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Benbros Ltd. toy history

Benbros (London) Ltd was founded by brothers Jack and Nathan Beneson and operated from north London (Walthamstow). They produced several ranges of toys such as the TV Series (the boxes resembled a 1950's television set) later re-named as Mighty Midgets: both were similar in size to the Matchbox '1 - 75' Series.

The larger scale models came under the brand name of Qualitoys (some were re-issues of Timpo Toys), while the company's Zebra Toys were more accurate with added features such as jewelled headlights, windows and interiors. Benbros also produced hollow cast metal Robin Hood, cowboy and Indian figures and toy soldiers.

The company ceased toy production in 1965.

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Richie - January 28, 2012

Sean, I collect Benbros toys, TV Series, Mighty Midgets, Zebra and Qualitoys and have quite a large collection. I could give you a rough idea of what your Rolls Royce is worth but I would need to know more about it as there were different variants produced (body and wheel colour), and the condition it is in and whether it has its box or not, let me know and I will try and give you a value.Regards,Richie.

Sean - January 22, 2012

Hi my name is Sean. I have in my possession a Mighty Midget - A Qualitoy series - rolls royce toy car. I've been looking to get it valued and stumbled upon this site. Anyone have any suggestions? It is in mint condition, complete with box.

Don Best - August 22, 2010

Hi my name is Donald, I worked for Benson Brothers in 1945 on Gosport road, I was the only employee at that time, they had another plant in Walthamstow that made toys, I was never there. Gosport road plant was making condoms, I was 14 years old and they made all the equipment themselves for this product.

Benbros taught me to weld and within a week I was on my own, working on the drawings Jack gave me. I am now 79 and the knowlege I got from them has served me all through my working life.

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