Argentina's toys alike our real life tractors are unique. For its avant-garde position within the Latin American concert all rural related industry has been in Argentina very powerful. Those magnificent toys -as all toys which are a reflection of real life- represented the local unique tractor versions as much as the traditional standard international models. During the boom of the argentine toys' industry in the 50s most of the tractor toys were made in tin and plastic, for its market was mainly the lower classes in the fields and small cities. Psychologists and Sociologists have proven right the theory which expresses the importance of toys related to the environment children are growing in. Their learning and social qualities have had, throughout history, a profound impact in our development as social beings. Therefore the massiveness of tractor toys made out of cheap materials was a logic turn for the Argentine toy industry. These low quality mass produced items were very popular up till the 70s when all sorts of new and improved toys entered the mass consumption market. All the same, it was back in the 60s when an Argentinean toy pioneer designed what would become the diamond of Argentine tractor toys: the Buby Fiat 700s CONCORD. This rare example was manufactured by the Buby company on request of the Argentinean firm Fiat Concord. This outstanding scale reproduction of the company's tractor was brilliantly achieved. Such was the quality of the item that Fiat Concord "socially presented" the model at one of the firm's most important commercial events. This was Buby's chance to enter the rural-industrial field with its wonderful items. But due to the company's negative to Buby's intention of using that casting to produce its rural line, this was the first and last attempt for a tractor collection. That's why when collectors find its 1038 reference number on commercial lists they cannot get hold of the item. For this was a very small production item not massively commercialized. Therefore, no doubt about it, to own one of these rare and beautiful Buby examples is the top of the top for any tractor/farm toys' collector. On the other hand, talking about rare tractor toys there's Sigomec line. This firm shows a broader list of tractors. All of which could be found anywhere in the Argentine field. This are tin and plastic items, quite a bit larger than the Buby diecast, but all the same very interesting and valuable to the collector who knows. Among the many important examples, Sigomec delighted its audience with an extraordinary example of the locally produced Tractor Pampa. This toy trend is still very powerful in our country. Such is the importance that John Deere has launched its own toy tractors-field equipment line. Big scale reproductions of their machinery. The excellence within the quality of these items is unquestionable, alike their real size machines. following the company slogan "I would never sell something in which I didn't put the best of me". For these are just some examples of what, without a doubt, is an amazing facet of the Argentine toy industry, and because there's so little information about other rare and not so rare toys, at the moment I'm working on a research project to recover these amazing models from the dark. The key is in the way toys and their history perfectly complement each other. At the same time, I find of great interest the new turn within the Argentine tractor production. These are incredible and unique examples of an industry that's growing together with its consumers, and it's adapting its products to the regional market's needs. And before we blink there's going to be a toy tractor new line (such as the John Deere one) expressing this turn. When that happens I'll be there to witness it and tell you about it. Email: The Buenos Aires Toy Museum,Bob Frassinetti. The Buenos Aires Toy Museum,Argentina. Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Updated 2009. Roberto Dario Frassinetti.
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Bob Frassinetti, art and antique dealer and free lance journalist from Argentina, Buenos Aires, working on the web, writing both for pleasure and work on art, antiques and collectibles, in and on Buenos Aires, Argentina as well are neighbouring countries, Chile and Uruguay. "I've written for several Travel Adventure, Art & Antiques Magazines on and off the web and have researched Toys made here in Argentina, as well as Travel Adventure from Route 40 to Dakar Rally, 2009" Buenos Aires, Argentina 2009 Everything on Art & Antiques as well as Travel Information for Buenos Aires and Argentina by Bob Frassinetti For more information on the Buenos Aires Toy Museum email: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Frassinetti.