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Bandai is a Japanese toy maker and video game company located in Taitō, Tokyo. They were first known for their tin plate toys. They also make a large number of plastic model kits. They were ranked as the world's 4th largest toy maker after Mattel, Hasbro, and The LEGO Group in the early 2000s. Some ex-Bandai group companies produce anime and tokusatsu programs.

In the early 1970s, Bandai also made airport related vehicles that were available in individual picture boxes and as sets. This "Airport Series" was a group of 20 vehicle related diecast trucks and two planes done in approximately 1/120 scale. They were issued in the colors of Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, KLM and Pan AM. Some of these sets may have been given away as in flight promotions to passengers while on board a flight.

Another division of Bandai called "Dapper" issued a series of friction pull back buses. An association with Masuda Toys Press (Tokyo) is known to Dapper, but not to Bandai for certain. Several of their castings were also reissued by Rei (Brazil).

An unnamed series was made up of diecast cars with a rear launcher design.

The Popy brand was established in 1971 by Bandai.

Another diecast series called Bandai - "Charawheels" was made in conjunction with Hot Wheels of Japan exclusively for the Japanese market between 2001 and 2004. The models are approximately 1:64 scale vehicles and are based on movies and television shows that were popular in Japan at that time. The #ing system is said to be confusing with some numbers issued twice, some numbers not issued, and some models being unnumbered.

In 2003, a diecast series made in approxiamently 1:72 scale could be found along with candy in gumball machines. An American office was opened in Cypress, California back then.


See Hot Wheels and Mattel also


Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
Bandai | hobbyDB
Airport Series | hobbyDB
Bandai - Charawheels | hobbyDB
Hot Wheels (japan) | hobbyDB
 
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