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Toy Tractors and Farm Toys made in Argentina.
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Toy Tractors made in Argentina
Argentina's toys alike our real life tractors are unique. For its
avant-garde position within the Latin American concert all rural related
industry has been in Argentina very powerful. Those magnificent toys -as all
toys which are a reflection of real life- represented the local unique
tractor versions as much as the traditional standard international models.
During the boom of the argentine toys' industry in the 50s most of the
tractor toys were made in tin and plastic, for its market was mainly the
lower classes in the fields and small cities. Psychologists and Sociologists
have proven right the theory which expresses the importance of toys related
to the environment children are growing in. Their learning and social
qualities have had, throughout history, a profound impact in our development
as social beings.
Therefore the massiveness of tractor toys made out of cheap materials was a
logic turn for the Argentine toy industry. These low quality mass produced
items were very popular up till the 70s when all sorts of new and improved
toys entered the mass consumption market.
All the same, it was back in the 60s when an Argentinean toy pioneer
designed what would become the diamond of Argentine tractor toys: the Buby
Fiat 700s CONCORD. This rare example was manufactured by the Buby company on
request of the Argentinean firm Fiat Concord. This outstanding scale
reproduction of the company's tractor was brilliantly achieved. Such was the
quality of the item that Fiat Concord "socially presented" the model at one
of the firm's most important commercial events.
This was Buby's chance to enter the rural-industrial field with its
wonderful items. But due to the company's negative to Buby's intention of
using that casting to produce its rural line, this was the first and last
attempt for a tractor collection. That's why when collectors find its 1038
reference number on commercial lists they cannot get hold of the item. For
this was a very small production item not massively commercialized.
Therefore, no doubt about it, to own one of these rare and beautiful Buby
examples is the top of the top for any tractor/farm toys' collector.
On the other hand, talking about rare tractor toys there's Sigomec line.
This firm shows a broader list of tractors. All of which could be found
anywhere in the Argentine field. This are tin and plastic items, quite a bit
larger than the Buby diecast, but all the same very interesting and valuable
to the collector who knows. Among the many important examples, Sigomec
delighted its audience with an extraordinary example of the locally produced
This toy trend is still very powerful in our country. Such is the importance
that John Deere has launched its own toy tractors-field equipment line. Big
scale reproductions of their machinery. The excellence within the quality of
these items is unquestionable, alike their real size machines. following the
company slogan "I would never sell something in which I didn't put the best
For these are just some examples of what, without a doubt, is an amazing
facet of the Argentine toy industry, and because there's so little
information about other rare and not so rare toys, at the moment I'm working
on a research project to recover these amazing models from the dark. The key
is in the way toys and their history perfectly complement each other.
At the same time, I find of great interest the new turn within the Argentine
tractor production. These are incredible and unique examples of an industry
that's growing together with its consumers, and it's adapting its products
to the regional market's needs. And before we blink there's going to be a
toy tractor new line (such as the John Deere one) expressing this turn. When
that happens I'll be there to witness it and tell you about it.
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