Timpo Toys and toy soldiers

Timpo Toys produced by a company called 'Toy Importers Ltd.', which was was formed in 1938 by Mr Sally Gawrylowicz (1907-2000), also known as Ally Gee, A Jewish refugee from Germany. In its early years the company imported toys from the Netherlands and made model figures. Timpo also sold lead soldiers and toy figures made by companies like Britains and Crescent and simply re-boxed them and selling them under the name of Timpo. WW2 made importing more difficult, so the company moved into toy production from 1940 to 1951.

Many of the early toys and figures were made of wood, particularly necessary due to wartime restrictions. Nevertheless, the company did produce four vehicles during the war. One was of an MG Record Car and was hollow cast. The other three were diecast.

timpo toy soldiers

Post-war various saloon and racing cars were featured in the range, plus a number of commercial vehicles, although many of these do tend to look rather crude.

Included among the commercials were an Utility van (Tyresoles Services or His Master's Voice), an articulated box van (Pickfords, Wall's Ice Cream, Lyons Tea and Bishop's Move), a Luton van (Smith's Crisps or Golden Shred) and a box van (Ever Ready).

In the mid-1940s the company produced a series of wartime aircrafts.

Some of the Timpo Toys moulds were sold to Benbros and Betal.

The first Timpo solids were made in 1954 with the introduction of several collections of plastic figures. These were made from painted, one-colored plastic.



Looking for an old catalogue? Download here a 1971 Timpo catalogue (PDF, 3.5mb).

Updated: 31 May 2019

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Comments (6)
Tracey - April 30, 2021
I came across a Timpo composite doll, 11 inches tall, painted face. She needed a little TLC and a new dress. I cannot find anything on the Timpo dolls except Timpo tried to get into the doll market int he 1940's and was unsuccessful so they gave up, my doll is a complete mystery, even major auction house "experts" know nothing about her, all they know about is the soldiers. So if anyone knows anything about them please let me know.
Hi, there is a dedicated Facebook group where you can have your doll identified: 'Let's ID Our Dolls'. You could also try there.
Paul - February 25, 2021
Does anyone recognise this model of a squaw (I'm assuming that's what it is) and how much it's worth?
Hi, maybe you can find yours here: Timpo squaws.
Anthony - September 16, 2020
Among many British diecast cars I have this one Timpo. Can you tell me anything about it, When I push it on a smooth flat surface, it travels in an arc instead of straight. I think that this was done on purpose.
I can't find any info on this one, but I found some more for you to compare. Have a look here: Timpo Race Cars.
James - August 31, 2020
Hey! I was looking through my old stuff and found this Timpo Desert Fort set! I can only attach one photo in this format, but have more and can easily take more inside the box. I can't find ANYTHING on this online, and was wondering what the go with it was? As far as I can tell everything is there within the box, and all in immaculate condition. Thanks.
One boxed set like yours was sold on eBay UK last July for 200 GBP (around 360 AUD).
Cathie - October 7, 2014
I have minature cast iron reddish brown horse and removable cowboy with red shirt and rifle. Trying to find any info on this.
Briankelly - April 6, 2011
Dear sir/ madam, What do you know about the history of Timpo, Eire .Toys made here in Ireland during 1940s. I am looking for a Timpo Irish jaunting cart. Do you know where I would get one?.....Yours, Brian Kelly , Dublin
I have no idea Brian, you can try and search on this website every now and then for: Timpo cart