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MIGNON OVAL VW

This remote control Oval Window VW was produced by R. & W. Link from Schwenningen under the brandname MIGNON. LINK bought in 1951 the name and trademark “MIGNON” of the Staiger Company. LINK started producing the toys with cable steering. LINK was in principle a mechanical company, produced the tin parts themselves as well as the technical parts of a toy. The body was bought from other manufacturers: the oval VW had an Arnold body. R&W LINK / MIGNON did not advertise anymore after 1957. It is unclear when the Company ceased to exists. Most probably that was around 1958/1959.

The manual remote control VW was first introduced with two hand held thumb controls that were about 1 meter long and attached to the rear of the VW. Pushing one control steered the VW and pushing the other caused the VW to move forward. The electrical remote control was improved and the newer version was battery operated. There was still mechanical steering but an electric motor drove the VW forward and backwards.

The first release version was actually a hard plastic Split Window VW body and the chassis did not have the MIGNON script on the bottom. Actually, when looking at the plastic bodies used on the MIGNON VWs, they were produced by a plastic company named SCHRÖDER and the SCHRÖDER insignia appears on the bodies. The next version was a hard plastic Oval Window body that had a key hole slot in the rear quarter panel. SCHRÖDER was producing a key wound plastic Oval VW at that time and just used those bodies for MIGNON. Over time, MIGNON figured out that the early release remote control VWs were easily broken using the hard plastic bodies. Later production models used a soft plastic body, also from SCHRÖDER, and the chassis were now printed with the MIGNON name script.     

The soft plastic body appeared with cut out windows and very good details of front and rear hood, door seams and rear oval window with air louvers. Early version with the hard plastic body had an unpainted formed tin interior with steering wheel. Later version had a formed tin interior with a colorful, non VW, lithographed interior and steering wheel. The remote control VWs came in a colorful box with graphics of a VW and road signs. Just to note: it is common to find the MIGNON VWs with the remote control cables missing as they were not attached very well.

The chassis was marked PATENT ANGEM. MIGNON SPIELWAREN MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY.

There is also a POLIZEI MIGNON Oval VW with a dark green plastic body with a blue emergency light mounted on top of the roof. The control box is a blue color with a white steering wheel and an additional green wire wrapped round the remote cable for the blue light operation. Chassis is not marked and is seldom found.

A MIGNON Oval Window VW version had electric headlight bulbs and horn.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: MIGNON-SCHRÖDER
  • Scale: 1/19
  • Length: 215mm
  • Production Era: 1953-1958
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Light Green, Dark Green, Red, Grey, Blue, Black, Yellow
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