Tin toys and wind-up scooters are not only hard to find, but if they’re vintage they’re also fiercely expensive. But this time you’re in luck because all of these reproduction toys are on sale. The scooter girl (measuring 7″ long) is just $21.98, the circus elephant is $47.98, the delivery scooter is $19.98 and the set of two Vespas is $9.98. The perfect valentines for the hard-to-buy for scooterist!
This is a really great looking toy that you might be able to find on eBay every now and then. But alas, it’s pretty rare – even though it’s a reproduction. Still with tin toys going for prices as much as full-scale vintage scooter (unrestored, natch), this might be worth looking for. She measures approximately 6.5″ long and made in India. I checked into the toy company listed on the box (TTC Toys) but they’re out of business.
Hold your breath folks. This uber-rare Japanese toy is priced at $4,500! And for those Portland, Oregon folks, it’s available to be seen and coveted at the vintage and comic book ephemera store “Billy Galaxy.” The scooter is a Rabbit measuring 7″ long and 6″ high. The boy rider is “Shotaro Kaneda” who also happens to own a several stories tall robot called Tetsujin 28-go or “Iron Man #28” â€” not to be confused with Robert Downey Jr. The toy was made in Japan by Daito, still has both of it’s antenna and is the “harder to find variant that does not picture the Tetsujin 28 robot printed on its sides.”
From Wikipedia: Tetsujin 28-gÅ (literally “Iron Man #28”) is a 1956 manga written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant Robo. The series centered on the adventures of a young boy named Shotaro Kaneda, who controlled a giant robot named Tetsujin 28, built by his late father.
The manga was later adapted into four anime TV series, the first in 1963. It was the first Japanese series to feature a giant robot. The 1963 series was later released in America as Gigantor. A live action motion picture with heavy use of computer generated graphics was produced in Japan in 2005.
Below the photos of the toy I’ve put a photo of a statue of the robot (actual size) as it was being built in Kobe, Japan. Does anyone know if they’ve built a Godzilla one?