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Tale of Tootsie Die Cast Toy Cars

It was a rainy afternoon yesterday when i decided to clean some of the boxes in our attic.

After unboxing some matchbox die cast toy cars, I was able to see again some tootsie die cast toys .

Fiat Red, Hot Road Roaster , Delivery Truck

The tootsie die car toys were made between late 1960’s to early 1970’s and was owned by my cousin before they were given to me in the late 1980’s. This used to be about  12 to 15 pieces which includes tank, trucks, military jeep and racing cars.

Some of the pieces got lost over the years, some were borrowed by playmates who never returned them.  Now, only 3 pieces of tootsie die car toys were left in our possession.

Toosie Toy had gradually evolve and now had changed ownership. The small die cast toys seems to be discontinued by the new owner. I think it would be more expensive to produce them now compared 40 or 50 years ago. Plus children wanted a more colorful die -cast toy cars.

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Matchbox Die Cast Cars Found at the Attic

It was a cloudy and rainy day, when i decided to go to our attic and open a few untouched boxes that were stalked together gathering dust.

There were die cast toy cars , books ,school supplies and fashion accessories which are left untouched over several years or even decades!

While opening few boxes, I saw a plastic Matchbox carry case opened to reveal memories and nostalgia over these die-cast toy cars.

matchbox die-cast cars 1:60 

It was like unboxing of some sort which revealed some stories.  There were 27 die-cast cars – 21 were by matchbox manufactured between 1968 to 1972 and another 3 matchbox made between 1979 to 1984 from Macau, China.

Top- Volkswagen ( Matchbox circa 1972 ) Below -Volkswagen ( Marjortte circa 1970)

There is 1 Marjorette made from France ( Volkswagen) and 2 die cast cars by Playart made in Hong Kong . The doors of Volkswagen ( matchbox ) can opened.

Story

The matchbox die-cast cars haul was initially owned by my cousin, who probably have played with these die-cast cars when he was 3 or 5 years-old. The toys would have been kept over the years at their apartment unit somewhere in Nagtahan until i got a chance to play with some of the toys while spending my summer vacation. ( that was in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s).

iconic London double decker bus 

If i remembered it correctly, the matchbox die cast cars collection were probably far more, some of which might got lost over the years. They kept on moving to several apartment units from Nagtahan, Santa Mesa, San Miguel, Sampaloc and Quiapo over the the period of four decades ! I only got a chance to play with the die cast cars a couple of time since i prefer the plastic toy soldiers and animals.

I think the matchbox plastic container was among among the old pieces that were left in our house around 2008 when my aunt decided to moved-out of their Sampaloc apartment. One of the reason was termite infestation and periodic leaking of roofs which cause water seepage which destroyed a lot of medical books, encyclopedias, dress and even toys!

1969 (RW) Field Car

They moved into a smaller apartment unit somewhere in Quiapo and then they bought a house and lot somewhere in Marikina. Eventually some desk made from hardwood and some untouched boxes where left in our house ( given away).

Personal Favorites

My personal favorite would be the two volkswagen, double decker bus and the three matchbox car made in 1979 and two corvette.

My cousin is already a successful  anesthesiologist and practicing somewhere in the United States.

The toys may not be that expensive in today’s market value. All of the items are in worn- out condition. But it was the nostalgia and it was reminiscent of our shared childhood when hand me down toys are kept and treasured.

 

 

 

 

 

Make it Epic PH: Hot Wheels Toy Exhibit at SM Block Atrium

SM North , Block Atrium -Quezon City , Philippines

Toy Kingdom in partnership with SM opened a toy exhibit for children and toy collectors . The exhibit is dubbed ” Make it Epic PH ” . Most of the exhibtors are members of the Diecast Car Toys Collectors of the Philippines and some other toy car collecting groups.

poster

There are several hundreds of die cast toy cars exhibits , some of them are still in pristine or mint condition .

exhibition area

collection of several die-cast toy cars on display 

Ghost busters Ecto 1 and Ecto 2

Local retailer are selling this version at Php 1,099.75

Aside from the die cast toy car exhibition. The guest are treated to a play center where children can bring their die cast toys and play .

