Friday, 15 April 2016

NEW INFORMATION

NEW INFORMATION - 15/04/2016


INCOMING - I've just obtained a big lot of original catalogues for various Japanese tin toy exporters and manufacturers. These will enable me to increase the amount of information available on this site enormously. Recent posts are based on this new material. They are just basic posts at the moment but they should fill up with information over the next few months. If you can't find what you want now, be sure to check back later.

NOTE - I'm always looking to increase my collection of original tin toy manufacturers catalogues/scans of catalogues. If you have something that I don't have and vice versa I'm always willing to swap. Just contact me via the comments section below. Your comment will not show until it's been vetted by myself. You can safely leave your email address as I won't publish it.

ADDITIONAL - I should be adding around 100 new tin toys to the photo galleries so be sure to have a look.


METTOY

Company Name/s: The Mettoy Company Ltd.

Name Derivation / Meaning: Metal toy.
Location/s: Head Office - Queensway, Fforestfach, Swansea, Wales. Engineering Department - Harlestone Road, Northampton, England. London Office & Showroom - Finsbury Pavement House, 120 Moorgate, London, E.C.2, England.
Trade Mark/s:



Dates: Founded in 1932 -  Dissolved in 1984.
Notes: Registered as a private company on 31st August, 1932. The company was founded by Philip Ullmann and Arthur Katz. Both Ullmann and Katz were Jewish, moving to Britain following Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Ullmann was originally managing director and then sole owner of Tipp and Co., a company set up to manufacture mechanical tin toys and located in Nuremburg, Germany.


Locations, 1933 - Winteringham Ltd., St Andrews Street, Northampton. Initially shared the workshops of Winteringham Ltd. (a model engineering company closely associated with Bassett-Lowke). February 1936 - moved to larger premises in Stimpson Avenue, Northampton. 1937 - moved to larger premises in Harleston Road, St. James End, Northampton. 1944 - 

Checklist For Mettoy Tin Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 10/01/2017-

METTOY CATALOGUE 1953

METTOY CATALOGUE 1953 - CONTENTS (Tin Toys Only).

916 - Sparking Racer (9.50 inches long) - Friction, with spark.
3306 - Saloon Car (5.50 inches long) - W/U.
3039 - Giant Racing Car (15.25 inches long) - W/U, brake, steering.
3102/3 - Fire Engine (11.75 inches long) - W/U, extending ladder.
3110/2 - Fire Engine (15.00 inches long) - W/U, extending ladder.
3114/1 - Petrol Tanker, Shell (8.50 inches long) - W/U, plastic cab.
3118/1 - Articulated Lorry, Speedy (8.25 inches long) - W/U, plastic cab.
3262/1 - Farm Tractor (7.50 inches long) - W/U.
3262/3276 - Tractor & Trailer set (19.25 inches long) - W/U. With driver.
3262/2468 - Farm Tractor & Implements set (16.25 inches long) - W/U. With driver.
3264/1 - Giant Tractor (9.25 inches long) - W/U.
3276 - Farm Tip Trailer (12.00 inches long) - N/M.
3312T - Shooting Brake & Caravan (13.75 inches long) W/U.
3320 - Police Car (6.25 inches long) - Friction, siren.
3321 - Fire Tender (6.25 inches long) - Friction, siren.
3322 - Fire Chief (6.25 inches long) - Friction, siren.
3323 - Ambulance (6.25 inches long) - Friction, siren.
4315 - Mettype Junior Typewriter (11.25 inches long) - H/O mechanism.
5316 - Coronation Sparking Loco (10.00 inches long) - Friction, with spark. 
5319 - Floor Loco & Tender (7.00 inches long) - Friction, with spark.
6133/3 - Sparking Tank (9.00 inches long) - W/U, with spark.
6201/1022 - Joytown Fire Station (8.25 inches long) - Fire Chief and Tender
6202/2023 - Flying Squad Station (8.25 inches long) - Police Car and Ambulance.
6412 - Sandy The Shunter (20.00 inches long) - W/U, track toy.
6435 - Tractor (5.00 inches long) - W/U.
6435/116 - Tractor & Trailer (11.50 inches long) - W/U, Fruit & Vegetables.
6438 - Caterpillar Tractor (5.00 inches long) - W/U.
6560 - Battleship (12.75 inches long) - Friction, with spark. Part plastic.
6600 - Clockwork Speed Boat (6.50 inches long) - W/U.
6602 - High-Speed Launch (7.25 inches long) - W/U.
6603 - Ocean Liner (7.25 inches long) - W/U.
6605 - High Speed Motor Boat (11.25 inches long) - W/U.
6607 - Cabin Cruiser (14.25 inches long) - W/U.
7101A - Dan Dare Ray Gun (21.00 inches long) - Winding mechanism with spark.
8110 - Model Racing Car (5.00 inches long) - W/U, steering.
8132 - Sparking Army Despatch Rider (5.50 inches long) - Friction, with spark.
8230 - Dan Dare Rocket Space Ship (8.50 inches long) - Friction, with spark.

