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Diecast Master Makers List S

Sabra (Israel) - maker of 1:43 scale castings distributed by Cragstan
`SACI (Brazil) - a series of castings of Corgi Juniors knock offs with "Saci" "Car Model" and "Ind Bras" on the base
`Safir (France) - 1961 to 1978; manufacturer, formerly known as Jadali (France)
Safari Limited
`Saico (Hong Kong) - 2006; a series of 1:72 scale rally cars
`Sakura (Japan) -
Sam Toys
San Ling
Savoye's

`Scalecast (UK) - 1:76 scale construction equipment white metal kits
`Scale Models (USA) - a company founded by Joseph L Ertl, farm toys,
`Scale Structures Limited (USA) -
`Scama Mastaf (ITaly) - see Giodi
Schabak
Schaper
___-Stomper
___-U-Drive-It
`Schneider Foods (Canada) - promottional,
Schuco (Germany) -
___-High Speed (for a short period late 1990s-early 2000s)
Schylling (USA) - 1980s; distributor, Hui Yang(?)
Scientific Toys
`Scottoy (Italy -
SCM

S + D Sales (Canada) - marketed Summer commercial vehicles as "Diecast Metal Trucks"

Sears (USA) - distributor; see Playart, Yat Ming and Zee also.
`Seba (Poland) 0
Seiffener
`Select (USA) -
`Selly Finishing Touches (USA) - 1:87 scale model kits of a Jeep, Farm Tractor and various tanks
SES

`Shaben & Hamdon (Canada) - distributor of DTC Tins' Toys "Super Wheels" in Edmonton, Alberta
Shackman (USA) - aka B Shackman & Company
Shamber
Shanghai
Shelby Collectibles
Shell (USA) - promotional
Shi Feng / So Fine
Shift Kickers
Shing Fat
Shinsei Japan - Jet Machine
Shioji Shoten & Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan (1/18 tin)
Shiwcae Miniatures (USA) - 1:160 white metal kits from Cherry Valley, California
Shrock Brothers Toys (USA) -

`SI Corporation (USA) - 2002; distributor of Pioneer "Street Machines"
`Sigomec (Argentina) -
Signature Models
Singafund International Ltd (Hong Kong) - 1990s;
Sigomec Argentina
Silverlit Nano Auto
Siku (Germany) -
Simiki
`Silver Dolphin (USA) -
Simba Toys (USA) - distributor
Simbia Dickie Group (Germany) - manufacturer
Simple Wishes Inc (USA) - - manufacturer
Simplifun (China) -
`Singafund (Hong Kong) -

Skullduggery, Inc.
`Skytrex (UK) -
Skynet

Slam Shifters see Ideal

`SM (Hong Kong) - see Summer
Smart Bean
`Smart Toys (Hong Kong) - 1999, 1:87 construction vehicle and play sets
Smart Wheel - 2004; see `Agglo Corp Ltd (Hong Kong)
`Smart World Toys (USA) -
SMER (Czech Republic) - formerly Czexhoslovaokia
Smith-Miller (USA) - 19?? to 1979 based in Los Angeles, currently resurrected in Lake Havasu, AZ, USA)
`SMSC Group (USA) - 1990s; maker
Sohbi (Hong Kong) - 1984 to ?; manufacturer
Solido (France) -
Soma - Hong Kong - 1967 to 19??, distributor
SON A1 TOYS
SONIC
Sonix City
Southern Model Supplies (Australia) - see Classic Carlectables

Spark (made by MINIMAX)
Spains (USA) - distributor
`SpecCast (USA) -
`Speed Rebels (USA) - see Johnny Lightning
`Speedrive (Hong Kong) - 1980s; marketing, later became Realtoy
Speedy (Italy) - see Mercury also
Spin Master Ltd (Canada) -
Spot On - Tri-Ang brand name, see Lines Brothers Limited
Springside (UK) - 1:76 white metal kit trucks and vinatage cars

SR (France) -

SSECA TOY
SS Kresge Company (USA) -
SSS

`Star (Canada) - distributor of cardbacked relabeled Faie's "Neon Runner" blistercards
Starline
Starmada
`Start Your Engines (USA) - distributor
Starter
`Startoy (Hong Kong) - distributor
Stelco Germany
Stewart Products (USA) - 1:87 (?) metal and plastic construction equipment kits
Stock Car Miniatures (USA)- aka as SCM
Stomper
Stompers
Straco (USA) - distributor
`Streamlux (Australia) - see Fun Ho!
Street Evolution - 2004; see `Agglo Corp Ltd (Hong Kong)
`Street Wheels (USA) - see Racing Champions
Strombecker
`Strottman International Inc (USA)
`Stunt Squad (Hong Kong) - see Universal
Structo (pressed steel)

Subaru Exiga
Subway Sandwich Shops (USA) - kids meal pemiums; 1996, Tootsietoy "Hard Body" castings; 1998, (Tootsietoy) "Stunt Racers"; 2000, Matchbox
Summer (Hong Kong) -
Summer - Cheetah
Summer - MarzKarz
Summer - Motor Force
Summer - Traffic Stoppers
Summit Marketing
`Sun Hing Toys Co Ltd (Hong Kong) -
Sunline (Hong Kong) - 1970s; distributor of Wheeler
Sunnyside Ltd (Hong Kong) - 1979 to ?
SunQ
Suntoys (Hong Kong) -
Suntory Boss
Suntoy Boss - Great Racing Car
`Super Auto (Poland) - see Metalmodel
`Superfast (UK) - see Matchbox
Superior (USA) - pre WWII to 1984, military teaching tools and later Authenticast brand, aquired by Quality Casting in 1984
Superior - see SunnySide Ltd
`Super Scale Models Ltd (USA) - see Charmerz
Super Metals Car, Model Car
Super Racers - see Product Plus and Welly
Supreme
`Super Speedy (Hong Kong) - see Jet Wheel (Tuffy)
SUTC
`Sutherland Model Casters Ltd (UK) - 1980; trains and bus kits in model craft kits`

Sweering Toys
`Sweet N Fun (Hong Kong) -

`Szabo (Hungary) -
SZE Toy (Hong Kong) - distributor and maker



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Diecast Master Makers List T

T - prefix letter for Tin's Toy castings
Tack Cheung (China) - distributo
`Taco Bell (USA) - promotional,Racin' Rockets
Tai Cheong Toys (Hong Kong) -
Tagamoto by Hex Bug
Tai Cheung - aka TC
Takara see also Tomica / Tomy and Hasbro
___-Choro-Q
___-Transformers
`Tak Wo (Hong Kong) -
`Talentoy (Hong Kong) -
Talking Mini
`Tamas/Tinycar (Brazil) -
Tamfort Ltd.
Tamiya (Japan) - 1946 to today; maker diecast, model kits and RC
Tangerine Press
Targa / Taccar
Target (USA) - distributor
Tatsuya (KTS)
Tatsunoko Productions
Taylor Made - promotional trucks

TC (Hong Kong) - aka Tai Cheung if 'TC####' or Tack Cheung if just 'TC'
`TC Toys (China) - aka Tack Cheung
Teama Toys Ltd
`Team Caliber (USA)
Teamsterz see also Dickie Teamsterz/Teamsters ...should also be connected to HTI / Hasall.
Technopark
Tekno (Denmark) - 1928 to 1974; maker
`Teknobygg (Sweden) -

