Remember the joy of playing with Micro Machines? Those tiny vehicles that sparked our imaginations and took us on epic adventures? Today, let’s delve into the world of Micro Machines Travel City playsets, exploring two of these miniature metropolises that fit right in the palm of your hand.
A World Within Your Reach
While these playsets may be a rarity in Europe, they hold a special place in the hearts of collectors worldwide. Perhaps they didn’t receive the attention they deserved, with children gravitating toward larger playsets like the Super Van City or the Super City Toolbox. Nevertheless, these portable wonders were a delight to carry anywhere, providing endless hours of imaginative play.
In the United States, these playsets were available for a modest price of $5.50 to $6.00. Meanwhile, in Spain, they were sold for approximately 900 to 1000 pesetas (around 5.50 to 6 Euros). The true beauty of these playsets, unlike their larger counterparts, was the ability to interchange city “parts” as desired. With pegs on the sides, each playset could seamlessly connect with another, creating a unique cityscape with every play session.
Unveiling the Wonders: The Body Shop and the Cycle Shop
Let’s start our journey with the Body Shop. This blue building features two garages and was my very first Micro Machines playset. A relatively simple set with only four pieces (building, doors, roof, and a stop-sign), it came with the iconic blue Chevrolet Corvette from 1963, famously known as the “Stingray.” This playset has a nostalgic charm, taking us back to a time of classic cars and endless possibilities.
Next, we have the Cycle Shop, a slightly more elaborate playset with nine pieces. It includes a motorbike that bears a striking resemblance to the Honda CR750. As we assemble this playset, our imaginations soar as we envision the hustle and bustle of a miniature city filled with revving engines and spirited adventures.
Micro Machines Travel City playsets offered a vast array of options to explore. Throughout the years, a total of three series were created. The first series debuted in 1987, featuring 12 unique playsets. In 1988, three additional playsets were added, followed by six more in 1989. Although these playsets remained in the catalog until 1990, no new additions were made, leaving us with the treasures of the previous three years.
As a bonus, let’s take a glimpse into the past with an old catalog picture of Travel City Playsets. This snapshot, sourced from the 1990 Christmas toy catalog of Galerías Preciados in Spain, evokes a sense of nostalgia and wonder.
Unlock the Adventure
Micro Machines Travel City playsets may have been small in size, but they held boundless potential for excitement and creativity. Capturing the essence of these remarkable toys, DHPL Travels invites you to embark on your own journey through time and imagination. Ready to unlock the adventure within the palm of your hand?