METTOY CATALOGUE SUPPLEMENT 1953 - CONTENTS (Tin Toys only).
2006 - Space Patrol Aeroplane (13.75 inches wingspan) - Friction, with spark.
3001 - Police Car (4.50 inches long) - Friction.
3082/1 - Racing Car (7.00 inches long) - W/U
3147 - Army Motor Cycle (5.25 inches long) - Friction, with spark.
3306/1T - Car & Caravan (11.00 inches long) - W/U
6351 - Crazy Cowboy (6.25 inches long) - W/U.


Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).   

Pinterest Board for Mettoy - Pictures and links to other pages with Mettoy tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE METTOY COMPANY LTD. 
I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

ASAHI TRADING CO. / ASAHI CORPORATION

Company Name/s: Asahi Trading Co., Ltd. / Asahi Corporation.

Name Derivation / Meaning: Asahi is a Japanese family name / surname. The company name is probably derived from the founder's name. n.b. Asahi Trading Co., Ltd. / Asahi Corp. is distinct from Asahi Toy Co., Ltd. / ATC.  
Location/s: Tokyo, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: The company name "ASAHI", within an oval, superimposed on a larger letter "A".


Dates:  
Notes:


Checklist For Asahi Corp. Tin Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 18/02/2016-

ASAHI CORP CATALOGUE 1976


Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).   

Pinterest Board for Asahi Corp. - Pictures and links to other pages with Bandai tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON ASAHI CORPORATION. I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

YANOMAN TOYS CO., LTD. / Y.M. BRAND / YANOMAN CORPORATION

Company Name/s: Yanoman Toys Co., Ltd. / Yanoman Corporation.

Name Derivation / Meaning: From the founder's name, Mr Yano.

Location/s: 20, 3-Chome, Higashikomagata, Sumidaku, Tokyo, Japan and 14, 2-Bancho, Kawarayamachi, Minamiku, Osak, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: The letter "Y" superimposed on a larger letter "M" within a circle.


Dates: Founded 1954 - To present.
Notes:


Checklist For Yanoman Tin Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 19/02/2016-

YANOMAN CATALOGUE 1965

YANOMAN CATALOGUE CONTENTS 1965 (Tin Toys only).

542 - Auto Racer (8.00 inches long) - Friction. Motorbike & Rider.
602 - Portable Sewing Machine - B/O.
605 - Sewing Machine - B/O.
961 - Mechanical Boy On Bike (5 inch high version) - W/U.
962 - Mechanical Boy On Bike (4.5 inch high version) - W/U.
2710 - Continental Bus (7.0 inches long) - Friction.
3210 - Boxing (6.00 inches long) - W/U. Plastic figures.
4194 - New Service Car, Assorted (5.25 inches long) - Friction. Cadillac etc.
4195 - Assorted Sedan Car (7.25 inches long) - Friction. Police, Fire Chief etc.
4835 - Jumping Dog With Ball (5.00 inches high) - W/U. Plush covered.
4839B - Jumping Monkey - W/U. Plush covered.
5196 - Space Scout (10.00 inches long) - B/O.
5513 - Space Tank (6.00 inches long) - Friction. Marked "Mars Patrol".
5530 - Mechanical Playful Hippo (6.00 inches long) `- W/U. With butterfly.
5535 - Trolley Car (8.00 inches long) - B/O.
5536 - Greyhound Bus (10.75 inches long) - B/O (see also No. 5719).
5542 - Mechanical Dog With Boot - W/U.
5545 - Mechanical Acrobat Monkey - W/U.
5547 - Aircraft Carrier With Helicopter (8.75 inches long) - Friction.
5548 - Rendezvous (17.00 inches) - B/O. Spaceship in two parts.
5550 - Space Race Car (9.00 inches long) - Friction.
5560 - Mechanical Playful Dog With Butterfly (7.50 inches long) - W/U.
5564 - Space Explorer (7.00 inches long) - Friction.
5571 - Continental Trailways Bus - B/O.
5572 - Continental Trailways Bus - Friction.
5573 - Fire Chief Car (10.5 inches long) - Friction.
5573 B - Highway Patrol Car (10.5 inches long) - Friction.
5615 - Kitty In The Shoes (6.00 inches long) - W/U.
5631 - Mechanical Jumping Dog (5.00 inches high) - W/U.
5635 - Mechanical Sweet Kitty (7.50 inches long) - W/U.
5650 - Mechanical Comic Dog - W/U.
5652 - B.O.A.C. Jet Plane - Friction.
5653 - Assorted Jet Planes (T.W.A., United etc.) - Friction.
5707 - Mechanical Sioux Canoe - W/U.
5714 - Greyhound Bus (11.75 inches long) - Friction.
5716 - Mercedes Benz - Friction.
5718 - Greyhound Bus (7.0 inches long) - Friction.
5719 - Greyhound Bus (10.75 inches long) - Friction (see also No. 5536).
5721 - Japan Airline Prop. Plane - Friction.
6673 - Assorted Air Planes (3.50 inches long) - Friction. Six different types.
6674 - HB-2 Jet Plane (6.25 inches long) - Friction. 
6681 - Boeing Air Plane (5.00 inches long) - Friction.
6683 - Pan American Air Plane (7.50 inches long) - Friction. 
7675 - Kick Action Machine Gun (22.50 inches long) - B/O. 
8303 - Station Wagon - Friction.
8162 - Crown Jeep (4.50 inches long) - Friction. 
10011 - Ford Assorted Cars (8.00 Inches long) - Friction. Police, Fire, Ambulance.
10210 - Convair Jet (7.00 inches long) - Friction. Marked Convair, USAF & 11-1000.

