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PLASTY VW BUS

PLASTY, began operation in late 1948 and produced mainly plastic playthings. Their slogan, at the time, was "toys at reasonable prices." The founders of the firm, Hellmut Fiedler (1909-1973) and Friedrich Podey (1907-1984), had been friends since their apprenticeship at the Rheinischen Gummi-und Celluloidfabrik, the celluloid doll factory in Mannheim; it was better known as Schildkröt-Werke (the "turtle" Company). By 1975, Friedrich Podey had sold 60 percent of PLASTY to the UK firm, AIRFIX, a leading manufacturer of plastic models and toys. PLASTY was now known as AIRFIX Deutschland. Unfortunately, the parent Company went into bankruptcy in 1980. The firm, under the original name of PLASTY, was reestablished by Friedrich Podey and Rudolf Podey in conjunction with an investment group. Friedrich Podey, died in August of 1984, and the management of the firm passed to family members. The year 1987 brought a new owner for PLASTY -- LUNDBY of Sweden (manufacturer of dolls and dollhouses). LUNDBY, due to financial problems, sold PLASTY to HASBRO, Inc., a US leader in the manufacturing of toys and games. HASBRO closed the Neulußheim plant in December of 1993 and this was the end of PLASTY.

Plastic body with cut out windows and a clear plastic window insert. Very good details of front and rear section, door seams and side air louvers. Bumpers, headlights, taillights and front VW emblem molded into the body. Black plastic chassis with friction motor attached to the body. The PLASTY VW Bus (passenger, cargo or pick up) came stock or various themes such as POST, ADAC, Hay Wagon and Ambulance to name a few.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: PLASTY
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 120mm
  • Production Era: Mid 1950s
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green

1 comment

  • Comment Link Ulrich Seibel Monday, 30 December 2013 06:38 posted by Ulrich Seibel

    Very interesting model. There is also a Pickup version in different colors.

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