Thursday, March 31, 2011

There's Nothing Foolish About These Models!

Eligor is one of the few diecast companies to still manufacture its products in France, yet their models carry a worldwide appeal. Located in the valley of Oyonnax, their factory handles everything from the initial tooling to the hand painting and tampo-printing. We at 3000toys are proud to introduce the latest new releases hitting the market later this spring. And don't worry: this isn't an April Fools' joke--these models are the real deal!

The 4CV is an economy car that was produced bythe French manufacturer Renault. This was the first French car to sell over a million units. It features a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive and front suicide doors. This model also features the“32000 kmAround The World” theme.
Item: 101355
Scale: 1:43
Retail Price = $37.95

The Citroen 2CV "4 roues sous 1 parapluie,” or, how to tour Paris in the comfortable backseat of a chauffeur-driven 2CV convertible. This model replicates a version of a classic car used in the tourism trade in the fabulous city of Paris.
Item: 101374
Scale: 1:43
Retail Price = $39.95

Designed by the French visionary Jean AlbertGrĂ©goire, the Panhard Dyna X was a light-weight compact saloon car that featured a front-wheel drive transmission. This model depicts the EVIAN water delivery car of the mid 1900’s.
Item: 101375
Scale: 1:43
Retail Price = $37.95

Renault 4CV Fire #101357-- $39.95 Panhard PL17 #101356--$39.95

Nissan NV200 #101354 --$44.95 Bardhal Citroen 2CV #101353 --$39.95

Nissan NV200 #101352 -- $39.95 Renault Sandero #101372 -- $44.95

Sinpar Mini Truck #101361 -- $44.95 Nissan NV200 #101358 -- $44.95

Sinpar Snowplow #101362 -- $46.95 Bugatti Type 35 #101370 -- $39.95

Berce Tank Unit #120059 -- $62.95 Renault Midlum Fire #114045 -- $123.95

Sotrami MB Actros #114315 -- $133.95 Olano Scania #114343 -- $133.95

With such a wide array of new models available for pre-sale, the only question left is: what do you want to get your hands on first? Let us know about your favorites in the comments or on our facebook page!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CAT CT660 Makes History!

Unveiled at Las Vegas’ CONEXPO last week alongside CAT’s first road truck, the first run of Norscot’s CAT trucks sold out in just days!

Caterpillar is most famously known for their heavy-duty construction equipment. They've tried their hand in the agriculture business as well, and now they've come out with their first-ever on-highway truck, released March 22, 2011! This is just the beginning, as they are already in the planning stages for another model, to be released in 2013.

Norscot did not lose any time in coming out with their model of the new CAT CT660 truck - in fact, they released it on the very same day, at the same show. The first run of trucks they made for CONEXPO sold out before the show was over! More trucks are in production, and while we have not been given an exact arrival date, we hope to have these in and ready to ship within the next few months!

Norscot Item #55502 - 1/50 Scale - $61.95

Norscot Item #55503 - 1/50 Scale - $76.95

Make sure to get your pre-order in today to receive your piece of Caterpillar history.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Stillwater International Airport

Thanks to Bob S. from Stillwater, Minnesota for sending in photos of his collection!

"Here are some photos of Stillwater International Airport (Corgi Field), located outside of Minneapolis. Corgi Field is a busy place as may be seen: passenger operations, air freight, and since the field is a joint-use airport, you'll see military aircraft there as well.
"Since Corgi Field lies outside the Time/Space Continuum, you'll see aircraft from several countries and very different eras parked alongside each other."

Friday, March 25, 2011

Living Up to a Name

To be "universal" is to have worldwide scope or availability and Universal Hobbies certainly lives up to their name.

We've recently posted a fresh Universal Hobbies shipment and this batch offers a nice variety of die-cast farm and construction models while maintaining the quality you have come to expect. I just want to fill you in on a few of the models that caught my eye. But don't let my quick blog post keep you from personally checking out the new additions to and the Universal Hobbies line.

Massey Ferguson 7245 Activa Combine
UH 2662 -- 1/32 scale -- $74.95
Fordson Model F - 1917 Tractor
UH 2917 -- 1/16 scale -- $64.95
Le Boulch Goliath 162
UH 2918 -- 1/32 scale -- $62.95
Manitou MLT 625-75 H Telehandler with Clamp
UH 2925 -- 1/32 scale -- $45.00

Enjoy your weekend!
- Matt

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Looking for a Spark?

We at 3000toys are excited to announce that Norscot, an official GM licensee, is now in production of a high quality, die-cast scale model of the 2011 Chevrolet Spark mini-car!

The actual Spark (shown above) is Chevrolet's newest entry into the small car market. A five-door hatchback that will be capable of greater than 40 mpg on the highway, the Spark features a high-quality interior, expressive styling, and a surprising amount of interior space.

The 1/24 scale die-cast replica (above) is slated for a release sometime between June and July and will be provided in full-color, collector level packaging. The Spark will come in 3 different colors (Super Red, Moroccan Blue, and Cocktail Green) and includes several premium features such as:
  • Opening hood, doors, and tailgate
  • Interior and engine detail
  • Authentic replication of real tires currently has this highly anticipated model available for pre-order both individually and in a set (total of 3 cars).

