|#167 Continental Flyer Train Set -- the original.|
But then I ran across a later Yonezowa set that bore the same catalog number. Also called the Continental Flyer, this one had a plastic steam locomotive and tender, a gray plastic undecorated tank car, and a red plastic undecorated caboose.
In the business, this is known as a "running change."
So how did I catalog this one? As 167b, since it's obviously a later production run. Japanese toy production transitioned from using primarily metal to all-plastic in the early 1960's. The original 167 set, judging by the box art, was probably produced around 1959-1960. Which also might explain why the set continued on with plastic cars instead of just being brought out as a completely new set.
|#167b Continental Flyer Train Set. Note that the cover|
art has been replaced by a clear plastic window.
Creating a die to cut out that picture costs some money. I wonder how many boxes they had sitting around to justify the expense of modifying them with a cutout and a cellophane window.
|#167 metal lithographed cars.|
Was this running change unique, or a was it a common practice at Yonezowa? Only further research can answer that one.
|#167b plastic undecorated cars.|