Collecting Toys Magazine: February 1995 Issue

1995 Nostalgia. Who can resist it? We all love to revisit the days of our youth and remember the carefree days when the worst problem we faced was which toy to play with! Collecting Toys Magazine is a great source to find those old toys we loved so much but parted with as we grew older.

I was reunited with some of my old toys as I turned the pages of this issue of Collecting Toys:

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Japanese Robots

What I like about finding these vintage magazines is the wealth of relevant information they still contain. From manufacturing information to variants to seeing the collections of others, the only information not relevant is the values. But even outdated values can be interesting!

Let’s have a look at some of the contents of this issue from 1995:

Collecting Toys New Stuff

What’s New?

This spread is fun because it shows what was new in 1995, over 20 years ago. New then, vintage now!

Collecting Toys 3 Wheeler

Three-Wheeled & Ready to Roll

My family is originally from England so vehicles like this have a soft spot in my heart. European cities traditionally have narrow streets so 3-wheeled vehicles like this model are very common. This model is of a truck produced in Japan, where they have the same problem. I wish I had one here in Canada! A real one and a model.

Collecting Toys Robot


Can we just agree that Japanese metal robot toys are about the coolest toys in creation?!? Although plentiful, these toys still command a high price from collectors!

Collecting Toys Rollercoaster

1930’s Chein Roller Coaster

This is a good example of how manufacturers worked in the past. They would have one style of toy and simply stamp different characters or scenes onto it to make a new toy. So this roller coaster (above) is identical to the one I have, except mine has a Disney theme. Check the version I have by clinking the link here.

Collecting Toys Soccer

Soccer or Football?

Either way, this game by Subbuteo scored big with kids of all ages. You played with your fingers and could choose from multiple teams, just like the standard table hockey games.

Collecting Toys Hot Wheels


No toy collecting magazine would be complete without a spread about Hotwheels, perhaps the most famous slot racing company around. If you were a boy in the 1980’s you had dozens of these little metal cars!

Collecting Toys Pee Puppy

Please Control Yourself!

It’s bad enough to have a real puppy wetting all over the house, I can’t imagine a parent buying a child a fake puppy to water the remaining dry areas of the family home! Each to his or her own, I guess. And I really didn’t need to see where the pee comes out!

So there we have a look back into the toys of our past. I hope you enjoyed some nostalgic moments!

Disneyland Rollercoaster Tin Toy

I’ve always wanted one of these vintage Disney tin toys but have never been able to justify the cost. But today I found one at a reasonable price, although it has many condition issues. Let’s have a look:

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 Wonderful graphics!

This is a roller coaster that uses small individual cars which are drawn up the main ramp by a belt and then traverse the track using downward momentum alone.

Now let’s look at the whole toy:

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So the first condition issue is the spring which has sprung:

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Also, the wind-up key is missing as is the conveyor belt used to move the cars up the main ramp:

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And… the cars themselves are missing. But here is what they look like according to an eBay seller:

DL Rollercoaster Car top  DL Rollercoaster Car Bottom

But other than that, it is in beautiful condition and will make a very nice display piece!

Now let’s look at the graphics more closely and see the wonderful characters that are attending the fair today:

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Nice pattern on the ‘floor’:

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And here is a final shot of the bottom of the toy:

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J. Chein & Co. was the manufacturer and the piece was likely produced between 1951 and 1953. I say this because Alice (in Wonderland) appears on the toy (July 28, 1951) but Peter Pan does not (February 5, 1953). Nor do characters from Lady and the Tramp (1955) or Sleeping Beauty (1959) and no characters from the 1960’s or later appear either.

The eBay seller I mentioned above is selling this piece for $150.00 US in a more complete condition than the one featured in this post. I paid just $42.50 CAN but again with more condition issues. But for me I simply want it for display purposes.

To conclude, here is some information about the J.Chein company:

J. Chein & Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1903 through the 1980s. It is best remembered today for its mechanical toys made from stamped and lithographed tin produced from the 1930s through the 1950s. Founded by Julius Chein in a loft in New York City, Chein’s earliest toy production was a line of premiums for the Cracker Jacks snack line. The American Can Company provided the lithographic printing for Chein’s early output until 1907 when Chein opened their own full production plant in Harrison, New Jersey. With their new facilities, they were able to produce piggy banks, noisemakers and model horse-drawn carriages. They also manufactured a number of toys under license from such companies as King Features Syndicate and Walt Disney Productions, producing Popeye, Felix the Cat and various Disney character toys.

Snow White Toy Sink

I used to buy just about anything Disney I found so that I could feature it on my old site, Disleelandia, the Virtual Disneyana Archive. But now that I’ve rebooted my blog, I’ve slowed down in my purchasing of Disneyana. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love Disneyana!

But now, instead of buying an item, I might just photograph it. Like this little piece:

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Snow White is still trying to get the Dwarfs to clean up!

This is a small tin toy that is about 11″ cubed. It has great character designs on the front but is non-functioning and hollow inside.

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The top seems to have sustained the most damage/aging

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Inside (no plumbing hookups available)

I found this at a large antique barn in Peterborough, ON. It has been there for a long time, even though the price of $18.00 CAN is not that bad. This toy dates from the 1970’s. It was made by Wolverine Toy (company) of Booneville, Arkansas 72927 and is branded ‘Walt Disney Productions’.

To see more of these Snow White kitchen appliances, visit Filmic Light.

Mickey Mouse: Born to Ride

Tin Toys have always been popular and are among the most collectible, and expensive, toys out there. Unfortunately, I don’t have any original tin toys in my collection, but I do like to add a few reproductions, like this one:

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Hallmark releases new ornaments each year and many of them make great collectibles for year-round display. This particular one is free-standing and so is not limited to only being hung.

Here we see Mickey with his vintage leather helmet and flowing scarf ready to hit the open road! With training wheels. But… we’ll overlook that for now.

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Created by Hallmark Artist Nello Williams

Well, we conclude with that parting shot of Mickey driving off across the rolling pillows of my sofa. Born to Ride… Born to be Wild!