Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Well this has been delayed for a while as I didn’t have time to take proper pictures of these beauties from the last shelf till now. So here are the Masterlines from Ebbro under their Oldies series.

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I love nostalgic cars and these Toyopet Masterline are no exception as these are the times when designs were unique and bumpers are solid metal. Ebbro released these in 3 different styles and comes in 2 colors (if my recollection is correct).

As Ebbro was my first exposure on collectible 1/43 whose price range even exceeded some 1/24, it was a gamble that paid off as I was not disappointed at the detail and realism of their model so I knew that getting these is a no brainer.

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First let’s look at the 1959 Masterline light van.

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It was considered a high performance commercial car that embodies all the features of the Toyopet Crown. You could called it a station wagon over here or maybe a pre-Highlander crossover type vehicle where the Highlander uses the Camry and the Masterline uses the Crown.

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Next is the 1959 Masterline pick up.

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A car with a truck body or a truck with a car body? A Ford Ranchero inspired design perhaps?

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Lastly if you want to really give more option to people, why not include a double pick up or what we now call a double cab pick up as an option.

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All of these are made of metal and plastic with rubber tires. They came package in acrylic display case with card board window box. Well there you have it. Great looking Nostalgic Japanese cars that may never see the light of day in any of our locally branded die cast company as these will not for now be as popular as the Nissan Skyline or the 510 but who knows how its going to play out in the future.

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Here is a nice brochure of a Masterline Light Van.

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