`TF (Hong Kong) -

`T G & Y (USA) - distributor
`TGH (Hong Kong) -

`Thamesmead (UK) -
`The Holland Inc (USA) - distributor
`The Jim Factory (USA) - distributor
`The Original Toymakers (USA) -
Thinkway Toys (Canada) - distributor
Thinkway Trading (Canada) - distributor
`Thomas Benacci Ltd (UK) - importer
Thomas Toys

Tian Du
Tian Hong
TIC TOC 007 Bond cars
`Tiger Wheels (USA) Puerto Rico (?)
`Tilbury (Ffrance) - maker of 1:76 scale white metal automobile kits
Timmy Toys (Hong Kong) - aka TM
Tim Mee
Tins' Toys (Hong Kong) -
Tintoys (W.T. prefix numbers)
Tiny
Tiny Mites - see Agglo, Elmar and Welly
'Tixeon (USA) -

`TK Models (USA) - white metal kits

`TM (China) - aka as Timmy Toys

TN Toys

Toby Toys (UK) - 1921 to 1967; Marx trademark name
Toi-Toys Holland
`Toho (Japan) -
Tomica (Japan) = a Tomy brand name also associated with Takara (?)
___-Pocket Cars
___-Dandy
___-Limited
___-Limited Vintage
___-Johnny Lightning Playing Mantis
___-Racing Champions
___-Ertl
T-O-M-I-C-A C-O-P-I-E-S
___-Yatming
___-Zee / Zylmex / ZYLL
Tomix
Tomte-Laerdal
Tomytec
Tomy Yujin
Tonka (USA)- see also Maisto
Tonkin Replicas - ton on base
Tootsietoy (USA) -
___-Criterion Products
`Top Gear (Australia) -
Top Gear by Triang
Top Mark
`Topper (USA) - see Johnny Lightning
___-Johnny Lightning (1969-1971)
___-Zoomer Boomer
`Top Speed (USA) -
Torco
`Torpedo (?) -
Tough 43
`Tough Wheels (USA) -
`Toy Biz (USA) -
`Toybox (Taiwan) -
`Toy Century (Hong Kong) -
ToyEko (Spain) - 2011; manufacturer, formerly known as Eko (Spain), 1:43 and 1:87 scale vehicles
`Toy Galaxy (Canada) - distributor, / Fast Wheels
Toy Island (Hong Kong) - distributor
`Toy Land Company (Canad) -
`Toy Leader (China) -
Toy Max
`Toy Quest (USA) - distributor
Toy Sales (Canada) - distributor
Toys & More Trading Corporation (Canada) - distributor
Toy State
`Toysmith (USA) -
Toys 'R' (USA) - distributor
TOY TECH
Toy Way
`Toy Zone (USA) - aka Toy Zone Inc
Toyco America, Ltd
Toyota promotional
Toypower Mfg. Co. LTD - Dust Busters
TOYS CLUB

TPF (The Promotions Factory)

`Track Burners (Hong Kong) -
`Trackside (USA) - see Funstuff
`Track Stars Collectables Pty Ltd (Australia)
`Transport Replicas (UK) - made white metal bus kits
Train Tronics
TRAX (Australia) - see Top Gear
TRC
Treetech (UK) -
Trendmasters
Trend Syndicate (USA) - distributor,
`Tri-Ang (UK) - see Lines Brother Limited also
`Trident (Austria) -
`Trileaf (Canada) - distributor
Trix
`Trol (Brazil) - distributor and licesned maker, Matchbox, Faller, successor to Roly Toys
Trux

`Tsugawa (Japan)

T.T.C.

`Tucker Box (Australia) -
Tudor Rose
Tuffy (USA) - marketed brand of the York Toy Co using Mego castings distributed to MMG Dept Stores
`Tuf Tots (UK) -
Tuftoys (Hong Kong) -
`Tundra Imports (USA) -
`Turbo (Hong Kong) -

`TW (Hong Kong) - see Tak Wo

TYCO (founded 1926-sold to Mattel 1997)
___-Matchbox (bought 1993-sold 1997)



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Diecast Master Makers List U

U (encircled) (Hong Kong) - brand logo used by Universal as a circled letter U

UCC
UCS/Ambin (USA) - 1990s; 1:64 scale model of Delorean from "Back to the Future" offered at Universal Studies, base plate markings are "UCS" and "Back to the Future"

UDC (USA) - 1980s; distributor of Universal Groups diecasts, UDC may stand for Uniborn Diecasting Co

Ulrich (USA) - HO metal semi tractor model kits

UMEX Minimovers

Uncle Milton
Underwood Engineering (Hong Kong) - manufacturer of Fun Ho! diecast
Uniborn (Hong Kong) - aka UDC,
Unifortune
Unifortune - RMZ City
Unimax (Hong Kong) - see UDS and Uniborn
Unique Industries Inc (USA) - manufacturer of generic diecast party favors
Unique Replicas
Union (?) - 19??; 1:90 scale Unimog metal kit
Uni-Toys Ltd (Hong Kong) - 2004; manufacturer
Universal Group (Hong Kong) -
Universal - Matchbox (1982-1993)
Universal - Dinky (1987-1988)
Universal - Champ of the Road
Universal - Kidco (aquired in early 80s, closed mid 80s)
Universal - LJN
Universal - Wheelers
Universal - Wintech
Universal Hobbies (France) - see Norev also
Unknown (?) - maker
Unnamed (?) - maker

Up Most
Upper Deck

UT Models



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Diecast Master Makers List V

V & V Models (Czecholslovakia) - 1990s; formerly based in the Ukraine, this company made 1:87 scale white metal automobile kits
Valvoline (USA) - distributor of a 10 car promotional set made by Golden Wheels
Vanguards
Vanilla Gorilla
Varney (USA) - 1:87 scale white metal bus kits and clear plastic automobile kits

Verem (France) - marketer
Vertical Merchandising (USA) - distributor of Welly made castings

Vidal (China) - 2003, military semi with trailer
Viking Toys
Village Toys (unkown) - 1984; ?, "Transformers"
Vilmer (Denmark) -
Vision Products (USA) - distributor of Singafund made castings

Vitesse

Vivid Imaginations (UK) - early 1990s; manufacturer

Volvic
Vonage



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Diecast Master Makers List W

W (Hong Kong) - circled brand letter on the base of Wheeler made diecasts
Wader
Wah Tai
Walker Model Service
Wallace Berrie
Walldorf (Germany) - manufacturer of HO scale white metal model kits
Walker Model Service (USA) - manufacturer, white metal model kits
Wal-mart (USA) - distributor
Walter Brandli (Switzerland) - manufacturer, HO scale white metal bus kits
Wanbao
Wang Sing (Hong Kong) - 2001 to 2006; manufacture, became known as Win Star (?)
Wannatoy
Wardie Master Models - Wee World series
Warner Bros Studio Stores (USA) - 2000; distributor
Way Out Toys (USA) - 2003; manufacturer

WD Tornado

Weico Models (Australia) - HO scale white metal transit vehicle kits
Weinert (Germany) - HO scale white metal transit truck, construction and farm vehicle kits
Wei Tai
Welly (Hong Kong)
Wendy's (USA) - promotional
West Coast Liquidators Inc (USA) - distributor
Western Models (UK) - made "Metal87" series for Dan huasen
Western Stamping Corp
Weston (USA) - 2001, manufacturer of (2) HO scale Ford vehicle
Westward (UK) - 1:76 scale white bus metal kits

W. Frowis

What Kids Want! (USA) - 2001; manufacturer of 4x4 vehicles and track set
Wheeler (Hong Kong) - 1970s to 1980s; maker
Wheel Works (USA) - HO scale vintage white metal kits
White Box
Whitebox - owned by Model Car World (Germany)
White Rose Collectibles (USA) - 1988 to today; manufacturer, sports related diecast collectibles
Whizzwheels (UK) - a wheel design introduced on the Corgi Rocket line up
W. Horton

