Tin Toys — October 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The Very Special Japanese Classic Tinplate Toy Cars

BY JACK HERBERT

IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE market for those tinplate Japanese toy cars of the ’50s and ’60s is somewhat slow at the moment. Well, it is. In general.

A lot depends on just which toys of that era are immune to variations of interest and, of course, price. About ten percent of the Japanese tinplate toy production of that period are now considered classic. Some are highly desirable, and will remain so.

Which toys are these? Well, in general, they are the robots, the figural, and the toy ships, planes, cars, and zeppelins. Many are now truly scarce, as well. Hundreds of toy cars were produced, some beautiful and highly detailed, as well as the everyday hum-drum. Just like real life.

I thought it might be worth while to list some of the very special toy automobiles the Japanese issued in those exceptional years. Here’s a few for starters. They’re all tinplate.

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