Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Past Tense: The Lucky Toys - Articulated Lorry

I love vintage Semi, COE, big rigs or whatever people call them and that’s one reason I dig M2 for bringing them out in 1/64 except for their QC issues specially on their wheels. So here I will introduced a seldom seen brand called The Lucky Toys.

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This is not a die cast but plastic toy made in Hong Kong where a lot of them were made during that era. Their logo is a horse shoe with the letter “L” in the middle.

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I research the web and came up with a few information about this company. The Lucky Toys is a Hong Kong based toy manufacturer that was in business from the 1960s to the mid 1980s. This company released friction-powered plastic toy cars in various scales. Unlike other contemporary Hong Kong companies which only has a generic Made in Hong Kong, their products bore the company’s trademark. The article also indicated that some of their toys were designed rather than copies of Western European models.

For readers not familiar with Friction powered toys, it’s a simple mechanism where the motor is not battery powered but consists of a large flywheel which is connected to the drive wheels of the toy via a very low gear ratio, so that the flywheel revolves faster. By repeatedly pushing the car forward, the flywheel is continuously rotating and is “pumped up” and when let go it drives the vehicle forward.

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I also checked the Vectis auction website and it indicated that this was a larger scale copy of another famous British toy called Dinky.

Picture borrowed from Vectis
Picture borrowed from Vectis
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The artwork on the box is different but the style looks almost similar. The side of the Dinky box if you can see it included the AEC name which is the brand of the truck while The Lucky Toy only indicated Articulated Lorry. This term is used in the UK which refers to the combination of a tractor and a semi-trailer, abbreviated to “artic”. In the U.S., this is called a semi-trailer truck, “tractor-trailer” or “semi-truck”.

Whether this one is licensed or not is a good question.

This will be the first of a series of blog I hope to write about seldom seen vintage toy brands that might be copies or original but not necessarily die cast.

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So how does it look compare to it’s counterpart?

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Illustration for article titled Past Tense: The Lucky Toys - Articulated Lorry

Since I don’t have the original Dinky there is no way for me to compare it side by side but judging by the picture of the Dinky Toys and this one I can say with the exception of the wheels and a few minor changes I am impressed by the simple yet almost pretty good copy of the Dinky model that included removable tilt, detachable trailer and moving parts.

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I am glad that this toy survived looking almost mint without any missing parts including the crates.

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