Wicked Wheels
Widea (Hong Kong) - 2003 to 2004; manufacturer, 1:87 scale diecast
Wiking
Wm. K. Walthers Inc (model railroad supplier?)
Win Star (Hong Kong) - see (Wang Sing)
Wing Sang Toys (Hong Kong) - mid 1990s; manufacturer, auto transporter set with (4) castings
Winna FHE
Winnebago Promotional
Winner (Hong Kong) - 1970s; manufacturer
Winners Circle (USA) -
Winross
Win Star (Hong Kong) - formerly known as Wang Sing
Wintech (Racing Champions/Universal)
Wit's
Wizard

WL (Hong Kong) - 2000s; distributor/importer of Mega Speed castings

Wonda
Wonder Treats Inc (China) - 2003; distributor of Singafund castings
Wondrie Tool and Die (High Speed)
Woodland Scenics (USA) - distributor of model railroad accessories including white metal kits
Woody (Japan) - made 1:100 scale Hino Bus and 1:87 scale Diamond T truck white metal kits
Woolco (Canada) - distributor
Woolworth (USA) -distributor
World Toy House Inc (USA) - distibutor, see Budgie
World Zechin (Japan) - brand name of EiDAIhttps://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/1474-diecast-manufacturer-brands/590595-eidai-diecast-production-history.html#post6560257

Wörlein (Germany) - manufacturer of 1:87 tractor/trailer rigs, possible assocation with Goldenwheel and Grell
Wow Toyz (USA) - brand name of Plymouth Toy & Book using MotorMax castings

WS Packaging Group

WT (Hong Kong) - lettering prefix used on Tintoy's model bases that is followed y a (4) digit #
WT Grant Co (USA) - distributor

WUL (USA) - distributor of Universal castings

WY
Wyandotte



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Diecast Master Makers List Y

Yamato
Yamazaki Diecast Co Ltd
Yat Ming - 1970 to today; manufacturer
Yaw

YDC (USA) - distributor

Ye Olde Huff-H-Puff (USA) - manufacturer of 1:87 white metal kits

Yibao

YONE
`Yonezawa Toys (Japan) - see Diapet Cherrica
York Toy Co (USA) - distributor of Mego castings to MMG Department Stores who them marketed as the Tuffy brand
YOT (Taiwan) - 1980; see Zee also
Yow Modellini

YTGF

Yujin Capsule

Yu Lee (Hong Kong) - 1988 to today, manufacturer



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Diecast Master Makers List Z

Zaptron (Hong Kong) - late 1990s; distributor
Zax (Italy) - 1946 to ?; 1:43 and 1:87 diecast
Zayre Corp (USA) - 1980s; distributor of Zima diecast

Z Cards

Zebra Toys (UK) - brand name of Benbros
Zee Toys (USA) - 1990s, Zee is the equivalent of Zylmex and both are made by Zyll Enterprises (Hong Kong) they became RBI, in 1997
Zellers (Canada) - distributor

Zima (Hong Kong) - 1980s; manufacturer,
Zindart (Hong Kong) - 2005; purchased Corgi, "Corgi Wheelz" using Realtoy castings see also Lledo
Zinoki (Hong Kong) - maker
Ziss
Zip Strip (USA) - a Kenner brand name

Zodiac Toys (UK) - 1980s to ?; British Toy store who marketed Tintoys and Superior castings made in Hong Kong

Zuru

Zyll Enterprises Ltd (Hong Kong) - manufacturer of Zee/Zylmex castings
Zylmex (Hong Kong) - see Zee and Zyll, Zylmex is a trademark brand of Zyll



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A few years ago @stanmax (Nick), @69ch (Eric) and myself embarked on developing a comprehensive informational listing of all the brands of diecast manufactures that have produced our beloved diecast vehicles. I have been cross referencing Nick's list against Eric's list - off and on - since then. I still have a ways to go, but thought I would start with a few of the completed # and letter sections. And adding the other site references - that I have been using to cross reference the compiled lists for final inclusion here at HobbyTalk.

It is not a complete listing by any means. And is not meant to replace any of the other references still out there.

We are banking on the promise made by VS_Adm to us - that HobbyTalk will always have a home and presence within their vehicle related family of web sites.

I am not sure how many similiar sites are still out there - and how many have aleady been lost to us, but; hopefully, we can make a comprehensive information listing of them here in this thread post over time.

There will be omissions and errors along the way. I am still running across new brands and series names - that I havent seen or heard of before. Feel free to add your additions, comments or questions here as we move forward.

I will be cross linking each brand to an established section or at least a thread about them here at HobbyTalk as time allows. If you know of one that hasn't been linked yet - just bump it to the top of the thread list and I will make an effort to create the link as needed (or move that thread to the right brand section.)



Primary Resources -

Member master listings - @69ch, @stanmax, and @juantoo3
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006) `brand name listing currently indicates inclusion in book
https://diecast-models.fandom.com/wiki/Diecast_Models_Wiki
https://www.hobbydb.com/
motorcade.weebly.com
https://www.planetdiecast.com
https://www.planetdiecast.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewgroup&groupid=26&Itemid=493
http://www.mboxcommunity.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/44945544532/
https://www.mbxforum.com/
https://matchboxforum.co.uk/
http://www.maronline.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ModelAutoReviewOnline/
https://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/list_reviews/review.asp
https://www.american-excellence.com/?p=manufacturers
 

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If I may be allowed to expand a little:

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Foster & Weber
Mark Foster is still a regular contributor at the other diecast site with initials SG. Dave Weber had been until he retired some years back, and now pops by infrequently. There is a third author, in my opinion the brains of the bunch (not that Mark and Dave did not make significant contributions, Dave in particular was a master at getting on the phone and actually contacting very many of the companies written about). The missing author is Kimmo Sahakangas who is a wealth of information on obscure diecast, and I am happy to have had a few conversations with him as well, but he has pretty well fallen off the grid and I haven't heard from him now in many years. The Encyclopedia is a tremendous asset for diecast companies up to the middle '00s, and was only issued in one edition, and has not been reprinted.


69ch / Eric is another I frequently communicate with, we also began a master makers list, I will be happy to transfer here if there is interest. It is a massive file. I tried to be as detailed as I could in a small format, but that also made it a little confusing. I did put brief histories of companies like Dinky as a footnote, only because some companies are really difficult to trace without a program.



I do want to take a moment to discuss "diecast maker" vs "diecast company," as this also seems to be a source of confusion. Prior to the exodus to Hong Kong in the early 1970s, many companies such as Mattel and Lesney actually produced their own models in their own factories. This was pretty much the standard way of doing things to this point. Once manufacturing started shifting to Hong Kong in earnest, that way of doing things changed, dramatically. There were seeds prior, one example I can give is the use by Tootsietoy (I believe they were Strombecker at the time) in the mid-1960s used castings produced by Lone Star of England for their Classics series, so we begin to see "outsourcing." We also see tools migrating, an example I've followed for some time now, are a series of construction equipment initially created by Mercury of Italy. Some time mid-1960s the tools ended up in America, and while it depends who you ask which was first they were put to use by Mercury of USA and/or Gibbs Metal Miniatures. But the story doesn't end there. The tools came under control of Meccano / Lines Brothers of England and were used for the Mini Dinky line - and produced in Hong Kong. I have never found it stated directly, but I suspect that is where Universal gained control of these tools, and continued producing under various Universal trade names well into the 1980s. So there are 6 models that began life in Italy, and ended up travelling around the world to settle in Hong Kong, and be used for several "trade names" over about 20 years.



