Whenever someone wants to trace the roots of modern die-cast vehicles, they need not look any further than Western England in the early 1930s.
By the end of the ’60s Lionel trains were no longer the powerhouses they once were in the late 1940s and ’50s.
This is Part II of a three-part series covering the prewar, postwar and modern eras of Lionel toy trains. Part III will be published in the July 7 issue. — Editor.
In my years as book editor at F+W Media, I’ve had my share of calls, letters and e-mails inquiring about toys of every shape, size and color.
What makes today’s die-cast toy cars so appealing? Is it the bright colors? Is it the wheels? Or is it the fine details in the interior and exterior?
When you think of the top American toymakers today, names like Mattel, Hasbro, and Jakks Pacific come to mind. But during the prewar and postwar era, one toy manufacturer stood tall above the rest—Louis Marx and Co.
Redlines chronicled in Angelo Van Bogart’s latest book Hot Wheels Classics The Redline Era
Over $700,000 of some of the rarest Japanese superheroes, die-cast, vinyl, robots, and space toys was sold at Morphy’s Nov. 13-14 auction in Denver, Pa.
In the years following World War II, particularly the late ’40s, ’50s and early ’60s, toys in America realized the same resurgence of energy as the country they occupied.