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LaLD ///May:  Majorette BMW 733 LaLD ///May:  Majorette BMW 733

My final entry for LaLD ///May is another seen some time ago. This is Majorette 256, the BMW 733 (E23) . This casting was in the range from 1979-86, and is a lovely model:

LaLD ///May:  Tomica BMW 3.5 CSL LaLD ///May:  Tomica BMW 3.5 CSL

Another Tomica for LaLD ///May. This one has been seen before, here it is again. This is Tomica F30-1, the BMW 3.5 CSL (E9). This casting entered the range in September 1977, and represents an iconic BMW model:

LaLD ///May:  Siku BMW 633 CSi LaLD ///May:  Siku BMW 633 CSi

My next entrant for LaLD ///May is slightly less obscure. This is Siku 1035, the BMW 633 CSi (E24). This casting was in the range from 1978-89, and couldn’t be more of a period piece:

LaLD ///May:  Unknown German Maker BMW 502 LaLD ///May:  Unknown German Maker BMW 502

My next entrant for LaLD ///May is something unusual and quirky, even for my collection. This is a small plastic casting of a BMW 502, made in Germany, maker unknown. As one can see, this is not a precision scale model, but it still has some charm:

LaLD ///May:  Tomica BMW 320i Alpina LaLD ///May:  Tomica BMW 320i Alpina

As today is Land of the Rising Sun-day and a Tomica day in my rotation, also a part of LaLD ///May, this one is perfect. This is Tomica F43-1, the BMW 320i (E21) Alpina. This casting entered the range in December 1980, and is something you don’t see every day:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox American Ford Station Wagon [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox American Ford Station Wagon

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, and today is also Mother’s Day. As lucky would have it, the model lined up for today’s review is something mom might have driven back in the day. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 31b, the American Ford Station Wagon. This casting entered the range in 1960, replacing the 31a American…

[REVIEW] Tomica Ford Mustang II Ghia [REVIEW] Tomica Ford Mustang II Ghia

Tomica time once again, Land of the Rising Sun-day - but only via the brand of today’s model. Today we look at something as American as possible, a Mustang. This is Tomica F38-1, the Ford Mustang II Ghia. This casting entered the range in January, 1978, and remained until July, 1982. It is a good representation of…

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Karrier Bantam 2 Ton Coca-Cola Truck [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Karrier Bantam 2 Ton Coca-Cola Truck

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, today we examine an all-time classic in the early Matchbox line. This is Lesney Matchbox 37a, the Karrier Bantam 2 ton Coca-Cola truck. This casting entered the range in 1957, remaining until 1960, and has been a beloved casting for a long time:

[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Skyline Silhouette Formula [REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Skyline Silhouette Formula

Engine week was fun, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again. Today we examine a model of something unusual. This is Tomica 65-4, the Nissan Skyline Silhouette Formula. This casting entered the range in October 1982, and is everything one would expect, and then some:

LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Sidecar  LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Sidecar 

Wildcard day, the end of Engine Week. My entries started with Lesney Matchbox, and just like the prior Car Week, ends the same way. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 66b, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and sidecar. This casting entered the range in 1962, and is a prime example of the excellence attained by Lesney…

LaLD Engine Week: NZG Porsche 911 Turbo LaLD Engine Week: NZG Porsche 911 Turbo

TGIF, Forced Induction Friday, that is. Today we examine a car that many people associate with the word “turbo”. This is NZG 266, the Porsche 911 / 930 Turbo. This casting entered the range in ~ 1984, and is very much a period piece:

LaLD Engine Week: Tomica Ferrari BB 512 LaLD Engine Week: Tomica Ferrari BB 512

Time flies, 12 cylinder day is already here. I didn’t have any 10 cylinder models, but the excellence of this 12 cylinder makes up for it. This is Tomica 57-1, the Ferrari BB 512. This casting entered the range in January 1979, and is from an era when, in my opinion, Ferraris were a bit more special:

Expensive Tomicas

Hold on to your hats:

LaLD Engine Week: Tomica De Tomaso Pantera GTS LaLD Engine Week: Tomica De Tomaso Pantera GTS

Eight cylinder day is upon us, the number that is the answer to everything for many people. This V8 car is an interesting hybrid that indeed was an answer for many. Today we examine Tomica F55-1, the De Tomaso Pantera GTS. This casting entered the range in July 1978, and there’s no mistaking it for anything else:

LaLD Engine Week: Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE LaLD Engine Week: Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE

Six cylinder day is here, and presented me with a dilemma. I have a few nice 6 cylinder castings, which to choose? I had to go with the one connected to my username and my own car. Today we examine something a little unusual, the Lone Star Impy Road-Master Mercedes-Benz 220SE:

LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen  LaLD Engine Week: Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen 

The first day of Engine Week coincides with my weekly review, and this week is Lesney Matchbox time. As luck would have it, I have a fantastic Matchbox model for 4 cylinder day. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 25b, the Volkswagen Beetle. This casting entered the range in 1960, and is a lovely little model in many…

Surprise Saturday: Reunited, And It Feels So Good Surprise Saturday: Reunited, And It Feels So Good

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find some empty boxes. Here they are posing with their once-loose models. Still unsure which Cresta I will pair with the C box:

Tomica box top art Tomica box top art

I was sorting through some models today, and noticed the high contrast illustrations on the top of F-series models are quite attractive. I should try to assemble groups of these as some kind of art:

[REVIEW] Tomica Honda CB750 F [REVIEW] Tomica Honda CB750 F

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again, and time again for something different. This is Tomica 42-3, the Honda CB750 F, which entered the range in November 1982, and is of the same accuracy as Tomica cars:

Tomy Tomica cars set to re-enter North American market, hoping third time is the charm, will revive "Pocket Cars" brand Tomy Tomica cars set to re-enter North American market, hoping third time is the charm, will revive "Pocket Cars" brand

With a void in premium diecast left by the departure of Majorette, Tomy is slated to bring back Tomica products to North America later this spring, using the 1970s-80s “Pocket Cars” brand for mainline products. Tomy is said to have several warehouses of unsold 1970s and 1980s era stock it hopes can fulfill demand…

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