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The Popy brand was established in 1971 by Bandai. They were a Japanese toy manufacturer in the 1970s and 1980s. Popy was best known for its 'chogokin' or super alloy toys, which precluded the Transformer type models eventually made by Takara and Hasbro. These were made in around 1:43 scale. One line developed together by Popy Of Japan and Tonka was called GoBots.

Popy also issued at least (3) different brand series from their Japanese based offices.

In the early 1970s, they introduced the "Red Box" range of 3" diecasts packaged in red window box packages.

The other two are of unknown maker sources, but have plastic bodies and a metal baseplate in common.

The 2nd series of castings were also offered by World Toy House as "Track Burners", by Larami as "Flywheels", by Giant Value as "Mitey Mite Zip Car" and by Barton Toys as "Super Speedy". From the Giant Value "Mitey Mite Zip Car" series, the F1 racer appears to be similiar to a previously offered Zylmex casting.

Even less is known about the 3rd series offered by Popy. It is known to have only (4) casting models included - a Cougar, Marcos Volvo, Mustang and an Oldsmobile. Each casting is fitted with solid black mag wheels and tires. The metal base plate only has the model name, a series 200 #, and 'Made in Hong Kong' on the base. To date no other company is known to have distributed these same casting configurations.

No direct link to Red Box Toy Factory Ltd is given by Kimmo, et al though.

Popy closed its doors in 1983. This multimedia franchise Gobot line of transforming car-robot type toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987, and are similar to Transformers. The GoBot line was bought by Hasbro in 1991.

Sourced references -

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