AHI - Azrak-Hamway International, USA/Japan

These were simple diecast items from the 1950s and 1960s, manufactured in Japan, about 2 inches long. According to several sources it is thought AHI refers to Azrak-Hamway International Incorporated, a New York firm founded in 1964 by Marvin Azrak and Ezra Hamway. The company had offices at 889 Broadway (on the corner of 19th Street), New York, N.Y., USA and later acquired Remco Industries Incorporated in 1974. Remco was a toy company founded in the 1940s that was best known for toys marketed and sold in the late 1950s and 1960s. Remco filed for bankruptcy in 1971 and was acquired by Azrak-Hamway International then later sold on, in 1997, to Jakks Pacific. Some sources believe AHI acquired Remco so they could improve the quality of the toys they were known for and that this acquisition of Remco allowed them to enter the market for toys based on character TV series and films, e.g. The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, Dukes of Hazzard, Karate Kid and Spiderman.

Andrew Ralston believes Azrac-Hamway were probably the distributors, rather than the manufacturer, of the diecast toy vehicle range as identical models can be found in boxes marked “Ace Imp. Co.”. It is also known the models were sold in the US under the Cragstan brand name. Cragstan are also known to have sold Sabra Gamda Koor models under their own band name at about the same time. In Europe AHI models, in their well-known plastic cases, have been found labelled with 'Bandai Baby' on the bottom of the case.

AHI are known to have produced a range of diecast model vehicles, farm animals and metal figures. The figures were released as "Tru-size Metal Miniature Figures" and the animals as "Metal Miniature Animals".

The following tables list items thought to have been released under the AHI brand name. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are either in my collection or have been seen by me in AHI branded packaging.

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Year
Model
 
 
Ref
Year
Model
 
 
Ref
Year
Model
 
xx 1769 Cugnot Steam truck     xx 1959 Buick Sedan *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Red Cross Truck (white) *
xx 1885 Daimler Gasoline Car     xx 1959 Cadillac Sedan *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Searchlight Truck *
xx 1886 Benz     xx 1959 Chevrolet Impala *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Tank Carrier *
xx 1892 Duryea     xx 1959 Chrysler Sedan *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Twin Missile Truck *
xx 1894 Heins     79 1959 Desoto Sedan *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Horse Box *
xx 1896 Oldsmobile     xx 1959 Dodge Sedan *   xx   Ferrari 375 Superamerica  
xx 1900 Locomobile     xx 1959 Ford Coupe *   xx   Porsche  
2 1902 Air Cooled Franklin *   xx 1959 Imperial Sedan *   xx   Jaguar XK 150 *
11 1903 Cadillac *   77? 1959 Oldsmobile *   xx   Mercedes 190 SL  
12 1903 Rambler *   xx 1959 Plymouth *   xx   Mercedes 300 SL *
9 1904 Darracq *   xx 1959 Pontiac Sedan *   xx   MG A *
4 1904 Oldsmobile *   xx 1959 Rambler Sedan *   xx   MG Midget *
1 1904 Oldsmobile Delivery Wagon *   xx 1960 Cadillac     xx   Porsche 356A *
3 1907 Vauxhall *   xx 1960 Chevrolet Sedan     xx   Volkswagen Beetle *
5 1909 Ford Model T *   xx 1960 DeSoto     xx   Volvo Amazon 122 S *
6 1909 Stanley Steamer *   xx 1960 Dodge     xx   Volvo PV544  
8 1910 International Harvester *   xx 1960 Ford Edsel *   xx   Civilian Log Truck *
7 1911 Buick Bug *   xx 1960 Ford     xx   Red Cross Ambulance *
10 1914 Stutz Bearcat *   xx 1960 Ford Falcon Sedan     xx   Step Van *
xx 1956 Ford Stationwagon *   xx 1960 Lincoln Sedan *   xx   Shovel Dump Truck (MB Copy) *
xx 1956 Opel Kapitan *   xx 1960 Plymouth Valiant     xx   Construction Tractor (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Buick     xx 1960 Pontiac Bonneville     xx   Fire Engine (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air     xx   Alfa Romeo 1500 Coupe     xx   Prime Mover Tractor Unit (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Stationwagon *   xx   Austin A 105     xx   Flat Bed Trailer (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Chrysler Sedan     xx   Citroën DS 19     xx   Gasoline Truck (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Ford Fairlane     xx   Daimler Limousine *   xx   Farm Tractor (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Ford Fairlane Sedan     xx   Dodge (?) Military Anti-Aircraft Truck *   xx   Breakdown Truck (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Oldsmobile     xx   Dodge (?) Military Cement Truck *   xx   Jeep (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Plymouth     xx   Dodge (?) Military Covered Truck *   xx   Open Deck Truck (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Plymouth Taxi     xx   Dodge (?) Military Crane Truck *   xx   London Bus (MB Copy) *
xx 1957 Pontiac Sedan     xx   Dodge (?) Military Fuel Carrier Truck (barrels) *   xx   Road Roller (MB Copy)  
xx 1958 Cadillac Sedan     xx   Dodge (?) Military Log Truck *   xx   Racing Car (MB Copy) *
xx 1958 Chevrolet Impala     xx   Dodge (?) Military Missile Carrier *          
xx 1958 Dodge Sedan *   xx   Dodge (?) Military Radar Truck *          
Style
Ref.
Model
 
 
Style
Ref.
Model
 
 
Style
Ref.
Model
 
6000-A Assortment
7000-B Assortment
Miscellaneous
B.G.
100
British Guards
 
 
C.S
111
Confederate Cavalry
 
 
M.F.
200
 
 
U.S.M.
101
U.S. Marines
 
 
C.F.
112
Confederate Infantry
 
 
M.F.
201
 
 
U.S.I.
102
U.S. Infantry
 
 
U.S.
113
Union Cavalry
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.I.
103
U.S. Infantry
 
 
U.S.
114
Union Infantry
 
 
Farm Animals
U.S.I.
104
U.S. Infantry
 
 
G.W.
115
George Washington
 
 
 
5809
Farm Animals
*
Indian
105
Indian Walking Figures
 
 
C.S.
116
Colonial Soldiers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indian
106
Indian Riders
 
 
U.S.
117
U.S. Cavalry
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indian
107
Indian Riders
 
 
M.S.
118
Morocco Infantry
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.B.
108
Cowboy Riders
 
 
I.C.
120
Indian Cavalry
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.B.
109
Cowboy Riders
*
 
B.R.G.
121
British Royal Guards
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.B.
110
Cowboy Riders
 
 
S.R.
122
Scotch Infantry
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.M.
119
Canadian Mounties
 
 
 
123
Knights