Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

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Jack and Nathan Benenson began manufacturing diecast toys at their foundry at 145 Gosport Road, Walthamstow, London E17 in the late 1940's. To begin with they traded under several names including 'Benson' or 'Benson Bros.' but in 1951 they settled on 'Benbros'. In 1954, perhaps in response to Lesney's Matchbox Toys which had appeared the year before, Benbros started a range of miniatures called the 'TV Series' because the boxes represented 1950's television sets.

 

Many of the early miniatures included little cast figures, horses or milk churns which Benbros had by then gained wide experience of making. In all there were 23 different models issued in the 'TV Series'.

 

Two years later In 1956 the Series was re-launched with new packaging and a new name, 'Mighty Midgets'. The boxes were bright red and yellow and the range of models was expanded until by 1958 it reached a total of 50.

 

The models in the 'TV & Mighty Midgets' collection covered a wide variety of vehicles and models. They were sometimes not of the highest quality in design and manufacture but with inclusion of the extra pieces they had good play value. And most of the models came in several different colours with a variety of wheel types. In fact, so many combinations can  be found that the full range is still being discovered so any guide will probably never be complete.

 

Boxes for the TV Series (TV) had the model name and colour picture on the 'screen'. The first boxes had no number (TV1), then a small number was added in the bottom right corner (TV2) until finally the boxes were printed with larger numbers (TV3). Occaisionally, boxes ran short so models were put into any box and a sticker put on the 'screen' for the model inside (TV4).

 

The bright red & yellow Mighty Midget (MM) boxes did not change in style but sometimes the line drawings of the models were not accurate especially with the articulated vehicles. The boxes carried the model name and number on each side with 'Benbros' on one side only. The end-flaps were left plain red.

 

Jack and Nathan Benenson sold their business in 1965 after which the production of Benbros diecast toys ceased.

Guide to TV Series & Mighty Midget Boxes

Benbros Toys Boxes TV Series & Mighty Midgets

Pictured left to right :

 

  • TV1 - no number

  • TV2 - small number

  • TV3 - large number

  • TV4 - added label

  • MM - Mighty Midget (face & 'Benbros' side)

Benbros No.1 Hay Cart
 
Benbros No.2 Log Cart
Benbros No.3 AA Motorcycle
Benbros No.4 Stage Coach
Benbros No.5 Gypsy Caravan
Benbros No.6 Milk Cart
Benbros No.7 Electric Milk Trolley
Benbros No.8 Foden Timber Tractor
Benbros No.9 Fire Engine
Benbros No.10 Bulldozer
Benbros No.11 Tractor & Hay Rake
 
Benbros No.12 Scout Car
Benbros No.13 Austin Champ
Benbros No.15 Vespa Scooter
Benbros No.16a Express Locomotive
Benbros No.16b Station Wagon
Benbros No.17 Tractor & Harrow
Benbros No.18 Hudson Tourer
Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer
Benbros No.20 Flat Truck
 
Benbros No.23 Delivery Van
Benbros No.24 Field Gun
Benbros No.25 Spyker
Benbros No.26 1904 Vauxhall
Benbros No.27 1906 Rolls-Royce
Benbros No.28 Chain Lorry
Benbros No.29 RAC Motorcycle
Benbros No.30 Army Wagon
 
Benbros No.31 Covered Truck
Benbros No.32 Compressor Wagon
Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No.34 AA Road Service Land Rover
Benbros Mighty Midget No.35 Army Land Rover
Benbros Mighty Midget No.36 Royal Mail Land Rover
Benbros Mighty Midget No.37 Police Car
Benbros Mighty Midget No.38 Ambulance
Benbros Mighty Midget No.39 Milk Delivery Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible
Benbros Mighty Midget No.41 Army Staff Car
 
Benbros Mighty Midget No.42 Army Despatch Motorcycle
Benbros Mighty Midget Nos.43-48 Bedford Cabs
Benbros Mighty Midget No.43 Articulated Van
Benbros Mighty Midget No.44 Articulated Low Loader
Benbros Mighty Midget No.45 Articulated Timber Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No,46 Articulated Petrol Tanker
Benbros Mighty Midget No.47 Articulated Wagon
Benbros Mighty Midget No.48 Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Mighty Midget No.49 Coca-Cola Truck
 

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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