Thursday, July 31, 2008


The Vauxhall Cresta was launched in October 1957 and like the FA had a distinct transatlantic look to its styling. Initially launched with a 2.2 litre engine it was enlarged to 2.6 litres in 1960 so driver John Watson and his crew, Frank Dimblebee and John Whitmore, entered the 1961 Monte Carlo rally with 95 BHP at their disposal, for the car was almost completely standard. They started the event from Warsaw in Poland and were classified as finishers in 140th position, quite an achievement when you consider that Mr Walker drove the last 450 miles on icy mountain roads with no brakes!

The hugely stylish Cresta is a perennial favourite for Vauxhall fans. This is the first of a new casting, and we are hugely impressed. Lledo have had a chance to let themselves go a little with the chrome on this model, and the results are gorgeous.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


The Mini designed by Alexander Issigonis was introduced in 1959. The car epitomizes its era, hailed as the Swinging Sixties together with the Beatles, Stones, the Mini Skirt, Mary Quant and liberal attitudes. Its unique size and creative style captured the imagination of the World.
The Cooper S is a sporting development, with the larger 1275cc 4 cylinder engine developing 75bhp and a top speed of 144kph.
The Mini Cooper won many races and rallies including the Monte Carlo beating larger and more powerful cars. Shop here

Monday, July 28, 2008


Conceived as a short term model by the Rover Car Company, the Land Rover was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show on April 30th 1948. Designed as an improved four wheel drive machine to the Jeep it was thought to be ideal for farmers and the developing third world, possibly even used to pull ploughs.

An immediate success, orders poured in from all over the world and King George VI ordered the first of many to be used on royal estates. Everyone wanted a Land Rover and it became a common sight on farms, in forests and in the police and armed forces as well as gaining huge popularity in Africa and other parts of the developing world. Land Rover could go where no vehicles had gone before.

Over the years Land Rover has gone through many changes, refinements and improvements but 50 years later it still remains one of the most popular and recognizable four wheel drive vehicles in the world.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This die-cast is Oxford No.MP004-Mister Burger Mini Pickup, it was designed in England by Oxford Diecast Ltd. It was a limited edition in China in 2007. The length is 8.1 cm.

The Mini Pick up was a special designed for trading fast food of Mister Burger. It was the first shop to sell burger in Leicester, England. The color of the body is reddish yellow, promotional advertising and logo, clear windows, black baseplate and certificate of a limited edition.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Regular Wheels No.6 Euclid Quary Dump Truck

For the heaviest work on the most uneven sites, the Dump Truck is the answer to the civil engineer’s problem. Built somewhat on the lines of a military vehicle that is intended to be used off the road, the dumper has very deep chassis members, a Diesel engine developing at least 120 h.p. and a 5 –or 6 speed gearbox to give flexibility under load. The all-steel tipper body is specially shaped to load and unload rapidly : rectangular bodies tend to retain a small but significant part of a difficult load, such as wet sand. The dump truck driver is protected from debris during loading by a robust plate extending from the body over the cab.

Monday, July 21, 2008


The invention of the patented formula for COCA-COLA and the subsequent retailing of the soft drink began with the Atlanta pharmacist, John S. Pemberton. However, in 1886, it was Asa G. Candler who was most responsible for beginning the aggressive promotion that would build the brand into a world-renowned entity. Candler, who bought the name and the formula in 1891, was an aggressive marketer who made sure the COCA-COLA name was known wherever people stopped for refreshment. Of course, one of the most obvious ways to make the name COCA-COLA familiar to all was to promote it-in its trademarked Spencerian script-in as many places as possible through signage at retail outlets and on billboards across the country. Indeed, as early as 1908, it is estimated that signs bearing the COCA-COLA name covered 2.5 million square feet of wall on American buildings. This aggressive marketing campaign would continue until the present day when COCA-COLA is truly one of the most recognizable brands around the globe. Now, the authentic reproduction of a vintage sign for “Stoneleigh Pharmacy,” advertising COCA-COLA, appears on a classic 1920 MACK AC truck. The MACK truck-another name that is instantly recognizable as an American classic-is re-created in a precision engineered die-cast replica. Crafted and decorated with authentic COCA-COLA trademarks and graphics, your official model is produced by-and available only from-Matchbox Collectibles, the greatest name in die-cast.

Friday, July 18, 2008


This die-cast is Norev Citroen DS21 Jean Richard and Tele Junior. It was designed in France, produced in China. The length is 11.8 cm. (1:43)

The real Citroen ID21 or DS21 was used to advertise a circus of “Jean Richard” and advertising sign of magazine for French children “TELE JUNIOR”. This car is a station wagon or sometimes it was named to be a model of Safari. It was produced in between 1955-1976. The designer is Flaminio Bertoni. This model of Citroen has many things advance ahead of other cars in that period, such as the front light could be turned along the way with the car. The system of suspension is hydronumatic, front light water wiper. The engine of this model is alike with Porsch 911. At present, this model is very expensive.

