Budgie Miniatures

No.12 Volkswagen Micro Bus

Budgie Miniatures No.12 Volkswagen Micro Bus

The iconic Volkswagen Micro Bus was No.12 in the Budgie Miniatures collection. It had a long life, first appearing as Morestone Esso Series No.12 VW Micro Bus in 1957 and continuing in production until 1970. It was manufactured by Modern Products Ltd and had an interesting clip-fit base which slotted into four holes in the sides of the body.

 

The Esso version had a tan body, a gloss-black base and unpainted metal wheels. Silver trim was added to the 'VW' logo on the front, to the headlights, and to the front and rear bumpers.

 

When Morestone merged into Budgie Toys in 1959/60, the base became matt-black and there was a gradual change to grey plastic wheels. Small variations to the colour occurred which could be anything from pale coffee to light brown and occaisionally the silver trim was omitted.

 

Around 1962, Budgie decided to introduce a pale blue version of the Micro Bus. It continued to be finished with silver trim and had a matt-black base and grey plastic wheels. The tones of blue varied on these from quite bright to a greyish blue and like the tan variation, silver trim was sometimes omitted.

 

The next changes to the pale blue version involved a switch to black plastic wheels and later the ending of silver trim.

 

Finally, in 1967/68 a new metallic blue Micro Bus was introduced by Modern Products Ltd who had taken ownership of the 'Budgie Models' name after Guiterman collapsed. This version had black plastic wheels, no silver trim and a gloss-black base.

 

Having a long life meant that No.12 Volkswagen Micro Bus appeared in the complete range of Morestone & Budgie boxes and packs starting with the three types of Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes followed by yellow Budgie Toys blister-packs and both Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12.

 

All three Vehicle Series boxes were used, 'Mobile', 'Modern' (type 1) and 'Modern' (type 2), as well as both 'Guiterman' and 'Budgie Models' blue blister-packs, and in the US Toy House packs. 

 

Finally, the pale blue version was included in two of the Triple blister-packs, No.98A Utility Vehicle Set in 1965 and No.97B Truck Set in 1967.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.12 VW Micro Bus

Variation 1 : tan model with unpainted metal wheels

Esso Petrol Pump Series box with Tanker coupon

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - gpw, Mobile box
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - gpw, Mobile box

Variation 2 : tan, grey plastic wheels, MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.12 Volkswagen Micro Bus

Model Variations

 

  • (1) TAN or COFFEE      silver trim     unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (2)  TAN or COFFEE     silver trim     grey plastic wheels

 

  • (3) TAN or COFFEE      no trim           grey plastic wheels

 

  • (4)  PALE BLUE             silver trim     grey plastic wheels

 

  • (5)  PALE BLUE             silver trim     black plastic wheels

 

  • (6)  PALE BLUE             no trim          black plastic wheels

 

  • (7)  METALLIC BLUE   no trim          black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - gpw, Modern (type 1) box
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - gpw, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 4 : pale blue, grey plastic wheels, MODERN (type 1) box

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - bpw, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 5 : pale blue with trim, black plastic wheels

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) box

No.12 Volkswagen Micro Bus

Boxes & Packs

 

1956-59    Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes

 

1961-63    Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1961-64    Budgie Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12

 

1962-63    MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes

 

1963-65    MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

 

1963-66    Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1965-67   MODERN Vehicle Series (type 2) boxes

 

1965-67    Budgie No.98A Traffic Set triple blister-packs

 

1966-70    Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Budgie Models)

 

1967-70    Budgie No.97B Truck Set triple blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - metallic blue, Modern (type 2) box
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - metallic blue, Modern (type 2) box

Variation 7 : metallic blue, no trim, black plastic wheels

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 2) box

Blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - yellow blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - yellow blister-pack (reverse)
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.97B Truck Set
Budgie Miniatures No.97B Truck Set (reverse)

Triple blister-pack No.97B - Truck Set (front & rear views)

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - colours

Colours & trim

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - tan, wheel variations

gpw

umw

Budgie Miniatures No.12 VW Micro Bus - pale blue, wheel variations

bpw

gpw

Wheels

The real Volkswagen Micro Bus

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Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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