In 1954 Siku started withIn 1954 Siku started with plastic model cars. The owner of Siku, mr. Sieper wanted a complete overview of the vehicles that can be seen on and around the road. The accessories were also made, such as traffic signs and traffic lights.
Mr. With these models, Sieper wanted to familiarize the child with the means of transport. So the models are pre-eminently intended as a learning tool.
He began to number his first models from V001 plastic model cars. The owner of Siku, mr. Sieper, wanted a complete list of vehicles that can be seen on and around the road. They made also accessories, such as traffic signs and traffic lights.Â
Mr. Sieper wanted to make a learning tool for children to be familiar with traffic.
In 1963 Siku stopped making model cars that consisted almost entirely of plastic. It was easier and cheaper to make metal models.
Until 1974 they continued to number the models in the V-series.
In 1974 Siku switched from the V-series to a 4-digit numbering.
This also got a new name, for the cars, trucks and other vehicles there was the Super Series, for the tractors later the Farmer Series
Printing a car or truck is of course the ideal way to bring a product to the attention of a (future) consumer.
Many companies have already done this, and Siku has always responded to this.
There are different types of advertising models:
- A completely customized model with extras
- A standard model with customized colors and imprint
- A standard model with imprint
Then there is also a category of home crafts:
- A standard model with a sticker
- A standard model printed by a local printer.
The value of the last two options is generally lower. Even though there are also big exceptions.
All models are tested before they are finally released.
They make some Versuchsmodellen, called prototypes.
It can be tested whether it meets the safety requirements, but also whether the color it is good.
The circulation per model is very low, and the intention is that it never left the factory.
Overall, very rare!
From the beginning of the '50sÂ Siku started producing plastic figurines. The figurines were put in a box of candy, or sold with margarine. When these objects no longer sold well, Sieper adjusted in 1954 many of these designs of flat figures to separate 3D figures so kids could play with it together with the new line of car models introduced also in 1954.
Every now and then, at fairs, models with strange colors appear. In the first instance it often seems to be home-made because often the quality of the paint leaves something to be desired. But nothing is less true, because on closer inspection the bottom plate shows that the model was made in Brazil. The molds were sold to this company in the 1980s, which produced models in South America for years.
The value of these models is often higher because they are fairly rare in Europe.
From 1984, a license was issued to Metchy Toys. This was a Hungarian brand.
They were allowed to make older models in their own factory and sell them.
Because the quality left something to be desired, Siku decided in 1987 to put an end to the cooperation.
Mainly the quality of the metal and paint was very poor.
In many ways they look like the Siku models, but they often had strange colors. But even on the wheels Siku is printed.
The Noord Nederlands Stempelfabriek (NThe Noord Nederlands Stempelfabriek in Groningen has been making wooden boxes with teaching materials since the 1960s.
This was used by schools, cantonal judges and traffic schools to explain traffic situations.
The boxes include models from Siku, Wiking and Hammer. Often with a magnet attached to the bottom plate.orth Dutch Stamp Factory) in Groningen is making since the '60s wooden boxes with teaching materials.
This was used by schools, district courts and traffic schools to explain traffic situations
The boxes contain a variaty of models of Siku, Wiking and Hammer. Often with a magnet glued to the bottom plate.
Siku is part of the Sieper Group. This included until 2009 even a part that made for bathrooms of plastic products such as cabinets and toiletries.
In recent years Siku has been able to advertise a lot for the products, model cars and gadgets are the perfect methods to do that.
Also at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg, Siku has been standing since the beginning, and the latest models are shown there every year. And in doing so, relations among other things are given as gifts.
Cheap copies of Siku models. Often it is very doubtful whether Siku has given permission for the production of these articles.
Handy overview per year.
The models that have been released by Siku as standard are shown.
So not the limited editions.