|Lots of pretty pictures, but not much information. Unless |
you look closely at the boxes, that is.
One thing I've found out is that the Internet has its limits. I've found an site that lists Japanese toy manufacturers of the postwar era, and that's been helpful. And there are a few interview with some collectors, but that's about it. There's not a lot of posted about the subject -- most of the information I've gathered has been inferential or garnered from passing references.
For example: I purchased a book about Japanese tin toy cars that I hoped would give me a basic overview. Nope. It was a showcase of the top-of-the-line, most desirable vehicles -- none of which I have. However, all the cars were pictured with their original boxes (for Japanese toys, the box can represent over half the value of the item).
The book included a few of Bandai's "Automobiles of the World" series -- just the rarest of the over 100 models offered, of course. But by carefully examining the printed lists on the boxes, I believe that the Bandai Mercedes Benz I have was part of that series. I don't have the original box, but the car is the right size, and the same proportions as the rare color variations shown in the book.
|I don't have this model, but I do own a variant of it, so|
the information on the box is very helpful.
Who was Shioji, what else did they make and how long were they in business? I have no idea.
I'll keep digging, but I'm hoping this presentation doesn't include a Q&A afterwards!
Collecting -- and collecting information