First, let me say my three-part series on Lionel trains has been a great success. The online hits, e-mails and calls regarding the series have been fantastic. And I want to thank all of you for your support.
Simplicity. Functionality. Durability. This trio of words, for the most part, has disappeared from the promotional blitz of modern toy cars. In our Swiss-army-knife-is-so-yesterday-unless-it-comes-with-built-in-GPS-and-carbon-dating-capabilities rush to capitalize on advancing technology, even among childrens’ toys, the plastic play cars from the late 1940s through the early ’60s reminds us of these three very important characteristics.
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.
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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?
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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.