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In 1950, Mr. Felix Plawner, from Nürnberg, Germany started his company Plasticum Spielwaren.

From its early start, the company focused on cheaper mass market articles. They produced plastic products like dolls, cars, figurines, toy guns, toy music instruments, etc. They cooperated with companies in other markets, like Starlux and Minialuxe in France. They even exchanged moulds, which makes it quite difficult to determine the producer of individual toys. The versions V1, V2, V4 and V5 of the Split Window Beetles however were solely produced by PLASTICUM.

From 1950 to 1957 the company logo was a man in a circle, but the logo resembled the logo of another company too much and after a lost lawsuit Plasticum was forced to alter the logo. Hence the second logo you can see on the pictures.

The company ceased to exist in the late 1980’s.

Plastic body with cutout windows molded bumpers produced by the PLASTICUM company based in Nürnberg, Germany. VW hood emblem and 14 (7 - 7) air louvers under the split window. With a clockwerk motor. Inside the body, 2 pillars with holes to attach the clockwork motor are located although (as far as we now know) the baseplate and the motor were glued or welded onto the body.  The clockwork motors were produced by Bühler. Later versions (except for V4) came without the pillars. The door seams are indicated by a double folded line.  Plastic wheels on metal axles attached to a metal chassis. Front wheels are steerable. Inside the body, the only mold mark is a long line from door to door under the roof section.

A PLASTICUM catalog shows accessories which included a gas station pump, lift and road signs.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: PLASTICUM
  • Scale: 1/51
  • Length: 80mm
  • Production Era: 1951-1959
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Yellow. Green, Blue, Red
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