Zartan (zartan) wrote in pacific_novelty,

1987 : Micro Machines Travel City – Drive-Thru Fish & Chips

When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite toys, for reasons I could never quite put my finger on. I was delighted to discover that not only was it still in a container at my parents' house, but that all its pieces were together and in relatively good shape.



The gimmick behind the "Travel City" playsets was that the component parts of each scene were easily collapsed into the base of the city block, with room to spare for at least one Micro Machine vehicle. I found this incredibly charming, and I took my Drive-Thru Fish & Chips shop pretty much everywhere.

This image was on the packaging, and it's apparently a prototype; the actual playset looks a little different. Better, even.





The Micro Machines Travel City playsets were, in my opinion, the best toys in the entire history of the Micro Machines line. Not only were they relatively cheap (you got the entire city block and a vehicle for, like, three or four bucks), but they were durable by design and surprisingly detailed.



Why a dumpster? Why not? And hell, as long as we've got a dumpster, it needs some decals. That's the sort of attention to detail I'm talking about. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but there's a little triangular planter in the corner of that paving.



Yeah, this picture isn't very good, but here's the playset from the front.



Only a couple of decals are peeling, which is surprisingly good for something that's over twenty years old and has been stored in a southeast Texas attic for most of that time.



Another shot of the front drive.



A close-up of the menu. I always really liked the detail on this.



And a teeny-tiny drawing of a fish and chips dinner! On the obverse side of the menu! Where no one would ever really see or appreciate it! See, this is the sort of attention to detail that made the Travel City playsets such springboards for imagination. Towards the bottom of the picture, you can see a bit of detail of one of the planters.



An overhead shot.



Reverse overhead shot.
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