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10 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Oooh...  I see your Denver Fire Brigade mid-engined fantasy and raise you a Laing Craining mid-engined fantasy, raising a Lesney Aston Martin DB2 no less. :-)

If you can be parted with it, it has a space next to it ready

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Sure, I'm not into fire engines anyway - and I had that crane as a kid 🙂

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20 hours ago, bunglebus said:

As a side note, I see the Adventure 2000 stuff in green quite a lot, and I used to have the missile carrier one that always seems to have a bit broken off one of the missile launcher covers - but a bit of Googling reveals they came out again in blue - seen any?

As far as I can tell (flicking through my old catalogues), the Adventure 2000 range first appeared in 1977, and was last listed in the 1981/82 catalogue.

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The initial 1977 offering comprised just the 'Raider Command' and 'Flight Hunter', and they were joined in 1978 by the 'Crusader' and 'Rocket Striker' (the one with the perma-bust missile carrier, BB?).

Looks like the model in your job-lot is the front half of the Raider Command -  in pretty good nick.

A 'Command Force' gift set also appeared, consisting of a Rocket Striker packaged along with three uniquely coloured versions of existing Matchbox Superfast vehicles - the Planet Scout, Cosmobile and Hovercraft. Unfortunately, the smaller vehicles were a bit out of scale alongside the plastic figures in the set...

No new models were added in 1979, but for the 1980/81 catalogue, Lesney decided to jazz things up a bit:

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Exactly the same range, but now in a different colour.

Adventure 2000 seems to have put in its final appearance in the 1981/82 catalogue, before being dropped for the 1982/83 model year (by which time Lesney were in serious financial diffs).

 

I've never encountered any from the later blue range personally, though I did have a fairly complete early Flight Hunter (snared from a jumble sale), which was re-homed last year.

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Lesney might have been lucky with this range - I believe it was developed as a bit of a rip-off of the Gerry Anderson 'Space 1999' TV show, from which Dinky made models of the Eagle Transporter and Freighter, alongside other Anderson-licenced fantasy flying vehicles from the Thunderbirds and UFO series.

When launched in 1977, Lesney could have had no idea that Star Wars was about to make a huge cultural impact by the end of the year. An initial shortage of toy merchandise from the George Lucas film meant that anything related to some kind of armed conflict in space would be snapped up.

Even so, it's hard to know whether they were perceived as such by customers - from the packaging, they look more like futuristic military vehicles, in line with the other Superkings fantasy range models  (like the above crane and fire engine).

But as Kenner-Parker ramped up production of official Star Wars toys - and with the long delay between cinematic releases creating a cool-down in demand - it's possible that sales tailed off and Lesney couldn't justify making them past 1981.

Still, as a relatively small range it might make quite a neat little collection, if decent examples of each could be found?

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Moar boot sale finds. I really didn't intend buying anything, but I might* have been idly looking for some unbuilt AMT and Monogram kits which I dithered over last week. To no avail, although it was quieter today so maybe he hasn't sold them. Anyway, here's my small haul, definitely not guiltily and hastily photographed on the seat of a Sprinter van. Was in two minds over the Corgi Range Rover but it's complete bar a spotlight and it was a quid. The Speed Kings Mercedes was too nice to put back but scandalously twice the price. The silver on the bumpers seems to have worn through to a blue base colour in places but it's presentable enough. 

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18 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

As far as I can tell (flicking through my old catalogues), the Adventure 2000 range first appeared in 1977, and was last listed in the 1981/82 catalogue.

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Yep I had that, the K2002 you show in detail and the hovercraft - never realised it was part of that set before. They seem to be the most common ones, never seen the others to my knowledge. Always assumed They had a TV tie in of some sort (and I should actually study my Matchbox catalogues!).

The K2004 is the one that always seems to be broken yes.

That K2003 is a bit mad! Guessing the K2001 would have been quite pricy as a large two vehicle set.

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So with the Hairy Hustler I got last week with a loose base, it seems that the rear rivet was too small from the factory. Using a 1.5mm drill bit, I drilled it out and glued in a fake rivet. Anyone want it for a quid + postage? Post will be £3, so perhaps better if I can find something else to add. Or pass on at FoTU.

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Tragically, there's no tat today!

St George's Market is shut today, as it's the Glorious Twelfth - NI's premier sectarian public holiday event - and everything, everything is closed so some lads can walk the streets waving their flags and banging a drum in honour of some Dutch fella three hundred odd years ago, before going and getting drunk in a field.

It's all as good as it sounds.

I'm making the most of this holiday by sorting out the shelving in the shed today...

A lot of locals go away on holiday around this time (mainly to get offside in case of trouble) so I'm guessing that Market Blokey might be doing the same, hence his no-show last week.

I can but fantasize that he'll return from his fortnight in Fuerteventura with bags full of Guisval and Mira diecast, and maybe some Spanish Dinkys for good measure...

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1 hour ago, sierraman said:

Whaaaaa!

To compensate we’ll have to trade facts on 1980’s Matchbox. Does anyone remember the ‘World Class’ ones they did with the rubber tyres and extra detailing. At the time they were more expensive, definitely into Siku territory.?

I've got a few of those,they are quite nice.They also did a few of the larger cars in a similar style.

 

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15 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Still looking for the Volvo 760 World Class. Yes you are right they did the world class in the super kings, the green XJ40 sticks in my mind.

Got a feeling I may have a spare Volvo 760,I'll have a look when I get in.                           I had the green XJ40,also a Porsche 911 in pearl white.

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On 7/9/2019 at 9:27 PM, Noel Tidybeard said:

ohnoes i might* have just accidentaly* boughted both red & white

Arrival today !

1:24 in scale, making them 18cm long and 5.5 cm wide.  Not only that, they are nice too - WITH OPENINGS 

May* motorise them for slot use and sell one of the red ones to fund the project

 

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