Zee Toys

According to globaldiecastdirect.com, Zee Toys (also called Zylmex) was based in Long Beach, California, during the 1970s and 1980s. Apparently, they produced toys under various brand names such as Dynawheels, Victory Circle, Rough Riders, Windracers, Mini Macks and others. Most of the cars you’ll see below are made in Hong Kong. Some have the Z logo stamped on the bottom, some include “Zylmex”, and all seem to have a two- or three- digit item number preceded by a “P” or “D”.

Most of the cars I got from RR are loose, but a few are still in their original packages. And though the blister cards are in pretty poor shape, it’s great to think the cars inside are in true mint condition. This nice Porsche 959 is from 1985.

IMG_7950IMG_7958IMG_7953 Zee Toys Pacesetters | Porsche 959 | silver | 1985 | blister card | made in Macau

This nifty Datsun pickup is missing the plastic camper shell – and part of its hood decal.

IMG_8203IMG_8204P319 Datsun Pickup | green | metal base | made in Hong Kong

Two variations of the ’63 Corvette with opening hood. Notice the different wheels.

IMG_8218IMG_8244IMG_8220P364 ’63 Corvette | dark pink | metal base | made in Hong Kong

IMG_8215IMG_8216IMG_8217P364 ’63 Corvette | burgandy | metal base | made in Hong Kong

This fun bulldozer is missing a wheel.

IMG_8201IMG_8241P378 Tractor | orange | plastic base and blade

Glad to see the 427 Cobra still has its plastic windshield.

IMG_8205IMG_8206P389 Cobra 427 | blue | metal base

This GTO has a custom, hand-done paint job.

IMG_8209IMG_8243P391 ’69 Pontiac GTO | blue | metal base | made in Hong Kong

I like the dual carbs poking out of the hood on this Mustang.

IMG_8211IMG_8212P392 Mustang Pro/Street | orange | metal base | made in Hong Kong

Slug bug!

IMG_8207IMG_8208D20 Volkswagen | yellow | metal base | made in Hong Kong

And finally, a little red CRX.

IMG_8213IMG_8214D79 Honda CR-X | red and gray | plastic base

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Marc Bosworth is an artist who teaches printmaking and works as an art director. He lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in Wichita with his lovely wife and their young ninja son.
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9 Responses to Zee Toys

  1. This is the first time I’ve seen this position of a model on a card, where the top of the model is facing the viewer.

    • marcboz says:

      Road Champs were using a similar packaging about the same time (mid-1980s). I have a few examples of those coming up in a future post. Also, I have a Muscle Machines from 2007 that uses a similar package, although it has a window on the back so you can also see the bottom of the car. That may be a future post too. Thanks for the comment, Joel!

  2. I have the Honda CR-X, found in a local market here, I like the look of the two Corvettes.

    • marcboz says:

      I’ve enjoyed learning more about these different brands. I usually gloss over anything that’s not Hot Wheels or Matchbox, but from now on, I’ll give them a closer look. Thanks, Jim, for the comment. Hope all is well with you.

  3. Pingback: Zee or Zylmex | jimholroyd diecast collector

  4. Darrell Haun says:

    Is this a different variations of the p364?
    Tie dye?

  5. Darrell Haun says:

    Is the tie dye. P364 listed anywhere?

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