I bring this out to make a point. The actual factory that produces the models we have today, with the possible exception of Mattel (I don't know if they own all of their factories outright), is likely *not* the company whose name is on the package. Occasionally we can find the factory's name as a trade name, but most times they are content to produce under contract for whoever controls the tools and the product license. The same factory (I would have to look up the name) in Macau produces Auto World, Johnny Lightning, Greenlight and Racing Champions...and likely others too. Dickie, who holds the rights to Schuco, Majorette and others, produces in Thailand and sells under those names and more...and when that factory flooded some years ago, they outsourced models from Loyal Bright to fill the gaps in their orders to keep the company going...so you can find a short run series sold as Majorette that are Loyal Bright castings, not used by Majorette since, and many of the older Majorette tools were damaged and lost in the flood, so that company has had to rebuild (and has come a long way!). These are simple illustrations to show some of the business ties between companies. This isn't even counting copies and forgeries...as we know many Asian companies do not have the same restrictions for intellectual property (copyrights, patents, etc) that we do. Consequently we see such as Yatming and many other budget line makers getting their start either by copying Tomica or possibly some of the early F series tools were sold on (as I believe might be the case with Yatming). Forged Tomicas are a commodity right now, and I've seen a number of posts by avid Tomica fans displaying and highlighting the subtle differences between genuine and copycat castings...and the copycats are sold in copycat Tomica boxes! Buyer beware.



So when we say "made by," we have to be certain what exactly we mean. Over the hundred and ten or so years diecast cars have existed, there have been I'm going to guess maybe 25 or so actual factories producing 1/64 scale model cars....for all of the hundreds of company and trade names they've been sold under.



"Trade name" is what you tend to see on the package. One trade name, "Speed Wheels," is the in-house brand for Walgreens drug stores. I think they stopped putting series numbers on them after about 20, and I haven't seen any in about a year or so, but they were around in the late 1970s. The earliest I've found were filled with Global Way International models, and they sold 3 / $1. Next up are Universal models that populated series 2 and 3, and the paint / tampo and wheels make me think Kidco, but it is hard to say definitively as I don't have a hard timeline as to when these were in stores vs when Kidco was phased out by HK headquarters. There are also Welly, and for a long time now Maisto models in Speed Wheels packaging. So - are these *all* Speed Wheels? - because that's the name on the package! Or are they to be categorized with their known compatriots? I choose the latter, but that is my own personal choice for simplicity sake, because we can tell similar stories for many trade names (Model Power, Imperial, Fast Lane) and makers (Playart, Yatming, Summer).


Oh, one more point before I forget, occasionally companies change names. The classic I have in mind is Best Box, which was sold to the government in Holland to put displaced coal miners back to work and renamed EFSI, which in turn was renamed Holland Oto. Same company. Another example would be MC Toy, which was the first name of Maisto, and that company merely changed the logo on the base of their models. Another example would be Husky and Corgi Jr, "simple" name change (says he who didn't have to do it), many of the same tools modified with the new name (in this case initially with paper labels - hence "paper label Corgi").



So if I import the list I have, you will tend to find the trade names listed under the maker names, rather than as separate entities.
 

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I did leave Kimmo's name of the book credit - added now. :cheers2:

I am not sure if Kimmo is or ever was a member here, but Mark and Dave both are still registered with us. :cheers2:
 

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You can also mention Swiftys or Swiftys Garage here. (Just dont do it in every post, it will catch the attention of the VS Advertising Team.)
 

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Hopefully; the entire current (and future) membership will be able to collaboratively organize the lists @69ch (Eric) and @stanmax (Nick) has shared with us to better show the relationships @juantoo3 mentions in his post about the 'maker', 'factory' and the 'trade' names. And now 'distributors'. I believe I am correct in reflecting that the basis of his list was also started by/with 69ch over at the Garage.

At times we may need to actually reference a factory name as they often times issued the same castings under their own trade name or a new distributing company as @juantoo3 notes above, but the focus here will be on the 'maker' (owner) and the 'trade' (brand) names Including manufactur years where possible, factory locations - at least by Country and progression of ownership/transition/distribution where possible.

Some series names and casting names are still to be found here attached to the 'maker' and/or 'trade' sections or threads depending on how expansive their offerings were or still are. But, will be moved to listed sections or thread history posts over time.


As an example Mattel who has always owned Hot Wheels.

Under M would be Mattel - Hot Wheels (1968 - today), and

Under H would be Hot Wheels (Mattel, 1968 - present day)


And since Matchbox has been owned by 4 different companies over their history

Under L would be (Moko) Lesney - Matchbox (Lesney, 1953-1982)

Under U would be Universal - Matchbox (Universal, 1983-1992)

Under T would be Tyco - Matchbox(Tyco 1992-1996)

Under M would be Mattel - Matchbox (1997 - today)

and under M would be these 4 entries.

Matchbox (Lesney, 1953-1982)
Matchbox (Universal, 1983-1992)
Matchbox (Tyco, 1993-1996)
Matchbox (Mattel, 1997 - ?)
 

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Just to show how involved and convoluted some of this can be, I neglected to mention "under license."

This is a fun (and expensive) sidebar for collecting. There are various reasons, one of the more obvious is that posed by Brazil. As I understand, Brazil has strict import laws that require production actually be done in Brazil. For the 1/64 diecast world, here is where Kiko fits in. Kiko produced models that are easily recognized as Majorette and Corgi, and were made under license in Brazil...not copies, they had the full support and authorization from the respective companies at the time. Other examples would be Mehanotehnika (sp?) and their use of Minijet Norev era (which might have been sale of tools, I'm not clear on this), and "Bulgarian" and "Hungarian" Matchbox - the Bulgarian variants in particular still being produced long after the official licensing arrangement had run out. Then there's Globe Toys and their ties to Majorette.

Then there's the gray areas such as Muky of Argentina and the redline Hot Wheels tools...are they copies or original repurposed tools? To this point there is no clear answer, and collectors have been asking for decades.

Then there's buyouts, mergers, takeovers, resurrection....there are so many business variants it is almost like composing music, there are so many possibilities. Very little in the diecast world is as cut and dried as "made by so and so." There is usually a much greater story behind the scenes.
 

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I reckon this is darned if I do, darned if I don't, so I'm going to lead with the Dinky footnotes so they can be used wherever deemed appropriate:

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Dinky / Meccano footnotes
*The Dinky trade-name changed hands many times before ending up as part of Matchbox International Ltd in the late 1980s*
ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinky_Toys

**French production ceased as of 1972, though the Spanish firm of Pilen manufactures some French Dinky Toys later in the Seventies and Solido made an effort to do the same in 1981. The British branch struggled on until 1980, farming out some production to Polistil in Italy as well as the Universal firm of Hong Kong.

Since then the name of Dinky Toys has changed hands at least two more times, and now and then Hong Kong Products have appeared with the Dinky Toys name on theirs bubblepacks. In 1987 the Kenner-Parker firm, whose branches include Tonka Toys, sold the Dinky Toys name to Universal International of Hong Kong, already the owner of another time-honored and originally British trade name: Matchbox. Soon afterward, Kenner-Parker took over Polistil and acquired some of the last old Dinky Toys dies. Other dies had previously been sold to a firm in India, which markets them as Nicky Toys, and for a time some models were produced in South America as well.

Late in 1987 Universal brought the Dinky Toys name back to some semblance of life by applying it to new color variations of six Matchbox cars. The firm subsequently announced that the name would be used for a new series of cars in the Fifties, with further details to follow.

