BY JACK HERBERT
IN OUR February issue I featured eleven Japanese tinplate toy ships, all from that wide-open period, 1950-1970, when Japan’s toys ruled the world. Many millions were produced, and shipped off to the eager toy stores everywhere except, I understand, Japan!
The Japanese population at that time were subjected to a short shift in available local tinplate toys because the powers-that-be were interested in world revenue in order to pay off that World War II debt. They built toys of every design, from comic and ‘action’ toys, through robots and battery ops, and dominated the markets everywhere with not only interesting toys, but at rock-bottom prices. Who could compete with that?