AHI (Azrak-Hamway International) 5859-2 Workmen

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This model is the AHI 5859-2 Workmen Set in various colours. AHI is recorded as having copied several of the Kemlow/Wardie Master Models sets, originally released by Kemlow/Wardie in the 1950s, in the 1960s and exported them from Japan to the UK, USA, Canada, and Australasia. This set is a copy of the MasterModels #57 set.

The set has 7 figures on foot and a wheelbarrow. All are clearly workmen with the exception of one which is the Foreman. They are molded in one piece that includes the figures and base stand.

The first item is the wheelbarrow, painted green, and carrying a red load of some sort.

The first figure (Caucasian) is dressed in blue dungarees (overalls), white shirt, and blue cap. He carries a dark brown box, and his shoes have been painted dark blue, the same as the base stand colour.

The second figure (Caucasian) is dressed in green cap, green waistcoat and trousers, white shirt with sleeves rolled up, and red tie. He carries a green pick in his right hand, and his shoes have been painted green, the same as the base stand colour.

The third figure (Caucasian) is dressed in brown cap, brown overalls, and white shirt with sleeves rolled up. He stands with his right arm around a plank of wood (actually a match stick) that he carries with the fourth figure, and his shoes have been painted brown, the same as the base stand colour.

The fourth figure (Caucasian) is dressed in yellow cap, yellow overalls, and white shirt with sleeves rolled up. He stands with his lerft arm around a plank of wood (actually a match stick) that he carries with the third figure, and his shoes have been painted yellow, the same as the base stand colour.

The fifth figure (Caucasian) is dressed in a black Bowler hat with black suit, white shirt, and red tie. He stands with his right arm outstretched and his shoes have been painted black, the same as the base stand colour.

The sixth figure (Caucasian) is dressed in blue overalls with blue cap, and white shirt with sleeves rolled up. He stands with one arm by his side and the left arm balances a box he carries on his head. His shoes have been painted blue, the same as the base stand colour.

The seventh figure (Caucasian) is dressed in dark grey cap, a dark grey jacket, black trousers, grey shirt, and red tie. He appears to be directing operations, and his shoes have been painted dark grey, the same as the base stand colour.

The base stands and figures have no manufacturer's mark but carry country of origin detail (Japan) on the underside of the base.

The item comes in the distinctive dark blue cardboard packaging associated with this brand of toys and the flat tray has cellophane wrapped around it. The card carries a white panel on each end and the left hand end has "5859-2" in blue text on it. The front and rear sides have "Metal Miniature H.O. Figures" in large white lettering centred in the middle of the side. The bottom of the tray is also dark blue with "AHI, brand toys" on two lines inside a white rectangle in the centre, and "Made in Japan" to the bottom right (as viewed) in white text.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but it would have been between the early 1960s and 1970.

Item: 3491