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    i vaguely recall seeing stuff like this in my childhood, long before I had any jingling money of my own to spend. I recall once or twice my folks (or grandparents, more likely) bought a small assortment of these kind of models...which in play were pretty much toast after a day or two.

    This appears to me a very rough copy of the old Moko era Matchbox Bedford wrecker, and among the few models I've picked up over time several appear to be Mbx copies. This was from a period of time when "made in Japan" translated as "cheap." I don't think that is an unreasonable translation in this instance.

    TM is probably one of the more often seen makers of inexpensive diecast from the late 1950s into the late 1960s, but there are others and they can all be difficult to identify. It took me some hours to pin down the maker of the models I have, so many are unmarked or have simplistic symbol logos hidden somewhere on the model. Many Japanese makers of the time produced pressed tin with litho print, some very simple and like this model here sold for a few cents, while others produced dramatically well detailed tin models that are highly sought and fetch into the thousands of dollars today. Until Tomy / Tomica and Yonezawa Cherica, the only Japanese small scale diecast I am aware of is comparable to this little Matchbox copy.
    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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    Yes indeed, an early part of little toy cars on the living room floor. I am guessing many of us who began life in the '50's had a few of these to play with along with their Matchbox cars and trucks. Most likely came from five and dime stores, variety stores or drug stores that in those days seemed to always have a toy section of some type. Most of them had bins that these little toy cars were tossed in - I know that is how the 3-inch Tootseitoys were sold. The wrecker is truly one of those cheap toys that for most did not last very long - I almost want to say even poorer quality than the ones from AHI.

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    • #3
      it looks to be very well loved in the past..but it still is a keeper.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pegers View Post
        it looks to be very well loved in the past..but it still is a keeper.
        For sure!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pegers View Post
          it looks to be very well loved in the past..but it still is a keeper.
          Actually, I think that's pretty near mint from the factory. Like I said....cheap.
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by jt3 View Post

            Actually, I think that's pretty near mint from the factory. Like I said....cheap.
            either way it is still a very good add to your collection.

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            • #7
              As Moko era Matchbox knockoffs they have a certain charm, but they are not what one would consider as well constructed.

              The body shell is probably half, or less, thick as the original Mokos they copy. VERY fragile. You can see the stamped metal wheels. They simply did not hold up well to play.

              Today these would not meet the child safety laws pretty much worldwide.

              But there is charm to the subject matter by what they copy, which are respectable and to some degree contemporary models.

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              I'm not sure about the tractor, but I believe these all represent Moko era (1950s) Matchbox, but these have many modifications to make them single pennies cheap vs Matchbox, Budgie for example, would be going for 39 pence or so around that time. These were sold in a small multipack of 5 or 6 models, the ones I saw growing up. I don't recall this specific set, but there was a, I want to say 4 pack of American Oldtimers, very crude, but uber cheap (and made in Japan). I vaguely recall a trainset with a couple/few cars, same construction.
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              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
                I almost want to say even poorer quality than the ones from AHI.
                Comparable. I hope that's diplomatic. I have one AHI:

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                I'm guessing this is an attempt at a 1959 or 60 Cadillac.

                AHI from this period covered a lot of these old late 50 early 60s cars, including some BOP as I recall, I think Desoto as well for MoPars.

                These toys were around when these old American barges cruised the streets.

                Models like TM and AHI were the Summer, or Suntoys, or Rhino of their day, when toys were playthings, not collected. Except for Matchbox.

                These Japanese penny toys began in the same era as Burslem / Hubley. This goes into the era of the 1/50 Lonestars. These models were on the market in the same period, probably more stateside than say England, which had plenty to keep it occupied made at home (could be lack of familiarity with the models). Marx was another big player back then, along with Tootsietoy, Midgetoy and others.
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                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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                • #9
                  And because these were so cheap, and fragile, they were seldom kept.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Great stuff. That wrecker’s wheels look downright feeble. Others not so much.
                    - Jeff
                    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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