Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vintage Diecast Collectibles



Hubley Cast Iron Racer
Many grown men such as myself collect diecast cars, airplanes and such. Toys we had growing up as a child. Children before the early 20th century played with toys made from wood or cast iron. 

This a cast iron racer from Hubley Toys.
Corgi Double Decker Bus



Hubley Diecast Kit Car
In the early 40's companies started using a process know as diecast which until then produced everyday items to make toys. Diecast refers to the process of pouring molten material into a die to make the item. Manufacturers such as Meccano (Dinky Toys) in the United Kingdom, Dowst Brothers (TootsieToys) in the United States. In the late 40's and English company Lesney started producing cars called Matchbox based on the size of the car could fit in a matchbox.

In 1968 Mattel entered the market with Hotwheels. Certain versions of the original redlines as they are called for the redline tires can fetch a pretty penny at auction. Hotwheels are still around today and grown men show up at Target stores all the time to get their collector fix.

Hotwheels Deora


After seeing the success of Hotwheels, Topper Toys developed the Johnny Lightning series of diecast cars. These were and are much more detailed than Mattel Hotwheels. More on the line of Matchbox. In 1970 & 71 Topper Toys sponsored the Johnny Lightning Special driven by Al Unser to victories in the Indianapolis 500.

Johnny Lightning Indycar Collector Set
Be sure to check out our diecast selection for sale at VintageMARK

Until next time happy collecting!