Welcome to our March round up of diecast news. At the beginning of February we had the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, which was a big success despite the absence of some of the regular diecast exhibitors for one reason or another. After the event,this is what the organisers had to say. ”The joy of reunion was huge: After a two-year forced break, the Spielwarenmesse has maintained its position as the biggest leading event in the industry.
From 1st to 5th February, personal networking, product innovations and making new contacts were the top priorities at the exhibition center in Nuremberg. Together with more than 2,100 exhibitors from 69 countries, we achieved an inspiring result that almost seamlessly continued the pre-Corona level.We are back and are already looking forward to seeing you again at the end of January 2024! We will publish the specific date shortly “.
Corgi have announced a new model to their Original Omnibus range. I say new, but the Leyland PD3 Queen Mary in Southdown Livery has been done before, back in December 1999. Of course this will be an opportunity for people who were not collecting at that time to obtain one. Having said that, I dare say that there are a few of the original ones for sale in the pre owned market. One thing that I am not sure about is whether Corgi’s new model is new tooling or an original update
Amongst the numerous models announced, AutoCult’s 1:43 scale model of the British built 1950 BRM P15 racing car caught my eye. A name I remember from my childhood although it was not their most successful car. For something completely different, Norev have released a large 1:12 scale of quite possibly the most silly looking car ever, the Citroen DS 19 on balls. Limited to 400 pieces, it will have limited appeal but there is no doubt that it is likely to be the stand out model in your collection and certainly a talking point.
Finally, we are gearing up for our Spring Collectors Toy & Train Fair on Sunday 19 March at our usual venue, The Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre, Plymouth see our Events page for all the details.
Ex-shop stock Matchbox Regular Wheels factory shrink-wrapped trade pack of 6 x 47b Commer Ice-Cream Van "Lyons Maid" - exact variation unknown - all assumed Mint in Mint type D3 or D4 boxes, outer shrink-wrap is almost perfect but does have very small split to one side. Shrink-wrapped in 1/2 dozens for the retail trade by the Fred Bronner Corporation USA, this is old store stock from Uneeda Hobby, Long Beach, New York, State. Very rare trade pack.
Estimate: £240 - £300
Price Realised: £620
Ex-shop stock Matchbox Regular Wheels 47b Commer Ice-Cream Van "Lyons Maid" - unlisted Stannard Code - cream body with type B short roof & side decals which are purple/lemon yellow/burnt orange, white interior with type C short man & right hand brace, gloss black riveted base, 45-tread black plastic wheels - Excellent to Excellent Plus with factory paint flaws to right hand side of body & axle rusty in Excellent Plus type E3 box. Rare unrecorded combination of Lyons Maid decals & type C short man which is old store stock from Uneeda Hobby, Long Beach, New York, State.
Estimate: £200 - £260
Price Realised: £220
Ex-shop stock Matchbox Regular Wheels G3 Vacation Gift Set containing (1) 12c Land Rover - blue body with burnt Sienna luggage, white interior with transmission tunnel cast, black plastic base without rear tow hook brace; (2) 23d Trailer Caravan with 36-tread black plastic wheels & closed axles; (3) 27d Mercedes 230SL; (4) 42b Studebaker Lark Station Wagon - light blue roof slide with cast letter B (missing plastic accessories); (5) 45b Ford Corsair with bare metal base, 36-tread black plastic wheels, complete with plastic accessories attached to sprue (does have a few tiny pin size factory assembly paint chips; (6) 48b Sports Boat & Trailer - white body with red hull & brass motor, light blue trailer with raised towing eye, 18-tread black plastic wheels (motor tarnished); (7) 56b Fiat 1500 with brown luggage; (8) 68b Mercedes Coach with closed axles - Excellent to Mint in Near Mint window box with original factory shrink-wrap but this is split along 2 sides with another minor small puncture hole to the front. Old store stock direct from Uneeda Hobby, Long Beach, New York State. (8)
Estimate: £300 - £360
Price Realised: £540
Ex-shop stock Matchbox Regular Wheels factory shrink-wrapped trade pack of 6 x 33b Ford Zephyr 6 - all assumed Mint in Mint type D4 boxes apart from 1 box which is creased and only Excellent, outer shrink-wrap is in perfect unopened condition. Shrink-wrapped in half dozens for the retailer trade by the Fred Bronner Corporation in the USA this is old store stock from Uneeda Hobby, Long Beach, New York, State. Very rare trade pack.
Estimate: £240 - £300
Price Realised: £380
Ex-shop stock Matchbox Regular Wheels 41b Jaguar D-type - unlisted Stannard Code - racing number 5 decals, tan driver, gloss black type C base, wire wheels with 72-tread black plastic tyres - Near Mint to Mint (chip to edge of nose decal) in Excellent Plus type D2 box. Old store stock from Uneeda Hobby, Long Beach, New York, State.
Estimate: £220 - £260
Price Realised: £400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 17e AEC Horse Box pre-production colour trial - red cab & type B base, dark green type A body with dark green ramp, ramp does not have the cut-out tab to allow easy opening of the ramp and also does not lift slightly to click securely into a closed position, blue windows, chrome grille & base without tow guide - Excellent to Excellent Plus with a couple of tiny pin size chips to cab & some minor small scratches to plastic roof (missing horses). Rare factory pre-production colour trial which matches the type F box artwork. Consigned for sale direct from ex-Lesney employee.
Estimate: £600 - £800
Price Realised: £1,400
Matchbox Regular Wheels 21d Foden Concrete Mixer factory pre-production trial model - bare metal cab & chassis which differs from production models in not having the right hand battery box cast and has a completely different design of the left hand chassis fuel tank, the mixer diesel engine compartment does not have the castings representing opening inspection hatches, turquoise & grey plastic barrel which does not have the rear strakes cast, turquoise plastic middle axle worm drive, yellow plastic hubs with black plastic tyres, factory hand crimped axle ends - Excellent unboxed. Consigned for sale direct from ex-Lesney employee.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Price Realised: £950
Matchbox King Size K21 Mercury Cougar factory pre-production colour trial - metallic silver body, clear windows, light blue interior, bare metal base, chrome hubs with black rubber tyres - Fair play worn with usual reaction between hubs & tyres. Consigned for sale direct from ex-Lesney employee.
Estimate: £100 - £150
Price Realised: £1,200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 6d Ford Pick-up Truck factory pre-production colour trial - metallic green body with grey plastic grille, white plastic rear canopy, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base without cast letter A - Excellent unboxed with thin factory paint finish particularly to rear and factory paint flaws to hood & roof. Consigned for sale direct from ex-Lesney employee.
Estimate: £500 - £600
Price Realised: £850
Matchbox King Size K24 Lamborghini Miura factory pre-production colour trial - metallic green body, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated, black plastic 5-spoke hubs with plastic tyres - Excellent with a few scratches to hood, couple of chips to left hand wheelarches & two minor heat marks to windscreen. Consigned by ex-Lesney employee, a very striking colour trial.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Price Realised: £800
Matchbox King Size K23 Mercury Commuter Police Car factory pre-production colour trial - yellow body, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, chrome hubs with rubber tyres - Good to Good Plus with some light play wear and usual reaction between hubs & tyres. Consigned for sale direct from ex-Lesney employee.