 

There is also a selling area within the exhibition area. One can buy the latest 2016 Hot wheel collectible series. 

The exhibit will be until this September 11, 2016 .

There is also an in-house promo where one can , Get 3 die-cast cars for the price of 2 when you buy at any Toy Kingdom (Official) stores until September 30, 2016.

 

12 Things To Do During Toy Convention 2016

SMX Convention Center , Hall A, B, C and D , Pasay City -Philippines

Toy Convention 2016

Pop Culture Enthusiasts, Toy Collectors , Cosplay, Comic Book Lovers , Coke bottle collectors , Card Gamers and anything that brings back memories of childhood. The Philippine Toys , Hobbies and Collectible Convention ( Toy Convention ) which is on its 15th anniversary, is proud to announce it’s partnership with Pop! Life Entertainment to create the ultimate FanXperience for the Filipino pop-culture fans!

The ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience will be the culmination of 15 years of fan entertainment in the Philippines. It will be the biggest celebration of all things associated with pop-culture such as toys, games, movies, cosplay, anime and collectibles.

Sesame Street and Muppet character toys on display

This is no doubt Southeast Asia’s Bigger, Bolder and Bewitching  convention. This is one of the pioneer and longest running event of this kind and magnitude .

Here are the 12 Things to Do During the Toy Convention 2016

a magazine collector with a day’s haul

12.) Try to Scout for Unique and Rare Collectibles – People usually are on the constant search for unique and rare collectible items . Toy Convention can open the gates for finding same collectors with same hobbies and interest.  There are also rare and collectors edition funko pop toys, Voltes-V 40th anniversary toys and a whole lot more!

miniature Christmas village

11.) Christmas in June exhibit by Coca-Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines – Christmas season is still 4 months away, BUT collectors of Coca-Cola miniature Christmas village complete with train tracks, vehicle , toys , bottles , cards and toys . The officers and members are there to showcase their collection of different items not only from the Philippines but also all over the world.  Some of the hard to find items were issued during Communist USSR and pre-1970’s China ( Mao Tse Tung era) bottles. Have a chance to meet Filipino collectors and traders of these items. Coke Philippines had an interesting and colorful history spanning over 100 years !

 Coca- Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines members and officers

10.) Voltes V- 40th Anniversary- June 4, 1977 marks the 40th  anniversary or Ruby anniversary   In the Philippines, Voltes V has embedded itself in Filipino pop culture and the original opening  song in Nippongo was even translated into  Tagalog by Mr. Joey de Leon.  This is one of the anime series that was banned by the Marcos administration and final 4 episodes were not aired because of excessive violence.  Do not forget to pose a souvenir shot at the imposing 22 feet tall statute .

larger than life character
9. ) Peanuts – Larger than life characters of well- loved characters . The characters who appear in movies, TV specials and episodes of TV series were illustrated by Charles M. Schulz.  There are a lot of comic stuffs, stuffed toys and items .

8.) Cosplayers- They play an important role in every Toy Convention whether here or abroad. kids, teenagers and adults .

Superman cos-players Ms. Herbert Manalo Chavez and a kid

7.) Meeting with Celebrities and Pop Culture Icon – Toy Convention is a place to meet local celebrities and people with the same passion for collecting stuffs.

Dean Cain

He is known for his role as Superman  in the TV series Lois and Clark : The New Adventures of Superman, host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the soap opera series  Hit the Floor. He is also back as the father of Supergirl’s father Jeremiah Danvers.

Dean Cain

Mr. Dean Cain will also have meet and greet opportunity with his fans during the convention .