65206-R -- 1/24 Scale -- 23.95
2011 Chevrolet Spark in Super Red

65206-BL -- 1/24 Scale -- 23.95
2011 Chevrolet Spark in Moroccan Blue

65206-GR -- 1/24 Scale -- $23.95
2011 Chevrolet Spark in Cocktail Green

65206-SET -- 1/24 Scale -- $69.95
2011 Chevrolet Spark Case of 3 cars

Be sure to add a Spark to your day and check out the individual cars and the set!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Huge Boley Sale!

I hope you're enjoying your first day of the official spring, and what greater way to start off the spring season than with a SALE?! Almost our whole Boley line, over 200 items, is on sale through the rest of March.

These 1/87 scale pieces make great additions to collections and train layouts, especially when they're at a discounted price. Discount amounts vary, though most are 20% off our regular price, which is already at a discount off MSRP. All the Boley sale items can be found on our website and are all in stock and ready to ship. No waiting, no hassle, and no promo-codes needed.


2003 GMC Topkick 2 Axle Low Bed Dump Truck in Yellow - HO Scale - Diecast and Plastic
Item #3009-88 - 1/87 Scale
Price = $7.40 - Was $9.30

M-3 Bradley AFV in Sand
- HO Scale
BOLEY - 2124 - 1/87 Scale
Price = $1.99 - Was $2.55

Cement Mixer in Orange - International 4900 4 Axle
- HO Scale - Plastic and Diecast
Item #4011-99- 1/87 Scale
Price = $6.49 - Was $8.45

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Madness

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The rising temperatures and longer days are only a little bit of the fun. What I really enjoy is the NCAA Tournament that has started. The first two days are the best as the tournament gets narrowed down from 64 to 32 teams.

Often times, the teams that are playing each other would never meet during the regular season, but the tournament has provided them with a level playing field. I wonder if the tournament uses the Caterpillar 24M Motor Grader to level it out?

We at 3000toys think they ought to consider it! The M-series motor graders set the world wide standard for performance and precision--and the 24M is the largest of the line with a gross vehicle weight of more than 137,000 pounds. That is a whole lot of performance and precision!

The Norscot-manufactured model of the Caterpillar 24M Motor Grader has packed all of that performance and precision into a 1/50 scale model. The model even captures the size of the real thing by weighing in at over two pounds and measuring an impressive 13 inches long. However, the impressive size is overshadowed by the even more impressive details of this affordable model. Some of those features include:
  • Front suspension with oscillation and steering wheels
  • Rotating circle and blade
  • Forward, backward, left, and right adjusting blade
  • Raising and lowering ripper
  • Clear windows with interior cabin detail

This model is truly a fine example of craftsmanship and detail. It is a perfect addition to any construction collection and a great gift for the person whose bracket has already been busted: perhaps it can remind them that field is just being leveled out a little more.

Norscot 55264 -- 1/50 Scale -- Price = $107.95

Caterpillar 24M Motor Grader

Don't forget to check out this model on and while you're there, look through the entire Norscot line of models!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Now Carrying the Complete Hobby Master Line

Hobby Master is a company committed to producing high quality collectible items. For some time now we have only carried bits and pieces of Hobby Master’s line of the Ground Power, Air Power, and Airliner series. But now we at are thrilled to announce that we will be carrying Hobby Master’s FULL line of products. That means we’ve added over 200 items!

I want to take a second and profile one of their newest items that I think will really catch the eye of collectors everywhere.

Modeled after the AV-8B Harrier US Marines VMA-542 “Tigers,” this 1:72 die-cast model captures several of the features that make the AV-8B unique. The Harrier is the first operational Vertical/Short Takeoff (V/STOL) and Landing aircraft. By directing the exhaust through movable nozzles the force could be used to propel the aircraft along a runway or lift vertically and then into a forward motion; this ability to lift off vertically helped the Harriers to begin to be referred as “jump jets.”

The VMA-542 was initially commissioned on March 6, 1944 as VMF(N)-542 and have been through several modifications until the VMA-542 variation was introduced in April 1986 that gave the squadron a greater V/STOL capability as well as extending the range and increasing the payload. The 542nd has participated in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-08.

We are excited to carry such an interesting, innovative, and historically steeped aircraft. The icing on the cake is that it is being offered by Hobby Master, a company that is dedicated to making the best military die-cast models.

Hobby Master HA2609 – 1/72 Scale – Price = $54.95

AV-8B Harrier, US Marines VMA-542 “Tigers”

Check out this product on and don’t forget to look through all the new releases we are stocking from Hobby Masters!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ground Breaking Today!

We started business in 1995, before most people were on the internet. Over the past 16 years, we've grown quite a bit, going from a house basement to two warehouses now. Today, we started our fourth building project! We're adding on more office space to our second warehouse! We're very excited and wanted to share some pictures of the ground breaking with you all.