2010. október 18., hétfő

Diecast Toys - Made in Hungary: Packaging

After we finished our stories about the Hungarian diecasts firms we have to take a look at the most important things  - the packing. Every company try to use for their goods a visible, flashly, cheap and handy packaging. By the way this packing must protect the goods for the mechanical damages also. The Hungarian diecast makers and sellers used a wide variation package form.  Now we try to clarify which firm use witch packages form at this time.

The first MB packages  "traditional closed box" came from England. Later on these boxes made in Hungary at the paper-mill in Dunaujvaros (in Hungarian: Dunaújvárosi Papírgyár). In the domestic market the MB use the blister package, but exist a very few windowed and closed box version too.

These boxes color, style didn't different than the traditional, normal MB ones. Just the paper type and quality had a different because in Hungary the paper manufacturer didn't use a recycled paper.

Hungarian made car in a closed box (Photos: homepage3.nifty.com)

The other MB packaging form is a blistered package. The overall quality of these blister packages are a little poor because in Hungary these products made by the children, not the collectors. On the blister you can't found any text  for example car name, number as usual on the another regular MB blisters. The logo on the paper was different too it is just a bit angled like the Bulgarian copies. The back of the blister you can see the trademark text with the small Matchbox sticker, because the original text use the Metalbox name instead of the correct Matchbox. The blister bubble on the paper first times was glued, later on it's just pin on with the stapler.

The blister package and the text on the back. (Photos: homepage3.nifty.com, www.vatera.hu)

Different type of MB blisters (Photos: www.vatera.hu, www.ebay.com)

All Corgi model use the same type of blister pack. The overall quality is almost same as the Hungarian MB ones. On the blister you can see the Metalbox GMK name at the top. And all Hungarian made Corgi's blisters contain the following text at the bottom "Eredeti angol szerszámokkal gyártja és forgalmazza: METALBOX GMK." that is mean: Original English tools mint and distribute by the METALBOX GMK." Only these infos are available on the package. The blister bubble on the paper was pin on with the stapler.

(Photo: homepage3.nifty.com)

(Photo: Breki Finnland)

Simple Metalbox package with Corgi name/logo. (Photo: homepage3.nifty.com)

The Hungarian Siku's use an exist general Siku windowed boxes. All logos, color and design are untouched. The top of the box has a large Metchy, the left-top corner has a Rexi logo and the right-bottom corner you can see the Siku name as usual. The current car type was stampled at the bottom of the box. Later on the original text was restampled or redecaled several times with the new model name as well.

Color variations  (Photos. www.ebay.de, Zsoca)

Twin-pack with Rexi logo (Photos: www.ebay.de)

Illegal copies:
Basically these illegal copies are used a simple blister pack - like the Metalbox ones - except some Metchy and Metal Playmobil cars that use the windowed and a simple box for packaging. Some model - Ligier JS-2, Hondarora, Abarth's - available in small clear plastic box, but as far as I remember a lot of diecast cars available in the small local shops without package at this time.

Tipical Metchy boxes (Photos: Breki Finnland)

Metalcar packages (Photos. beczl, www.vatera.hu)

Metalbox blisters. The Zastava is packaged when the Metalcar full name was "Metalcar GMK" (The GMK had a very special co-company form in the socialist era in Hungary). The others probably the newers. (Photos: Breki Finnland)

(Photos: Breki Finnland)

(Photos: www.matchboxmania.de)

Hobby-Cars és Metal-Play-Mobil diecasts in different package. The De Tomaso Pantera exist a blistered and boxed version too. (Photos: Breki Finnland)

2010. október 16., szombat

Diecast Toys - Made in Hungary: Metalbox & "Noname"

At last but no least  we now discuss the last known big Hungarian diecast manufacturer Metalbox, the other small factories illegal copies, and a lot of unknown or non categorised models. We already discuss about the Metalbox GMK-t as the authorised Matchbox and Corgi maker.  But paralell on the authorised licenced production the factory made a lot of illegal diecast copies as well. A lot of another small factory is made a lot of different model at this time but It's almost immpossible to collect all information about these models. That's the reason why I call these models as "No-Name".

