Kaden/KDN (Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic)
Other plastic Politoys copies include a Ford Anglia, Innocenti (Austin A40), and an Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina.
Of the diecast cars, I've only seen copies of Skoda cars and Tatra trucks, which is what is also shown on the Web site. Newer models will have the new logo, a stylized child playing with a toy car. You can see the site for Kaden here.
Can anyone help with the history of Kaden? And if you speak Czech, offer to translate their site for them!!!!
"The book I refereed to didn't really have much on the history or nature of the Kado company. But here is what I got: Kado was a company based in Japan. It commissioned Tomy Co. of Japan to produce models for them, and then these models were sold under the Kado brand name via their own distribution network. Tomy used existing dies and tools to produce these models -- mostly 1:43 Tomica Dandy. However a promotional set for a magazine was made in the 3-inch size. This set consisted of 5 cars, all were based on Tomica no. 27 Isuzu Hipac Van."
Kaiser apparently also makes resin kits, and it appears that they concentrate on racing cars. Anyone have more information?
Kawabatakikaku / J-43 (Japan)
I really don't have any information on this company... but there is one interesting note -- I found online a Honda S800 with a box that says "1994 Diapet Collection Club by Yonezawa... Produced by Kawabatakikaku." Does anyone know what the Diapet Collection Club is, and why Kawabatakikaku made this model for Yonezawa?
I know for sure you'll find these models:
Kenner Fast 111's (Hong Kong)
Fast 111's were an attempt by Kenner to cash in on the Hot Wheels (notice it wasn't Hot Wheel's, with an apostrophe? Okay, I'll stop now) phenomenon. For an excellent article on the history, read this article by Doug Breithaupt. The really odd thing about these cars is that they all (cars, trucks, and racing cars alike) have the same rear bumper. You can imagine what that makes some of the cars look like, especially when the rear bumper in question is a sort of cow catcher on the back. That probably (just guessing here) means that they all have the same chassis as well, since the bumper is part of the chassis. The Fast 111's "claim to fame" was that the rear bumper had license plates from all 50 states, undoubtedly to get kids and collectors to get 50 of each model. So, Kenner, how did that work out for you? Apparently not very well.
I have a BMW Dynamo still sealed on its original card, which sold for $1.29 at Venture. The front of the box says "No.92040, For ages over 3, Kenner Fast 111's, One of a kind license plates!, Die cast metal, Certificate of ownership on back of package, Collect cars from all 50 States!, Dynamo, Contents: Die cast metal and high impact plastic car, Kenner, Meets or exceeds all safety requirements of Product standard 72-76." The bottom says "CPG Prod. Corp. 1980, Kenner Prod., Cinti, Ohio 45202, No. 1027, Made in Hong Kong." According to Doug, ALL models had this same inscription on the bottom. Under the bumper is also inscribed "Fast 111s." On the back is a "Certificate of Ownership, which the owners (up to three) are to write in their names and dates. This, I suppose is great for when you inherit your brother's cars and you can truly make them yours by scratching out his name. There are statistics for this particular car, and then pictures of all the other cars available, Cyclone 3, Drag King, Range Runner, Evil Eye, Blazin' Bandit, Jet Vet, Turbo Tram, Saturn Seeker, Formula Special, Blue Monday, King Cobra, Shark Shifter, Piston Pusher, Dynamo, Dirt Digger, and Outlawer. Unfortunately, unless you have the original card, you'd never know what the name of your vehicle is.
Kidco (Hong Kong, Macao)
Dave lets us know in this article that, yes, Airfix did at the time own Dinky, and they had these models made by Universal Products in Hong Kong for sale in Europe as Dinky and in the U.S. as Kidco Tough Wheels. Dave and tbirdkuk.com differ on the start year; while Dave says 1989, tbirduk shows a car and card with a 1979 date. Also, my T-bird as a 1979 date on the bottom with 1981 on the card. Also, Dave mentions that Kidco was based in Elk Grove, Illinois. My card, and the cards sited by tbirduk.com say Bensenville, Illinois (a suburb of Oak Park, perhaps?).
For a comprehensive listing of all the models (and there a surprisingly large number of them), check out Dave's article.
Arno Kikoler's son-in-law, Mauricio Nhuch, co-founded Roly Toys in Brazil (see Roly Toys).
You'll find some information about the company (albeit in Portugese) here.
As an aside, I find it interesting that Kiko manufactured cars from Corgi molds and not Dinky, considering that they were already working with Airfix, the owner of Dinky (see previous article for Kidco).
Apparently, Kiko made a "Kiko Jet-Car" - which is, indeed, a Norev Jet-Car made in Brazil by Kiko. Up to now I didn't know that Kiko manufactured Norevs. Manufactured in the late 70s or early 80s, only the Kiko name shows up on the box, though the Jet-Car logo and Norev appear on the bottom of the models.
Thunderbird (left) and Corgi version (right). The colors came out
badly -- the Kiko is actually is sort of French's mustard, and the Corgi
is pale yellow. Another view
Per a previous version of their Web site: "Commenced over 12 years ago the models were produced to enable models to be manufactured for collectors of Australian cars which were not available from other producers. Originally mastered in a brass pattern. Reproductions were produced in no more than 250 of each. Currently we have no new models available.Sa"
Sad, that last part. And they don't seem to come up for auction on the Internet very often. They do now seems to have a neat-looking line of 1:87 cars, which I'll have to start ordering!
I have not seen a Kovap "in the tin," but I have seen a photo of the base of one of the ex-CKO models, and it still has the CKO logo, but instead of "Made in Western Germany" it says "Replica."
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