Dimestore Dreams was first presented at the American International Toy Fair back in 2000 as a division of Binary Arts. The new division was headed up by Bill Hanlon, a noted toy designer and author of 'Plastic Toys, Dimestore Dreams of the '40s & '50s'. The line of classic plastic vehicles was a big hit with collectors and model railroaders alike but was discontinued in 2003 by Binary Arts so that they could concentrate on their core line of puzzles and games. In 2004 Hanlon was able to purchase the original tooling and, due to contractual reasons, changed the name to American Dimestore. The new series of vehicles began production in 2005.
The #20000 Ambulance was blogged back on 25 Mar 2011. This time as a part of Fire Engine and Emergency Vehicle Friday, Toys & Stuff will be looking at the #20020 Fire Chief's Car and we're also presenting the flyer that came in these little boxes. The original flyer is long, and folds out to 23 3/4" (60.3 cm) L. The Fire Chief's Car, which measures 4 3/4" (12.1cm) L, is essentially a Dimestore Dreams sedan repurposed for other work. The sedans came in a variety of colors and were pressed into service in the Army, as Police Cars, and general haulers. In the months to come, Toys & Stuff will be presenting both companies products as much as possible - and not just on Friday's. Enjoy!