This post was inspired by another blogpost: Zee Toys by Marcboz.
Over the past 6 years of collecting, I have come across many diecast brands, which were unknown to me as a kid. My first love is still Matchbox with its nostalgic connection to my childhood and I also like Corgi, Majorette and Hot Wheels with similar connections.
One brand new to me is Zee Toys (or Zylmex), this I learn from Marc was a diecast company based in Long Beach, California. Most are manufactured in Hong Kong. When I was a child “Made in Hong Kong” was synonymous with shoddy quality, today “Made in China” (in Georgian ჩინური ხარახურა (Chinuri Kharakhura), basically “Chinese crap) has a similar vibe. These models are not of the same quality as Matchbox but they are interesting, nonetheless.
I have added three of these models to my collection, all are rather playworn.
Firstly, there is a Honda CR-X with a red metal body and a grey base, which I found amongst the One Lari Cars at Drybridge Market. Secondly, there is a 1914 Vauxhall Prince Henry (missing a wheel), with a metal base that mistakenly reads “1941 VAUXHALL”.
Finally, my favourite is a Lamborghini Marzal, I thought it was a colour variant of the Matchbox model, when I first saw it and I think Zylmex may have copied the Matchbox model as they look so similar.
The Zee Toys Corvette (C2) pictured in Marc’s post is one to look out for.