Mike Pigott continues his series on the Jurassic Park franchise as we look at Jada’s small range of models based on the 2015 film Jurassic World.Jurassic World, the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series of films, was released in 2015, 22 years after the original movie. As with the previous episodes, there were diecast toys produced to tie in with the film, although this time the license was given to two different companies. Matchbox produced a large selection of 1/64-ish vehicles which had very little to do with anything actually seen in the film. A small range of larger scale models was made by American company Jada Toys, which were (mostly) more authentic to the film.
Mike Pigott concludes his series on Ertl’s 1/43 scale tractors with a look at the towed implements produced in the 1990s as part of the Farm Classics range.
In 1991, Ertl replaced its tractor sub-series of the 1/43 scale Vintage Vehicles range with a new line of model tractors called Farm Classics. This new range consisted of existing castings which had previously been in the Vintage Vehicles range, plus some additional items which had only been available as exclusive releases at the National Farm Toy Show in Iowa. Some of these Farm Classics tractors were quite heavily modified from the original versions. In addition to these tractors, there were five realistic 1/43 scale towed farm implements that were completely new castings.
Mike Pigott looks at models of early 1960s Ford Falcons in 1/43 scale produced by Australian manufacturer Trax.The Ford Falcon is one of the iconic Australian cars, and holds the record for the longest continually-used model name of all time, being in production for 57 years. Although the Falcon originated in the USA, it proved most successful in Australia, where it was introduced to compete with the similarly-sized Holden from General Motors. Trax Models, based in Sydney, produced a number of models based on the first generation Falcons of 1960-1966, in a range of body styles.
Mike Pigott continues his in-depth history of the Ertl 1/43 tractor range. In this third instalment, he looks at the Farm Classics range, plus some related models.During the 1980s, Ertl produced a range of 17 diecast 1/43 scale tractors as part of its constant-scale ‘Vintage Vehicles’ series. This line was discontinued in 1990, and a new range of 1/43 tractors and implements was introduced, called ‘Farm Classics’. This new series reissued many of the Vintage Vehicles tractors, plus several other tractor castings that had previously only been sold exclusively at the National Farm Toy Show in Iowa. After the Farm Classics line was discontinued in 1995, Ertl released some of the 1/43 tractors as stand-alone products.
Mike Pigott looks at this legendary range of diecast models made by Ideal Toys in the 1970s, based on the King of the Stuntmen: Evel Knievel.Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel was one of the most famous figures of the 1970s, and Ideal’s range of toys based on his exploits are among the most widely sought-after collectibles of the era. However, while the Evel Knievel action figures and powered motorcycles are widely remembered today, a related range of diecast vehicles from Ideal Toys is perhaps not as well-known, despite being excellent miniatures. Ideal produced a range of 13 different Evel-related vehicles, some of which are scarce and valuable today.
Mike Pigott looks at Ertl’s 1/43 model tractors made exclusively for the National Farm Toy Show in Iowa.During the 1980s, the Ertl company produced a range of classic 1/43 tractors as part of its constant-scale ‘Vintage Vehicles’ range. However, Ertl also produced a number of 1/43 scale tractors exclusively for the annual National Farm Toy Show in Iowa between 1984 and 1998. While some of these releases duplicated items in the retail range, others were completely new models.
Mike Pigott looks back at the wide range of 1/43 model tractors produced by American company Ertl, as we examine at the agricultural models in the 1980s Vintage Vehicles range.The American company Ertl, based in rural Iowa, has always been well-known for its wide range of tractors and agricultural vehicles. The large 1/18 scale models are widely collected, as are the smaller 1/64 models. However, during the 1980s and ’90s, Ertl also produced am extensive series of tractors in 1/43 scale, which were the only collectible tractors in this scale for many years. Ultimately, however, the size did not really catch on with its core market in the USA.
Mike Pigott looks at this high quality range from Japan that comes with a working sound feature.
Over the past decade or so, a number of Japanese companies have entered the market for high-quality 1/43 scale cars. Some of these are known around the world, such as Kyosho and Ebbro; while others such as Aoshima (DISM and V.I.P. Cars) or Sapi are not well known outside of their native Japan. Japanese collectors love models with gimmicks, and occasionally these find their way into quality diecast models. Aoshima’s DISM line featured cars with adjustable suspension and working battery powered headlights that did not detract from the realism of the models. How do you top that? By producing models with working sound! The Super Sound Premium range was introduced by a company called Iwaya in 2008, and all the models featured realistic engine sounds!
Mike Pigott looks at a small range of models from Corgi based on the adventures of the boy wizard, Harry Potter.Harry Potter first appeared in the 1995 novel Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, and proved to be a massive success around the world. The book spawned five sequels and several spin-offs. In 2001, Harry made the transition to the big screen, with a series of seven big-budget, star-studded movies. Unsurprisingly, there was a great deal of Harry Potter merchandise produced, including a range of diecast models from Corgi, based on three very diverse vehicles seen in the films.
Mike Pigott looks at this recent range of 1/43 classic fire engines made by Yat Ming of Hong Kong.
Yat Ming is a Hong Kong based manufacturer of diecast toys that dates from 1970, created to take advantage of the diecast boom inspired by Hot Wheels. Yat Ming models were largely cheap and cheerful knock-offs of Matchbox and Hot Wheels products aimed mostly at the American market, and were often sold under the ‘Road Tough’ brand.
In 1997 Yat Ming entered the collectibles market, producing a line of budget 1/43 scale American cars. These were quite sparsely detailed, but were good value and featured a number of vehicles not modelled elsewhere. Later a range of highly detailed 1/18 cars were introduced under the ‘Road Signature’ marque, and were again aimed at the USA market, where that scale is extremely popular. This was followed by a series of 1/24 scale fire engines, which were again well detailed, good value and featured a number of moving parts.
In 2006, a line of 1/43 scale vintage fire engines was launched, initially featuring pre-war American vehicles, although British and German ones were later produced. The range was extremely well-made, with great attention to detail, and mostly featured fire engines that had never been modelled before. Another plus point was the price; at around £14 each, these were less than half the cost of similar models by Matchbox, Corgi or Conrad. Yat Ming had clearly researched the real vehicles carefully, as the models were very accurate right down to the coach-lining. Of the models produced, they mainly dated from the 1920s and ‘30s, with seven American items, three British, and a German wartime truck.