Ms. Regine Tolentino

Celebrity mom and host Ms. Regine Tolentino spotted at the Toy Convention

Kristian Nairn- Hodor

6.) Game of Throne Comes Alive – Irish actor Kristian Nairn, Game of Throne is here in the Philippines !

Hodor, the simple-minded servant of House Stark at Winterfell working in the stables was killed by the wights in Season 6 after a heroic effort to help Bran Stark and Meera Reed escape. His death immediately became a trending topic in social media.

Pop Life FanXperience executives together with local organizers

WAy Cool PH booth selling cards and toys ( Mr. Wayne Patrick Hsu )

5.) Meet Card and Board Games Collectors- card collectors would be happy to know that there were NBA and Game card collectors sellers and dealers .  Some schools during the late 1980’s up to the mid-1990’s even banned these cards within the school premises as it promotes gambling  , These items are collectible and are here to remind people of the much simple life and simple ways to acquire them.  We usually swap hard to find items or sell them for a small profit.   Way Cool PH sells these items online at their FB page  . Contact : +63947-323-4959

Mario Mauer

4.) Funko Toys- One of the biggest selling vinly toys  in the world. Try to collect famous characters.

Stan Lee funko toy

3.) Stan Lee Memorabilia items and collectibles – Have a chance to see the items . Almost all the items on display were personal collection of Mr. Stan Lee

2.) Bargain Sale and Discount Promos

PHP Comics Artists

1.) Filipino Pop Culture and Artists Shine- Learn  , interact and share personal experiences of Pinoy Pop Culture at the annual Toy Convention . One can interact and buy works of young comic artists from different parts of the country .

Encantadia 2016

Encantadia 2016 is set to air  on July 2016 on the network’s GMA Telebabad block  . The series garnered both popular and critical recognition at home and abroad, including winning the 2005 Teleserye (Television Series) of the Year at the Los Angeles-based Gawad Amerika Awards.

Heneral Luna booth

The Movie is a historical epic film starring John Arcilla as Heneral Luna.

Website : http://henerallunathemovie.com/

Interesting Items at the Chrristmas Toy Fair 2015

SM Megamall , Megatrade Hall B, Mandaluyong City -Philippines

Chrristmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 (X Mas Toy Fair) from Dec. 11-13,2015 .

There are almost 100 booth and there were a lot of shoppers and buyers . For those who wanted to shop toys and collectible items for upcoming Yuletide season, This is the best time to shop .

Here are some of the interesting items , toys and collectible items .

NBA cards

National Basketball Association trading cards are always a collector’s item . I still remember that we used to collect them and trade them. These NBA trading cards are the ultimate collection starter and collection addition to have in your possession. Available signed and unsigned, NBA trading cards are a valuable investment you should stop overlooking today.

During the height of the NBA trading card collecting ( late 1980’s to late- 1990’s)  some schools had imposed guidelines to their students not to bring NBA cards during class hours ( They are subject to confiscation )  . There are also some incidents before that trading NBA cards also involves money thus are branded by some as some form of gambling.

In the Philippines, the fad of collecting NBA cards had begun to fade , but there are still a big number of collectors around.

Postcards

Postcards is always part of communication and an important  collectible items ever since. It started the mid- 19th century and gradually became important in the tourist trade .

The most popular theme are the tourist , scenic , map , flag,flora , fauna, anime ,costumes, cartoon characters and gotochi ( shaped postcards)

Though Wagon Marketing-Mr. Carlos and China Cabanlig

The couple had started their own anime -related gift items and is gaining some online fans for their creative items for sale . They created cute characters like mokatokki , binky burrow and sachiko .

Among the collectible items for sale are the button pins , note pads, key-chain holder , stuffed toy and postcards ( 9 designs) . These items are locally patented and the design will surely catch your eyes.

I gave them a few handy tips on how to improve their products and especially their postcards .