Jean Richard (1921-2001) was a very well-known French actor. He began his occupation as a humoristic comic. Later on, he changed his occupation to be an actor of the cinema. (Broadcasting on TV in France) He became a famous actor from the “Maigret” cinema which adapted from a novel of George Simenon by acting as a detective whose personal recognition is holding his pipe in the corner of his mouth. This cinema presented on air more than 20 years. Besides this, Jean Richard formed a group of well-known circus in France in 1957 by using his name as a circus name. He died from cancer in 2001.

This die-cast might be produced in order to memorize Jean Richard after he die in 2001 by Norev, the leading producer of model car of France. It includes white body alternated with blue and orange, clear windows, black interior and orange. On the roof installed a advertising sign of magazine concerning the cinema and cartoon for children “TELE JUNIOR”.

Monday, July 14, 2008


The “steam age” had a much greater impact in England than it did in the rest of the world. The Americans flirted with the popular Stanley Steamer, but quickly turned to gas-powered engines. The Germans, inventors of the internal combustion engine, had little time for steam.

In England, however, there was a long love affair with steam engines, which were used for all types of vehicles and machinery-everything from ploughing to baling on farms to powering fairgrounds.

The Yorkshire company was renowned for its steam engines, producing more than a thousand steam engines, producing more than a thousand steam wagons between the years 1913 and 1932.

And now the beloved Yorkshire Steam Wagon lives on as handsome die-cast replica from Matchbox. Shop here 


When one thinks of the “Golden Age of Steam,” the first image that comes to mind is the locomotive, thundering into palatial stations with clouds of steam billowing everywhere. Yet, the success of the railroads also depended on other steam-powered engines-not the least of which was the steam-engine wagon, which transported essentials to the builders of railroads. One famed maker of steam wagons was Atkinson & Co, of Preston, Lancashire. Originally the firm sold and repaired steam wagons produced by another company. However, when that company moved and took over its own sales, Atkinson began producing its own wagons in 1916. Atkinson incorporated the very best it had garnered from its experience in sales and maintenance. Its early models featured 2-section boilers, a tubular super heater and a 2-cylinder compound engine, and the success of these designs laid the foundation for the long line of trucks and busses which were manufactured up until 1970. Now, with a full load of cobblestones and sand, and 1918 Atkinson Steam Wagon bearing the imprimatur of the City of Westminster is on its way to repair a city street. This intricate model has been crafted by Matchbox Collectibles exclusively for the Age of Steam II Collection.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


The piercing scream of a siren and the powerful roar of a diesel engine! The local fire department responds to another call with a great sense of urgency, for every second counts. Now Corgi pays tribute to the fearless firefighters with the FIRE HEROES Showcase display series. It captures the drama and excitement of classic fire apparatus. Combining intricate engineering and authentic decoration, this unique series is a fitting tribute to legendary fire engines.
Each model is mounted to a display stand and includes a full-color collector card. This informative collector card can be affixed to the display stand. As your collection grows, be sure to arrange each display stand side-by-side to create an impressive panoramic display.

The die-cast Land Rover – City of Bath is one of the five models of Fire Heroes Series. Land Rover – City of Bath, Base on the standard Land Rover 86” chassis the built-to-order Fire appliances were small, easily maneuverable and capable of operating in restricted spaces. They tended to be sold to works fire brigades or small airfields where they operated as first response vehicles.

The FIRE HEROES Showcase display series from Corgi makes a worthy addition to any die-cast collection. Collect them all and be sure to look for future release!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


The popularity of the horse-drawn milk float as an early Lesney toy led it to be recreated in miniature. It earned its special place in Matchbox history as the only horse-drawn issue in the entire line of 1-75 die-cast miniatures.

The early Lesney Milk Float in blue is far rarer than the orange version. It may even been a promotional model for a local dairy company as all the collected examples have been found in Britain.


Matchbox made promotional models for many other companies and attractions. But this particular MB38 was made to promote Matchbox itself. The first regular issue MB38 rolled down a Matchbox assembly line in 1982. This vehicle, for the 1-75 line, was the Champion Spark Plugs van. It came with royal blue cab, black base, white roof and shining chrome bumpers, headlights and grille, along with the company’s familiar red and black logo incorporating a sketch of a sparkplug.

Matchbox itself has used the vehicle for sale and advertising messages such as the last model was suspended production in 1992 later on it was produced in Macau, China and Thailand. It is a Model A Ford Van, a yellow colour that advertised itself.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


The die-cast is Eligor No.2421001 Citroen Type H Michelin, producing under the license of Citroen and Michelin in China 2003. The length is 9.8 cm. (Scale 1:43) In Thailand, the die-cast from France that we are well acquainted and knowing well is Majorette and Solido.

Eligor is the die-cast from France that I would like to introduce to you, it was born in France in 1978 by Jacques Grelzammer, Eligor who was a proficient car production of French brand, especially, Citroen, Renult, Pergeot and it is still produced some model of the die-cast from the present production plant in France.

The die-cast of Citroen Type H. which was a unique Truck Classic Van.(The first assembled of the real car was produced in 1948) This car is a yellow-blue van body, Michelin tires, Bibendum markcot between the windows, a sliding door at the right side, clear windows, grey interior, packing in a show case with a back curtain and a gasoline pump. It is very beautiful.