The 1965 catalogue also includes plush toys (not detailed above).


Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).  

Pinterest Board for Yanoman - Pictures and links to other pages with Yanoman tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON YANOMAN TOYS CO., LTD I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

DAIYA / TERAI TOYS CO., LTD.

Company Name/s: DAIYA / Terai Toys Co., Ltd.

Name Derivation / Meaning:
Location/s: Tokyo, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: The word "DAIYA" within a diamond / lozenge. Daiya means diamond in Japanese.



Dates:
Notes:


Checklist For DAIYA Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 17/02/2016.

Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).  

Pinterest Board for DAIYA - Pictures and links to other pages with DAIYA tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON DAIYA / TERAI TOYS CO., LTD. I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

HAJI / MANSEI TOY CO., LTD.

Company Name/s: Haji / Mansei Toy Co., Ltd.

Name Derivation / Meaning:
Location/s: Tokyo, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: The letters "HAJI" within an oval.
Dates:
Notes:


Checklist For Haji Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 17/02/2016-



Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).  

Pinterest Board for Haji - Pictures and links to other pages with Haji tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON HAJI / MANSEI TOY CO., LTD. I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

NOMURA TOY CO., LTD.

Company Name/s: Nomura Toy Co., Ltd.

Name Derivation / Meaning: Nomura is a Japanese family name / surname.
Location/s: Tokyo, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: The letters "T.N" within a diamond / lozenge (read from right to left this is N.T for Nomura Toy).


 Nomura Trade Mark

Dates:
Notes:


Checklist For Nomura Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 17/02/2016.


 Nomura Catalogue 1973
NOMURA CATALOGUE 1973


Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).  

Pinterest Board for Nomura - Pictures and links to other pages with Nomura tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON NOMURA I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

ICHIMURA CO., LTD.

Company Name/s: Ichimura & Co., Ltd.

Name Derivation / Meaning: 
Location/s: No. 6 Kotobuki-Cho, 3-Chome, Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Trade Mark/s: North American Indian with headdress motif.



Dates:
Notes:

Checklist For Ichimura & Co., Ltd. Toys (links lead to images in my photo-gallery).

COMPILING NOW - Last Updated 17/02/2016-

ICHIMURA CATALOGUE 1964

#1002 Volkswagen 1600 TL (7.00 inches long) - W/U.
#1003 Mercedes Benz 250 SE (7.00 inches long) - W/U. 
#10028 Silver Tank (5.00 inches long) - W/U.
#20166 Continental Trailways Coach (10.50 inches long) - Friction.

Abbreviations Used.
N/M = no mechanism.
H/O = hand operated.
Friction = friction wound flywheel mechanism.
Crank = crank wound flywheel mechanism.
W/U = wind up / clockwork (spring) mechanism.
B/O = battery operated.
B&G = bump and go / mystery action.
R/C = remote control.
Name In Italics = exact name unknown (updated when I spot an original box or obtain an original catalogue).  

Pinterest Board for Ichimura & Co., Ltd. - Pictures and links to other pages with Ichimura tin toys. Includes items for sale on auction sites etc.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON ICHIMURA & CO., LTD. I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.