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Dimestore Dreams

Dimestore Dreams

(USA)

The Dimestore Dreams range of plastic road vehicles was created by Bill Hanlon, author of 'Plastic Toys - Dimestore Dreams of the 40s & 50s'. The vehicles are recreations of those available from American dimestores in the post war years, when the then new plastics industry enabled the production of cheap yet accurate models. Hanlon was supported by Binary Arts, a games and puzzles company.

Dimestore Dreams vehicles were launched in February 2000, at the American International Toy Fair held in New York. Production continued for three years, during which time a total of twenty-three different vehicles and/or sets were produced. Nineteen of the twenty three models were to 1/43 scale, the three motorcycles being larger. Who knows the scale of the space ship - who measured the original?

Binary Arts announced the ceasation of the line at the end of 2002. Bill Hanlon was able to purchase all of the original vehicle moulds and manufacturing rights in May 2004, and reintroduced the models as American Dimestore in July 2005, and expanded the range available.

Full details of all the models realesed, both Dimestore Dreams and American Dimestore, including production numbers and prototypes, may be found at Bill Hanlon's US Dimestore site.


First Dimestore Dreams dealer promotion, the first four models

Second Dimestore Dreams dealer promotion, the subsequent models

Dimestore Dreams dealer counter top display

The only consumer catalog Dimestore Dreams issued, 2000

Dimestore Dreams station wagon

Dimestore Dreams station wagon with speedboat and trailer

Dimestore Dreams station wagon with camper and canoe

Dimestore Dreams convertible

Dimestore Dreams convertible with speedboat and trailer

Dimestore Dreams fire chief's car

Dimestore Dreams police car

Dimestore Dreams ambulance

Dimestore Dreams taxi

Dimestore Dreams pickup truck

Dimestore Dreams tv repair truck

Dimestore Dreams tow truck

Dimestore Dreams sedan delivery

Dimestore Dreams sedan

Dimestore Dreams house trailer

Dimestore Dreams US Army military police

Dimestore Dreams US Army signal corps

Dimestore Dreams US Army ambulance

Dimestore Dreams US Army wrecker

Dimestore Dreams spaceship X-100

Dimestore Dreams service cycle with rider

Dimestore Dreams motorcycle and rider

Dimestore Dreams motorcycle sidecar and rider

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