Model: Joy Toy Bedford TK
Release: part of a play set from the 1970s
Where to get it: search through the Joy Toy listings on eBay.
Why I am featuring it: I’m on holiday at the moment, currently in Athens, Greece so naturally I have been searching for scale souvenirs. I had heard about Joy Toy when I visited the toy museum on the island of Rhodes last year. They’re a Greek manufacturer from the 1970s with a varied catalogue of buses, trucks and cars and these Bedford tractor units were in the toyboxes of many Greek children. I found this one in a box in an antique store. It’s missing a trailer but being Greek made and costing the paltry sum of €1 I couldn’t say no. It may seem out of place in among the diecasts that are the norm with this hobby but it’s an interesting part of the history of European toys and one I find rather charming. Apologies for the quality of some of the photographs, they were taken on the table in a restaurant!