Friday, September 17, 2010


My house has been a "Plasticville" lately, and I wanted to share some smaller scaled finds. Do you know Plasticville? It is a brand name for a line of plastic buildings for train layouts made by Bachmann. I recently purchased two HO scale buildings and one O scale building and they are really charming. Even the boxes are charming.

There is the Frosty Bar (O scale, 1:48), which dates from 1954

And the smaller HO scale (1:87) post office and supermarket, with some N scale Preiser figures; not sure about the date, but perhaps from the 1950s as well

Aren't the colors and styling fun? I cannot do scenes with them per se, but it was fun to set them up with my son, who actually helped me figure out how to snap some of the pieces in together. I like these because there is no glue required and they can be easily disassembled.

They came with the original brochure, too.

Anyone else collect vintage Plasticville? I'd love to see your finds.

Another plastic acquisition -- the Lil' House Wonderfull by Galoob. That's right, Wonderfull.

What an odd house! The furniture pictured on the box is not the same as what comes with the house, and the people (which the owner said were original) are way too large. This made for some weird pictures of them lurking above the furniture in the house!

Still, fun to play with and very easy to put together. A breeze to store, too.

My last recent plastic find, a Blue Box writing desk, which is super mini in size, 1:24 scale. I like the box and the midcentury lines of the piece itself. You can get a sense of the size from the 1:12 swan chair juxtaposition.

Will I use this for anything? Probably not, but there's always the chance of finding a Blue Box house!


  1. I have some Plasticville. I will post pics on my blog.

  2. I just purchased a paint-them-yourself set of Plasticville people at an estate sale - some where painted, some weren't, but the paint was included. A real hoot! :D Your stuff is fantastic - that supermarket! AHHH!!! :D

  3. Beautiful small art I like art.

  4. Hi Mel! That's so cool about your new little peeps! I hope they are fun to play with. Yes, I like the supermarket too - cool little graphics!

  5. Thanks, Giant! I like small art too :)

  6. I love the Plasticville pieces! I just looked up Bachmann, and discovered that it started off in Pennsylvania in 1833. I'd been assuming it was German, like Faller and Preiser. I especially like the Post Office and the Supermarket, and how you can see the whole set-up inside, people and counters and so on! And to have the boxes and a brochure - terrific :-)
    I wonder if the Galoob house didn't come with people, and these are the people that the first owner got to play with in the house? They really don't fit, do they! And how strange that the furniture is so diffferent. I like houses that you can put away too!
    The little Blue Box bureau is sweet - perhaps it could be a child's desk? Did you know that this piece, and the wing chairs, and quite a few other Blue Box pieces are modelled on the Triang Spot-On range? They're 1/16th, so not the same moulds, I guess, but good copies.

  7. Hi Rebecca! First of all, I owe you an email response. Sorry about the delay. Yes, Bachmann is an American company, and Pennsylvania is right "next door" to me! I love having the boxes and brochure, so you can see how they were sold and marketed. I bought them from a seller who was whittling down her collection. The Galoob people are truly bizarre, and I am not convinced they are original. Yes, I have noticed the strong similarities with Triang Spot-On, especially after seeing the box for the Blue Box piece. I wonder which Blue Box house this piece went with??

  8. Hi, I just bought a Blue Box house on Ebay and there is another one still for sale. I am wondering if you ever found one. Just bought a Galoob Li'l House Wonderful as well, and there is another on Ebay. Can't wait to get them. I have a few Tootsie Toy pieces of DH furniture and some Durham Industry pieces. A few other teensy tiny pieces. Hope I can use some of them in these houses.