So this is where the history of Dinky Toys stands as of the summer of 1988.

-and-

The Swiss-French Atlas publishing house launched a new edition of various French Dinky Toys models in the 2008. The selling takes place at subscribers in French-speaking countries (France and Belgium).

It concerns rather accurate copies of the French models out of the 50's and 60's-years. They are manufactured in China. The models can easily (be) differentiated. The base of the new models are marked with: "Made in China" "Edition ATLAS, © Mattel".

ref: www.dinkytoys.ch - History of Dinky Toys
(*So there is a late connection to Mattel for Dinky at the end of all of this!, -jt3)

***In August 1985 French accountant Marc Rebibo bought Miro-Meccano from General Mills, reverted the French company name to Meccano S.A. and reintroduced some of the discontinued Meccano sets. In 1989 Rebibo was bought out by Finamec (Financière de Serbie), who continued the manufacture of Meccano in France. In 1990 Meccano France purchased the "Erector" trademark in the U.S.A. and started selling Meccano sets marked "Erector Meccano" in the U.S.A.

By 2000 Meccano France was faltering and was bought out in May 2000 by the Japanese toy company Nikko, who continue to manufacture Meccano sets in France and China, although very different from the Meccano originally manufactured by the Binns Road factory.

In 2013 Meccano was acquired by Spin Master.
ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meccano_Ltd

****Mini Dinky (1968-1971?)(of note, the 1:65 scale cars are Lines Bros ltd originals, but the heavy equipment models had their beginnings elsewhere and were in turn used down the line by others...not sure of the order, but the tooling was used and sold as Mercury of Italy, Mercury USA, Gibbs Metal Miniatures, Lit'l Toy, and Universal, including Champ of the Road, Kidco, and possibly others)

The two open wheel race cars were supplied by Best Box of Holland
 

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80M

A
AB
___-Joy Toy
Action / Motorsports Authentics
___-Muscle Machines (2003-2010)
Action-Lobeco
AdVantage Industries
AeroPro
A/FX
AGGLO CORPORATION LTD.
Aguti Argentina
AHC
AHI aka Azrak Hamway International
AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers)
AICAR
Airfix (sold to General Mills 1981)
___-Meccano (1971-closed 1979)
A+L
Alloy Forms
ALPS Toy
Altaya
Alt Berlin/Old Berlin
Amloid Corp
AMT Pups
Anguplas
ANKYO
Anmark
Anson
Aoshima Japan
Applause
Arby's
Arco Toys
Arkin A-OK Products Co
Asahi ATC
ASAKUSA Toy Co
Ashton Models
Athearn
Atlas
AUBURN
AULDEY
Auro Metal
Aurora -database
Authenticast
Authentic Miniatures of the American Scene
Authentic Scale Models
Authentics by Scale Models Inc
AutoArt
Automodelli Brazil
Automodello
Auto Rozza
Autotime
Auto World part of Round 2
Auto World - FEI SU - CHENGHAI FEI SU ALLOY TOYS FACTORY
Aviva (often used Tomica castings under license)
Awesome Diecast
AWM AUTOMODELLE
Aylmer
Azrak Hamway International
___-Lightning Fast

B
Bachmann
Balaban
Banatoys
Bandai
Bang
Banner
Baravelli
Barclay
Base Toys Ltd
Bauer *(related to Hongwell)
Bburago (1976-sold to Maisto 2008) see also Martoy and Mebetoy
B&D Inc
Beanstalk
Beeju
Beetland International Co Japan
BELVAR Russia
Benbros
Bensu
Best-Box see also EFSI, Holland Oto, contractual tie to Mini Dinky
Best Choose
Best Pals
Biante
Big Wheels
Bingo Korea
Bizarre
Blick Art Germany
Blitzen
Bluebird Toys
Blue-Box
BMW Promotional i8
Boley
Bonux (France)
Bradscars
Brekina
Britains
Brookfield
BRUDER TOYS (Germany)
Brumm
BUB
Buby Argentina
___-Mini Buby
Buddy L
Budgie (also Promod, Morestone, Guiterman, Seener, and Seerol)
Buick (China Dealership) promo
Bull Type 70
Burger King
Burnouts
Busch
BVC

C
Caldecott Models Australia
Canadian Tire Corporation
Carex
Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc (Carl's Jr)
Carisma
CAR-NEL
Carsfanclub.com
Cars Workshop
Carter Tru-Scale Co. / Tru Toy
Cast Road Die Casting FTY. LTD
cbc lee productions by A.B.S. Models
C.D.C. DetailCars
CEF
CF
CH
Champion / Safir
Charbens
Checkered Flag Sports
Cheerio
CHIEF INDUSTRIAL CO
Child Guidance
Choro-Q
CIJ / Compagnie industrielle du jouet France
CIPSA (Mexico, known for licensed Hot Wheels models)
Circle N Toys
C K C / C-HF
CKO Kellerman
Classic Carlectables
Classic Metal Works
Classic Toys
Classix Pocketbond
Clover Toy
CMC
CM's
Coca-Cola *
Code 3 Collectibles made by (Funrise )
Collectors Classics
Collectoys (Linemar)
Colourful Model (CM)
Columbia Pictures Industries Inc/Fuji film
Columbia Telecommunications
Con-Cor
Condon
CONNITOY
Conrad (Germany)
Cooee Classics/Cooee Concepts/Road Ragers
Corgi (see Mettoy Playcraft Ltd)
___-CORGI CLASSICS LIMITED
___-Corgi Juniors / Husky
_____-Mattel (1989-1995)
_____-Kiko (Brazil, under license)
_____-Metalbox GMK (Hungary, under license)
___-Corgi Toys
Corporate Express Promotional Marketing
COX
CPC
Craft House Corp
Cragstan
Craven
Creata
Crescent Toys
Criterion Products USA, see also: Tootsietoy
Crown Premium
Cursor-Modell
Custom Crew

D
Dalia Spain
Danbury Mint
Darda
Dasher
D.B.G.M.
DCMT -includes:
___-Lone Star
___-Roadmasters
___-Impy
___-Flyers
___-Tuf-Tots
___-Super Cars
DDA
DeAgostini
DeHanes
Deles
Del Prado
Deoma
Det Prod.
Detroit Seniors
D.G.M., aka "D.G. Models"
DG Productions Inc
Diamond Toymakers
Diapet Cherica Yonezawa
Dickie
___-Teamsterz
Dickie Spielzueg (may be Dickie above)
Dicoys Spain
Die-Cast Promotions
DIL
Dimension 4
Dimestore Dreams
Dinky Toys (part of Meccano, starting 1934- sold to Lines Bros Ltd 1964)
___-Dublo Dinky (1:76 scale, 1958-1963)
___-The Dinky trade-name changed hands many times before ending up as part of Matchbox International Ltd in the late 1980s*
Dinsin
Disney
Dison Toy Company
Doepke (large scale pressed steel)
Double Horses
Doyusha Japan
Dragon Toys
Dream Becomes True
Dreams Inc
DTC
DTSC (distributor in Canada)
Dublo Dinky Toys
Dugu
Durham Industries
Dutch Toys and Merchandising
Dydo
Dyna Mo

E
E
E.BO
Ebbro
Edison Gioccatoli
Edocar subcontracted other makers, most often Maisto
E.F.E. (Exclusive First Editions)
EFSI see also Best Box, Holland Oto
Eidai Co.
Eko
Eldon
Elecon
Eligor
Elvin
Empire
Enco White Metal
Enertec Enterprises Ltd.
EPI Sports
EPL
Epoch
Ertl
___-Ertl American Muscle
___-Mini Toys USA, acquired in 1984
___-Scale Models (Joseph L Ertl, farm toys)
Esci Italy
EsPeWe
Estetyka
Estrela Brazil
Eurostil
Ever Sparkle Industrial Co. Ltd.

