Atypical Toys & Go-Withs

 In Steve Butler

AN “ATYPICAL TOY” could be one considered very unusual, mostly often scarce, difficult to locate or even unique. Among the many possibilities would be a salesman’s sample, a prototype, or a private label issue which was for the sole distribution by the business advertised thereon. An atypical toy would be even better if it combined more than one of these factors. The price and/or value of such items could be very affordable or not.

A “go-with” is a contrived term that refers to an item related to the toy and enhances its display. Plastic toy vehicles, from antique to not yet antique, are used as examples for this narrative. Whether or not a person collects or even appreciates plastic toys, the advent of plastic use for toy vehicles was a significant milestone in toy production history.

The idea for this article arose when a seller at the last two shows this writer attended had a box marked with Kilgore identification and dated 1937. The five toys therein were quite common but in excellent condition. Those Kilgores certainly had to be among the first plastic toy vehicles if excluding Bakelite and celluloid issues.

Even better, about a week ago an atypical plastic toy vehicle made by Hubley surfaced for sale on the internet. That toy appeared almost identical to a die cast white metal car offered by Hubley which was introduced in the company’s factory catalog for 1936. It was their No. 401 Sedan which was 3.5 inches long and rode on white rubber tires. Hubley offered that sedan as a single, as a load vehicle for an auto transport and also as an inclusion in two new toy sets.

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