Address#108 Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City , Philippines 1100

+63 998-975-8829, +63 22964227 Landline : (02) 926 4004

Website: carlos@twmgraphics.com

Website: http://www.thoughtwagon.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtWagon/?fref=nf

Vintage Toy Raygun

Pope Francis

At the toy fair , Buyers can buy Pope Francis stand-up for ONLY Php450

Retro Toy Collection

Die-cast toy cars -Super Mario Brothers

Before leaving the toy fair, i was able to purchase some hot wheel die cast toys

I would like to ” Thank” the organizers for the invitation

14 Exciting Reasons to Visit the 2015 Philippine Toy Convention

SM Megamall -Megatrade Hall 1,2,3, Mandaluyong City , Philippines

Greetings to all avid readers and followers of pop culture, cosplay , anime , toy collectors from all corners of the country and even in the world. This is the exciting time of the year where people from all walks of life, genre , thematic collectors troop to the Philippine Toy Convention 2015 .

I went to the convention early to help  the members of the Coca Cola Collectors Club of the Philippines  affix the exhibit booth .Short exciting reasons to visit the convention.

14. Husband and Wife Entrepreneurship Tandem Ms. Lisa Lee is an artist, designer , entrepreneur and Mr. Luk Chee Chew were from Malaysia. They are selling interesting items from cute postcards, t-shirts and artisan ( one of a kind) toy. Liselle’s motto, “Dare to Dream, Dare to Shine” – All people are possible to build their dream if you believe and make it come true.  Postcards are being sold at Php 20 each item with 7 designs !

DWEEY

‘Liselle’, the feminine character of a fashion illustrator portrays an image and personality of confident, elegance and charismatic that fuels an intrinsic potency for feminine lovers that has dreams to build and being ambitious. DWEEY is an artisan toy , which people can customize and paint their own DWEEY set.

LISELLE : http://www.liselle.com.my/

DWEEY: http://www.dweey.com/

Mr. EJ Zara – GM and Head of Design ( Zara and Flowers )

13. Living Indoor Plants This is the first time that a local exhibitor had showcased several interesting indoor plants with toys as an added accent. This is the trend that is happening worldwide. An arrangement that is cute, fanciful and ideal giveaway during an event. 12. CUTE Pots with a Touch of Cartoon Characters This such a very creative move on the part of Zara and Flowers ,  pot designs which are painted to look batman and other comic characters with living indoor plants. 11. Dinosaurs and Live Succulents Mixing pre-historic creatures and living plants is another way to entice people into growing plants. They look more animated and fanciful. For thematic event, weddings and even children’s parties. They are sure  hit.  It is also an impromtu botany lesson 101.

For reservations and orders:

Office: (02) 957-7290 Mobile: (0915-721-9279)

Email: egzarajr@yahoo.com

Christmas theme miniature village with trains, houses , carrousel and miniature pine trees to complete the effect.

J Tree Miniature Tree Company

Ms. Joyce D. Garcia – Bani, Pangasinan

Contact : +63 -930-984-1252 / 0906-546-0330

10. Christmas themed village in June

Christmas season is still several months away, With almost everyone at the Coca-Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines is on their very festive atmosphere and mood.  This is a very good way to start an event.

officers and members of the club in a light mood

With red colored t-shirts and star studded induction of the officer led by Atty. Adel Tamano ( Vice President for Public Affairs and Communication Officer ) members of the organization together with Coca- Cola Philippines will be giving away FREE Coke, Coke Zero , Royal and Sprite in cans during the duration of the event. ( depending on the availability of the supplies) Coke is an international brand name and the Philippines is one of the first countries in Asia to have acquired its franchise to distribute and bottle the product. Popular items like die-cast cars, bottles, dolls, game cards, postcards, polar bear, miniature cartoon characters , t-shirts are some of the popular collectible items on display at the exhibit.

Toy Convention 2015 mugs and other official merchandise

9.One of a Kind Memorabilia Items for Sale Memorabilia collectors normally would buy these stuffs .  They are souvenir from their visit to the convention.