F
Faie
Faller Hit Car Germany
Fastlane (Toys R Us in-house brand, various makers)
FEI SU - CHENGHAI FEI SU ALLOY TOYS FACTORY
___-Auto World (not affilitated with Round2)
Ferrero
Fingerhut S&P
Firebird
First Gear
First Toy
First:43 Models
F & F Mold & Die Works Inc
Fisher Price
FJ - France Jouets
Fleer
Fleischmann
Fline
Flyers
Foundation International Ltd.
Franklin Mint
Free Wheels
F Toys
Fullright
Fun 4 All
Fun Ho! New Zealand
Fung Seng International / Little Ant
Funline
___-Muscle Machines (1999-2003)
Funmate
Funrise
___-Code 3
Funstuf/Pit Row
Funzone
Fuzion

G
Gaincorp
Galgo Matchbox copies, Argentina
Galoob see also Hasbro
___-Micro Machines
Gama (W Germany)
Gamda Koor
games collection
Garland
Garner & Nevins
Gashaball
GATA
Gay Toys
Gearbox
General Mills ***see footnote
___-Meccano France S.A 1972, renamed to Miro-Meccano
___-Airfix / Meccano UK (1981-)
Geospace International
G.F.
Gibbs see also Lit'l Toy, Mercury USA, and Mini Dinky
Gillette Jet Argentina (see also here)
Gingell known for copies of Summer castings
Giocher
GIODI
Girard (pressed steel)
Gisima Spain
___-Game-Movil
GITANES
Glasslite
Global Way International Ltd.
Globe Toys see also Majorette
Globo Toys
___-Spidco
GMP
Golden Wheel
Goldyet Dragon
Goodee
Gordy
Grace Bros.
Grani & Partners
Great Power Industrial Company
Greenbrier International Inc (distributor)
Greenlight
___-Planet Toys (tooling bought 2006+/-)
___-High Speed and Readers Digest (some tooling bought late '00s)
Green Toy
Grell see also High Speed, Welly, Maisto and Wörlein
Grip Zechin
Gtanes (France)
G.T.I.
Guiloy (Spain)
Guisval (Spain)
Guiterman (England, owned the Budgie brand in the mid-late 1960s)
Gulliver64
GUN-OF-A-CAR

H
Hallmark
Hammer
Happy People
Hardy Toys
Harmony Kingdom (static figure)
Hartoy
Hasbro
___-Hasbro owned Tonka for a time
___-Galoob
___-Takara contractual relationship
Hawk Model Co
Hermann Marketing
Herpa
High Grade
High Speed (some Readers Digest and other tooling bought by Greenlight late '00s)
___-Wondrie Tool and Die
___-Grell
___-Readers Digest
___-Schuco (issued for a short time late 1990s-early 2000s)
___-Malibu International
___-Model Power
___-Top Mark (not all Top Mark models are former High Speed castings)
___-Yibao
Highway 61
Hilco
Hi-Story
HiToys
HKD (copy of LJN Mercedes confirmed)
Hobby Cars Modell (Hungary, Matchbox copies)
Hoda
Holland Oto see also Best Box, EFSI
Holly
Hongwell Toys LTD
___-Cararama
Hoppin' Hydros
Hormel Foods *
Hornby
Horsman
Hot Wheels (1968-present) (see also LEO, Muky, Cipsa)
__-Atomix
__-Earthshakers
__-Planet Micro
__-Rrrumblers
__-Scorchers
__-Sizzlers
H-O-T W-H-E-E-L-S C-O-P-I-E-S
__-Faie
__-Gisima
__-Muky
Hot Works Racing Factory
HS
HT
HTI
-Teamsterz
Hubley
___-Real Toys, see also Real Types
Hudson Miniatures
Hunson
Husky (Corgi jr)
HW

I
ICHIKO
Ideal
___-Mighty Mo
___-Slam Shifters
Igra
IMCO
Imperial (often used rebranded castings from Yatming, Summer and others)
Impulse Ltd
Impy see also DCMT, Lone Star
Ingap
Injecta Plastic
Intrepid Racing Car
IRWIN TOYS LTD
Istana
Italieri Italy
Ivers Engineering
Ixo

J
Jacky
Jada
Jadali
Jasman
Jaditoys
J C
Jean
Jet Argentina
Jet Fame Ltd
J.E. Toys
Jet Wheel
Jiaxing
Jimson
Jin Dan
JOAL
Johnny Lightning Playing Mantis; the Johnny Lightning brand is also associated with RC2 / Learning Curve, Tomy / Tomica, and Round 2
Johnny Lightning Topper (see also Ledy Bolido)
Johnson-Grossfield
Join Star Ltd
Jordan and Lewden
Joy city
Joystar
JRD (France)
Junye Dongguan Mfg
Just Think Toys
JVZ Company

K
Kaden Nachod
Kai Jai
Kai Yang Da Toys
Kaiyodo
Kaixin
Kaiyu
Kamo
Kansas Toy & Novelty (slush mold, 1930s)
KATO
Kawabatakikaku
KB Igracke
Kees
Kellogg's
Kemlow
Kenner
___-Fast 111s
___-Super Sport
___-Zip Strips
___-(Kenner-Parker owned the Dinky trade name for a time and sold to Universal in 1987)
___-(Kenner-Parker owned the Tonka trade name for a time)
Kentoys
Kerico
Keystone
Kibi
Kidco (bought out by Universal early 80s)
Kiko Brazil
___-Corgi Juniors under license
___-Majorette under license
Kiko Joustra
Kilgore (cast iron)
King Star (Marushin?) Korea
Kings Toy
Kinsmart
Kintoy
Kirk (Denmark)
Klutz
Knickerbocker
Kodak Film
Konami
Kovap
Kramer Products
K. S. Toys
KT or "KI"
Kusan - Kam Shing
Kyosho

L
Lanard
Lansing Slik-Toys
Larami
LB Champions
Learning Curve
___-Ertl
___-Johnny Lightning
___-Racing Champions
___-RC2
Ledy Bolido (primarily retired Johnny Lightning Topper castings, possibly under license)
Lego
Lena
LEO (India)
___-Hot Wheels (under license)
Leslie Henry Co
Lesney
___-Matchbox
Liberty Classics
Lincoln Industries (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Lincoln White Metal Works (USA)
Lindberg
___-Mini Lindy
___-NASCAR
Line Mar
___-CollecToy
Lines Bros Ltd (Meccano / Tri-Ang sold to Airfix in 1972)
___-Tri-Ang
___-Dinky (1964-sold 1971)
___-Meccano (1964-sold 1971)
___-Mini Dinky (1968-1971) contractual tie to Best-Box
Lintoy - used Ertl castings
Lionel
___-O Gauge railroad
___-NASCAR
Lit'l Toys see also Gibbs, Mercury USA, and Mini Dinky
Little Ant
Little Tikes
Little Wonder Studio
LJN see also Universal, HKD
Lledo -database
LONDONTOY Canada
Lone Star
___-Impy
Loyal Bright
Lucky Ind
Lucky Toys

