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Welly Special

After looking at some of the pages from fintail’s magical catalog post, I’ve been all excited about learning even more about the obscure, now largely defunct brands of my childhood.

I’m all enthused about Welly now, and want to share the few Welly’s that I have.

The Welly cars in his catalog seem to have the Tomica-looking four slot button wheel, which a few of mine have. A few of mine also have the wider black Tomica copy wheel. The remainder have a slotted wheel that’s reminiscent of some late 80's Zee Toys cars that I have in my collection.

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Most if not all of my Welly cars are marked only “Made in Hong Kong,” save for the notchback Mustang II which is actually marked Welly. It was purchased in 1999 or so together with the white Opel/Holden, BMW E30 cabriolet and the Chevette. All have the black Tomica wheel except the Chevette, with the Zee Toys slotted wheel.

I used to have this Ford Sierra XR4i as a kid, and earlier this year I found a carded two pack with it inside!
I used to have this Ford Sierra XR4i as a kid, and earlier this year I found a carded two pack with it inside!
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Here’s the van from that two-pack. A large version of the slotted wheel.
Here’s the van from that two-pack. A large version of the slotted wheel.
One of two BMW Batman CSLs. Here’s the Tomica style wide black wheel in use.
One of two BMW Batman CSLs. Here’s the Tomica style wide black wheel in use.
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My earlier childhood example, as noted by my JW initials sharpied onto the windshield.
My earlier childhood example, as noted by my JW initials sharpied onto the windshield.
BMW E30 Cabriolet, which looks like a copy of the Matchbox version, with the wide black Tomica wheel.
BMW E30 Cabriolet, which looks like a copy of the Matchbox version, with the wide black Tomica wheel.
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The Chevette, with slotted type wheel.
The Chevette, with slotted type wheel.
One of a few squarebody stepside Chevy pickups from the mid-late 70's. This one has the four slot Tomica-esque button wheel. This one is up for trade just for you shop-teacher!
One of a few squarebody stepside Chevy pickups from the mid-late 70's. This one has the four slot Tomica-esque button wheel. This one is up for trade just for you shop-teacher!
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Another four slot wheel version that I’ve had for a long time, many cedarchest miles on this guy.
Another four slot wheel version that I’ve had for a long time, many cedarchest miles on this guy.
This was presumably a later version, after the switch to the Zee Toys like slotted wheel. Also for trade for shop-teacher, along with the brown one, if you’re interested!
This was presumably a later version, after the switch to the Zee Toys like slotted wheel. Also for trade for shop-teacher, along with the brown one, if you’re interested!
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Another slotted wheel example that I’ve had for a long time but was found in a box so it’s in much better condition.
Another slotted wheel example that I’ve had for a long time but was found in a box so it’s in much better condition.
One of the cars from fintail’s catalog, this one is marked Fairlady Z 280Z-T, even though it’s left hand drive. This has the four slot wheel, which is prevalent in fintail’s pics from ‘83-84.
One of the cars from fintail’s catalog, this one is marked Fairlady Z 280Z-T, even though it’s left hand drive. This has the four slot wheel, which is prevalent in fintail’s pics from ‘83-84.
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A wide black Tomica wheel DeTomaso Pantera, perhaps a GTS.
A wide black Tomica wheel DeTomaso Pantera, perhaps a GTS.
The Ford Mustang II with wide black Tomica wheel, and the only Welly car that is actually stamped Welly on the base.
The Ford Mustang II with wide black Tomica wheel, and the only Welly car that is actually stamped Welly on the base.
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The Ford Sierra XR4i from the two-pack above. Presumably a Ford Sierra because the Merkur (the German word for Mercury, clever) XR4Ti USDM model only came as the turbo XR4Ti, whereas the EDM Ford Sierra on which it was based never had the turbo engine to my knowledge, coming only in XR4 and fuel injected XR4i versions. Maybe our European friends can shed more light on this.
The Ford Sierra XR4i from the two-pack above. Presumably a Ford Sierra because the Merkur (the German word for Mercury, clever) XR4Ti USDM model only came as the turbo XR4Ti, whereas the EDM Ford Sierra on which it was based never had the turbo engine to my knowledge, coming only in XR4 and fuel injected XR4i versions. Maybe our European friends can shed more light on this.
A wide black Tomica wheel Lotus Esprit, Type-79 maybe? I’m not super knowledgeable about Lotii either.
A wide black Tomica wheel Lotus Esprit, Type-79 maybe? I’m not super knowledgeable about Lotii either.
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Gonna need some help on this wide black Tomica wheeled example. Holden Commodore? Or Opel? It has the stacked vertical taillamp.
Gonna need some help on this wide black Tomica wheeled example. Holden Commodore? Or Opel? It has the stacked vertical taillamp.
A Welly articulated semi-truck that I got as part of an eBay bundle, sporting the four slot button wheel.
A Welly articulated semi-truck that I got as part of an eBay bundle, sporting the four slot button wheel.
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Another made in Hong Kong four slot button wearing beast, an opening-door 935 Porsche.
Another made in Hong Kong four slot button wearing beast, an opening-door 935 Porsche.
Oddly enough though, here’s another made in Hong Kong 935, this time the langheck (longtail) version with wide black wheels. It’s hard to believe that both were made by Welly.
Oddly enough though, here’s another made in Hong Kong 935, this time the langheck (longtail) version with wide black wheels. It’s hard to believe that both were made by Welly.
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Last but certainly not (yet maybe) least, here’s a wide black wheel VW Beetle cabriolet, also acquired in an eBay group hawl. It’s missing the rear roof tonneau and I’m not particularly attached to it.
Last but certainly not (yet maybe) least, here’s a wide black wheel VW Beetle cabriolet, also acquired in an eBay group hawl. It’s missing the rear roof tonneau and I’m not particularly attached to it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this venture into a more obscure blast from the past!

In the future, I’m going to do more spotlights on obscure brands that I have represented in my collection, like Zee Toys, Road Champs, Yat Ming, Playart, Universal, Uniborn, Kidco, and many others. I’m looking forward to getting into this!

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