Founded in 1938, Timpo is an abbreviation of 'Toy Importers Ltd', and as the name suggests, the company was initially concerned with importing toys. Timpo turned its attention to manufacturing at the outbreak of war in 1939 when importing was no longer possible. The first hollow-cast lead items began to appear during the war years, but it was not until 1946 that the main Timpo range was established, using moulds purchased from other companies. From 1950 Timpo began producing its own range of figures, notably toy soldiers, which were manufactured in plastic from 1954. Timpo ceased trading in 1978.
Brimtoy originated in 1923 when British Metal Toy Manufacturers Ltd, established in 1914, was reborn as Brimtoy Ltd. In 1932 Brimtoy merged with A. Wells & Co. Ltd, itself a tinplate toy manufacturer established in 1919. Trading as Wells-Brimtoy, the company had dual manufacturing locations in Walthamstow, London and Holyhead in Wales. The Brimtoy brand continued to be used for train sets and the Pocketoys range while the Welsotoy brand was launched in 1955 for other ranges. The company continued to trade until 1970 when it was taken over by CMT Group.
Based in the UK in Blandford, Dorset, Wend-Al was one of several manufacturers of toy figures that started up immediately after World War II, but differed in that its products were cast in aluminium instead of the more prevalent hollow-cast lead. Wend-Al's initial production was based by agreement on moulds from the French firm Quiralu, but it soon started producing models of its own which covered subjects including zoo, farrm and circus as well as a version of the popular early TV character Muffin the Mule. However, due to increasing competition from plastic models, Wend-Al ceased production in 1956.
Plastic figures, vehicles and other items from miscellaneous manufacturers.
Tinplate toys from around the world.