M
M
M2 Machines
Madmax World Minicar Series
Magneto
Mana-Tee Concepts
Maisto / MC Toy -database
___-Bburago (2008-present)
___-Edocar
___-Grell
___-Muscle Machines (2011-present)
___-Tonka
Majorette
___-Globe
___-Novacar
Mak's
Malibu International
___-High Speed
___-Trend Syndicate
Mandarin
Mannix
Manurba Germany
Märklin Germany
Mark One
Marlin Toy Co. NYC
Martoys (1974-1976) / Bburago (1976-sold to Maisto 2008)
Maruka
Marushin (King Star?)
Marx
___-Collectoy
___-Line Mar
___-Lumar
___-Richard Murray Co (pressed steel)
Masuda
Matchbox including -
___-Lesney (1953-1982)
___-Universal (1983-1992)
___-Tyco (1993-1996)
___-Sesame Street character cars
___-Mattel (1997 - ?)
___-Mikro'67 Bulgaria
___-Metalbox GMK Hungary
M-A-T-C-H-B-O-X C-O-P-I-E-S
___-Galgo known for Matchbox copies, Argentina
Mattel
___-Corgi (including Corgi Juniors, 1989-1995)
___-Hot Wheels (1968-present)
___-Matchbox (1997-present)
___-Mebetoys (Gran Toros, 1969-1976)
___-Polly Pockets
Maxwell India
Mazda Museum
McDonald's Happy Meal toy cars (by year):
___-1993
___-1994
___-1995
___-1998
___-1999
___-Tonka
McGregor (Mexico, using Politoys tools)
MC Toy / Maisto
Mebetoys (1959-sold to Mattel 1969, same owners subsequently launched Martoy which became Bburago )
Meccano Ltd (1901-sold to Lines Bros 1964)
___-Dinky (1934-
Mechy Hungary
Mega Speed
Mego Corp
Mehanotehnika
Melissa & Doug
Mena
Mercury of Italy see also Mercury USA
Mercury of USA see also Gibbs, Lit'l Toy
Merehall
Metalbox GMK Yugoslavia
___-Matchbox under license
___-Corgi Juniors under license
Metalcar
Metal Masters
Metal Playmobil
Metaloplastika
Metchy Hungary
Metosul Portugal
Mettoy Playcraft Ltd
___-Husky (1964-1970)
___-Corgi Juniors (1970-1989)
___-Rockets (1969-1971)
MF
MGA Entertainment
MICA
___-Winstar
Micro (Denmark)
Micro Champ
Micro Champs
Micro Mid
Micro Model
Midgetoy
Mikro'67
___-Matchbox (under license)
Milton India
Minialuxe
Miniauto
Miniature Vehicle Mfg. Co
Mini Cars
Minichamps
Mini Dalia
Minikraft
Mini Dinky (1968-1971?) **** contractual tie to Best-Box
Mini Mite
Minimodel OXA
Mini Toys USA, acquired by Ertl 1984
Minix
Mira Spain
Mitsubishi Motors
M.K.K. SSS Quality Toys
M.M.T.L. Moose Mountain
Model Best
Model Car Spain
Model Power (used tools or castings from various makers including Playart, High Speed and others)
Modern Toys
Mondo Motors
Moni Cars (F&F reprints from original tools)
Monogram Mini Exacts
Moore's Farm Toys
Morestone
MotorArt Sweden
MotorMax ~
___-American Graffiti
___-Fresh Cherries
Motorsports Authentics
MPC
MS Variety Company Limited Japan
MSZ
MT
MTECH
Muky Argentina, possible Brazil?, (primarily retired Hot Wheels redline era castings)
Muni Pals
Muscle Machines (see Funline, Action/Motorsports Authentics, and Maisto)

N
Nano Speed/X-Concepts
Namkung
New Bright
New Clover
New Ray
Newtoys
Nexco
NFIC
Nicholas James Imports *
NK
NKOK
NM Toys
Nomura
Norev
Norscot USA
Novacar Portugal, see also Majorette
NuTOYZ
Nylint
NZG Modelle

O
OddzOn Minis Rigs
Old-Cars
OMO
ONYX
O.S.F.T. Old San Francisco Toymakers
Oversteer
Oxford Die-Cast Limited England

P
Park Plastics
Parragon Publishing
Paul's Model Art / MiniChamps
Paya International Spain
Peak Horse Toys
PEM
Penjoy
Penn Craft USA
Penny also Polistil
Petrel
PEZ
Phat Boyz (by Simple Wishes)
Piccolino
Pilen Spain
PILUQUI
Pioneer
Pit Row/Funstuf
Planet Toys (associated with High Speed, bought by Greenlight 2006+/-)
Play Makers
Play Me
Playart
___-Model Power
Playboy
Playing Mantis
___-Johnny Lightning
___-Magmas
___-Speed Rebels
Playmates Toys
Play Mobil Hungary
___-Metal Play Mobil
___-Hobby Cars Modell
Playskool
Playwell
Pocketbond
Polfi-toys
Polgal
PoliGuri Portugal
Polistil / Politoys Italy
___-Penny
Politoys / Polistil Italy
Polyfect Toys Co
Praline
Preiser
Premium & Collectibles Trading Co, Ltd
Proarce
Processed Plastics
Prod. ZF. Manaus Inbrima S.A.
Progress
Promod (England, Budgie recreations)
Punkt Modelle

Q
Q-Model

R
Racing Champions; associated with Ertl, Johnny Lightning, Tomy / Tomica, Round 2 / Auto World
___-Wintech
Radio Shack/Tandy Corporation *
Radon Marx Novoexport
Rainbow Toys
RAI'S 64
Ralstoy
R.A.M.I.
Rand International
RASANT - Made by Reinhard & Co. KG. Germany
Rastar
RBA Collectibles
RBI (see Red Box International)~
RC2
RCB cars (Ray C Babicky was the maker)
RCCA
RCI, Inc.
Realtoy
___-at some point also used Soma castings
Real Types (trade name used by Canadian firm Burslem who sold their tools to Hubley for the Real Toys line)
REAL-X
Red Box International -RBI Industries Holdings Limited ("RBI Group")~
___-MotorMax
___-Zee / Zylmex / ZYLL (purchased 1997)
Red Rooster
Redondo (Spain)
Redwood Ventures Ltd
REI (Brazilian Schuco)
Reliable Toys
Remco
Renwal
REPLEX
Revell
Rextoys
Rhino
Rico
Ricko / Ricko Ricko
Rietze Models
RIKING
Rivarossi (1/76)
RMM (Reinhard Merlau Modellbau)
RMZ City / Unifortune
Road Champs (used rebranded castings from Yatming early on)
Road Runner
Robert Yates Racing
Roco (used some early Siku tools)
Roly Toys Brazil
Roskopf
Round 2
___-Auto World
___-Johnny Lightning
___-Racing Champions
Royal Plastics
Rozkvet VDI Czech
Russ
RW-Modell

