I think I'm in love with plastic jeeps. Ever since I found the Century 21 Hurdler at the Pudsey Swapmeet this year I've been on the look out for more interesting makes. I blogged the GI Joe-sized Empire Jeep last week and here we have another spectacular boxed Empire Jeep or Chuck Wagon. On Ebay USA, as pictured below, there's no size given but it could be GI Joe-sized again so not ideal for the SWORD fleet. Still, a distant relative of Tarheel SWORD.
And further searching on the ever-fruitful Ebay USA revealed the Empire Plastics Corp MR. STICKLER boxed game below from the 1950's. The relationship between Empire Toys, Empire Plastics and Tarheel is more complex than I thought as I didn't expect to see such an old Empire toy. I would have expected it to have been Tarheel. It may be that Empire Plastics Corporation, unlike Empire Toys, are not related to Tarheel after all?
But then Ebay USA throws up this beautiful plastic Empire PEE WEE SLUGGER SET below. Dated 1960, the city of TARBORO, NC is clearly visible after the word EMPIRE. This is the same location as Tarheel. Again I would have expected such an early toy to have been branded Tarheel. So did Empire and Tarheel exist at the same time?