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Based in St Paul, Minnesota, World Toy House distributed Lone Star Impy, Mercury Speedy and Majorette made castings as "Micro Mites" brand diecast.

Budgie made castings were issued as "Budgie Miniatures".

Their "Track Burners" brand did not identify a maker and used plastic bodies fitted to metal bases, which are noted elsewhere to be from the 2nd series of castings made by Popy. They are noted to be similiar to the castings offered by Barton Toys as "Super Speed", by Larami as "Flywheels", and by Giant Value as "Mitey Mite Zip Car". Although these castings are noted to be from an unknown manufacturer source, the Popy source includes these same brands as the maker source for them.

Another common denominator on each of these series brands is a tag logo of "as seen in LIFE" magazine in the upper left corner of their blister cards.


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

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I updated the history of Popy to Barton, Larami and Giant Value as who had made their offered castings. The as seen in Life Magazine link is also a cool site. They have every page of every issue of Life Magazine digitized there. :thumbsup:
 
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