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Based in Cinncinnati, Ohio Kenner was started by the Steiner brothers in 1947. Better known for their other toy lines, Kenner also made various diecast vehicles. One of their 1st offerings was called the "Supersport" series. There were (3) castings made in this series. A red Firebird, a yellow Dodge pickup and a green F1 racer. Each was made up of a clear plastic window, solid hard plastic wheels and a smooth bare metal base piece with no information provided on it. They came in individual matchbox type boxes with "Kenner Supersport Metal Car" on the side. No country of origin was listed on the box either, but they are thought to be made in America.

They also made the "Kenner New Supersport Thrilling Road Race and Motormatic Expressway Toy" set. A Mustang and the F1 racer are shown on the box. The track is a spiraling coil wire design. It came with (12) adhesive pegs that could be fitted to any similiarly sized diecast or their own Kenner diecasts; including a Hot Wheel or Matchbox, to be used on the track set.

In the early 1970s, they also produced the "Kenner Zip Strip Pocket Pak". This offering came in a clear plastic box with a plastic body/metal based car and a coil of thin guage steel and a plastic accessory (?). The coil was just a little bit safer than the Red Rider BB Gun as it unwound at the slightest applied pressure and snapped back into a coil when released! Available castings included a Charger, Corvette or Mustang in various colors.

The Kenner SSP Series (Super Sonic Power) was a range of vehicles introduced to America in 1970 and available untl 1979. These cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles were powered by a gyro wheel and a rip cord. The earliest models were molded in different plastic colors and had 'silent' wheels. Later issued models would add a strip that rubbed on the axles to make a loud howling sound. By the mid-70s, cars included chrome body finishes, multi-colored graphics, and wheels that made sparks as it turned. There was also a series of Smash-Up Derby cars with doors, hoods, trunks and wheels that would fly off on impact. Several of the designs were licensed to other companies around the world including Denys Fisher (?), Reisser (?), and Harbert (?) and were in production into the 1980s.

In 1977, the Original Star Wars series featured (3) available vehicles.

Around 1980, the produced their most popular line of diecast in the "Kenner Fast 111s" series. This range eventually included 39 different casting models. The castings carry the base information of CPG Products Corporation on the base. CPG is a subsidiary company of Kenner's parent company Quaker Oats. Many also used the same base # of 1027. Only a few models were realistic vehicles - such as the '55 Chevy and Corvette. Most were custom or modified fantasy type vehicles. And all came with the same wheel design no matter what size wheel was used. The other unique feature to each castings was an oversized rear bumper design that emphasized the rear license plate area to which an individual themed license plate sticker could be applied. These sticker plates were avaialable for each American State and provience and other specialty plate designs. The premise was for collectors to seek out each casting in all 50 states. The series also included an available carrying case, a mail-in model and a track set called "Dyna-Loop' with 'Real Daredevil Thrills'. This entire line was discontinued in 1983.

They also made several different Knight Rider (American TV series) licensed by Universal City Studios products One of those was the "Knight 2000 Turbo Booster" Firebird. This casting was made in Macau around 1983. The Firebird castng was available with a launcher dievice and other theme related accessories.

After also aquiring Kenner; Universal who had already aquired Matchbox and Dinky, reissued at least (4) of the Kenner Fast 111s castings into their then owned Matchbox line up. Kenner had also owned the Dinky name themselves in the early 1980s.

In 1987, Tonka Corporation aquired Kenner Parker Toys and made it one of its (4) division holdings. Hasbro later purchased Tonka and its subsidiary companys, including Kenner.

In 1997, Hasbro began making their own NASCAR diecasts under license to Action Performance. These were initially branded as a Kenner-Parker product. Most of the casting were made in the 1:64 scale size and resemble those produced by Action Performance.



Sourced references -

https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/kenner-brand
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 

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One of the interesting cross over castings associated with the Kenner Fast 111s line up is the Faie 'Corvette' Pickup Truck. @Motorcade has recently posted a photo of one in this thread.

https://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/2213-faie/595277-faie-chevrolet-c-series-stepside-4x4.html#post6582031

Notice the rear bumber design is the same as used by Kenners Fast 111s. We dont have a base photo as of yet, but here are a Macao and a Hong Kong Base from an actual Kenner Fast 111s Corvette Casting for comparison when we do. Notice the Macao base front end has been shortened and curved slightly to fit against the interior body locators instead of on top in the Hong Kong version.


1980s Kenner Fast 111s Jet Vet Kansas (Macao) by Milton Fox, on Flickr


1980s Kenner Fast 111s Jet Vet Florida (Hong Kong) by Milton Fox, on Flickr
 
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