Mr. Vincent Trinidad and Ms. Zette Trinidad ( artists and proprietor )

8. Unique Business Names and Products

Poop Shop sound very catchy and unique , The husband and wife tandem are selling affordable clothes which they have designed . They also have interesting stickers and cards , Unfortunately no postcards were printed .

Their store is located at No.42 Anonas Road , Project 2 , Quezon City

Contact Numbers: 0916-5199790 /0917-306-3321 Landline : 531-7671 / 463-3948

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Popshopclothing2014

7. FREEBIES , Games and On the Spot Games This is one of the reason “why” some people troop to the convention. There are a lot of freebies and giveaways during the 3-day event. Coca-Cola Philippines give away  of coke products in cans , Oishi – ( Liwayway Marketing ) gave away free samples , Fullo, button pins and other stuffs.  There are also a lot of cool surprising games , pop culture trivia and quizzes.

Coca Cola Collectors’ Club of the Philippines officers and members

6. Meeting with Fellow Collectors I got a chance of meeting some collectors in different types of collecting fields , themes and their collection.  Attending any type of convention means reaching out to all those people with the same passion and building friendship.

Mr. Jose Antonio A. Jaime  ( Photographer and Graphic Artist)

Contact details: (632) 655-5865 / 0926-6291301

email: jose_jaime@yahoo.com

I also met some old time acquaintances from stall holder and fellow collector.  I met Mr. Jose Jaime a stamp, postcard, toy and a freelance photographer . This is his first time to participate in the annual toy convention.  He was with his friend who also designs quality t-shirt for sale at the convention.

5.Life-size Statues of favorite comic super heroes There are a whole lot of statues of your favorite comic heroes . A great way to have their photos taken.

Mr. Yexel Sebastian

4.Celebrity Power I have seen several celebrities that went to the toy convention. Some of them are avid supporters of the event and they even maintained toy collections.

Super Mario Brothers

vintage tin toys

bootleg

Pinoy Lug exhibit

Pinoy Lug exhibit is composed of a group of people who collects lego toys and assemble them .

3. Exhibits A visit to the annual toy convention is incomplete without a glimpse of their exhibits by toy collectors 2. Great Discounts Toy Collectors and bargain hunters will definitely hunt for great discounts and sale. This is also the best time to buy these items before the Christmas holidays comes. There were a lot of toys and other items on sale .

badges

These badges are being sold for 9 pieces at Php 300 or Php 33.33 pesos per item.

1. Experience the TOY Convention Mania !!! Just try to enjoy the bargain hunting, exhibits , chit chats with friends and hobbyists . Try to spend more time and get to know these people behind the toy convention and their passion over collectible items. I think based on what i have seen and the crowd response was truly remarkable and if all things are right, the organizers are planning to have a bigger venue next year! TOY CONVENTION 2016 !!!

* Note: Entrance fees is Php 150 for general public and Php 120 for senior citizens .

