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Pioneer Toys Manufacturing Ltd was founded in 1992. There first offerings were a transitional casting previously distributed by Norev and made by Faie. The Peugeot 205 and Renault Van carried over into the Pioneer labeleds castings that came next. These and other castings were marketed as "Pro Engine" and "Street Machine". They were packaged in window boxes and as play sets of 5, 7 or 10 cars.

The "Pro Engine" series was marketed locally at Dollarland Stores Inc in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. They also issued an 18 wheeler container vehicle as a promotional item with their Dollarland Stores logo on the side. A 3rd offering was a police (2) pack. All castings were made by Pioneer. The Royal Ware label - another American based distributor (with no location noted) has also been found on examples of the "Pro Engine" series. Toy Quest; a Manley distributor division based in Los Angeles is also know to have marketed at (3) pack of "Pro Engine" offerings.

They also issued "Neon Runner", "4x4 Jeeps", "Tru Engine", "4x4 SUVs" and "Grand Prix" as single car individually blistered items. Lidco also issued a "Grand Prix" named series using unmarked castings and 'Super Fast Running Wheels on their single carded offering in Canada.

Similarity to Wang Sing, Realtoy and Singafund castings are noted, but not confirmed as the exact same castings. Haritan International is also noted to have marketed the same castings.

In the mid- 2000s, Pioneer had expanded its casting line up to include other non licensed vehicles (non have an identifing make or model notation on their base).

See Spain's also.

An unspecificed association to Toy Sales is also noted for Pioneer, but only Summer is listed at that encyclopedia listing. It is more likely a reference to Manley's Toy Quest instead.

There is no association with the Pioneer Electrionics Corportation Diecast Promotional offerings that were made by (?) in (?).

Known Castings

1995 BMW 3 Series
McLaren F1
Peugeot 205
Porsche Carrera GT
Renault Van
Toyota Land Cruiser

Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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