Toy car factories are boosting the range of licensed models and incorporating more electronic components.
China manufacturers of toy cars are enhancing appearance and features to strengthen competitiveness in the export market.
Many makers are increasing efforts to create accurate replica models amid strong demand for the line. Suppliers are keeping abreast of the latest trends and releases from vehicle companies. Among the popular brands are Volvo, BMW, Ford, Ferrari, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Citroen, Mini, Nissan, Hummer, Porsche, Toyota, Land Rover, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Lamborghini and Jaguar.
In addition, manufacturers are offering licensed movie and cartoon styles. Spiderman, and Thomas and Friends are examples of the commonly utilized motifs. Factories likewise produce functional versions such as movable Transformers toy cars.
Procuring the license to fabricate branded variants, however, requires a large investment that often only bigger factories can afford. Small and midsize operations typically take in secondary authorized OEM and ODM orders.
Alternatively, some companies are developing in-house styles, particularly for racers and monster trucks. The models come in vivid and bold designs such as a flame or a wind-swept effect.
Apart from aesthetics, factories are adopting more electronic functions. To illustrate, ambulance toys boast sirens and warning lights, while monster trucks are fitted with flashing bulbs on the wheels. Several toy vehicles can even perform stunt tricks.
Range of toy cars
China-manufactured toy cars are mainly classified as plastic or metal alloy units. The first material accounts for the majority of the country’s overall output and exports in the line.
Synthetic models are often made of injection-molded ABS, PP or PS. They are available in both nonelectronic and battery-powered configurations.
A variety of designs are offered, including replica and cartoon-motif styles. There are also work-themed releases such as tractors, reapers, feller bunchers, forklifts, cranes, excavators, cement mixers and dump trucks.
Makers likewise have play ambulances, fire engines, police automobiles, military jeeps, tanks, racers and monster trucks. Businesses carry a selection of plastic stunt vehicles as well.
Meanwhile, metal toy cars are typically die-cast. Most are in zinc combined with small amounts of aluminum and copper. The manufacturing process involves melting the alloy and shaping parts in a mold. The finished product boasts a fine surface finish, making it a popular choice for collection-grade variants.
Many die-cast models are branded replicas of racing, police, military and street vehicles. They are generally 4 to 20cm and in scales of 1:10, 1:12, 1:14, 1:32, 1:64 and 1:72.
Pricewise, the main determinants are the materials, sizes, licensing, features and packaging.
Low-end versions are between $0.50 and $3. The items come in ABS, PP or PS, and measure 4 to 15cm. Targeting 3-year-old users, the toys have cartoon motifs. Some units even boast basic electronic and interactive educational functions.
Quoted at $3.50 to $10, midrange releases are made of ABS, PP, PS or metal alloy, and are 8 to 15cm. Designs include licensed replicas and die-cast products. While most are battery-powered, those smaller than 10cm are usually pull-backs.
High-end toy cars exceed $10. Both plastic and metal variants are offered. Models are to-scale, having more intricate and accurate details such as engine sounds and working lights.
In addition, most upscale designs meet EN 71 Parts 1 to 3, FCC, CE, RoHS and ASTM requirements.
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