Toy Convention 2015 : Asia’s Biggest Pop Culture and Toy Event

TOYCON Philippines 2015: The Country’s biggest pop-culture event celebrates its 14th Year with its theme ”  Battlefields of Play” .
The annual toy convention is iconic and is  considered by many industry’s experts and visitor’s as  Asia’s biggest and longest running convention for toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything and everything related to hobbies and collections .
Organizers are expecting that at least 20,000 to 50,000 visitors from all walks of life and ages will troop to the 3- day event.  The progress for this annual convention is phenomenal with several related activities such as cosplays, toy auction and new toy launching.
a 2-day Media launching was recently hosted by Newport Mall last May 30 and 31, 2015 which attracted record crowds and invited guests.
Those of us who grew up in the pre-social media era or even the pre-electronic gaming age remember a time when “Play” was associated with the outdoors.  We fondly remember halcyon days of setting up toy soldiers in the hilly terrain of our own backyard or lining up our Star Wars action figures to go into battle with our He-Man toys in the wonderland of our childhood bedroom.
Those were the days, when our imagination knew no limits and the fantasy characters of comics, cartoons and movies were our genuine playmates; ready to defend and protect us, by the Power of Greyskull or by the all-encompassing Force, forging into battle with the evil hordes of Cobra, the Legion of Doom or armies of Decepticons.
This year’s TOYCON highlights the World of DC Comics with its colorful characters upholding justice with a grand exhibit from Pacific Licensing.  Also get a chance to own cool licensed DC Hoodies from the Authority Hoodie.
Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service launches in the Philippines, as IFLIX explodes into the pop-culture landscape of the country during the Philippine ToyCon, with unlimited access to its line-up of the most awesome and iconic movies and TV series.  With trial memberships now open, everyone is free to explore and enjoy the vast range of content on iflix.com.
Walt Disney Pictures brings in the wonder of Star Wars with its new line of merchandise from the original film saga and the new Star Wars Rebels series.  And also, get into the world of the smallest superhero with Marvel’s Antman interactive exhibit.
Also catch future and fantasy fever as Universal Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World launches in ToyCon with an eye-popping display of the movie’s cinematic artwork and line of collectors’ toys.
Other movie highlights are the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan from Pioneer Films and Doraemon: Stand By Me the Movie in 3D.  Catch Doraemon and friends live at the ToyCon stage!
The TOYCON also gives you its biggest battlefield of toys with exhibits from the local toy clubs:Pinoy Lego users Group exhibit, Planet Krypton, Funko Funatic Philippines, the Coca-Cola Collectibles exhibit, One Sixth Republic and Pinoy Sixth Scale collectors exhibit and the awesome Toycon Gallery exhibit area which showcases the best of the local toy group community.
The TOYCON also features the biggest in Cosplay with the TOYCON’s own Cosplay Universe unleashing a barrage of individual and group cosplayers led by Asia’s Cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao.   Also catch the Star Wars 501st Philippine Outpost parade its new troopers and droids from a galaxy far, far away.
Revel in opening night festivities with a series of ToyCon Pop Quiz competitions and get your fill of local and foreign comic book artists in the Artist Alley set up by Flipgeeks and Komikon.
And off course, TOYCON would not be complete without the biggest dealer floor of all pop culture merchandise in terms of apparel, collectibles and memorabilia, graphic novels and comics, cosplay paraphernalia, and toys, toys, TOYS!
So let loose the child in you once again by getting ready for war in new battlefields of play!
The Philippine TOYCON 2015 will then be held on June 19-21, 2015 at the Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megatrade SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.  Toy convention opens from 10:00AM to 9:00PM
 Media Partners includes ABS-CBN channel 2 , HERO, 99.5 Play FM, 103.5 K-Lite, Malaya Business Insight, MTV Pinoy and FHM.
Event Partners includes  Anime Alliance, FlipGeeks, Komikon, Resorts World,Resorts World Manila and Medium 3.
This is co-presented by the Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies- Collective, Inc., IFLIX, and World of DC. It’s sponsored by MaxiCollector, Authority Hoodie, Pacific Licensing, Toy Empire, Walt Disney Studios, Toy Kingdom, Warner Brother Pictures, Warner TV and Toonami.
Also supported by Great Toys Online, Bruder Toys, the Gaming Library, OISHI, PLDT Home DSL and PLDT Home Telpad, Sphero, Big Boys Toy store, Transfer It, Lynelle House of Fashion, Kramer Toy Warden.com, Universal Pictures and Pioneer Films.
For those who are attending the event ,Tickets are now on sale at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com) til June 18.
For more information on schedule of activities and event details please visit:
Tickets are also available at the event gate on June 19-21, 2015
Note: For those who wanted to avoid long queues during the 3-day exposition, Try to buy tickets before visiting the site.