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China – 12000 Ton Hydraulic Forging Press ME-651

12000 Ton Hydraulic Forging Press  ME 651  was made in Japan in 1961. I can date this toy back easily because of the extra picture I included 🙂 This picture shows the real thing and you can see immediately why this toy was used at schools to show, tell and explain about the Press. I think this one one of the most detailed tin toys made in the sixties and then you have to realize its not even made in Japan but in China !!

The Chinese proved that they were excellent tin toy builders in the golden age, maybe even better than the Japanese but as not much chinese toys were exported ( read: NONE ) not much showed up outside china those days. This 12000 Ton Press has won awards and the builder of this toy was personally awarded under Mao’s Government. This toy is a piece of Chinese History and only a few of these toys survived and made it out of China those days.

In action the press goes up and down, while the center lights up, the lights in from show the pressure and on top the “water tank” lights up in green and light while the hydraulics go up and down. a very impressive toy and with all the details and parts its one of the most beautiful tin toys I have ever seen.

The condition is very good to excellent but.. there were some batteries left inside the toy and that caused some corrosion as you can see in the pictures. I tested the toy and it still works, all the lights and sound work but the pressing section is not going up and down anymore. Because i dont want to mess with this extreme rare and scarce piece of toy history I decided to let the toy in the condition I found it.. Not many of these survived the years so in whatever condition you can find this toy, its always one of the most rare and scarce toys you can find in the scene.

The toy was found by a friendly couple from the south part of the Netherlands in a second hand shop more than 40 years ago and was kept in their possession ever since. Because it was time for them to buy a final motor cycle they decided to part with the toy to gather money for a motorbike :).

Overall one of the most rare and scarce toys in my collection… absolute stunning and fantastic toymaking skills from … CHINA ! 🙂 yes not Japan but China.. you would almost forget that 🙂

proves again there really was a time that china also made high end tin toys… back in the early sixties.


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