  • Cessna N402CW Matchbox Skybuster
  • Dune Buggy Politoys J28
  • Datsun-126X Matchbox
  • Abarth 2000 Pininfarina Politoys J19
  • Jeep CJ-6 Matchbox
  • Renault Alpine 210 Politoys J12
  • Scania Bus Majorette
  • Zastava Coral Yugo

  • Police Launch Matchbox


  • Clipper Matchbox
  • Hondarora Matchbox 
  • Lotus S Matchbox
  • Field Car Matchbox


  • Ford launchable
  • Porsche, VW launchable
  • Jeep Toyota Land Cruiser Majorette 1:43
  • Jeep 4x4 Matchbox
  • F-1 Racer Matchbox
  • Volkswagen Golf II GTI Matchbox
  • BMW Matchbox Superkings

(Photos: Breki Finnland)

The illegal copy of the Matchbox Skybusters Cessna 402. They had on a various color with a wide range  sticker as ambulance, police, military and so on... on their wings and vertical stabilisator. The package contain a standard gear, skid, and two missiles on the wing. (Photos: beczl)

 The copy of the Dune Buggy Politoys J28 - They had a working black plastic sunroof and a plastic luggage set (usually a scuba set).  (Photos: beczl)

A very rare "Twin pack". Buggy-t with towed Police Launch. The towing bar is missing (Photos: Porshce)

Datsun-126X copy. It's smaller - about 75% -  than the normal Matchbox version but their finish is very close as MB. Metal body with plastic baseplate. (Photos: beczl)

It's a almost a Matchbox Jeep CJ-5, but it's not , you can check here why it's a non regular MB. Note: check the different wheels (Photos: Breki Finnland)

Majorette Jeep Toyota Land Cruiser 1:43 copy. The build quality is very good. Opening front and back doors and with a luggage set on the roof. (Photos: beczl, www.vatera.hu)

Kojak is ready for ride (Photos: Bog Zoo)

Illegal copy of the Renault Alpine 310 Politoys - Metal body, plastic baseplate, no interior. Some model has a roof light, some not. (Photos: beczl)

Majorette Scania Bus 1:87 copy going to Disney Land :-) (Photos: beczl)

(Photos: beczl)

(Photos: Breki Finnland)

Zastava Coral Yugo. Made by AuroMetal in Yugoslavia. When the war in Yugoslavian was break out one of the Hungarian "Metalbox" buy the remaining parts, models and the distributing rights from AuroMetal in 1991. When the Metalbox run out the original AuroMetal parts (baseplate, wheel) they replace with their own plastic or bare metal one's. (homepage.nifty.com)

The Torpedo firm copy of the Matchbox Police Launch. IMHO it should better than the original MB one. Metal upper side, plastic body.  It used to available many color variations and stickers. Usually had an accesories for example: macine guns, horn, antenne, monitor, flag pole...Do you know why need a machinegun for these ambulance or sport boats? :-)  (Photos: beczl, www.vatera.hu)

Matchbox Rola-matics Clipper copy. Origin is unknown. Very poor quality (Photos: beczl)

Abarth 2000 Politoys J18 - I don't know who made this but it's a very rude copy. (Photos: beczl)

The copy ot the MB Hondarora copy. You can see a very simple plastic copy in the bottom. (Photos: beczl)

(Photos: beczl)

(Photos: Sam.Joe, Porsche)

These launchable model made by the Metalbox and other small firms. Usually has a plastic body with metal baseplate. Sam.Joe- "It's a double copy, becasue the launcher mechanism copied from the MB "Burnin' Key Cars" and the car is the MB-09 Ford Escort RS2000. copy. It very hard to play with this because it's too light for the launching. In this case it's not rolling just flying. :-) (Photos: beczl)

Copy of the Matchbox Jeep 4x4. Similar design and product except the baseplate text. (Photos: beczl)

Matchbox F-1 Racer origin unknown (Photos: beczl)

Volkswagen Golf II GTI Matchbox copy with same logo as you can see on the F-1 Racer. (Photos: beczl, www.matchboxmemories.hu)

Full metal Lotus S7-es. It's the copy of the illegal copy Hobby-Cars S7 (saját kép)

The copy of the Matchbox Field Car with same text style like on the launchable models baseplate (Photos: beczl)

 Copy of the 1:43 Matchbox Superkings BMW 750iL with friction motor. The overall quality is very good (saját kép)
Thanks for the other pictures. It's made by: Sam. Joe-nak, Porsche, Ikarus 256, Brek, Bog Zoo, Pila77, Zsoca.