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SIKU news that SIKU never published.

by jclevering

A strange phenomena. SIKU never announced that they updated the castings for the Volkswagen Transporter T5 and Multivan, but they appeared at the end of 2013. Closer examination found they're actually completely new castings. I can only guess at the reasons why a manufacturers chooses not to publish they've facelifted a casting.

Transporter T5:


Peugeot 205 in small scale

by jclevering

After my recent blog about the Peugeot 206, today the iconic 205. The 205 was introduced in 1983 as the replacement for the not so succesfull 104 and soldiered on up to 1999. This succesful car was build 5.3 million units and was finally succeeded by the 206. The 205 being so iconic was made by many many companies in small scale. It's succes in rallies added to that.

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(left: Guisval, right: Majorette)

Renault 5 in small scale

by jclevering

In 1972 the Renault 5 was introduced. It was produced in two generations and was build up to 1996. It was quite a bit succes for Renault, as the company made 5.5 million of them. It was designed to fit in between the R4 and R6 and would be build in Iran under license up to 2002. It was a succesfull rally car as well. It's no surprise that the R5 was build by many toy car manufacturers.


Both the stock and rally versions were done, like the below stock versions

Volkswagen Golf in small scale

by jclevering

After my recent addition of the 7th generation of the Volkswagen Golf, I thought it might be a good idea to follow up on the stories about the Fiat 500 and Peugeot 206 with an overview of Golfs in small scale. I would like emphasis from the onset that my overview is far from complete. I would be grateful if you can add to the story.

The story of the Volkswagen Golf cannot be told without mentioning the beetle, an overview cadidate in it's own right. The beetle was a hugely succesful car for Volkswagen (and as many know it was in fact their first car) and was at the time of the development of the Golf the most produced car in the world. Before the Golf was developed, VW believed in a one type philosophy. They made a dramatic turn on that thought indeed as VW tries to make cars in every conceivable market segment nowadays. The Golf was introduced in 1974 as the first front wheel drive car of the company. The Volkswagen company had looked well at the competition and was one of the most succesfull early adaptors of the hatchback, which nowadays is common in a class of cars some call the Golf-class. It's succes was as big with the public as it was with toy makers.


Peugeot 206 in small scale

by jclevering

Peugeot introduced it's 205 in 1983. It replaced the 104, of which no small scale examples exist as far as I am aware and they made 5.3 million units of the 205 up until 1999. For quite some time before, Peugeot was strugling to make a replacement. It's final replacement, the 206, was like it's predecessor quite popular with the public and miniature car makers. The 206 would be made up to 2012 although it's replacement, the 207, would be introduced in 2006 already and be retired in 2012 as well. The 206 would be sold in greater numbers than the 205, being produced 7.2 million times. The 207 however could never reach this popularity and only sold 2.5 million units.

As said in the introduction, the 206 was quite popular with toy makers, no doubt helped by it's succes as a rally car, the 206 WRC which won the World Rally Championship.


Fiat 500 in small scale

by jclevering

afbeeldingThe current Fiat 500 is a cute citycar with a design that is reminiscent of the Nuovo 500 of 1957. That it was introduced 50 years after the birth of the Nuovo 500 is interesting, though it is based on a concept car of 2004. The Nuovo 500 of 1957 was called Nuovo (New in Italian) as there was a 1936 car called 500 as well.

This 1936 car, nicknamed Topolino (Little mouse in Italian) was done by Hot Wheels as a dragster (pictured left), but not by any other manufacturer in this scale (as far as I know).

The 1957 car was done by at least three manufacturers. Kyosho, MicroChamps and Kinsmart. MicroChamps made 2 versions of the one: One with an open convertible roof and one with a closed roof. Kyosho made the Nuovo 500 in a series of Fiat and Lancia cars and is quite rare nowadays. Picture below, from left to right: Kinsmart, Microchamps and Kyosho