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February 7, 2011

Ark aka Metallguss Weltraumroboter II

Filed under: Co. ARK,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 9:58 am

Return of the lost Ark…raiders of the lost Ark…aaaa forget it…I thought
I make another Brog about the european Ark toys. Maybe interesting
for a few Ark-nerds.

I know of 2 different packaging types here in europe.
In germany a company called Bienengräber & Co. from Hamburg distributed the Ark toys.
They printed their own “german boxes” and translated manuals etc.
Bienengräber & Co. was a bit the Marukai Trading Co. of germany. They also sold Bandai toys,
Takara Piocchio Magnemo, Nintendo “game & Watch” and other japanese stuff.
But their biggest hit was Monchhichi…little brown hairy suckers ;-)

left “german” box, right “belgium” box

There are also bilingual (french/dutch) boxes & manuals for the Ark toys.
These boxes are made for belgium. I don’t have a clue if they had been imported to france too.
I could swear that Bienengräber & Co distributed & produced the “belgium” boxes too, because strangely “Metallguss” (diecast) is written in german on them too. But my “theory” isn’t approved.

top “belgium” box, below “german” box

bilingual back of “belgium” box

back of “german” box

Did anyone know if there are italian versions of the box?
I never seen one before.

If you have other “theories” please LMK in the BBS

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