To get a set of JR 21
vehicles is hard enough? What about the RARER ones?
There's a story to
tell.............and here's how it was told to me, many, many, many
years ago- by an ex-employee of JR 21 Toys. And, of course, it might be
a work of total fiction. Here goes..............
In the mid 1960s JR21
decided to move production of their toys from Hong Kong to England. When manufacturing in
England was set up & in production it was discovered that toolings to
make parts of the friction motors had not been brought over from Hong
Kong. In order not to disrupt production nor reduce sales prices it was
decided to compensate for the lack of a friction motor by including a
packet of sweets within each box. All mention of a friction motor on the
box was covered by a sticker saying "SWEET FILLED".
So this was done for a
2 batches (as far as I am
aware) of Thunderbird 2s containing sweets have turned up & been
auctioned through Christies. As, over the years, the sweets had
disintegrated & covered the boxes with a sticky mess, it was difficult
to find good examples. Most of the boxes were stained.