is this Benbros Gypsy Caravan. Hot on the shelf when Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger and Zorro were on TV, back when it was still cool to play Cowboys and Indians, these simple models were intended for play, and they got plenty of it.

    This model became an instant favorite for me from this line. It reminds me of the fortune teller Professor Marvel's wagon in the movie version of the Wizard of Oz (who incidentally turned out to be the Wizard). It is the kind of thing not often seen in toy form at all, let alone in diminutive scale. It also evokes an era quickly being forgotten, unless one watches old Universal Monster movies and listens to Cher's music.

    I guess one could say these were the original RVs.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    I have the Gypsy Wagon minus the horse - guess he is out to pasture chowing down on some fresh grass. I grew up in the era when Budgie models were easy to come by and nice additions to the Matchbox cars I had - plus i always noticed the strong similarity of models between the brands - not so much with the Benbros ones I had. One of my neat memories of Benbros is they provided me with my first Hudson in my little car collection. And yes, who could forget The Lone Ranger, Zorro and Hopalong Cassidy and how often many of us did indeed play cowboys and Indians - thanks for some fun Saturday morning memories Wes!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
      I have the Gypsy Wagon minus the horse - guess he is out to pasture chowing down on some fresh grass. I grew up in the era when Budgie models were easy to come by and nice additions to the Matchbox cars I had - plus i always noticed the strong similarity of models between the brands - not so much with the Benbros ones I had. One of my neat memories of Benbros is they provided me with my first Hudson in my little car collection. And yes, who could forget The Lone Ranger, Zorro and Hopalong Cassidy and how often many of us did indeed play cowboys and Indians - thanks for some fun Saturday morning memories Wes!
      neat
      Well the ONLY 2 Benbros I have are 2 Milk Floats
      floats oh its still a TRUCK anyway
      both are a different color of orange too

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      • #4
        I hope to find one.

        "watches old Universal Monster movies and listens to Cher's music."
        hey that resembles me.

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        • #5
          Quite fitting to feature this on the night Matchbox will, in fact, be on The Toys that Made America. However, I bet Benbros (and personal favorites of mine; Impy, Dinky, and Corgi) won't be featured. However, I feel there is a chance of Corgi and Dinky being featured, as they were major players back in their day, and Corgi had the popular Husky/Juniors line to compete with both MBX and HW.

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          • #6
            Intriguing that Matchbox would be featured, but homegrown makers like Hubley and Marx will probably get passing mention if at all...
            The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

            Thank you for your understanding.

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            • #7
              Neat model Wes, I do remember the old TV shows, and movies that included a Gypsy wagon like this, maybe these are where the idea for tiny houses came from.

              cody6268 Cody I thought that show aired on Sunday night, tomorrow, or am I mistaken, I don't want to miss it.
              Doug

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jt3 View Post
                Intriguing that Matchbox would be featured, but homegrown makers like Hubley and Marx will probably get passing mention if at all...
                Or Henry Orenstein/Topper and Coats & Clark joining forces to make Topper JL.

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