This week I was thrilled to see yet two more fabulous T toys new to me and the blog - the Mercedes 300 SL in both blue and red versions as featured below [pictures: Ebay babalui].
Of great interest to me and the developing SWORD timeline is the model number and box design of the Mercedes. Numbered 361 it came immediately after our friend the T Moonbus numbered 360. A comparison of the side and end panels of the two boxes reveals a similar oval portrait design on the end flaps as shown below on the right.
We've already established on the blog the significance of the T Moonbus as the basis of the subsequent Century 21 toy, but could the T Mercedes box suggest a link? With its geometric red and yellow panneling could it offer a stepping-stone between the T Moon Bus to the C21 Moon Bus and all subsequent red and yellow C21 boxes? In short, might we have the origin of the SWORD box style?Topo Gigio post for an alternative view.