Do you own any Modeled Miniatures, or what are actually called Dinky toys? Dinky toys are some of the world’s most classic die-cast miniature toys. The first Dinky Toys entered the market in 1933 and were produced in Great Britain and France. These modeled miniatures were exquisite toys and highly valuable collectible pieces today. During times of low production, Dinky Toys created few and prized miniatures that are rare pieces today.
Did You Know?
Meccano Ltd, owned by Frank Hornby and recognized for its electric trains, was the original manufacturer of Dinky Toys.
The toys were not called Dinky Toys till their second year of production. Instead they were called Modeled Miniatures.
Modeled Miniatures were initially designed for using as accessories on model railroads. These models featured miniature people, animals, railroad signs, and motor vehicles.
Pre-War Dinky Toys
The first Dinky Toys cars featured die-cast metal bodies, tin plates, and rubber tires. Dinky Toys were a major hit in Europe but at the onset of World War II, production remained idle for a long time. Up until the war, Dinky Toys produces cars, buses, trucks, ships, military vehicles and aircraft models. The first model car sold individually was a 23a sports car. Some other popular models include Britain’s 38 series of sports cars and 39 series of American cars.
Post-War Dinky Toys
Once the war was over, production continued and Dinky Toys introduced some of its most innovative toy making breakthroughs. For a long time, the company in both France and Britain used plain cast wheel hubs as well as rubber tires. In 1946, the company decided to change these into realistic cast hubs with raised central section.
The Jeep was the first new postwar vehicle to be created. The Postwar era featured brightly colored toy cars, clear plastic windows, suspension systems, and fingertip steering. It is quite difficult to find pre-war Dinky Toys due to the materials used to create them. Dinky Toys made during the post-war era were from the 40 series cars which were made of improved alloy and sold in packs of six.
Dinky Supertoys were the invention of the post-war era. The 1950s Guy Vans are some of the most popular and cherished toys produced by the company. These models featured a metal box body with opening rear doors. Dinky Supertoys were commercial toys that won the hearts of many.
The years after the war brought prosperity for Dinky Toys. Their toys were produced with greater care and accuracy. These versions became popular and are highly prized collectibles today. No toy collection is complete without including some high quality, ultra-detailed Dinky Toys.