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PLAYART was a Hong Kong based company and first surfaced in the late 1960's and in 1969, contracted with Woolworth's to replace Husky as the in-store diecast brand. PLAYART also offered their toy cars through other department store chains like Sears, again in store packaging. In addition, PLAYART models were offered in packaging from the manufacturer. Some PLAYART diecast appear to be close copies of models from other manufacturers but the majority are unique castings. Through the 1970's, PLAYART changed their wheels to comply with child safety laws (the early chrome hub-caps are easily removed). They added new models and offered both 1:64 and 1:43 scale, as well as airplanes and military vehicles. They were produced for about 15 years although when production stopped and why is unclear.

The PLAYART 1967 VW Samba Bus, Number 7190, is a diecast toy with cut out windows, including the sun roof and seam lines for eight roof windows as well. The body details included door seams, side air louvers, front VW emblem, headlights, turn signals and engine lid. The bumpers were a shiny silver. The double side doors open and the sunroof was open with a plastic window insert. Black plastic tires with custom rims on metal axles attach to the chassis. It bears a strong resemblance to the Revell VW Bus V2.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: PLAYART
  • Scale: 1/63
  • Length: 70mm
  • Production Era: 1968-1983
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Materials: Diecast
  • Color: Light Green Metallic and Various Others
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