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On 10/11/2021 at 2:32 PM, bunglebus said:

My mind is starting to play tricks on me. After getting the knackered police Peterbilt recovery truck recently, I found this one locally - and now I cannot for the life of me remember which version I had as a kid! This one does not have the working steering I remember from my original, guess this was dropped for cost reasons? Everything else works though

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That's a K-20 Peterbilt you have there, only produced in the green and white, available between 1979 and 1985.

A police-livery version was made from 1986 on, in Macau, and replaced the green and white K-20. It was renumbered as K-121, and came with the working steering you remember - highlighted as a 'new feature' in the '86 Matchbox catalogue. Was yours the peelermobile special?

My own childhood version with this feature dates from the late 80s (Woolworths buy with Christmas money) - I'm not sure how long it remained in the range, but it's still listed in the 1990 catalogue, though not in the 1993 one.

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It's a rare occurrence where features were added during Matchbox's Universal era, rather than deleted...

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I remembered another local charity shop on Sunday that I hadn't been in for a while. Nosing through the window revealed a tantalising glimpse of some die casts in a tub. Popped back today;

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Even the offer of viewing the boxed ones hidden in the store room wasn't enough to tempt me. But the 50p box turned up a few orphans

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49 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

I keep hoping a Racing Mini will turn up in a lot, the custom I did doesn't have very good glazing. I think I have three spares and it's cracked or missing in all of them

Steve Flowers does them for £2.10

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Some interesting stuff there 😎.The trailer of the auto carrier looks like a copy of the larger Siku one20211012_165337.thumb.jpg.6ee9ef61ffe4ce5c9942988558a98101.jpg

Does anyone know where Zylmex were sold?.I don't really remember seeing them when I was growing up,same as Yatming & Playart.Maybe it was a period when I was more interested in other things 😂

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31 minutes ago, 155V6 said:

Does anyone know where Zylmex were sold?.I don't really remember seeing them when I was growing up, same as Yatming & Playart.

I think they may have been sold mainly in '50p Shops', as they were known to me - cheap discount stores, and often repackaged by an importer.

I mean, this one says 'Tuf Toys', but the Kenworth cab, wheels and trailer look very similar to the ones in the Zee/Zylmex catalogue.

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Dunno if in this part of the world we just rarely saw the names Playart, Yatming or Zylmex by themselves - kind of the way Maisto/MC Toys were branded Edocar for a while in Europe, as that was the importer's branding?

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I don't remember seeing them in shops as a kid, but they did seem to be sold in their original packaging. I've tracked a few down with different style cards and boxes

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The exception being these two branded Fast Lane - 100% Zylmex cars

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36FEEBB2-6D59-4547-9EE0-18623CF01A40.thumb.jpeg.ad7efb658bd59ca0273bada691164493.jpegB62AD259-701D-4F3A-9D9B-3BEE35A50CF7.thumb.jpeg.d769232ec9b0af5f99964f1fc28ffd21.jpegWent into a weird “ Re-use Centre” which seems a cross between a junk shop and charity shop but in an old warehouse , anyway picked these up.  There was a lot of Days Gone By etc, also lots of FX4 Taxi models in various scales- all boxed if anyone wants me to go back. 
There was also a Matchbox Rover Sterling in its box and a Superkings 944 , again boxed for a Fiver each . I can pop back in at the weekend if anyone’s interested. 

 

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10 hours ago, eddyramrod said:

I had that Lexus.  Not sure if it went in my Great Diecast Sale; possibly not, because it still had a box (although it had been opened).  I must have a look, see if it's still here.

I'd be interested if you do find it, otherwise it'll be one for me to look out for......

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15 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

There was also a Matchbox Rover Sterling in its box and a Superkings 944 , again boxed for a Fiver each . I can pop back in at the weekend if anyone’s interested. 

I hate making plans for people, but if you happened to be passing...

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4 minutes ago, 155V6 said:

Bought mainly for the Rockets Bizzarrinni Manta as it has a different base to the one I already have

Different? 

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Don't do this to me!

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Or do you mean Whizzwheel <> Rocket bases

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And not Electro Rocket.  Please tell me you have the Electro Rocket!

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