BY STEVE BUTLER
APPEARING IN THIS magazine a couple of issues ago was a narrative titled “Inbetweeners.”
That narrative focused on a few of the better toys from a maker (Banner) that issued a product line of variable quality. This narrative is quite similar but the focus and toys have changed. The inbetweener is Reliable Plastics Co. of Toronto, Canada, and the toys are a pair of stake trucks and a pair of motorcycles.
Metal-minded collectors may find this hard to believe, but there are a number of companies (most long defunct) that issued plastic toy vehicles of admirable quality generating a rather significant current collector value. Makers such as Renwal, Ideal Conway and Victory plus all U.S. companies that made promotionals serve as examples. Reliable with several of its hard plastic issues fits well into this group.
Many products from these plastic makers can and do change hands for more than loose pocket change with $1000 plus prices/values occasionally encountered.