S
Sabra
SACI Brazil
Safari Limited
Saico
Sakura Japan
Sam Toys
San Ling
Savoye's
Scale Models (Joseph L Ertl, farm toys)
Schabak
Schaper
___-Stomper
___-U-Drive-It
Schuco
___-High Speed (for a short period late 1990s-early 2000s)
Schylling / Hui Yang
Scientific Toys
SCOTTOY
Seba
Seener (England, used some Budgie tools)
Seerol (England, used some Budgie tools)
Seiffener
SES
Shanghai
Shelby Collectibles
Shi Feng / So Fine
Shift Kickers
Shing Fat
Shinsei Japan
___-Jet Machine
Shioji Shoten & Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan (1/18 tin)
Shrock Brothers
Signature Models
Singafund
Sigomec Argentina
Silverlit Nano Auto
Siku
Simiki
Skullduggery, Inc.
Skynet
Slam Shifters see Ideal
Smart Bean
Smart Toys
Smith-Miller (Los Angeles, CA, USA until 1979, currently resurrected in Lake Havasu, AZ, USA)
SMSC
Sohbi
Solido
Soma (see also Realtoy)
SON A1 TOYS
SONIC
Sonix City
Spark (produced by MINIMAX)
SpecCast
Speed Rebels (subset of Playing Mantis era Johnny Lightning)
Speed Wheels (Walgreen's in-house brand, using various makers - Maisto, Welly, Universal, Global Way Int'l)
Speedy
Spin Master
SSECA TOY
SSS
Starline
Starter
Stelco Germany
Stock Car Miniatures/SCM
Stompers
Strombecker
Strottman International
Structo (pressed steel)
Stunt Squad
Subaru Exiga
Subway (Tootsietoy "Hard Body" castings), kid's meal premiums
Summer
___-MarzKarz
___-Motor Force
___-Traffic Stoppers
Summit Marketing
Sun Hing Toys
Sunnyside
SunQ
Suntory Boss
Suntoys
Superior
Super Metals Car, Model Car
Supreme
SUTC
Sweering Toys
SZE Toy

T
Tack Cheung / Toy Century
Taco Bell Racin' Rockets
Tagamoto by Hex Bug
Tai Cheung
Takara see also Tomica / Tomy and Hasbro
___-Choro-Q
___-Transformers
Tak Wo
Talking Mini
Tamfort Ltd.
Tamiya
Tangerine Press
Targa / Taccar
Tatsuya (KTS)
Tatsunoko Productions
Teama Toys Ltd
Team Caliber
Teamsterz see also Dickie
Technopark
Tekno Denmark
TF
The Chad Valley Co. Ltd
The Children's Place
Tian Du
Tian Hong
TIC TOC 007 Bond cars
Tiger Wheels Puerto Rico
Timmy Toys
Tins' Toys
Tintoys (W.T. prefix numbers)
Tiny
TN Toys
Toi-Toys Holland
Tomica / Tomy Japan also associated with Takara
___-Pocket Cars
___-Dandy
___-Limited
___-Limited Vintage
___-Johnny Lightning Playing Mantis
___-Racing Champions
___-Ertl
T-O-M-I-C-A C-O-P-I-E-S
___-Yatming
___-Zee / Zylmex / ZYLL
Tomix
Tomte-Laerdal
Tomytec
Tomy Yujin
ton
Tonka also Maisto
Tonkin
Tootsietoy
___-Criterion Products
Top Gear
Top Gear by Triang
Top Mark
Topper
___-Johnny Lightning (1969-1971)
___-Zoomer Boomer
Torco
Tough 43
Toy Galaxy / Fast Wheels
Toy Max
Toy State
TOY TECH
Toy Way
Toy Zone Inc
Toyco America, Ltd
Toyota promotional
Toypower Mfg. Co. LTD - Dust Busters
TOYS CLUB
TPF (The Promotions Factory)
Track Burners
Train Tronics
TRC
Trendmasters
Trend Syndicate see also Malibu International
Tri-Ang
___-Spot On
Trident
Tru Scale (pressed steel)
Trux
T.T.C.
Tudor Rose
TURBO
Turner (J.C.T. Co, pressed steel)
TYCO (founded 1926-sold to Mattel 1997)
___-Matchbox (bought 1993-sold 1997)

U
UCC
UMEX Minimovers
Uncle Milton
Uniborn
Unifortune
___-RMZ City
Unimax
Unique Replicas
UniToys
Universal
___-Matchbox (1982-1993)
___-Dinky (1987-1988)
___-Champ of the Road
___-Kidco (bought early 80s, closed mid 80s)
___-LJN
___-Wheeler
___-Wintech
Universal Hobbies
Up Most
Upper Deck
UT Models

V
Vanguards
Vanilla Gorilla
Varney
Verem
Viking Toys
Village Toys
Vilmer (Denmark)
Vitesse
Vivid Imaginations
Vonage

W
WADER
WAH TAI
Walker Model Service
Wallace Berrie
Wanbao
Wang Sing / Win Star
Wannatoy
Wardie Master Models, Wee World series
Way Out Toys
WD Tornado
Wei Tai
Welly
___-Grell
Western Stamping Corp
W.Frowis
What Kids Want!
Wheeler
White Rose Collectibles
Wicked Wheels
Widea
Wiking
WINNA F.H.E.
Winnebago Promotional
Winner
Winners Circle
Winross
Wintech associated with Racing Champions and Universal
Wit's
WIZARD
WL
Wm. K. Walthers Inc
Woodland Scenics
Wonda
Wondrie Tool and Die (High Speed)
Wörlein
___-Grell
WowToyz (MotorMax castings)
WS Packaging Group
WY
Wyandotte

X
XCO Models
X-Concepts
Xia Chuen Village Plastic & Metal Fty.
XTR TOYS

Y
Y.D.C. (may be Yamazaki Diecast Co. Ltd.)
Yamato
Yat Ming
___-Imperial
___-Road Champs
Yibao
YONE
Yonezawa (Diapet)
YOT Taiwan
Yow Modellini
Y.T.G.F.
Yujin Capsule

Z
Z Cards
Zee / Zylmex / ZYLL ~ (bought by RBI 1997)
Zima
Zinoki
 

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Most on the above list have a line of 1/64 as that is my personal focus, but there are some such as Park Plastics that did not make 1/64, in that case it was a airport fueling truck big enough for a toddler to ride on...so larger scales do have token representation on this list.
 

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Thanks @juantoo3 for sharing your updated listings. I cut and pasted the remaining letters not yet completed from your list and will cross reference the remaining letters from there, after I finish cross referencing the rest of @stanmax's listings.


And if that is not enough of a herd of cats to round up - HobbyTalk is not just about the small diecast scale ranges. We will also be addressing the larger scale brands and makers as well.

So if you have a listing of a favorite brand or scale to add to the master list, feel free to add it here or at that brand or series section - as part of the overall development process. :cheers2:
 

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Definitely larger scale and HO and under are not as well represented on my list, so there is absolutely room for development.

And there are some newer makers out there as well that may not be represented. I see Yibao is missing, they picked up some of the High Speed tools after that company closed. Particularly difficult for me to keep up with are the Japanese boutique model lines and series, so any assistance with that is appreciated. Also pre-WWII makers may not all be represented.


<Yibao corrected, and Greenbriar and DTSC noted as distributors, -jt3, 7/1/2019>

<Scale Models (Joseph L Ertl, farm toys) added, and association with Ertl, and Smith-Miller (Los Angeles, CA, USA until 1979, currently resurrected in Lake Havasu, AZ, USA), and Vilmer (Denmark) -jt3, 7/4/2019>

<Zoomer Boomer added to Topper, Nylint, Structo, Turner (J.C.T.Co), Richard Murray Co (pressed steel) and Lumar added under Marx (also Line Mar and Collectoy as sub-brands of Marx), Girard, Tru Scale (pressed steel), JRD (France), Bonux (France), Kirk (Denmark) -jt3 7/5/2019>

<Kansas Toy & Novelty (slush mold, 1930s), Wörlein added, -jt3, 7/6/2019>

<Promod (England, Budgie recreations), Seerol, Seener, Guiterman and Morestone added, -jt3, 7/16/2019>

<Speed Wheels (Walgreen's in-house brand, using various makers - Maisto, Welly, Universal, Global Way Int'l) added, -jt3. 7/17/2019>
 
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